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Question of the Week
Will Paul Hurst stay at Grimsby?
04/10 QPR Part 2
By: Tony Butcher
TOWN - no, no, not yet. On and on the game went, with Town hoofing hurriedly and QPR controlling the match. A Town corner! Barnard clipped the ball back to Campbell, 25 yards out. Except it didnâ€™t get that far as a QPR player ran out and intercepted the ball, like he knew it was going to happen.
Grimsby Town 0 Queens Park Rangers 1
The ball sliced away, away, on to the roof, over the roof and towards the goals on Sussex Rec. Pouton would be proud of you Discotheque Derrick, you are fit to fill his shooting boots. A Town free kick from the left was flung way beyond the far post. Crane snuck around the back and firmly headed downwards. Day made an instinctive parry at the foot of the post, the ball trundling out for a corner, the wavy blue â€˜keeper rolling back into the net.
As the half ended QPR pressed again, with Town being fortunate with offside flagging and wayward crossing. Furlong was released down the QOR right and crossed dangerously into the centre of the goalmouth, only Craneâ€™s knee being between ball and the unmarked Thorpe. Welcome to Lottery corner, as the ball could have gone anywhere. It ended up looping over Davison and bouncing behind the goal. My, my, it was almost a Lever moment. We were almost back on the heritage trail. The club really should think about erecting a blue plaque to commemorate the Beverley Bumbler, advertising historical re-enactments every two weeks. Thatâ€™d get the missing fans back. Yet more QPR pressure. McDermott to the rescue, heading the ball away from under the crossbar as a cross was dinked over Davison and an attacker lurked. Replay scene, add one minute, substitute Edwards for McDermott. You get the picture.
Half time: Grimsby Town 0 Queens Park Rangers 0
Thatâ€™s the first half, leaving out many minor details of huffery and puffery. In simple terms QPR out though and out fought Town, which isnâ€™t so much a criticism of Town as a compliment to QPR. They had clearly studied Town and sought to nullify threats and exploit weaknesses. Itâ€™s only what youâ€™d expect the opposition to do. The Town midfield was malfunctioning, with Hamilton looking ponderous in the extreme, almost Onuoraian in the time delay between lights, camera and action. It was like he was on his first driving lesson and having to think mirror, signal then manoeuvre. By which time four QPR saloon cars had overtaken him down Taylors Avenue. Letâ€™s hope he knows where the petrol cap is. Crowe and Campbell were non-presences, adding nothing in attack and only occupying space in defence. Daws did his best, but could only be in two, not four, places at once. The defence creaked, the Town fans silently groaned, but it was still 0-0. No-one booed, no one moaned (out loud anyway), it was all remarkably tolerant viewing. Perhaps there was a collective recognition that QPR were any good and it wasnâ€™t Town being rubbish that was causing the paucity of free flowing football expected.
Drawing at half time was a bonus. Much less than QPR deserved. And werenâ€™t we thankful for that.
Stu's Half Time Toilet Talk
"Theyâ€™ve just signed Warren Beatty".
The report continues in the Second Half.
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