REMEMBER Darran O’Sullivan’s wonder goal against Limerick? Wondering where he acquired that piece of sublime skill? I’m going to put you out of your misery. It was at Loftus Road. Yes, you heard it here first. The Kerry speedster was on trial with QPR in his younger days.
Had he continued to pursue his soccer dream he would have followed in the footsteps of several Irish stars that plied their trade at Loftus Road. The likes of the great Don Gibbons, Terry Mancini, John Byrne, Gary Waddock, Paul McGee and more recently Martin Rowlands and Paddy Kenny have all done Ireland proud at QPR.
Being back in the Premier League has been some rollercoaster ride. I was preparing myself for the worst after our 6-0 humiliation against Fulham.
It was looking bleak at that stage but we managed to bounce back against Chelsea. Aren’t surprises always best when you least expect them?
Nobody was giving us a chance when Villas-Boas’ army visited, but we managed to scramble to a 1-0 win over their nine men. In fairness, they played better with nine men than they did with 11 and I thought we had them on the ropes even before they lost their discipline.
It was a bittersweet day for me as my home club Castlebar Mitchels lost the county final to Ballintubber so that took some of the gloss off it.
I’m sure it had the same effect on plenty of QPR supporters in these parts as we have quite a few fans in Castlebar.
My aim is to send Byrne’s Babes to Loftus Road in the New Year.
I’m in the process of setting up a Supporters’ Club and it would be great if 20 of us could make the trip over for a Premier League game.
We’d knock some craic out of it.
I said at the start of the season that if we could bank 11 points from our opening 11 games I’d be happy.
We’ve managed to get a dozen so I’m quietly confident we can avoid the drop. There are some positive signs and the new players we bought at the beginning of the year are starting to bed in well.
I saw a comment in the paper over the weekend about Abel Taarabt. It read ‘he’s a bit of a fruitcake but he’s got amazing ability and Harry Redknapp must be regretting letting him go’.
I’d have to agree with that statement as Taarabt has brought a breath of fresh air to the team and when he is on song, he seems to make us tick.
Jay Bothroyd has started to bang in the goals and Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joey Barton have been our most consistent performers. They are pure class and it’s players like them that will keep our heads above water provided they stay fit.
Neil Warnock is a colourful character and the way we are playing now seems to reflect his personality.
Whether it works or not, we are tying to play attractive, attacking football. It’s a treat for the fans and our games are never dull. No matter what the opposition or the competition.
I know Warnock is keen to sign a striker in the January transfer window and it will be interesting to see who he goes for.
But I feel it’s at the back where most of our problems lie as Ferdinand and Gabbidon are not the most reliable centre halves in the world and are prone to mistakes.
If we can manage to bag another six points between now and Christmas, I’ll be happy going into the New Year. I’m a realist.
We’re not going to win the Premier League but consolidating our status in the top flight would be a major achievement and I feel we are in a great position to do so now.
Come on your Rrrrrs.