Date:Monday November 10 2008
Cardiff City will fell aggreived to have left Loftus Road with no points with bad luck, bad decisions and a strong QPR defence the main factors in the defeat.
City started reasonably well, Johnson heading over a corner before McPhail was denied by Cerny at full stretch. However the game turned shortly before the half hour when Darren Purse received a straight red for a high and late tackle on Lee Cook. It didn;t look a red card at the time, and having seen the replays - it still isn't. I've seen worse go un-punished and the loss of a player in the first half effectively killed the game.
Ledley was withdrawn to allow Gyepes on though surely a 4-4-1 would have suited better against the likes of Cook and Tommasi in the R's midfield.
Whittingham and Chopra had half chances for Cardiff but it was looking less than hopeful to expect a win. The bright spot was that QPR had very little attacking threat and played most of the game in midfield.
Buzsaky hit a powerful long-ranger while Agyemang smacked the rebound wide as the Hoops took control. Their substitutions made a difference as former Bluebirds favourite Gareth Ainsworth founght to keep his job.
Ten minutes from time, we had our hearts broken. There looked little danger until Ramage was picked out on the right with Comminges miles away from the right-back. His cross was good, but looked too deep until Gavin Mahon produced a remarkable jump to meet it and fire an arrow-like header across Heaton and in at the far post.
The only talking points that remain were two yellow cards in the final few minutes for Comminges - the first for a clumsy foul and the second after words with the linesman. No idea what he said, either stupid or un-necessary action by the officials. It nearly didnt matter as Roger Johnson went oh so close at the other end but a superb save denied him.
I'm not sure how we lost having looked in decent form. The sendings off were harsh if anything and certainly changes the game - though we have been fortunate with some decisions ourselves this season. This game is best forgotton.
Date:Monday November 10 2008
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