Date:Thursday February 26 2009
Cardiff City struggled to a goalless draw against a similarly lacklustre QPR side last night. I've read reports suggesting Rangers played well but this is not the case and they were as guily as Cardiff for the lack of quality and ambition on show. True enough, both sides had a few chances - Darren Purse saw an effort well saved before Miller nearly beat the onrushing Konstantopoulos. Rae and McCormack saw wild strikes fly over from 16 yards apiece but that was it in a drab first half, played mostly in midfield.
The game continued in the same vein after the break, QPR continues to nullify all our threat by deploting 5 men in midfield. They did break occasionally, but there rarely seemed any danger until Helgusoin nearly connected in the area, while another good chance went wide but was flagged offside anyhow. Michael Chopra had two good chances for Cardiff City, but missed them both to sum up the Bluebirds day.
Parry and Burke were virtual bystanders for Cardiff City, Ledley was unable to get good quality possession and the rationale in lofting high balls to Chopra and McCormack is laughable - we then switched Parry to attack for added arial presence. Oh dear.
QPR's most likely player to produce something was Liam Miller. He popped up in several positions and would have benefited from playing behind a mobile striker - Helguson was awful and looked way off the pace. Their best player was left back Delaney. After being bamboozled once in the first half by Burke, he had the Scottish winger in his pocket and tried to add pace and drive getting forward to decent effect.
All in all, a disappointing game. QPR set out not to lose and showed a lack of ambition. Don't be fooled by Souza's comments, a draw suited him just fine. The saddest thing was that both sides have real promotion ambitions - on this showing...neither is good enough.
Date:Thursday February 26 2009
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