QPR 1 Leicester City 2
By Ben Kosky SUCH has been QPR s consistency in recent weeks that team selection had become almost automatic – and one defeat should not necessarily change that. However, there are questions that need asking after Rangers surrendered their unbeaten home r
By Ben Kosky
SUCH has been QPR's consistency in recent weeks that team selection had become almost automatic - and one defeat should not necessarily change that.
However, there are questions that need asking after Rangers surrendered their unbeaten home record to Leicester.
Namely, does Jim Magilton need to rethink his defensive strategy? And is it written into Radek Cerny's contract that he must be selected if fit?
Only those who drew up Cerny's terms of employment know the answer to the latter, but it seems incredible that, despite a number of blunders by the Czech, loan signing Tom Heaton remains cooling his heels.
Heaton performed well in his two Carling Cup appearances for the Rs, while Cerny looked shaky at Derby and followed that up by gifting Matt Fryatt the winner on Friday night.
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Damion Stewart, meanwhile, was ostensibly substituted due to an ankle injury, but his performance had already been an alarming throwback to the days when he and Zesh Rehman both floundered in Rangers' defence.
Stewart was unable to deal with the tricky Martyn Waghorn, who gave him the slip but fired straight at Cerny after the centre-back allowed the ball to bounce.
Then it was Fryatt's turn to escape Stewart's clutches and, although Kaspars Gorkss came to the rescue, Rangers looked decidedly fragile at the back.
Waghorn's goal was ruled out for a marginal offside decision and Fryatt had a volley beaten out by Cerny, so it was somewhat against the run of play when QPR took the lead on 33 minutes.
Akos Buzsaky and Mikele Leigertwood linked up to release Adel Taarabt and the Moroccan played a one-two with Jay Simpson before slotting his finish low to the right of Chris Weale.
The lead lasted only four minutes, though, as Leicester worked the ball along the left and Stewart stood motionless as Dany N'Guessan floated a cross to the near post for Fryatt to head home.
And it was the Foxes who made better use of possession in the second half, with Weale - who had earlier denied Simpson and Alejandro Faurlin - untroubled until the final 15 minutes.
But their winner came about through a horrendous clanger by Cerny, who dragged a clearance straight to the feet of Fryatt and the striker gratefully tucked the ball into the corner.
Fitz Hall was fortunate to escape a booking immediately afterwards when Cerny hesitated over a long punt and Fryatt stole in, forcing the defender to haul him down.
With Taarabt fading from the game, it was down to Buzsaky and Wayne Routledge to try and rescue Rangers and it needed a brave dive by Weale to deny the latter, earning a cut above the eye for his trouble.
But the bandaged Leicester keeper was grateful to see Buzsaky scoop the Rs' best chance over five minutes from time after a darting run and cross from Routledge.