Sunday, July 14, 2013
Peterborough 1 QPR 0 - the preseason starts here
Yesterday was the hottest day of the year and the preseason football got under way with QPR visiting Posh at London Road. Both teams will be starting next season in a division lower than they were last season with QPR being relegated from the Premier and Posh being relegated from the Championship. There are probably different expectations on the teams going into next season though, as Posh have lost quite a few high profile players and have invested in youth and players from lower divisions; QPR on the other hand have been able to keep a team of superstars together, so far, although with the wages these players command you can't see many premier league teams taking a punt on them. It might be a bit early to state this though, but it could be Posh who have a happier season next year.
The young players coming in look hungry and up for it and with Zakuani in defence and 2 great goalkeepers in Bobby Olejnik and Joe Day they might be able to defend as well as score for once. QPR though are the fax machines of football, useful in their day, but until you see them you'd have forgotten they exist. Players like Robert Green, Bobby Zamora, Jermaine Jenas, Shaun Wright- Philips, Luke Moore, Ji-Sung Park and Nedum Onuoha have all been highly-rated in their day, but you wonder if they will show up in the Championship. It might have been a friendly match in blistering heat straight after the holidays, but if I was Harry Redknapp I would be asking if these players could, for want of a better way of putting it, ever be arsed.
Anyway, about the game itself, the first half was dominated by Posh and they had several chances, although Grant McCann probably came closest to actually testing Robert Green, who was kept busy but never really stretched. Bobby Olejnik on the other hand could have probably done with a deckchair.
The second half saw a very different QPR, who had probably had a rocket up them at half time, Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson both had shots that were kept out by Joe Day who had come on for Olejnik. In the last 20 minutes though it was a very different Posh to the one who started the second half. Literally, it was a very different team as they made 9 substitutes. Posh started to push forward again and finally with the clock ticking down Emile Sinclair found the back of the net to give the home team a deserved win.