Here’s one made earlier …

Of course, Monsieur Salut has no intimate knowledge of the QPR manager’s feelings ahead of Saturday’s game at the Stadium of Light. But if someone calling himself Ian or Holloway, from west London, plumps for an away win in the comments below, you’ll know soon enough.

This, we imagine, is how Holloway’s team talk will go:

Right Lads, this is your golden opportunity for a first away win of the season. They’re a soft touch, haven’t won at home since last December and can neither defend nor score.

All you have to do is get the ball down either flank, skip past any challenge that comes along and get a cross in. Doesn’t have to be that great but their lot will just stand back and watch while one of you jumps – take as along as you want – to head it in.

At the other end, just frustrate them, don’t let Vaughan knock you about too much and you’ll be fine. And from the off, anyone who finds himself anywhere near Cattermole should go down screaming in agony. An early booking and he’s done.

If all else fails, I’ll send on young Reece Grego-Cox and see if he can add to the three he got for Ireland Under 21s against Israel during the week.

That’s the script as it might be seen from Loftus Road.

We can but hope that the draw at Preston North End, wasteful though many feel it was, has at last given the players a bit of confidence. It’s not their fault they’re mostly bargain-basement players who can only do so much to compete against Championship opponents, but a bit of self-belief and never-say-die spirit could transform the results they’re able to achieve.

The usual competition, the usual rules. Be first to post the correct score and have a UK delivery address and the star prize, or rather a suitably designed mug, is yours. The good news is we finally got round to ordering those owed to previous winners – they should have them by now.

QPR fans are warmly invited to enter. Our suppliers don’t offer a dedicated mug for their team but we can busk it with a customised design.

The new rule applies: whatever score our Who are You? interviewee predicts is deemed the valid entry for that scoreline. We’ll add it as soon as it reaches us. Monsieur Salut’s decision, as ever, shall be final.

Ha’way the Lads

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23 Responses to “QPR Guess the Score. Q(uick) P(oints) R(equired) for Sunderland” Subscribe

  1. Mel October 10, 2017 at 8:13 am #

    The eternal optimist again it’s a definite 4-0 to the lads for me

  2. CSB October 10, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    Sunderland 2 – 1 QPR, clean sheet at home eludes us again, but a welcome three points and another boost to our self esteem…..hopefully!

  3. William C October 10, 2017 at 10:22 am #

    !-0 to SAFC – ever hopeful.

  4. Phil D October 10, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    2-0 to Sunderland, and three points for the lads.

  5. 2Loftus October 10, 2017 at 11:09 am #


    This, we imagine, is how Grayson’s team talk might go…

    “Right lads, this is your golden opportunity for a first home win of the season. They’re a soft touch, haven’t won away from home since last February and can neither defend nor score.

    All you have to do is get the ball down either flank, skip past any challenge that comes along (unlikely) and get a cross in. Aim for one of their defenders in space and they’ll make a back-pass to their keeper, which you can intercept without too much effort and tonk it in.

    At the other end, just frustrate them. Steele can leave his towel in the middle of the goal (should stop most of Rangers’ shots) and play rush keeper – so we’ll play a 5-4-2 formation.

    If all else fails, Cattermole can sneak up behind their defenders and shout ‘BOO!, should unnerve them – in fact, they probably wouldn’t sleep for a week.

    Do make sure you’ve got your shooting boots on though, their keeper’s actually pretty good…”


    • salutsunderland October 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm #


    • salustunderland October 11, 2017 at 8:13 am #

      This may or may not be the3 same QPR supporter whose Who are You? interview is eagerly awaited. LoftForWords, aka Clive Whittingham, went for 1-1 so if these two are different people, Clive’s is the valid 1-1 in accordance with my rule as stated above

      • 2Loftus October 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

        No, I’m not Clive – but he does run the best QPR fan site on the planet.

        Has a couple of other decent contributors on there too.

        I suspect he saw my 1-1 prediction and copied it…


        • salutsunderland October 13, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

          I can offer you 3-3 but other draws (except 4-4 and above) now taken. The excellent Clive did a grand job:

          • 2Loftus October 13, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

            Haha – I’ll take the 3-3

            An honourable draw – my nephew is a Mackem – but his step-father is a Toon (am I allowed to say that here…???


      • salutsunderland October 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

        Our Who are You? interviewee, Clive Whittingham, is declared the winner

  6. david miller October 10, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    Widen the pitch now that Duncan is back and we can nick it, I think 1-0, William you have put !-0; I assume you mean 1-0, so I will go for 3-1.

    • William C October 11, 2017 at 9:45 am #

      Hi David – Yes I meant 1-0 . Sorry about the typo.

  7. Wrinkly Pete October 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

    Q (uit) P (laying) R (rubbish) ourselves and we can win! 3-2 to The Lads with a goal for Watmore on his most welcome return!

  8. Paul October 10, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    3-0 to Sunderland

  9. malcolm October 10, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    Surely our dismal home form must come to an end soon but not this time. SAFC 1 QPR 1 – an improvement of sorts and mug for our QPR commenter.

  10. Mike October 10, 2017 at 10:33 pm #

    The Lads to win 4-2,any home win would be very welcome.

  11. Steve Colwell October 11, 2017 at 4:32 am #

    3-1 to Sunderland, (Hastings/Sheffield/QPR) Steve!

  12. Edward October 11, 2017 at 7:13 am #

    Whilst Preston gave us a point, I don’t think that we’ll get 3.

  13. Drummer October 12, 2017 at 6:57 am #

    4-3 to us and sane men wept .

  14. Bill H October 12, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    2-2 to the lads again.

  15. Malc ray October 12, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

    Sunderland 4 – 1 and Duncan gets a hat trick

  16. Eric012 October 14, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    Coming late to this due to jollies, so 5 – 0. Separately, if anyone is likely to have a spare Brentford ticket, please contact me via M Salut. Many thanks.

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