News for Arsenal fans - 26/11/90

News for Arsenal fans - 26/11/90

Post by Brian Dogge » Tue, 27 Nov 1990 18:36:36

                        QPR  1  ARSENAL  3

(QPR: Roberts, Sansom, Bardsley, McCarthy, Law, Herrara, Sinton, Wilkins,
Barker, Wilson(sub:Iorfa 83min), Wegerle)
(ARSENAL: Seaman, Dixon, Bould, Adams(sub:O'Leary 83mins), Winterburn,
Merson, Thomas, Davis, Limpar, Groves(sub:Campbell 66mins), Smith)

        QPR were under siege for most of this match. With three of their
regulars sidelined it was expected that little resistance would be
encountered at this London fixture. Roberts responded shakily at first to the
fire raining down upon him but produced a cracker of a save from Merson,
who blockbusted one from 15 yards. As his confidence steadied, he denied
Groves by sinking to the ground and deflecting a shot with his knee. So
who should take the lead? QPR of course, just before half time, when Adams
clumsily pushed Wegerle over in the penalty area. Wegerle's penalty kick just
evaded Seaman's outstretched hand, and Arsenal had conceded a goal for the
first time in seven games.
        Roberts continued to make extraordinary saves into the second half
and it wasn't until the 78th minute that Merson was able to smack the ball
into the roof of the net from six yards. With five minutes remaining, Smith
turned sharply on a cross from the left and hit hard and low into the
bottom right hand corner. In the 87th minute, Campbell, who's been looking for
a goal for a number of games now, picked up the ball from a defensive fumble
on the right and raced clear, this time cleverly curling the ball along the
ground just wide of the advancing Roberts and inside the right hand post.

        News that Liverpool, who had gone into the lead after trailing to
Manchester City, had dropped two points to a header powered in by Tony Adam's
old golfing partner Niall Quinn, in the last seconds of injury time, was well
received on the terraces. With Manchester United contriving to lose at home to
Chelsea 2-3 yesterday the message must surely be, to both United and
Liverpool, expected at Highbury within the next seven days - don't bother to
turn up!! What arrogance........

                        Home                    Away

                P   W   D   L   F   A     W   D   L   F   A     Pts

Liverpool       14  6   1   0  18   3     6   1   0   14  6      38
Arsenal         14  5   1   0  13   2     5   3   0   14  4      32
Tottenham       14  6   1   1  20   9     2   4   0    5  2      29
Crystal Palace  14  3   3   0  10   7     4   3   1   12  7      27     etc.


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