Don't Stop Believing!

Last updated : 06 December 2009 By Boro Mad


QPR: Cerny, Hall, Leigertwood, Gorkss, Borrowdale, Taarabt, Watson, Faurlin, Routledge (Pellicori 80), Simpson (Agyemang 52), Buzsaky (Vine 52). Subs Not Used: Taylor, Ramage, Stewart, Williams.

BORO: Jones, Rhys Williams, St. Ledger, Wheater, Pogatetz, O'Neil (Digard 79), Arca, Yeates, Osbourne, Kitson,Lita. Subs Not Used: Coyne, Hoyte, Riggott, Emnes, McMahon, Luke Williams.

Did we stop believing?

I always felt the time was right to replace Gareth Southgate, and personally I'd have done it 12 months ago. And perhaps we wouldn't be in the mess we find ourselves.

As for Gordon Strachan ... well I've voiced my opinion on that too. He could well be the man to bring back the good times, but as I said last week ... managing one of the 'Old Firm' and calling it "success" is well wide of the mark.

It must be something like 1874 the last time one of the Old Firm DIDN'T win the Scottish league, so let's not even go there.

But Boro is our concern ... not that 'two team league' up in Scotland ... and Strachan broke his win duck in style as Boro ran riot at Loftus Road.

Leroy Lita's brace and goals from Dave Kitson, Gary O'Neil and Mark Yeates sank  (the English) Rangers, so perhaps that made it all the more sweeter for the former Celtic boss.

Kitson and Lita put Boro 2-0 up before Patrick Agyemang pulled one back. But instead of folding under the pressure, Boro stepped up a gear and Lita hit the third before O'Neil and Yeates put the icing on the cake.

Rangers' promotion push is in danger of coming off the rails, however, with Jim Magilton's side having won just once in their last six outings.

The hosts were actually the livelier side in the opening stages with Wayne Routledge linking up well with Adel Taarabt, although the on-loan Tottenham star's finishing was wayward.

Home midfielder Mikele Leigertwood headed Ben Watson's corner over and eight-goal top scorer Jay Simpson fired wide.

But Boro looked dangerous on the break and Lita shot straight at Radek Cerny before, out of nothing, Yeates crashed a 25-yard shot against the crossbar.

Sean St Ledger forced a fine save from Cerny after being teed-up by Kitson, but the former Spurs goalkeeper could do nothing about Boro's opener on the half hour.

Fitz Hall was booked for a clumsy tackle on Yeates and O'Neil swung in the resulting free-kick which was turned in by the out-stretched boot of Kitson.

The on-loan forward has managed just two top-flight goals since joining Stoke last summer, but he has no such problems in the Championship and grabbed his third in three games for the Teessiders.

O'Neil thought he had grabbed a second before the break with a superb long-range shot but Cerny pulled off a fine save.

But Boro did double their lead when Watson handled in the area three minutes after half-time.

The ball was bundled into the net but referee Phil Gibbs had already pointed to the spot, and the official avoided a potentially awkward moment when Lita blasted the penalty past Cerny.

Magilton responded with a double substitution which paid immediate dividends, Rowan Vine's first touch a cross to fellow sub Agyemang who swept the ball past Brad Jones.

But Lita struck again on the hour mark when he latched onto a mistake from Leigertwood, cut inside and rifled an unstoppable shot past Cerny.

Lita was denied a hat-trick when another drive crashed off the post but O'Neil was on hand to tuck in the rebound.

And Yeates wrapped up a convincing win when he broke clear, ignored Lita's pleas for a square pass and coolly curled the ball past Cerny.