WinkBall sent reporters to Loftus Road to ask QPR fans about the appointment of Mark Hughes – and the departure of Neil Warnock. Plus we enquired how fans feel about their players using Twitter – especially Joey Barton.
We also probed Wigan fans for advice for Roberto Martinez on avoiding relegation.
QPR displayed the sort of performance that typically comes after the appointment of a new manager. The Hoops’ 3-1 victory over Wigan saw them jump out of the relegation zone, and encourage their new manager, Mark Hughes. With a succession of losses so far in 2012, Wigan remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
With both teams currently circling the Premier League drain, this fixture – complete with a managerial switchover – made for quite a feisty match-up.
Rangers were gifted their lead half an hour in, thanks to James McCarthy’s foolish handling in the penalty area – Heidar Helguson converted the penalty.
Despite missing too many chances – probably why they are fighting for their League resistance – QPR remained the dominant side throughout.
Akos Buzsaky was responsible for two of the first-half misses, but countered them with a 25-yard free kick that went beyond the reach of Ali al-Habsi, and in off the right post.
Wigan came into the game more after the break, with more possession and pressing play. It saw them awarded a free kick – in exactly the same area as Buzsaky scored for in the first half – and Hugo Rodallega converted too, blasting his free kick past Kenny, and by proxy offering the bottom-side a glimmer of hope for a point.
Alas, it was not to be, as Hughes’ newly inherited QPR persisted with attacking play, which culminated with Tommy Smith’s stunning 25-yard strike. The forward was added to bolster the attack at half time – and a great decision it was by the new manager, as it secured their victory and escape from the bottom-three.
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