Whilst all talk around the ‘net seems to fall into a few camps – the signing of players (in particular Victor Moses), whether or not we’ll loan out some players, lots of former Reds people proclaiming our credentials for promotion favourably, the small matter of playing Derby next saturday, whether you have been lucky enough to have acquired a ticket for that match through the ballot process, the inherent unfairness of the away membership scheme…
However, all I’m thinking about right now is how to occupy myself on Saturday whilst we have no game – and our impending fixture with newly managerless (now, there’s a shock!) Queens Park Rangers. Currently with former Reds caretaker manager Mick Harford at the helm (although it’s only Friday night – by Tuesday they could’ve had about three more managers!), having dispensed with Paul Hart’s services in less than a month.
As well as hitting the headlines for Paul Hart falling out with Tarrabt and signing former-Forest disappointment Nigel Quashie, another QPR-themed morsel doing the rounds at the moment is a rather excellent and passionate rant by one of their supporters on a message board – alas, I haven’t been sent the original board it appeared, but here it is posted on the Forest-based LTLF message board. I can empathise with a lot of that!
Anyway, if you look up inconsistent or unpredictable in the dictionary then there will probably be a team picture of QPR next to the definition. And with so much off-field turbulence it’s hardly surprising they’ve had a mixed time of it on the pitch. They’ve won only one game in their last eleven, that coming at Loftus Road against Bristol City. For a win away from home it was twelve games ago at Sheffield Wednesday.
Former Hoops Lee Camp and Dexter Blackstock will be keen to impress against the club that bizarrely loaned them to us before selling in the summer, and with no fresh injury concerns and a bit of time since our last outing Billy will have the lads revved up for this. I hope! QPR will of course have Quashie available, and possible returns from injury for Lee Cook and Rowan Vine.
There are very few teams, indeed, probably not any that form would suggest we couldn’t deal with – but I can’t quite let myself succumb to complacency. Hopefully it’s the same for lads. My memory of Mick Harford’s days in charge here was not a man who I would consider tactically astute – but certainly passionate. Whether the rollercoaster of QPR has disrupted Billy’s careful preparations remains to be seen.
I had been looking forward to giving Harty a round of applause, although I’m not adverse to doing so for Harford either. Certainly I wouldn’t have wanted him in permanent charge but he stepped into the breach for us and did his best. With fans minds on Derby already we need to hope the players have a bit more mental discipline – because if they’re slack against QPR they might not get a game at Pride Park.
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