City drop to 4th. Website reaction to QPR defeat.

Last updated : 05 April 2003 By Michael Morris
City are now 4th after todays defeat by QPR. OK we have games in hand but I'd rather have the points advantage.

Firstly lets get the positive out of the way. If we win all our remaining games we will still go up automatically.

Thats it, then we go onto the negatives.

How can we possibly win all our games when we are not the best in the division.

Maybe the score today should read

Lawrence 1 - 2 Holloway.

Mr Sensible Lennie Lawrence was unable to rouse his troops to overcome the incoming loudmouth that was Ian Holloway. The quotes were there yesterday, Holloway stated his side were better and would win, and that they did.

It's not a case of running out and jumping off the Severn Bridge, City could have got more and were worthy of a draw but it was worrying how big brash QPR were able to overcome City and leave without the Bluebirds putting up too much of a fight.

There's no doubt the problems were at the back. Spencer Prior was guilty of at least five errors in the first half and was thankful for a linesmans flag that dis-allowed a Kevin Gallen goal. It did not get much better in the second half. City always looked vulnerable.

Rangers were bigger and quicker at both ends of the field but in fairness it was a see-saw battle. Not quite in the entertainment category of Tranmere away but an enthralling tie nonetheless. City had more chances and more possession but where against lesser teams we could do enough we struggled to find the target today.

I have to mention the referee who I thought was awful, he was whislte happy, inconsistent and to cap it all hypocritical at the end.

A wrong call against Chris Barker allowed Rangers to cross and Furlong headed in unmarked, defence? a that moment we didn't have one.

Peter Thorne scored with a header from an Andy Legg corner to level and the game looked to be heading towards a draw.

As the 90 mins came up City pressed, an inocuous clash saw the %^&*^$%£"%*(()^% sorry I mean referee give Rangers a free kick deep in their half. They kicked it long and a City player was blatantly pushed. Unforgivingly City looked to the ref for the whistle but the man in the world of his own allowed play to continue and a superb cross was met by Langley to score a cracking goal.

I'm not blaming the ref for the overall result. City were done by a good side who were brimming with confidence and who came to do a job.

It worries me that we were unable to cope with Queens Park Rangers, at this time of the season we need to be in control, not be controlled.

The majority of the massive crowd of over 15,000 inc 900 away fans (what happened to the 1,500 tickets they were supposed to have sold), went away unhappy.

City go on the road now for three games in 9 days.

Automatic promotion is still an option but anything less than 9 points from 9 could well see us condemned to the play offs and on todays showing I really don't think we have the bottle for the big occasion.

Aparat from FA Cup ties where the pressure is off anyway can you remember the last time we won at home in an important league game in front of a big crowd?

Lennie liven up. It needs more than a shrug of the shoulders and accepting defeat. Be bold. Daniel Gabbidon for Spencer Prior. You know it makes sense.