northwesthoop wrote:Sylla comes in for Washington. Ngbakoto also starts in place of Wszolek. Suprised he changed it after a great performance last week but it worked last time. Fancy Sylla to score first now! Damn.
It was interesting to see in the shooting practise before the game that both Washington & Wszolek were clinically accurate; whereas Sylla & Ngbakoto (plus Luongo and Smith to a lesser extent) were all over the shop! My immediate thought was that Ollie had removed the best to rest them and to play those in need of game time.
Quickfire comments on the game:
- Rotherham worked hard to dominate the midfield but Luongo, Hall & Freeman were their equal, except in the air.
- In defence we were solid, with the 2+1 CBs covering well and Bidwell & Furlong surging forward to offer alternatives (although for some reason Bidwell never gets fed by Lynch or used by Ngbakoto)
- In attack there was none of the Washington surges at the defenders/goalie and Smith's heading on of the ball was usually missed by Sylla (not a good pairing still); Ngbakoto continues to frustrate me as he is obviously a skillful players but he sits in holes when defending and close to his marker when we are attacking - i.e. the opposite of what is required, and he is still scared of holding onto the ball; Freeman was great breaking forward and setting up others; and I must mention the surging run forward by Onuoha who gave up looking for support and went the whole way himself!
- Finally, the goals. There's may have been the best, but Smith's opener was class and Luongo rising above all others to head (yes 'head') in his first goal left everyone checking the scoreboard to confirm it really was #21 that had scored! In the past QPR have been criticised for failing to be clinical in beating their opponents. This was not the case against Rotherham, who even though they are relegated they played and defended hard.