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Match Report: Norwich 2-1 QPR (QPR Fan's Perspective)

Sunday 27th November 2011
A goal, thirteen minutes from time, from sub Grant Holt was enough to win a poor match between last season's top two in the Championship.

Having lost reserve goalkeeper, Brian Murphy, in the warm up last week at Stoke, QPR were dealt a huge blow prior to kick off with first choice keeper, Paddy Kenny, being ruled out for 6-8 weeks with a muscular injury. With the Premier League refusing to allow us to sign a replacement on loan, it meant Radek Cerny made his first appearance of the season. The only other change from last week was Shaun Derry replacing the suspended Joey Barton.

Norwich made their intentions clear early on- get the ball forward to Steve Morison as quickly as possible and feed off the scraps. Morison went close in the opening stages after robbing Anton Ferdinand in the penalty area, with only a good save from Cerny denying him.

Norwich took a deserved lead after 15 minutes through Russell Martin after QPR failed to clear a corner. However, QPR began to grow into the game and were unlucky not to equalise when a Shaun Wright-Phillips free kick just evaded Shaun Derry at the far post. Another chance fell to Jamie Mackie just before half time but he could only slam his effort in to the side netting.

QPR came out for the second half fired up and were the dominant force. A fully deserved equaliser soon followed on 59 minutes. A strong run from Jamie Mackie ended with his shot hitting the post and the rebound falling kindly for Luke Young to score his 2nd goal in 2 games. It was nothing more than the R's deserved from a good second half performance.

However, Lambert threw on Holt and Hoolahan and the game changed. Holt had a header cleared off the line soon after coming on and in the same attack, an excellent cross from Hoolahan fell kindly to the big striker and he made no mistake from 5 yards.

QPR pressed for an equaliser and Helguson should have done better with a header at the far post. However, Norwich held on for an important win.

The game was lacking in quality and it was obvious how much QPR missed Joey Barton. The fact that there were 2 foul throws in the game just shows how poor the game was. Norwich played to their strengths and will make it hard for all visitors to Carrow Road. Whether or not they have enough quality to stay up this season, we'll have to wait and see.

January can't come soon enough for QPR- a goalkeeping crisis, a lack of options up front and a lack of cover in central midfield are all problems that need addressing sooner rather than later.

West Bromwich Albion at home next week now becomes a very important game for the Superhoops.
Jawad Laouira

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