Jekyll and Hyde
PUBLISHED: 12:20 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:13 24 August 2010
By Ben Kosky AKOS Buzsaky admits QPR must overcome the jitters after they almost squandered a winning position for the NINTH time since Luigi de Canio took charge. After easing into a three-goal lead over Blackpool on Tuesday, Rangers looked ready to wilt
By Ben Kosky
AKOS Buzsaky admits QPR must overcome the jitters after they almost squandered a winning position for the NINTH time since Luigi de Canio took charge.
After easing into a three-goal lead over Blackpool on Tuesday, Rangers looked ready to wilt under pressure and ended up clinging on desperately to win 3-2.
It was the second time in three days that conceding a goal had appeared to paralyse De Canio's side with terror and, having frittered away a game they should have won at Sheffield Wednesday, they nearly repeated the trick against the Seasiders.
"When we get in the lead we think the game is over," said Buzsaky, who netted a freakish goal to put Rangers ahead after 12 minutes.
"In the Championship any team can come back from 2-0 or 3-0 and we need to learn from that. A really professional team never gives away that kind of lead and we have to improve.
"You can see there are a lot of positive things but there is still a lot of improvement to come. If QPR go 3-0 up and they score one, we start panicking and anything can happen."
As at Hillsborough, the contrast in character from the start to the end of the game was striking. Rangers looked thoroughly confident going forward early on, even if there was an element of good fortune about the Hungarian midfielder's goal.
Rowan Vine whipped a cross to the far post, Buzsaky swung his left boot at the ball and, although it seemed destined to drop over the bar, the wind lifted it over a bemused Paul Rachubka.
"The ball came a little behind me and it's very nice if you try things and they go in," added Buzsaky. "Out of 10, one of them goes in - and that was the one."
QPR always looked the more likely to score again and Dexter Blackstock thumped a left-foot volley across goal before the industrious Vine got on the scoresheet, five minutes from the interval.
He burst past right-back Shaun Barker on the edge of the box and steered in a shot that Rachubka reached, but could not prevent from crossing the line.
Rachubka dived to push away Buzsaky's long-range effort right on half-time, but it wasn't long before the visitors' defence was breached for a third time.
Vine got the better of Barker again and crossed for Patrick Agyemang, who miskicked but did enough to tee up skipper Martin Rowlands for a simple tap-in.
Suddenly, though, Blackpool flickered into life and Kaspars Gorkss toe-poked just wide of the post, while Ben Burgess chipped Camp, only for the ball to drop narrowly off target.
And it was Burgess - scorer of the injury-time winner when Rangers visited Bloomfield Road in December - who did pull a goal back on the hour, slotting past Camp after good work from Gorkss.
With the nervous Rs reduced to panicky defending and aimless balls, De Canio responded by sacrificing Agyemang in favour of Gavin Mahon and a tighter, five-man midfield.
Even so, former Rangers defender Ian Evatt sent a volley whistling just over and Gorkss then leapt unchallenged to meet Wes Hoolahan's corner with a header that deflected into the net off Stephen McPhee.
At the other end, Rowlands lashed a volley just wide and Vine's effort was saved by the diving Rachubka.
But QPR found themselves clinging on desperately, slotting Zesh Rehman into a five-man defence during added time to seal a result that hauled them into the top half of the table for the first time since August 2006.