although i presume that the second-string team chelski put out would have moved up a gear if we had actually put the ball into their net, the fact is that we only lost 0-1, and they couldn't even score the goal themselves. the amount of energy and excitement this match has engendered in the current qpr fanbase as i experience it (i.e., through the listserve and message boards) is unparallelled in recent years. i just hope it continues over the rest of the season - it really can have an effect on the team! meanwhile, let's trot out the platitudes of the national press:
"Queens Park Rangers, with their regiment of newly-signed players, gave Chelsea a thorough run for their money in this London derby, going down to a single, freakish goal which came after 28 minutes. Chelsea’s Claudio Pizarro drove in a right-footed shot, Lee Camp, the QPR goalkeeper, seemed to misjudge it as he dived and had the mortification of deflecting the ball into his own net off his arm as it came back off the left-hand post."
brian glanville in the sunday times
"There was a period of pressure in the penalty area that threatened to put QPR on their way to their first win at Stamford Bridge in 21 years, while Chelsea relied on a goal that bounced off a defender, post and goalkeeper to book their place in the fourth round. There was also an expectation that Rangers will be not only as rich, but as competitive as Chelsea in the near future."
""It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God" – Matthew 19:24. No one knows, until they shuffle off this mortal coil, whether St Matthew is right, and Premier League footballers will spend eternity with their faces pressed up against the Pearly Gates, but on this earthlyrealm having a few bob has its advantages, especially when it comes to lifting the FA Cup."
actually, these guys weren't quite as platitudinous as i had expected :-)