BORO came Acropolis as Dimi suffered a Greek tragedy. A stoppage time bobble blunder handed QPR a 3-1 victory that looked very unlikely when rampaging Friendinho got the opener.
At that stage Boro were well organised and well on top while Rangers were shapeless, demoralised and starting to squabble among themselves and with the bench. Another goal would have seen Barton, Kranjcar and Morrison unravel. Alas, they clawed a leveller just before the break, got a half-time rocket and came out more spirited and more organised.
The scrappy second half was ragged and littered with mistakes and bookings and as tempers frayed there was a 12 man melee that threatened to boil over and led to three yellow cards. That simmered down and it seemed everyone had settled for a draw.
Then in a pivotal sequence deep in the red zone George sent a shot just wide and it came back off the advertising hoarding and alert keeper Green caught it then quickly pumped a goal kick up field – ‘Arry was going mental that he hadn’t slowed it down – and from there things went wrong… Varga collected and played inside and Omeruo played the weak back-pass and as Dimi came out there was a slight bobble and he did a comedy clip show blooper as his swing missed completely leaving Bobby Zamora to run through laughing to tap in. Two minutes later Morrison wrapped it up. It was another avoidable kick in the teeth.
Rubbish ref, failed to kill off a team when well on top, front men isolated, Friend and Varga the pick of the bunch, Dimi did well before his clanger (although he will argue it should have been Zedded not passed back), and Karanka was left scratching his head at the end.
“I can explain what happened but I can’t understand it.,” he said. “I don’t believe it. Again. One mistake. Again. We matched a team much higher in the table and then this. It is the same story every week.” He’s starting to understand the Zen of Boro.
Anyway, I’ve got to go out and drink beer, so more later….