Latics and QPR played out a goalless draw in their Championship playoff semi final 1st leg last night, in a tight game chances were few and far between, with the tension of the occasion getting the better of both sides as neither were prepared to go hell for leather with so much at stake. Now it’s all down to Monday night’s return leg at Loftus Road with the tie evenly balanced.
After the game, both managers spoke to the media, let’s take a look at what they had to say:
Latics boss Uwe Rösler – ‘Overall, I felt they came here to get a draw and they got that, but the pressure is on them now and I still count our chances as 50:50’
‘We controlled the game, we passed the ball but in the decisive moments we were perhaps not quite brave enough to put the bodies into the box when we got crosses in from the side.
‘We had chances, Jordi Gomez and Marc-Antoine Fortune both had very good chances.
‘I don’t think QPR had a chance, we can do better but we are right in the tie and we are on track.’
‘I think they came here to get a result and they got a result but now they’ll have to come out a little bit more at home to win the tie’
‘They doubled up on our wing-backs, James Perch and Jean Beausejour, and it worked effectively but they didn’t hurt us very much over the majority of the game.
‘It’s [going to be] an open game and we have players who can cause any opposition problems.
‘It was a very tight game tonight between two even teams and we move on and look forward to Monday now, anything can happen.’
QPR boss Harry Redknapp – ‘The tie is still very even.
‘We might have a very slight advantage because we’re at home, with our fans behind us, but it’s still up in the air.
‘They’re very dangerous, as they showed at Loftus Road earlier this season, so we’re expecting another tough game.
‘We’ve given ourselves a decent chance though by getting a good result here tonight.’
‘It was a tough game, just as we expected.
‘I picked an open team because I thought we could come here and win the game.
‘We had to defend for long spells, which we did well, and when we got on the ball I thought we had control.
‘There weren’t a lot of chances in the game.
‘We stuck at it well; we stayed in the game; and we`re pleased to have come away with a good first leg result.”
Check out this weeks Latics podcast, there are three exclusives with Ali Al Habsi, Uwe Rösler and Jordi Gomez giving us their thoughts ahead of teh QPR game, Ali also comments that he is enjoying the rivalry, Uwe says that preparations are underway for next season taking in to account both possible scenarios and Jordi lets us know where he is up to with his new contract.
Contents: Welcome from a special guest, Ballet Al Habsi! (1:00); Blackburn v Latics reserves (3:38); reality check update (11:50); doing the Chunk Shuffle (13:25); QPR playoffs preview including a quick word with Uwe (16:35), guest punditry from Adam Boxer (21:25) and polarised predictions (30:40); Gareth meets his hero, Jordi Gomez (35:58)
The podcast can be listened to by clicking the embedded player below or downloaded to listen at you leisure by visiting www.buzzsprout.com