I got out of bed just after six on Saturday morning to go to my first away game of the season. Despite the fact that QPR haven’t won a game this season I was still in a confident mood as we left on the coach just after 9am.
The weather in London was a bit cold and overcast and the closer we got to the Britannia the more the sun came out; I hoped it was a sign of things to come.
Having an ‘away end’ car park is a very good idea; off the coach and into the ground which had a nice big bar! I took my seat about 2.40pm; I sat in the front row and had a great view, or so I thought!
Tony Fernandes came out of the tunnel briefly and was given a warm round of applause; a man loved by most of the fans.
The first half hour of the game wasn’t great by either side; two teams not in great form cancelling each other out. As half time approached everyone that had to be there seemed to walk round the pitch; from the Police and stewards to the press and ball boys. Some of them even had a chat so stopped, meaning we could see nothing!
At half time we were drawing and I was still confident we could get something out of the game. I looked to my right and saw they had a big screen and made a mental note to look at it if people walked across and obstructed my view.
The second half started much the same as the first; I have to say Peter Crouch does like to use his elbows and moan a lot! Then Stoke scored and I got a nasty feeling we were going to lose despite plenty of time to reply.
Some of the players’ heads went down and any good manager would have seen that and made changes; of course nothing happened.
A player I will single out for praise is captain Ryan Nelsen; he spills blood and sweat and never gives up; if we had half a dozen players with his commitment we wouldn’t be in this mess.
We created a few chances but in all honesty I never thought we’d score; just call it a feeling.
Again as the game came to a close people walked in front so I looked back at the big screen; only to have stewards standing up in front to block the view.
When asked by fans to sit down they never answered; they just smiled. That didn’t help the mood amongst the QPR fans and when asked afterwards they said they were protecting the away fans; yet one steward said it was the QPR fans causing the trouble! So who were the stewards protecting?
I paid to see a game not people walking in front of me or blocking my view of the big screen.
Back to the matter at hand, how much longer is Tony Fernandes going to let a man who seems clueless manage the club I adore?
We haven’t won away since he took over; and we haven’t won a league game all season!
Tony, I love the zest you have for the club and loyalty you have to Mark Hughes but on this one you’ve made a mistake; act now or it will get very bad and very ugly.
image: © Tom Cuppens