Andrew Greaves: QPR draw proves that money isn't everything

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THEY say that money can't buy you happiness and for the second time this season QPR boss Harry Redknapp found that out the hard way.

A late equaliser for the West Londoners may have handed Harry a share of the spoils but make no mistake, his side were second best, especially in the second half.

By the time substitute Modibo Maiga slotted home from a yard out to tie the contest at 3-3, the Clarets really should have been out of sight.

Having twice been behind to sloppy goal, the first a free header from debutant Kevin Doyle, the second a neat volley from centre back Richard Dunne after an equally smart turn and finish from Danny Ings drew us level, the Clarets somehow found themselves 3-2 to the good thanks to two Sam Vokes goals.

The first was a typical striker’s finish, Vokes getting in front of his man to steer home from close range, the second a tap into an empty net after Ings had pick-pocketed the woeful Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

The partnership could have edged even closer to the 40-goal mark but Ings, having got behind the QPR defence, couldn’t find the finish that was needed and steered his effort wide. At 4-2 that really would have been game over.

The game was a spectacle for the neutral and the 1,500 Burnley fans who made the early trip down south almost had something else to cheer deep into stoppage time when sub Junior Stanislas robbed Assou-Ekotto again and lofted the ball over Rob Green and towards goal.

Unfortunately for the traveling faithful his effort evaded the back post and with that came the final whistle.

It says something when you come away from Loftus Road disappointed with a point but I guess that is the level of expectation now.

Dyche has a real task on his hand at trying to keep that expectation in check but the more performance like this second half one that we produce, the harder that is going to be.

The result keeps us in third place – still three behind Redknapp's big spenders – and still very much within touching distance of that two top.

A couple more wins would do us very nicely and we have a great chance to do just that next weekend at home to Millwall.

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9:32pm Mon 3 Feb 14

speedie_rovers_legend says...

We will see in may , not the early days of feb who goes up, I know were my money would be unlike your owners.
We will see in may , not the early days of feb who goes up, I know were my money would be unlike your owners. speedie_rovers_legend

10:13pm Mon 3 Feb 14

eddyo says...

If it wasn't for Assou-Ekotto's Bet 365 routine you lot would have lost to a far superior team man for man. Harry finds it hard grubbing about in this kick and run league. A very dodgy display from Assou-Ekotto.
If it wasn't for Assou-Ekotto's Bet 365 routine you lot would have lost to a far superior team man for man. Harry finds it hard grubbing about in this kick and run league. A very dodgy display from Assou-Ekotto. eddyo

10:35pm Mon 3 Feb 14

u owe u owe says...

Guess those dark glasses and white stick have served you well. An unrealistic assessment of what was a fantastic end to end match. To accuse Ekotto of match fixing, really? nothing to do being put under pressure?
Pathetic comments from a pathetic individual
Guess those dark glasses and white stick have served you well. An unrealistic assessment of what was a fantastic end to end match. To accuse Ekotto of match fixing, really? nothing to do being put under pressure? Pathetic comments from a pathetic individual u owe u owe

9:49am Tue 4 Feb 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Look at the poor Blackburn inbreds drooling about how we only got a point against QPR, when if they could actually afford Sky Sports in their Shadsworth slums they would have seen for themselves just how we tore the millionaires from South London apart time and time again.

it is only the fact that they ARE a good side that prevented them from being on the end of a tubbing dished out by the mighty Clarets. Poor mid-table Blackburn will not be so lucky as they do not have the quality that QPR have.

An easy three points for Burnley at Ewood and the neanderthals know this which is why we keep getting the above posts on the Burnley articles.
Look at the poor Blackburn inbreds drooling about how we only got a point against QPR, when if they could actually afford Sky Sports in their Shadsworth slums they would have seen for themselves just how we tore the millionaires from South London apart time and time again. it is only the fact that they ARE a good side that prevented them from being on the end of a tubbing dished out by the mighty Clarets. Poor mid-table Blackburn will not be so lucky as they do not have the quality that QPR have. An easy three points for Burnley at Ewood and the neanderthals know this which is why we keep getting the above posts on the Burnley articles. Champagne plus charlie

6:53pm Tue 4 Feb 14

claret813 says...

eddyo wrote:
If it wasn't for Assou-Ekotto's Bet 365 routine you lot would have lost to a far superior team man for man. Harry finds it hard grubbing about in this kick and run league. A very dodgy display from Assou-Ekotto.
You really are a bitter, small minded person aren't you? The stats speak for themselves. Four points taken off the promotion favourites. Of the 20 goals QPR have conceded 5 have been scored by the Clarets. No other team has put more than one past Harry's lot at home. If this is how we treat teams that are better than us man for man, I would be very afraid of what we are going to do with a bunch of high earning nobodies. Bring on March!!!
[quote][p][bold]eddyo[/bold] wrote: If it wasn't for Assou-Ekotto's Bet 365 routine you lot would have lost to a far superior team man for man. Harry finds it hard grubbing about in this kick and run league. A very dodgy display from Assou-Ekotto.[/p][/quote]You really are a bitter, small minded person aren't you? The stats speak for themselves. Four points taken off the promotion favourites. Of the 20 goals QPR have conceded 5 have been scored by the Clarets. No other team has put more than one past Harry's lot at home. If this is how we treat teams that are better than us man for man, I would be very afraid of what we are going to do with a bunch of high earning nobodies. Bring on March!!! claret813

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