With QPR sitting above the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference, their match against fellow Londoners Chelsea on 29th April 2012 marks an extremely crucial point in their run-in. After Wigan picked up an emphatic win against Newcastle and Bolton secured a point away at Sunderland, the pressure was on Rangers to put on a good show and try to get as much out of the match as possible.
They had a tough task ahead of them, as they were facing a Chelsea side at the highest point of their season. Despite languishing in 6th place in the league, their 2-2 draw with Barcelona at the Nou Camp had seen the blues progress to the Champions League final.
The R’s didn’t get the start to the game they hoped for. Daniel Sturridge cut in off the wing to smash the ball home from 25 yards with just 45 seconds on the clock. Just 10 minutes later John Terry made up for his sending off in the week as he doubled the advantage for Chelsea heading home from a corner.
Things only got worse for Rangers. Before the 20-minute mark, Sturridge played a precise through ball from the right that was latched on to by Fernando Torres. High on confidence from his crucial Champions League goal, the Spaniard rounded ‘keeper Kenny to slot the ball home. Just minutes later the Spaniard doubled his goal tally, as Paddy Kenny charged out of his goal to leave Torres an easy finish. Making it 4-0 within 25 minutes.
And Torres completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute when he curled the ball into the bottom corner. Malouda finished the Chelsea scoring with 10 minutes to play, finishing a deflected cross from inside the 6 yard box. Djibril Cisse, returning from suspension, scored a consolation goal to end the game 6-1. This result leaves QPR in a sticky situation, as their previously superior goal difference took a huge dent. They still sit above the relegation zone, but for how long? Chelsea remains 6th, just 1 point behind Spurs in 4th.
WinkBall reporters spoke to fans at Stamford Bridge before and after the game.