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QPR Is A Huge Point

QPR Is A Huge Point

Paul Lambert has praised the team tonight for putting aside the Arry factor and earning a huge point from today's game.

Speaking to the Official Site following the one all draw Lambert said he was pleased with our first half performance, and praised the effort of the lads as they dug in during the second half.

Fair summation really, after the first half the game was there for the taking but we didn't step up and our overall performance wasn't good enough today, so we needed the gritty effort to make up for it.

Whether it was tiredness or whatever, I don't think excuses should be made for our worst performance in probably the last 5 or 6 games. We weren't doing the basics well enough apart from defending for our lives, but still, they went until the final whistle and were still trying to carve out chances so at least we didn't park the bus and deliberately sit back.

Performance has to be more spot on though, we can't keep carrying players who aren't performing on the day and the 3 upfront suits us far better when it comes to creating chances.

Anyway, enough of my waffle, he's what Lambert said:

'I thought we were excellent in the first half and QPR came back strongly in the second. I knew the effect Harry would have on them and it was a massive point for us. We came here with a young team again and I was delighted to get a point. It was a really tough game, but we handled it well.'

Lambert adds that he thinks we were good for the first hour or so, when to be honest we weren't on the ball in the second half at all. Yes QPR rallied in the second, but never lifted gear ourselves and that was the problem. We gave them too much possession, lost possession way too easily with sloppy passing and didn't give ourselves the chance to get back into the game.

As you can see in the Match Thread even those of us who have taken heart from improving performances of late, and see the signs of the team clicking can't offer much in terms of positives from today other than, earlier in the season, this was a game we'd have lost.

Performance simply wasn't good enough and we know these lads can do far better than that, even allowing for tiredness, even allowing for 3 games in quick succession. Pleased with a point yes, but that performance and the basics are not acceptable, so that has to be put right in the next game.

Lambert's good will in some ways for many are tied to improving performances because of the start we have had, that has to continue, the performances and the effort cannot be allowed to slip.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday December 1 2012
Time: 8:17PM


Good for the 45+ extra time then poor after that QPR dominated between 45-70 we got back into it abit but as they said shocking in possession the big thing is we didn concede in the second half which is showing the team is making some form of an improvement in the second half... Roll on January til we sign a new MF...
01/12/2012 20:28:00
The 'arry factor needed nipping in the bud. Villa nipped that bud.
01/12/2012 20:55:00
Decent point considering the whole world and it's dog had us down to be the first victims of Harry's Revolution. But I agree, we have to stop giving possession away so easily, especially from sloppy basic passes and pointless chips forward. It's so frustrating.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
01/12/2012 21:03:00
We haven't kept possession properly for years now - has been a major bug-bear of mine for some time now. It is very hard to win a game of football without the ball, and our cause would be helped massively if we could retain possession. This is what Lambert is about, and in time, we will see progress. We have come through a very difficult spell, and are now unbeaten in the last three. That represents progress, bring on the new year!
01/12/2012 21:52:00
yeah i think 5 points from the last 3 games is fine, even more so after the Man City game. would've played Ireland instead of Herd today... not totally convinced by PLs rotations but something is progressing.
01/12/2012 22:11:00
I went and have 2 words to describe it ***** poor Thank you and goodnight
01/12/2012 23:16:00
WOOO! Massive point against a team that hasn't won a game all season.Wooo!!! Hope that's good enough for ye. Lets rebuild with players that don't command a standard premiership wage. Woo!! Head in the sand
Holte End Hero
01/12/2012 23:32:00
Lerner needs to go, or sort this out, Aston Villa 16th, and lets be honest we don't deserve to be any higher.
01/12/2012 23:40:00
The main reason QPR have been so bad this season is because they've been playing with 10men most games; if you think Bent doesn't get involved, have you seen Cisse this season!? It's unbelievable. The fact that they addressed that, the fact that it was a 'must win' for them and the fact that it was Harry's first home game make it a very good point for us. Also, QPR have one of the most technically gifted midfields in the league, no shame in getting outplayed by them regardless of the league table. I would like to see Ireland week in week out, but Lambert knows what he's doing, UTV!
01/12/2012 23:57:00
I thought it was a good point, all things considered, but let's not try and make it look better than it is by claiming QPR have 'one of the most technically gifted midfields in the league'! I had them down for relegation before the start of the season and still do at the moment.
02/12/2012 00:38:00
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