Friday 19 January 2018

QPR reach 'Utopia'

Everton 0, QPR 1, Rory Smith

Saturday was a day of firsts for Neil Warnock: Queens Park Rangers' first Premier League goal, and points, of the season in a victory over a limp, lifeless Everton.

It was also the club's first win in the top flight for 15 years, and the first -- and most likely only -- use of the word Utopia in the corridors of Goodison Park this season. QPR manager Warnock was using it to describe his delight at the successful conclusion of the club's search for new owners. He was using it with the Cheshire cat grin of a man who has been told by his new boss, Tony Fernandes, that money is no object, that he can sign the sort of players he has always coveted.

Scott Parker and Joe Cole are first on the list. He was using it with genuine glee.

"I have given them names and they are as excited as I am at bringing some of them in," said Warnock, his off-pitch euphoria matched only by his joy at Tommy Smith's winning goal, half an hour in. "It is wonderful.

"Tony Fernandes is a dream come true. You do not often get the opportunity to look at players I have only dreamed about. I am in Utopia." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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