New season brought new hope, yes, we'd lost Cook, a none stop bundle of energy in the midfield, but we'd also lost a lot of the apparent troublesome Italians-Bellusci, Antonucci and Bianchi had all left, Silvestre replaced in goal. Some good, promising players brought in, Bartely and Grimes from Swansea, the exciting Roofe, The attacking flair of Antonnsen and Sako, and the silky skills of Hernadez, and a dynamic young manager... Could THIS be the season? Fast forward 90 minutes, and, based on that performance alone-no chance.. We were awful-absolutely shocking. Take nothing away from QPR, who were far better. Our best chance was when the Rangers defender should have been sent off for the clearest second yellow card I've seen, but relying on a red card is grasping at straws. It was the first game though, and this new young side will take time to gel. It's a new manager, and his ideas will take time too. On a positive note, the 3 subs did well-Coyle arguably our best player, Sako and Antonsen had energy and movement. In midfield, Ronaldo Viera showed some good passes and there's certainly more to come from him.
Best to write this one off-poor day, but Monk and the players know what's what now. Massive improvement needed for Wednesday's cup game at Fleetwood, and I'd expect to see several changes ahead of that one.