The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND -

BLACK­BURN’S por­ous de­fence – the prin­ci­ple rea­son be­hind their lowly league po­si­tion – has been tight­ened in the past month and this was an­other ter­rific dis­play.

Al­though they didn’t keep a clean-sheet (it prob­a­bly wasn’t a penalty, too), the back two of Char­lie Mulgrew and Gor­don Greer were out­stand­ing and dom­i­nant.

The former es­pe­cially re­pelled every­thing that came his way.

It was partly why QPR strug­gled to reg­is­ter a clear-cut shot on goal from open play, but their blunt­ness and lack of cre­ativ­ity wasn’t just down to Black­burn sti­fling them.

Crosses were poor, runs be­hind were in­fre­quent and shots were tame. Af­ter two pre­vi­ous good wins, it was a re­minder of their in­con­sis­ten­cies.

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