Well how predictable was that? I could pull up my post earlier in the week and may do so later, warning about the dangers of a one or two goal defeat. Taarabt is running the show and Remy has scored one already and fancy his chances of another second half. Wright-Phillips has also got the beating of Demel and will pose a threat second half.
Thus far, 'Arry has got it spot on and Allardyce all wrong. If ever a game cried out for a man marker, this is the one. Close down Taarabt, you close down QPR, but Noble is playing too high and the centre backs are clueless as soon as the Moroccan has the ball in the hole. We had two warnings, when Remy mistimed his runs, but nothing was done. It was as if we were waiting for QPR to score! Crap defending? Yes. But crap tactics too!
So how do we get back into this one? It's not going to be easy. QPR are set up to defend and spring out on the break. Nelson and Hill are slow and lumbering, but Rangers sit so deep, that doesn't matter. We need to get at them down the flanks, but Cole doesn't have the pace and Jarvis doesn't have the desire. In fact, with Joe Cole in the team, you have to wonder if there is a place for Nolan. We really need Cole in the Taarabt role, not tied to the touchline.
Mind you, even if we create chances, who is going to take them? Chamahk looks light weight and out of his depth to me - although he should have had a penalty - and Nolan's knack seems to have deserted him. Chances he usually buries for fun are hitting the keeper or going wide at the moment.