QPR lined up really needing a win against West Ham United with fans screaming for someone to step up to the plate and spark (no pun intended) QPR’s season. Adel Taarabt is the first player on every fans team sheet, he probably always will be, but Mark Hughes has been adamant with his Shaun Wright-Phillips selection.
Taarabt signed a four-year deal in the summer and was given the number 10 shirt, which for QPR is quite a big deal; with players like Stan Bowles and Rodney Marsh terrorizing defences wearing that very same shirt. QPR fans were led to believe that they would have a team almost built around him and his maverick ways.
I can understand the mercurial Moroccan maybe not being picked against the top five or six teams in the Premier League as would need someone with a bit more of an engine defensively, but Adel Taarabt can win (and lose) a game on his own. Against a team that fielded Joey O’Brien and Guy Demel at left and right back, I can’t help but feel that the stage could’ve been set at Loftus Road for Taarabt to set the Loft alight like he did in the Championship.
Taarabt signed a four-year deal in the summer and was given the number 10 shirt, which for QPR is quite a big deal
QPR started the game just as badly as they’ve started the majority of their games this season, with an almost accidental header from Matt Jarvis putting West Ham ahead and saw QPR chasing the game with only three minutes gone. The R’s saw the lions share of the possession during the first half, which they didn’t seem very used to. Esteban Granero and Ali Faurlin were continuing their blossoming bromance in the centre of midfield, but Djibril Cisse looked uninterested up top and it seemed easier to not get past Clint Hill than it was to get past him.
Ricardo Vaz Te put the Hammers up 2-0 after 35 minutes from close range which left Mark Hughes with a challenging team talk, and if what I was reading on Twitter was anything to go it could be his last. QPR came out for the second half with no substitutions, but still controlling possession.
Then it happened, Kevin Hitchcock called Adel Taarabt back from his warm up and with 55 minutes and 21 seconds gone in the match, he was introduced to the biggest roar I’ve heard for a substitute in some time. QPR instantly looked dangerous again. The hosts felt like a team that could score for the first time in the match and with his very first touch he scored an absolute screamer; top bins as the bloke in the pub I was standing next to described it as.
QPR then handcuffed West Ham to their own half, but they were just not able to find that equaliser. We then saw the complimentary red card that you get when you bring Samba Diakite on and eight cards for West Ham which broke the Premier League record for most yellow cards for a team in one match.
2-1 was the final score and it was all a bit of an anti climax, but at least we got to see QPR’s number 10 do what QPR number 10’s do best. I hope Mark Hughes was watching.
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