Newcastle United – Survival Of The Fittest…
QPR 1 Newcastle United 2
Sunday 12 May 3pm
We got there in the end, survival that is, not anything great.
At the final whistle I celebrated but then reminded myself that clinching survival in your final away match isn’t perhaps a time for partying if you have any ambition.
Perhaps surprisingly, the settling factor was a dodgy penalty to the home side.
A hopeful long ball saw Debuchy challenge Hoilett and it didn’t look a foul or inside the box, so obviously it was a penalty!
When it was Loic Remy putting the spot-kick away, you really thought this might not be our day but United woke up and started to play.
On 18 minutes our first threat turned into an equaliser as Ben Arfa dribbled into the penalty area only for Bosingwa to grab his shirt, if he’d let go within 10 seconds he might have got away with it!
Instead, Ben Arfa lashed an unstoppable penalty into the top corner and nerves were calmed.
With just over 20 minutes gone a class Debuchy cross is met with a textbook Cisse header and United take the lead, only for an offside flag. It looks like another for the collection of dodgy decisions this season.
The winner came on 35 minutes as Bosingwa was involved again, his back pass wasn’t the best but Green should have still done better. Instead Jonas did really well to keep on going and charge the ball down, Gouffran calmly volleying into the empty net from the edge of the box.
To be honest, it was pretty comfortable from there on in, with the only dangers looking to be self-inflicted ones as we looked fragile in trying to close the game out, despite the home side’s poor display.
There were a couple of other half chances either way but the only doubts for me came when as usual Gouffran was dragged off after another energetic goalscoring display (see West Brom) and Obertan came on, made a change from Shola anyway!
Two minutes later and another hopeful long ball sees Rob Elliot come to the edge of his box and inexplicably catch the ball outside the line and then stand there claiming innocence, with the ball in his hands still outside the box!
Having already picked up a yellow he was off and Harper came on for Ben Arfa. No real threats but when the whistle went I did manage a smile of relief.
Full match report to follow.
QPR: Green, Bosingwa (Fabio 46), Onuoha, Hill, Traore, Townsend, Jenas, Mbia (Derry 46), Hoilett (Taarabt 84), Remy, Zamora
Newcastle United: Elliot, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Mapou, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Tiote (Perch 52), Ben Arfa (Harper 81), Gouffran (Obertan 78), Cisse
Unused Subs: Simpson, Anita, Marveaux, Campbell
Crowd: 17,278 (1,608 Newcastle)
Ref: Lee Probert
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