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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 1 2012

Time: 8:17PM

Your Comments

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...
CDX_EIRE
The 'arry factor needed nipping in the bud. Villa nipped that bud.
OnMeHeadFred
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
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!
JuanPabloAngel
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.
leftfoot
I went and have 2 words to describe it ***** poor Thank you and goodnight
andy3221
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
Lerner needs to go, or sort this out, Aston Villa 16th, and lets be honest we don't deserve to be any higher.
eltoro
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!
SchoolBoyError
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.
McGrath4Pope
Ireland needs to play,brad was class
kenner
This is going to become a classic for the foreseeable future..."we came here with a young team again" of course we did, Lambert doesn't go for older, experienced players - even if they are "hungry"...... the excuse is there already made by him to use we he needs to.
Pride of Lions
I don't doubt we need some quality signings in Jan, but I think a lot of you are being very harsh on the young lads that crossed that white line to battle yesterday. It was a good point. Time to move forward and focus on making it count by beating Stoke. UTV
AdzVilla11
Did we lose? Captain out, relatively inexperienced and young back line, come on what do you expect? The head in the sand thinking are those who think you can go from Voldermort's reign to Top 10 in 3 months, and get rid of expensive players, and get new players in and put up with fans who demand instant results. Short term thinking. Does this mean Lambert will succeed? No-one knows that, he's not done too badly so far. On that basis yesterday, whilst not 'total football', was a great result for us despite the fact that some players, and it has been a problem for years, find retaining the ball tricky at times. Once when Liverpool were knocked out of the cup, as the players were coming off the pitch what did Shankly say to them: Poor retention of the ball, sloppy marking or don't worry about it too much lads, we'll win the title this year? For those who do not note the rhetorical nature of the question it was the latter. Football is not physical lego, where bricks are put into certain patterns. It's more like the 3d chess that Spock plays on Star Trek. Looks easy but is tough to get your head around. The logic is inescapable.
Mervin King's Pocket
After 65-70 minutes PL could see we would struggle to win this game, so if you cant win it, don't lose it. The changes sured us up and we managed to break their momentum. Young team, still learning, they pushed the tempo really high which didnt suit our tired legs. I am pleased with a point but in the bigger picture we need to keep improving and get much better at keeping the ball and using it wisely.
mattyh1986
Unlike previous managers, Lambert today (and on other days) used substitutes to their full effect. QPR were killing us on our left side, so he re-shuffled the back-four, bringing the excellent Baker across to left back and brought on Williams to deal with Bosingwa (who was having his first good game for QPR). The re-shuffle also put Lowton into a central area, who was far better equipped to deal with the pace and trickery of Wright-Phillips. To combat Park and Taraabt getting too much space centrally he introduced Delph and KEA. It did the trick without a doubt as QPR threatened very little after we made the changes. We all know what previous managers would have done - keep the same team out there to "hold on" and we'd have conceded an 89th minute goal....
gmvillan
And lest we forget - how many times in the past have our beloved Villa been the charitable folk who give a new manager his first win or a striker on a drought his first goal in 10 games! The Rubber-Gob effect pointed to a home-banker for QPR. They have a lot of good quality (expensive) players and we are VERY young. Westwood was excellent - he is our version of Xavi! :)
gmvillan
Mr GM - the defence played ok - and frankly you could have reshuffled without using Williams and bringing a more positive first sub on. The problem is that the midfield, once it was changed with 25+ mins to go, was incapable of getting the ball much beyond QPR's side of the centre circle, and ended up with Brad or the back four under pressure and booting it back to them. So you set up your defence specifically to deal with the shortcomings of your midfield....? The better the defence does sometimes, is because you are giving the other team more possession in your last third of the pitch than they should have. This is exactly why Clark and Lihaj (local players for local people) started to lose their rag and tried to score on their own. A points not a disaster - but we were lucky to get the result we got for the second time in a week and it was a wasted opportunity to take another two points...because QPR were almost as poor as we were.
malacaxeta
A good point. Playing poorly and getting points is a good sign of doggedness and toughness. The mental strength, belief and fight is there. Last year we would have just conceded and played the game out. The team have a new cemented psychology which is a fundamental base that we need. Of course, the band wagon moaners will all have their white hankies and championship manager analysis at hand, which is ridiculous given 5 points out of 9 and an outstanding passing display against Arsenal not two games ago and a winner when it was needed against a Reading that put three past United. Not too mention of course that we'eve conceded 1 goal in 3 games and *****ed on Harry's fire with it. Next game please.
Villa_Grizzly
Well said Grizzly! Man U have played rubbish all year and they are top, it's a good sign that Lambert is starting to install a strong mentality into the young squad.
AdzVilla11
Delighted that we picked up a point, but lets not kid ourselves. It was a game that we so very nearly lost, and there certainly wasn't anything in our performance to get exited or enthused about. Most of the supporters who journeyed down to Loftus Road Villa_Grizzly, myself included, are clearly 'band wagon moaners' then, because not too man of the travelling Villans seemed to be enthused about that poor showing. Lets not kid ourselves that our performance was anything to get excited about. It most certainly wasn't.
glensider
 

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