Falkirk 2 QPR 0
PUBLISHED: 11:57 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010
By Ben Kosky WITH Rowan Vine and Akos Buzsaky still on the injured list, QPR s lack of creativity was exposed as they slumped to defeat on Saturday. Rangers forged no clear openings to speak of and never looked like mounting a response to Falkirk s double
By Ben Kosky
WITH Rowan Vine and Akos Buzsaky still on the injured list, QPR's lack of creativity was exposed as they slumped to defeat on Saturday.
Rangers forged no clear openings to speak of and never looked like mounting a response to Falkirk's double whammy in the first half, courtesy of two men named Stewart.
Emmanuel Ledesma and Matteo Alberti, who had sparkled at Stevenage and Northampton, found the going tougher on Saturday against the Bairns' no-nonsense defensive approach - and they can expect more of that in the Championship.
The Rs looked vulnerable on the right-hand side of defence and were undone in the 15th minute when Gerard Aafjes scampered onto Neil McCann's pass and whipped in a cross that Damion Stewart could only divert past Lee Camp.
Two minutes later, the shell-shocked Londoners were two down as McCann's corner was thundered into the net by an unmarked John Stewart.
The visitors did have half-chances, with Damien Delaney scuffing wide after a corner was half-cleared and Martin Rowlands setting up Ledesma, who beat two defenders but steered the finish over.
Just before half-time, Ledesma played Hogan Ephraim through and he struck the ball well enough from an angle, but Bairns' keeper Robert Olejnik pushed it over the bar.
QPR did display more energy after the break, with Gavin Mahon surging into the box, only to be halted by Lee Bullen's challenge.
Rowlands also rattled a drive wide, but overall Rangers rarely looked like making a breakthrough - and they then suffered a further blow when Matthew Connolly was stretchered off with an ankle injury early in the second half.
Falkirk looked unlikely to add to their tally either, although Michael Higdon had an effort fielded by Camp, but a shower of substitutions from Iain Dowie failed to refresh his lacklustre side.
QPR: Camp; Connolly (Ramage 56), Hall, Stewart, Delaney; Ledesma (Ainsworth 68), Rowlands (Bolder 62), Mahon (Walton 82), Ephraim (Alberti 45); Blackstock, Agyemang (Balanta 78).
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