Luckless QPR lose again



QPR's Conor Washington in action. PICTURE: ACTION IMAGES

Nick Skoric

By Nick Skoric

Conor Washington should have made it ‘four goals’ in four games on Saturday as Lady Luck continues to scowl at QPR.

The former postman was denied by the post, excuse the pun, when he saw his shot hit the woodwork in the opening 10 minutes of the 2-1 home defeat to Huddersfield.

And the week before, the ghost goal came back to haunt the R’s once again as Washington’s header was incorrectly ruled out in the loss to Blackburn.

The last time the Hoops had a goal wrongfully disallowed was in 2012 when Clint Hill had his name scratched from the goalsheet and so QPR went on to lose 2-1 to Bolton.

Rangers hung onto their Premier League status by the skin of their teeth come the end of the season; staying up by just one point on the last day of the campaign.

So there were the routine calls for goal-line technology to be introduced to the Championship last week.

Holloway was anything but magnanimous after the loss to Blackburn; his ire was clear to see like a fuming Etna, bubbling away, until he exploded into a vitriolic tirade when the journalists asked about the ‘goal’.

FIFA, UEFA and all the other governing bodies got a scorching scolding from the feisty Bristolian - a Luddite, he certainly isn’t.

‘We scored today but we lost 1-0’, bemoaned Holloway and rightfully so. Why does the Championship not deserve video technology?

The simple answer is that money talks; in the 2014-15 season, Premier League clubs generated a revenue of £3.3 billion compared to a paltry £548 million made by clubs in the Championship in the same period.

QPR’s Championship status looks a little more precarious now as they sit five points off the relegation places after their eighth defeat at home on Saturday.

Rangers are certainly not feeling at home these days in W12. And they may not be there any longer after revealing plans to build a new stadium on the site of the Linford Christie Stadium in White City.

The informal talks means there is little to get excited about just yet especially after all the fuss about the 40,000 seater stadium in Old Oak that does not seem any closer to being finalised.

In other news, Kiyan Prince was inducted into the Forever R’s Club on Saturday after the club presented the first set of inductees who are sadly no longer with us.

The talented Prince played for the U16s in the 2005-06 campaign scoring an impressive seven goals in 14 games.

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