QPR 1 Blackpool 1
PUBLISHED: 16:17 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 24 August 2010
QPR BOSS Iain Dowie hit back at his critics after the draw with Blackpool by declaring: There's an obsession in this country with 4-4-2. Rangers fans barracked their side during the first half of Tuesday night's game...
QPR BOSS Iain Dowie hit back at his critics after the draw with Blackpool by declaring: "There's an obsession in this country with 4-4-2."
Rangers fans barracked their side during the first half of Tuesday night's game and chanted for Dowie to change his favoured 4-2-3-1 system.
With his team trailing 1-0, Dowie obliged and Dexter Blackstock's 78th-minute equaliser - his sixth goal of the season - rescued a point.
But Dowie insisted: "There's an obsession in this country with systems, but it's about the players out there.
"We just didn't get going enough. We could have been 2-0 up at half-time and then there would have been no talk about systems.
"We've scored four at home twice this season using the system we started with tonight, and Emmanuel Ledesma got a hat-trick playing in it a couple of weeks ago.
"We've made a decent start to the season with that formation, reached the last 16 of the Carling Cup and are eighth in the table - one win away from fourth place.
"It's a system Spain used in Euro 2008. There's an obsession in this country with 4-4-2, which has hardly brought England great success down the years.
"I changed it at half-time because Blackpool had scored and were able to sit back and mark man-for-man, so I wanted to give them another problem up front."
The system QPR have used this season is becoming increasingly popular worldwide.
It is seen as a nightmare to defend against, with attacking midfield players being much harder to mark than two strikers pushed up against centre-backs.
Runners from deep worry defenders and Rangers are well stocked with that type of player, with the likes of Buzsaky, Ledesma and Lee Cook.
It is a very attacking formation but try telling that to the Rangers fans who saw Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Derby followed by a nervy first half against Blackpool and were baying for the return of their beloved formation.
Blackpool went ahead after 17 minutes, when Gary Taylor-Fletcher collected Damion Stewart's weak clearing header and fired into the top corner of the net from 25 yards.
Dowie made a double substitution at the interval, sending on Mikele Leigertwood and striker Patrick Agyemang.
But it was Dowie's third substitute, Buzsaky, who helped to haul Rangers level. The fit-again Hungarian, brought on with 18 minutes to go, curled a 30-yard free-kick against the bar and Blackstock was able to head home the rebound.
"I thought it was a very good display," Dowie added. "We caused them a massive amount of problems from set-pieces, especially in the second half.
"It was an unsatisfactory result but I can't be unhappy with the way we played. Should we have gone on and scored a winner? Probably. But I can't fault the desire."
Buzsaky's impact following his return from an ankle injury was a major plus.
"He'll be fully fit after the international break," Dowie predicted.
"I gave him a game at Villa and maybe let my heart rule my head by starting with him against Derby, and he was a bit below par. I know he's a quality player."
QPR: Cerny; Ramage, Stewart, Hall, Delaney; Mahon (Buzsaky 73), Parejo (Leigertwood 45); Ledesma (Agyemang 45), Rowlands, Cook; Blackstock.
Subs not used: Camp, Gorkss.
Star man: Blackstock
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