Beat around the Bush

By Sandy Lerman HAS the feel-good factor at last returned to Loftus Road? In the last two home games, we have witnessed a feast of football and the real bonus has been the nine goals scored by the home side. I am in heaven! Joyfully I have scoured the

By Sandy Lerman

HAS the feel-good factor at last returned to Loftus Road? In the last two home games, we have witnessed a feast of football and the real bonus has been the nine goals scored by the home side. I am in heaven!

Joyfully I have scoured the newspaper reports and examined the league table to see our goal difference of plus seven. Only three teams have a better goal difference than us and they currently lead the Championship!

QPR teams of the distant past were always noted for their flair and attacking play. I think it would be fair to say that more recent teams have not really produced the quality of attacking football of the calibre of their predecessors. Until now!

Last season I, along with the rest of our fans - including those sitting in the directors' box, I should point out - were left seriously underwhelmed by the lack of attacking, creative play. The dearth of chances created. The number of times there were no players in the opposition box to receive a cross from our tricky wingers. The dull and uninspiring matches.

It is no great surprise that the atmosphere at home matches became just as dull and uninspiring - leading to a cacophony of boos at times (something I do not personally agree with, but nevertheless an expression of discontent at the plain fare we were regularly being served up).

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This summer many of those same, underwhelmed fans questioned the appointment of Jim Magilton. I confess to being less than enthusiastic myself.

On what basis? Ipswich, under Magilton, had always been a pleasure to watch. But did we, as sceptical QPR fans, doubt that he could produce a similar end-product with our beloved Rangers? And, based on our opening matches, we seemed set for yet another dull season.

But perhaps, as Magilton has stated in interviews, the team really did have a steep learning curve to conquer. And, perhaps at last, they are showing how well the lessons imparted by Magilton and his trusty sidekick, John Gorman, have been learned.

The atmosphere at Loftus Road has improved enormously. It is most enjoyable going to watch the team and join in with the buoyant mood of the crowd, singing and chanting. And a sign of our approval for the manager and his tactics? Jim Magilton's name is now being sung from the stands - Magilton's Blue and White Army!

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