| QPR 1 Cardiff 0, Championship
Championship, 21st April 2007
...well, that's that then...
On a blazing April afternoon, all hope of City reaching the play offs evaporated in a lack-lustre and half-hearted performance that felt like a Second Division hoof-a-thon at times.
Here's some pics. I think the pub was the highlight.
The rather swish meeting boozer for the 1927 Club - the Queen's Head in Hammersmith.
Drinking in the back garden.
The first half was awful. Really awful.
Cardiff's players looked like they were already thinking about their summer holidays ahead while QPR were laughably inept.
I like QPR's stadium: it's small but it's got some character.
View from my seat.
Johnson ended up on the deck in the goal after a heavy collision.
Forde worried me all day, although he was flattered by some woeful misses by QPR.
After being treated off the pitch, Johnson returned with some curious nosegear.
Is that like:"Oy You! Conveyor Belt face!" Or, "Are you a Mechanised Steel Grinder in disguise"?
QPR seemed keen on sticky things. Running along the side of one stand was an advert for Sellotape, while giant sized Pritt sticks were wheeled out at half time. Most odd.
The City fans were magnificent for the second half, belting out some songs at maximum volume in the hope of lifting Cardiff's woeful performance on the pitch.
Giving it large in the City end. QPR's fan aren't exactly renown for their singing, but after 20 solid minutes of Cardiff filling their stadium with noise, they eventually managed a few chants in return.
City were better in the second half, but our finishing continued to let us down.
The fact that we couldn't beat a team as awful as QPR really does cause concern for next season - especially with the news that Chopra is likely to bugger off over the summer.
Taunting the QPR 'mini-boys.'
Having a cuddle in the penalty area.
More Cardiff pressure, but sadly no goals were forthcoming.
This was childish but funny. The steward tried to announce the fact that the City fans would be kept back for 20 minutes at the end, but every time he started to speak, the City fans roared him out.
When he stopped, people would shout, "What did you say?! And as soon as he started up again, the roaring came back.
Straight after the final whistle, Chopra had words with QPR's goalie who had been 'giving it the big one' to the City fans at the end..
So, a few more joined in.
And then some more.
And then all the gang were getting involved in a mass push and shove session.
More pointless bickering. Chopra got sent off shortly afterwards.
Meanwhile, a handful of QPR fans decided that they "wanted to know."
Despite telling us that we'd be held back for 20 minutes, the Cardiff fans were bizarrely allowed to leave immediately - and then aggressively rounded up a few minutes from the ground.
The Cardiff fans were penned in by a sea of cops, some with dogs in a scene reminiscent of the 2001 Mayday protests.
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I'm not quite sure what a 'British Transport Police Evidence Gatherer' was doing here.
I didn't fancy getting dragged into the cordon, so buggered off to the pub.
urban75 © 2007.
"It was a stupid thing for Michael Chopra to do, absolutely crazy. All he had to do was walk off.
You do battle and then you shake hands - it's a simple as that. Chops needs to grow up.
We missed chances and that's what our season has been like since January. We have not stepped up to the plate "
Dave Jones, Cardiff manager.
Cardiff: Forde, Gilbert (Parry 57), Johnson, Gunter, McNaughton, Whittingham, McPhail, Ledley, Flood (Blake 75), Thompson (Feeney 72), Chopra. Subs Not Used: Alexander, Green
Booked: Chopra, Gilbert, Ledley.
QPR: Camp, Bignot, Kanyuka, Stewart, Timoska, Bolder, Rowlands (Smith 71), Lomas, Cook, Blackstock (Furlong 84), Nygaard.
Subs Not Used: Cole, Milanese, Bailey.
Booked: Bolder, Bignot, Cook. Goal: Blackstock 23.
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