It had potential disaster written all over it - unbeaten QPR against a team that had won only once all season. Pressure on QPR, then, and Barnsley likely to overcome the odds. And during the first-half today, it certainly looked that way.
0-0 at half-time, and the crowd were getting nervous. It's not that Barnsley were that dangerous, it was that QPR lacked the final touch, and seemed frightened to get the shots off.
And the second-half started off much the same, until the introduction of Junior Hoilett for Faurlin on 62 minutes. Hoilett immediately livened QPR up, skipped through the Barnsley defence and started to put dangerous balls into the box for fun.
Within 4 minutes of Hoilett's introduction, Charlie Austin benefited from the winger's pace and skill and got on the score sheet (and he also scored a late penalty to make it 2-0 and game over).
In truth, QPR didn't really get started until Hoilett came on, and many of us in the crowd were wondering just why manager Harry Redknapp doesn't rate the man who, in the 2011–12 season had the most dribbles per game among all Premier League players, good enough to start.
QPR will play better this season and lose. But Harry has surely got to start picking Hoilett from the off.
What do you think ? Is Hoilett a starter ?
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