QPR 2 Newcastle 1 Saturday 16 May 3pm
Goals: NUFC Riviere 24 QPR Phillips 54 Fer 61
Even when seemingly gifted a win against a team already relegated and in disarray, Newcastle someow found a way to get beat.
This gutless display is indefensible, a boot down the pitch by Tim Krul saw Emmanuel Riviere fluke the ball into the net, kicking it with one foot and the ball then looping off his standing one and past Robert Green.
Only minutes later and Green was forced off after a collision with Joey Barton, what could possibly go wrong…
QPR simply came out and had a bit of a go in the second half and that was more than enough.
On 54 minutes Charlie Austin crossed for Matt Phillips to head the equaliser and then 7 minutes later Leroy Fer hit a long range effort past Tim Krul.
All that was needed was a little effort and evidence of team spirit to play for the club and the fans.
QPR had it and Newcastle didn’t, that tells you all you need to know.
John Carver came up with excuse No.9738 for the latest abject failure.
Speaking after the 2-1 loss, the Newcastle Head coach pointed to the ‘Hot and warm climate’ at Loftus Road as a factor in the defeat.
Yes it might have been sunny but this wasn’t the equivalent of that 1994 World Cup in the USA or the upcoming mad one in Qatar.
This was a sunny day in West London and after checking the Weather Channel, the highest the temperature reached was a sweltering…17 degrees celsius.
“The crazy thing about this game is that you can be in total control, which I thought we were in the first half. Then you have a mad spell…it just show you get punished.
“But we didn’t give in and we had a go, I cannot fault the lads for their effort again in a hot and warm climate, hot conditions. We kept going and going and going but it wasn’t good enough.”
“Next week is a huge game for this football club and I know when we get to St. James’ next week the atmosphere will be electric, it will be like it was against West Brom and we need that. It might just be the fact that gets us over that line, the fact that the guys (fans) are behind us.
“I have already said it, we will get to the summer and have a post-mortem, then see where we go from there.”
These are the key stats as provided by BBC Sport;
Possession was 53% Newcastle and 47% QPR
Total shots was 22 for Newcastle and QPR 8
Shots on target was Newcastle 8 and QPR 4
While corners was Newcastle 12 and QPR 3
Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Dummett, Jonas, Colback, Ryan Taylor (Aaron 64), Sissoko, Cabella (Ameobi 73), Perez, Riviere (Cisse 63)
Unused Subs: Woodman, Anita, Gouffran, Abeid
Ref: Lee Probert