Queens Park Rangers are out of the FA Cup after dropping out 1-Zero at house in opposition to Watford within the fifth spherical of the competitors at Loftus Highway final night time (Friday).
Etienne Capoue scored the one objective of the sport in first half harm time because the Hornets booked their place within the final eight of the FA Cup, leaving QPR to concentrate on the Championship for the remainder of the season.
And Tom Victor appears again on the speaking factors from the sport, under.
QPR gave pretty much as good as they received in opposition to Premier League opposition
For 90 minutes, plus 4 minutes of stoppage time in both half, it might have been exhausting to say for sure which of the 2 groups in motion was within the high half of the Premier League and which was within the backside half of the Championship.
Luke Freeman seemed higher on the ball than any Watford participant, Jordan Cousins and Massimo Luongo have been a match for the Hornets’ midfield, and a lot of the greatest probabilities went the way in which of the house aspect.
After some latest performances, onlookers might have been forgiven for considering Javi Gracia’s aspect would overpower Steve McClaren’s males, however the Rs have been within the tie from the primary whistle to the final and might rely themselves desperately unfortunate to not have at the least compelled extra-time.
Frustration at conceding from a set piece
QPR’s energy from attacking set-pieces is well-documented, however their gamers have the instruments to be simply as sturdy when defending corners and free-kicks. It should sting, then, to have conceded from a set play for the second house sport in a row.
It wasn’t fairly as evident because the free header offered to Birmingham defender Harlee Dean within the 4-Three defeat, however Étienne Capoue’s probability, whereas it nonetheless wanted ending, was one the house defence will really feel they ought to not be permitting within the first place.
Contemplating the comparatively small risk posed by the guests from open play – Watford recorded only one shot on the right track all sport, because the again three of Darnell Furlong, Toni Leistner and Grant Corridor dealt properly with the twin risk of Troy Deeney and Andre Grey – letting their guard down in that method will probably be even tougher to take.
Followers are absolutely behind this group of gamers
It’s not typically you’ll see a group obtain near unwavering assist after a 3rd straight defeat, but it surely feels as if QPR’s followers know the latest poor run of outcomes is simply non permanent.
It in all probability helps that they’ve already seen this group of gamers present resilience within the face of poor outcomes, with the membership bouncing again from 4 straight losses at the beginning of the marketing campaign to elevate themselves into the highest half at Christmas, however there’s religion – definitely for now – that this squad is giving its all and that the latest outcomes are usually not for a scarcity of making an attempt.
Will the additional day’s relaxation assist for West Brom on Tuesday?
Steve McClaren mentioned after the sport that he’d somewhat his gamers have a bit extra relaxation after a 3rd sport in six days, and there should be a worry that most of the identical gamers will probably be feeling the results of so many video games in fast succession, however they at the least have one factor working of their favour when West Brom come to Loftus Highway on Tuesday: the advantage of nearly 24 hours’ further relaxation.
Granted, that is likely to be balanced out by the Rs’ sport developing in opposition to Premier League opposition, however McClaren will hope Aston Villa give Darren Moore’s group a correct exercise on the Hawthorns this afternoon (Saturday).
Nice margins will certainly swing QPR’s means quickly
“Toni Leistner’s probability proper on the finish I feel sort of summed us up when you’ve watched us over the previous few video games. Very shut, however not shut sufficient.”
That’s how McClaren described the slim margins in latest weeks, and it’s straightforward to envisage a state of affairs the place every of the final 4 matches might have ended in a different way.
A final-minute penalty enchantment rejected in opposition to Wigan, a spot-kick missed in opposition to Birmingham, a harsh one awarded in opposition to them within the defeat at Ashton Gate in midweek and a slide from the captain which was inches away from ending with him turning the ball into Heurelho Gomes’ internet with simply a few minutes to play.
You may not count on all of these to go your means, however for none of them to take action feels just like the sort of poor fortune which should even itself out sooner somewhat than later.