Harry’s Class of 2014 Learning The Hard Way
As the dust settled after Rangers’ latest away defeat, the post-match feeling was one more of optimism than pessimism in contrast to the routs at White Hart Lane and Old Trafford. For Rangers displayed the battling qualities that will be required in the coming weeks if Harry Redknapp is to ensure the club retains its Premier league status come what May.
October 1st, 2014
After containing Southampton’s threat until the midway point, there was a real sense of belief that the game was there for the taking and the longer the game remained goalless, the more you felt that a smash and grab scenario was a distinct possibility. However a lapse in defensive duties from new boy Sandro allowed Bertrand a free run, who duly accepted the invitation to fire the Saints ahead.
Charlie Austin then provided the orgasmic moment in QPR’s season to date with a sumptuous touch volley past the hapless Fraser Forster sending the visiting fans into raptures. How the goal was then surpassed by Graziano Pelle’s spectacular overhead effort was a particularly sobering thought for the now crestfallen Rangers fans in attendance.
So another away game and another defeat. Despite the fact there are positives to take from a display full of endeavour and commitment, propping up the Premier league table with only a solitary victory registered after six games will be of slight concern, although there is still an abundance of time to restore parity.
Worrying signs are beginning to emerge with the new signings having an indifferent start to life at Loftus Road, and still doubts on whether Harry has found the formation best suited to the players at his disposal. The diamond was Redknapp’s formation of choice, and for long spells on Saturday it seemed to be an overly difficult proposition to breach Southampton’s rearguard. It was only after the opening goal that Rangers began to pose questions of the Saints defence and no matter how hard the team works, it will be nigh on impossible to defeat any team in this division having a mere two shots on target over ninety minutes.
It was always going to be a tough proposition to visit a team buoyed by a splendid start under Ronald Koeman and a midweek Capital One Cup victory at The Emirates to boot. But needless to say there will be tougher tests that lie in wait for The Hoops over the course of a gruelling Premier League campaign. It is crucial that the industry Rangers displayed against the Saints and Stoke is intertwined with attacking guile and panache in order to become a force to be reckoned with in this league. The necessary ability has been demonstrated by QPR this season, more specifically by the audacious Charlie Austin. However if Redknapp is to succeed, he needs to discover a recurring game-winning formula and sharpish. Over to you Harry.