CRUELLY deflected own goal… penalty… poor defending… Gary O’Neil… Steve McClaren… there was more than a hint of deja vu at Loftus Road.
All we needed was a sending off and Boro would have ticked off all the boxes on the mandatory matchday check list. And a draw. But even a draw was way beyond Tony Mowbray’s side on a very bad day at the office
It was no day to fall short in any area. Misfiring Boro were given a stark footballing lesson by Harry Reknapp’s champions elect on a day when the vast gulf in class was all too painfully obvious.
They were dismantled at the back with embarrassing ease as Rangers dominant midfield passed through them crisply and clinically and flowed forward with a fluid swagger.
Boro’s defence was creaky and unorganised with Ben Gibson – making his league debut – looking the best of a bad bunch. Woody was struggling while both full-backs were pulled out of shape.
Barton, O’Neil, Faurlin and Kranjcar were streets ahead of Boro whose attempts to press them quickly looked laboured and lack-lustre.
And the toothless team never looked like breeching a water-tight defence determined to clock up a club record seventh successive clean sheet. There was to be no ‘typical Boro’ coupon-busting moment, teasing us and setting us up for a fall in the coming home games.
Green never had to make a save. He collected a couple of tame efforts but nothing that troubled his place in the QPR record books.
Kamara was isolated in a flaccid first half. Even after the changes in the second half with Jutkiewicz also thrown up front it was little better. Boro had more possession but it was ragged and urgent lacked conviction or cutting edge.
After the game Redknapp was gushing in his praise for his side – ‘triffic’ – but they will not have had an easier game all term. Boro made it easy for them to strut around and spray passes about.
The relentless pressure is now mounting on Mogga. Two home games in a week are looming against sides that he will be expected to win. It is a very big week.