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The opposition view

Filed: Wednesday, 3rd October 2012
By: Staff Writer

West Ham secured their first win on the road this season with a 2-1 victory at Loftus Road on Monday night - and once again most of the talk from the opposition was of tired old cliches involving long balls and being overly-physical. Read on...

"The first half was embarrassing, we were so poor. West Ham muscled Granero, Park and Faurlin out of the game - they couldn't do that with Diakite and his and Adel's decisive running was creating real problems for them. The defence is worrying - that's five conceded against two of the three promoted sides in the same week. If something doesn't happen to change things soon, we could end up being one of the most talented sides ever to get relegated. Overall, West Ham deserved their win tonight."
- hogbag2

"We were shocking for an hour, allowing West Ham to bully and drag us down into the ugliest match seen at Loftus Road for a good few years. Hughes biggest mistake was to play SWP as the outlet. Big bruiser Sam was happy to collect as many yellows as it took to win the game and succeded. Hughes just got it all wrong until it was too late. Not a nice evening's football."
- dm

"We have a quality squad who at times play quality football but lack a bit of grit fight and a leader. Playing a disruptive side like West Ham, who got a record eight yellows all for cheating. is difficult. I know which one I'd pay to see week in week out. After Diakite was sent off the game evened up a bit; Jaskelinan made at least two wonder saves to keep them in it."
- deepseahoop

"West Ham were very cynical yesterday; some would describe it as a very professional outfit. They killed the game whenever they faced any threat and were happy to take yellows to achieve this. Referees need to wise up to this when in charge of their matches."
- West Acton

"Anyone who was in Q Block last night will back me on this: their first goal should not have stood, as the cross from Nolan was controlled by his hand. West Ham showed the rest of the Premier League how to beat us - basically bully us and hope the ref is soft. I can't see West Ham doing very well this season as lots of other referees would have bossed that game, which would have put paid to their tactics."
- nuffieldranger

"The referee was terrible with his inconsistency between the first half and the second. The first two goals were scored in part because of him allowing the over-physicality of West Ham to dictate the style of play in the Hammers' favour. He missed at least two yellow card infractions which would have at least slowed down the Hammers as it did in the second half when he was handing out yellows."
- jaejaxon2000

"On another day Julio saves the two soft shots at his near post, Jaaskelainen lets in one of our eight shots on target, West Ham lose a player to two bookings, we win. Unfortunately it all went against us from the first few minutes last night. Such a hammer blow conceding so early. It set us up for the rest of the first half and gave them hope. That's football. We were unlucky to lose - West Ham were holding on towards the end."
- RangerJim

"When Mark Hughes said we'll never be in a relegation fight while he's there, perhaps he knew he wouldn't make January..."
- stainrod10

"We played a very well organised side who barring an injury nightmare I think will do well this season. Granero and Faurlin were outnumbered which knackered our engine and ability to play with any kind of shape. I like SWP but he couldn't get into game last night, again very effectively marked. Big Sam got his tactics spot on and his side followed it to the letter. Well done 'ammers but I do hope we get a win soon. It's starting to grate!"
- FurtiveFox

"I don't think Rob Green has any reason to laugh. He is still behind Julio in the picking list. Unless he just received his bank account statement - getting money for doing almost nothing."
- Giorgio

* Comments originally posted at qprdot.org and wearetherangersboys.com

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by g portugal
03:53PM 4th Oct 2012
''Tired excuses. Life is a results business. And QPR look very much like a side going down, despite having pockets of talent.''

by lee
07:39PM 3rd Oct 2012
''Rangers out-played, out-classed and out-supported by West Ham on Monday night and with Rangers supporters getting a bit shirty about our tactics, well tough. We played well, got our tactics spot on and got the three points.''

by the happy hammer
07:32PM 3rd Oct 2012
''@West Acton: We are entitled to be physical to a point, that is football. Also, four of the eight bookings were for powder-puff challenges dished out by the worst ref in the Premier League. Maybe you need to get your own house in order; if your man had not got sent off you might have got something from the game. Unless you add some steel to your side you are for the drop. That is a fact!''

by Pete
06:15PM 3rd Oct 2012
''Can't believe what I've just read. Talk about sour grapes, it doesn't even come close. I thought we played really well other than about a 15-minute spell following the goal where we were rocking a bit.

We press teams and stop them playing. If that's bullying then so do a lot of very good teams, including Barcelona. Trouble is, when you do that the opposition think they've been beaten because they played badly, when actually it's because we've played well.''

by Metal Hammer
05:56PM 3rd Oct 2012
''These comments read as "wah wah boo hoo, we lost".''

by Iain
04:21PM 3rd Oct 2012
''If anything I thought the ref was a little too eager to give out cards and we didn't deserve all of them. I love seeing comments from people moaning about us when the fact is their team put in a limp display and we got at them from the beginning.

Rob Green's face... CLASSIC!''

by Baddow Bloke
02:52PM 3rd Oct 2012
''Most enjoyable. Some very funny contributions there (and a couple of perceptive comments, to be fair).''

by steve leigh on sea hammer
02:44PM 3rd Oct 2012
''It makes me laugh, reading some of these comments. It makes you wonder what game they were watching.

As for Nolan's hand ball, I didn't see Sky picking it up and they have all the angles covered yet some bloke in Row Z saw it perfectly along with his mates!

Sour grapes, Rangers fans; you tactically got it wrong and Big Sam deserves credit for getting it right. COYI.''

by Scott
12:44PM 3rd Oct 2012
''And Big Sam says West Ham fans are deluded and talk bollocks!

Those QPR fans must have been watching another game. Apart from the 20ish minute pressure they put us under when they scored, which we dealt with brilliantly even with two early changes at the back we dominated and should have won by four.

Sour grapes and the constant threat of looking over their should at relegation must be taking its toll on the Rs' mental well-being.''

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