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Amor de Cosmos
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Ours apparently, since Christmas anyhow. In fact in the top four divisions only Manchester United has scored more goals than QPR this year.


Well I was surprised.

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Janik
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Really? I'm not.

An awful lot of money was spent in January putting a strong side together. I would expect QPR to be right in the running for automatic promotion next season. Either that or Di Canio will be sacked pretty quickly.

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Surprised because the impression I, and other supporters, have is that we still struggle a bit in the goal-scoring area. Bristol City and Stoke aside we haven't really demolished anyone and we don't have a really reliable striker — the fabled twenty goal man — yet. Agyemang went on tear after he arrived, but that dried up after six matches and the rest of the scoring has been spread around the team.

In modern football "an awful lot of money" is subjective I guess. The club spent under £5 million on new players in January. An amount that would have been as impossible as £5 billion five months — or five years — earlier. But, as Briatore pointed out recently, it's less than Sheffield United spent on James Beattie.

I think the expectation is that we'll be in the play-offs next season. I don't know if DeCanio will be fired if we're not, it might depend how much we miss them by. The club has a mysterious four year plan to see us in the Premier League. At the moment most fans are just happy to have a competitive team, playing good football, so they can enjoy going to matches again.

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How's Rowlands doing for you AdC? Looks like he's staying fit and scoring semi-regularly. He was always a good player of us, when fit and he felt like playing, but the nature of his departure makes him a despised figure.
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Amor de Cosmos
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I think most fans would agree that, overall, he's been our best player this season. A very consistent keystone in the midfield, he's also filled in successfully at right back on several occasions. He was having a good season on a bad team before the take-pver but since DeCanio arrived has really blossomed and was made team captain a couple of months ago. Injuries have dogged him throughout his time with us but this year he's missed very few games, everyone hopes it continues.

[ 21.03.2008, 16:54: Message edited by: Amor de Cosmos ]

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Harry Carpenter
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quote:
In modern football "an awful lot of money" is subjective I guess. The club spent under £5 million on new players in January.
You're right, that isn't "an awful lot of money", for D2 spending in one month it is a humoungous amount of money. Possibly a record for a January transfer window in the division and huge for a team primarily looking to avoid relegation.
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Amor de Cosmos
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OK, if you say so (do you carry that kind of information around in your head, or own a a database as humungous as QPR's transfer budget?) My point, however, was the same as yours: the squad, as it stands is designed for consolidation in Div 2, not for automatic promotion. In any case the most striking improvement in the team hasn't so much been the players brought in, as the improvement in play of the ones that were already there when DeCanio arrived (which, in fact, is most of the squad.) Even shell-shocked crapulous performers like Zesh Rehman have upped their game to the point where he could almost pass as a professional footballer. If LDC, who has, at best, an average record in top-level Italian football can turn relegation certainties around so quickly, surely other Championship sides could be looking to the middle-ranks of European coaches too.
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Their attack was pretty blunt today, but our defence was so soft it still managed to concede three goals from their four shots.

One hell of a game, mind.

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I gather the ref decided the game would carry on until Wolves equalised. Five or six minutes was it? Still before 3:00pm most of us would have happily taken the point.

See you next season.

Harry: I checked with QPR's resident statto's and the amount spent in the January window is reckoned to be a shade under £3.5 million. Not chump change, I'll grant, but being as the balance of the team cost about 3.5p we're probably no more than an average Div 2 side in terms of what the it has cost. That will likely change over the summer of course.

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The ref was hopeless all day. Neither penalty was a penalty, but the 5 minutes of injury time wasn't massively far fetched: 30 secs for each goal (4 in the second half) and 30 secs for each substitution (3 seperate subs in the second half): that's a minute and a half before you add on injuries and timewasting.
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