QPR 1 – 2 Villa: We mounted a comeback, bonus!

I fully intended to write a post last night, but the truth is I sat down at the computer, messed around a while and then fell asleep, because I was shattered. Apologies.
I’d earlier thought about what I was going to say, which was along the lines of that I expected Steve Bruce to play a cagey game, with us looking to get a draw. QPR have beaten some very decent sides recently, after all.

So what a pleasant surprise it was to hear that it didn’t turn out anything like that and it was apparently a very open game.
I say apparently, because I was at work. I tried the AVTV commentary, but it was frankly rubbish and kept going down.
I got out of work at about 3.30 and legged it to the car, hoping that I could get the WM commentary.
I did, until that went down too.
It seems Loftus road is technologically antiquated.

I arrived home at about 4.15 and AVTV was working, hooray!
So while I missed most of the game, the latter part sounded pretty good and we seemed to be going for it.
Having had a look around, it seems we created plenty of chances, whereas QPR scored from their one chance in the first half.
I have yet to look at the goals.

So basically, I’m only really commenting on the result and nothing else.

For me, this was a brilliant result, as I really saw this as a banana skin game, which we could easily have lost.
I know we should beat the likes of QPR on paper, but it doesn’t always work like that does it?
I never foresaw the Sheffield loss, after all.

The truth is, when I heard we’d gone one down, I was thinking that it was game over, as we don’t really do comebacks do we?
But when I heard we’d equalised, so I was encouraged as AVTV’s co-commentator said he saw us winning after a decent start to the second half. That was a good shout.

So what more can we want?
We went one down and came back to win, away from home.
We also put one over Ian Holloway, who talked us down at the start of the season.
In fairness, he also said that we’d be a tough test today, which increased my opinion of him.
Not that I’ve ever really disliked him. His comments as Blackpool manager brightened the game, I thought.

Whatever, winning away, after going behind is not far off as good as it gets.
It’s another three points and I’m a very happy bunny.


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  1. Andrew
    Andrew November 19, 2017 at 9:25 pm .

    Whelan isn’t far better than Westwood, maybe as a defensive midfielder because that’s what he is, and Westwood isn’t. Whelan is similar to De Rossi, not even close to being as good, but he’s disciplined in his job. He’s there to protect the defense, that’s his whole goal. Westwood isn’t a defensive midfielder, he’s more of a Pirlo, Scholes type, most similar to like Leon Britton. They sit next too or just in front of a defensive midfielder and spray the ball around, yes they’ll do their fair share of tackling but they won’t be as good at it as a defensive midfielder.

    It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Whelan type, and we’ve desperately needed one for ages. Closest thing we had was Sanchez, but he wasn’t an out and out defensive midfielder as he tried to be too creative when our other players couldn’t be.

    Whelan certainly has his good games, but very much has his bad. He’s good enough for now, but if we have plans to stay up if we go up, he needs replacing instantly.

    1. owen
      owen November 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm .

      Whatever he is Whelan contributes something – Westwood contributed nothing and he’s doing the same at Burnley.

  2. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 November 21, 2017 at 12:37 am .

    I’ve noticed Lowton on MOTD now and then but never Westwood….does he play ?

  3. owen
    owen November 21, 2017 at 9:34 am .

    Westwood gets on as a sub every now and then, He usually just shuffles sideways up and down the bench without touching anyone.

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