Monday, 5 March 2012

Season 4. Took the 3rd place!

Dear readers,

Premier League was the only tournament after failures in Europa League and English cups that could change impressions about this complicated season. I didn’t need to participate in any tournaments apart from English Premier League. It was my advantage over other Top-4 competitors. It helped me to take then 3rd position in the end! Therefore I can claim: the main target which I set for the 4th season is finally achieved!


Last Premier League fixtures

12 matches: 7 wins, 4 daws, 1 loss

QPR matches

One of the winning factors for Q.P.R. was a confident defending in the games with Man Utd and Chelsea. Both ended with bore 0:0 score. Nevertheless we could and should win the home game against The Red Devils. I have already made a post at my additional blog about that:

If you don’t score, you don’t win

In short, my Rangers played very well in almost all matches excluding the one at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal merely devastated us there and made me hesitating regarding chances of Top-4 finish. But Marco Verratti returned from long-term injury and helped the team making several important passes. Marco has scored the last Q.P.R. goal of the season from free kick.

It’s really pleasant to see 6 of 12 matches without conceded goals at all. It underlines pretty good reliability of QPR goalie and defensive line.

Don’t want to analyse last fixtures much because I am thinking more about the current squad and its future changes now. So just look at this report if you missed it:

Top 4 chances after knockout from Arsenal


Q.P.R. players

QPR players

QPR players[4]

Let’s sum up the season and performance of my players starting with few somewhat negative impressions.

I can’t say I am disappointed about performance of my defenders but sometimes they didn’t play stable football. They all had several failures during the season. Perhaps it’s OK but it influenced the results much. I create special table that uncovers problems with every footballer playing more or less permanently in QPR defence:

Defender Pos Problem
Younes Kaboul DC Poor passing accuracy (66%). Passing = 5
Gary Cahill DC Long adaptation in the new team. Not good in winning headers (77%)
Craig Cathcart DC The most instable Q.P.R. defender. Only 67% tackles won.
Lucas Digne DL 10 yellow and 2 red cards.
Petar Zanev DL Was quite average as a team worker.
Jordan Spence DR Good performance for his level. But the level is not enough for QPR.
Andreas Hinkel DR He is already too old and slow. Pace = 12, Acceleration = 13

In spite of the abovementioned shortcomings, my defence played better than in all previous seasons. You may compare conceded goals:


Now let’s praise the best of the Rangers! Улыбка

MVP of the season

1. Ivelin Popov

2. Ognjen Vukojevic

3. Jay Rodriguez

Jay has not so good season as previous two due to abnormal amount of injuries:


Best new signing

1. Ognjen Vukojevic

2. Denys Garmash

3. Ivan Cosic



Average minutes per goal

The screen shot shows that I have 3 very efficient forwards in the team!

QPR strikers



David Ospina is certainly one of the best PL goalkeepers.



Key passes

My leader and captain Ivelin Popov impressed the league with amount of made key passes.

Key passes

He has also got into the 2nd squad of the Barclays Team of the Season:

Season team

Goal analysis confirms the importance of left winger Ivelin Popov for Q.P.R:

Goal analysis


Best young players in the league play for Q.P.R.

And surely, Queens Park Rangers has a lot of talents who took many monthly awards during the season.

Best youngsters




Good news about QPR financial situation. As you remember the club was in $35M balance debt. The president of the club decided to help loaning those millions!



After all we got $23M for the 3rd place in the Premier League, paid season bonuses, and have positive $16M balance now.

Current balance


Club reputation

Nice to see that QPR reputation has grown since the last season. Now we have 3.5 stars instead of 3. I hope it will help to attract some better player in the closest future.

Club reputation


Players to sell + Positions to strengthen

Frankly speaking, I have several ideas but I don’t want to share them just right now. Some of them were hinted by you in the post comments during the middle of the season.

So now I am just posting several additional screen shots below and want to ask you two questions:

1. Who would you sell if you were me?

2. What positions should be strengthened soon?

Wage eaters[9]

wage eaters[11]

Wage budget

Team report


Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Author: Vitaliy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.