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Monday, January 14, 2008

Additional Reports of QPR's Loss to Sheffield United

TELEGRAPH - Richard Holdsworth - Revived Bryan Robson yearns for play-offs
Sheffield United (0) 2 Queens Park Rangers (1) 1
"Something good to watch for a change, eh?" He might have been starved of good football for a while at Bramall Lane, but the Sheffield United fan who walked past the press area after the final whistle on Saturday summed this match up reasonably well.
Enthused by his team's stirring second-half performance in which they overcame a 1-0 deficit, they were sentiments shared by manager, Bryan Robson, who said: "There's not been much to cheer about at home recently but I feel like we've turned a corner today. Under the circumstances, the lads showed great character to come back and win the game."
An impressive first half from the in-form QPR culminated in a rocket from six yards out by new signing Patrick Agyemang. With only one win in their last six at home, the boos that met the United players at the half-time whistle were understandable.
An aerial barrage on the QPR goal finally paid off though when Martin Rowlands' clearance rebounded off Damion Stewart and into his own net.
Five minutes later another melee in the QPR box led to an open goal for Lee Hendrie and the midfielder scored his first league goal for the club with an acute finish off the near post.
Rob Hulse should have scored a third but put his volley wide. "We are still aiming for a top six place," added Robson. "It's been a very good last week for us and we have to use this as a springboard for the rest of the season." Telegraph

Bryan Robson's revolution is finally starting to take shape at Sheffield United, according to Lee Hendrie.

The United midfielder is backing Robson as he attempts to change the direct style favoured by former boss Neil Warnock.

"We are almost there," insisted Hendrie who sealed victory with their second goal in the 69th minute.

"It's been frustrating for the gaffer because we are so close to being the team he wants us to be.
"But we have some great footballers here and we pass the ball around well."
United have kicked off 2008 with two wins and a draw to ease the pressure on Robson after their disappointing start to the season.
Robson said: "It's always good to win, but I think it's especially important now.
"We are at the start of a little unbeaten run and this win is a big boost ahead of Saturday's derby against Sheffield Wednesday."
United were in trouble at the interval, however, after a goal from Rangers' Patrick Agyemang in the dying seconds of the firsthalf. An own goal from Damion Stewart drew Robson's team level in the 63rd minute before Hendrie's winner delighted new skipper Gary Speed who was making his home debut for the Blades.
Speed said: "It was very, very satisfying. The lads showed a lot of character to come back and win after going 1-0 down.
"Our form at home hasn't been great and it would have been easy for us to get nervous, but we really rolled up our sleeves and got what we deserved."
Rangers were adamant, however, that they should have had a penalty in the last minute when Matt Kilgallon appeared to handle Martin Rowlands' shot on the line.
Coach Joe Dunbar said: "I've seen the video and it's a penalty.
"The ball was going into the top left-hand corner and Kilgallon turned it away with his hand.
"He was laughing about it afterwards and that tells you all you need to know." Mirror

Also: - Earlier Reports and Comments on QPR vs Sheffield United

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