It’s never boring at the Den is it?
After heavy defeats before the international break the Lions needed a good performance and quick, but with unbeaten QPR next up at the Den, most fans were expecting an easy win for the west London side.
And it seemed to be going that way when a Niko Kranjcar strike put Rangers 1-0 up in the first half, but if you only saw the highlights you wouldn’t see the major incident just moments before.
Liam Trotter was brought down in the box for one of the most blatant penalties you’ll see in a while, but it somehow wasn’t given. Another case of officials coming to the Den and not wanted to be intimidated, this time it was the turn of ‘Premier League’ ref Mike Dean. But to be honest, with the standard of refereeing you get down the Den, you shouldn’t expect any decision to go your way.
The goal knocked the stuffing out of the Lions attack, after the first goal, there was no pressure it was almost like the team were resigned to defeat, after all, this was a team that let in two goals all season. QPR were looking good without really getting out of second gear.
In the second half the Lions came out as they did at the start, pressuring the QPR midfield not trying to give them a moments rest, and the pressure told when Trotter pressured Clint Hill off the ball, slid it to Scott McDonald who cooly finished.
The game may have been level but you can still see the quality within the QPR side, they always looked a threat, with the likes of Joey Barton, Junior Hoilett and Charlie Austin.
And it was indeed Austin who put the unbeaten side 2-1 up with quarter of an hour left when he was played through and cooly chipped past David Forde.
Lomas will get the blame for a lot of things, but he deserved credit, to have four strikers on the pitch for the last 15 minutes against a team with the quality such as QPR is very brave, they could’ve tore us apart.
Instead it galvanised us, we kept pushing, wave after wave of attack. And it told in injury time when Jermaine Easter sent the Den mental with a great finish.
Lets also say a big well done to Harry Redknapp for the assist for Easter’s goal. Good ‘Ol ‘Arry was moaning to the fans after Joe Jordan was hit by a ball, so then he got hit by the same ball when the thrower was trying to get it back to Paul Robinson. So Redknapp goes even more mental, so mental in fact that he doesn’t see Easter’s equaliser.
If carlsberg did injury time…
The game finally saw the Lions actually do what they haven’t done in a long time, take their chances! And hopefully this point will put the team in good stead for the trip to Reading Saturday…