05/06: Preview: Queens Park Rangers
by Matt Rowson
How did they do?
"While any kind of attack seemed to require an impossible effort from our players, Rangers were creating chances at will. Still inside the opening ten minutes, Neil Cox lost out to Gallen in an aerial challenge and the striker was able to continue unobstructed into the penalty area, where Furlong should've done better than to volley over from close range. Then, with only eight minutes gone, a corner taken short to Cook, given the time to pick out Furlong at the far post, and only a fantastic flailing save from Richard Lee managed to delay the inevitable. Thirteen minutes, and another Cook cross found Furlong loitering on the penalty spot to head wide, with time and space to score. Already, we were nowhere, lost and confused."
How will they do?
Have an altogether more robust looking squad than this time last year, some solid summer signings in defence and midfield should be enough to drop anchor in mid-table. Options up front may limit further progress... we know just how good Paul Furlong is, but he'll be thirty seven in October whilst Dean Sturridge is also the wrong side of thirty and Stefan Moore has never really convinced during his various loan spells at this level. Same again for the R's.