UK time is: 04:14:11
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Paddy Power: Is Kenny The Top Man?

Vital QPR - Breaking News
JavaScript must be enabled for the RSS Scrollbox Widget to work.


Guest columnist Daniel Grigg explores the impact of Paddy Kenny on Queens Park Rangers' fortunes this season.

After nine months in the football wilderness while serving a drugs ban at Sheffield United last season, Paddy Kenny's return to form at QPR under manager Neil Warnock has been nothing short of truly remarkable.

For years considered one of the best goalkeepers in the Championship, Kenny, still aged just 32, has been given a new lease of life at the wealthy west London club, conceding just four goals in 13 league games this season.

Indeed Kenny's influence on the team has, you could easily argue, been more important to the transformation from last season's relative mediocrity, than Adel Taarabt's superb return from Tottenham Hotspur or Jamie Mackie's inspired move from Plymouth Argyle.

After all, a club in the playoff positions like Watford, have scored the same number of goals as QPR this season, while others around the top of the league come close to the decent but unspectacular total of 25 goals in 13 league matches.

No-one however comes anywhere near to the just four goals that QPR have conceded, with second placed Cardiff the next best having conceded 11 of their own.

Kenny visibly appears to communicate with his defence, offering that security and confidence in the goalkeeper which only comes with the best.

It's not just good enough being a shot stopper, you need to command your area and settle your defence. The improvement upon last season has been enormous, with players like Kaspars Gorkss and Matthew Connolly stepping up to a higher level after a number of years at the club.

On Friday, Kenny let in a rare goal after Jon Stead's driven shot flew straight as an arrow in off the underside of the crossbar.

Then crucially he was able to come up with a few more fine saves to keep out on loan Spurs midfielder Danny Rose and striker Stead, and keep QPR in the match before they eventually got the equaliser; Patrick Agyemang preserving the only unbeaten record in the Championship this season.

Daniel Grigg

While Paddy's influence is undoubted, fans on the Vital QPR front page poll have voted Adel Taarabt top of the shop in terms of summer signings.

The Moroccan netted 54% of the overall vote, while the closest competition came from Jamie Mackie (31%).





Have your say on The Forum

Follow us on Twitter




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Daniel Grigg Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 30 2010

Time: 11:04AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

The QPR Injury Table Situation (Friday March 27 2015)

Nail in the Coffin (Sunday March 22 2015)

One to Watch - John Stones (Sunday March 22 2015)

QPR v Everton - Match Preview (Sunday March 22 2015)

The Men in Black - QPR v Everton (Friday March 20 2015)

Youngster Joins Pompey (Friday March 20 2015)

Who R Ya - Everton (Friday March 20 2015)

Ramsey: Players Still Unified (Saturday March 14 2015)

Archived Queens Park Rangers Articles

List All Vital QPR Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. QPR4Me 31
2. Superhoop50 15
3. DMD_QPR 14
4. paulrangers 11
5. The Uncredibale Hulk 11
6. sandydl 8
7. danielqpr 6
8. jdqpr1882 6
9. jezza99 6
10. dustman 5

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Q.P.R. 1 - 2 Everton
Crystal Palace 3 - 1 Q.P.R.
Q.P.R. 1 - 2 Spurs
Q.P.R. 1 - 2 Arsenal
Hull City 2 - 1 Q.P.R.
Sunderland 0 - 2 Q.P.R.

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. WBA 30 8 9 13 -12 33
15. Hull City 30 6 10 14 -12 28
16. Aston Villa 30 7 7 16 -20 28
17. Sunderland 30 4 14 12 -21 26
18. Burnley 30 5 10 15 -23 25
19. Q.P.R. 30 6 4 20 -23 22
20. Leicester City 29 4 7 18 -21 19

Breaking League News

Trial By TV
Newcastle : 30/03/2015 22:04:01
Mind The Gap
Newcastle : 30/03/2015 21:24:00
Hasselbaink: 'Swansea City Have The Perfect Model'
Swansea : 30/03/2015 20:45:01
Wanyama - Don't Come Unstuck Against The Toffees
Southampton : 30/03/2015 19:57:01
Leicester Returning To Hong Kong
Leicester City : 30/03/2015 19:35:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

QPR v Everton
Suggested By:  Admin
QPR 50%
Everton 25%
Draw 25%