Wednesday 4th April 2012
Like all away Gooners I thoroughly look forward to visiting grounds and areas we haven't been to for a while. The short journey, the Saturday three o'clock aspect and a large variety of pre-match options in the Shepherd’s Bush area of London all contributed to what had become a highly anticipated fixture.
The day's activities themselves did not let us down with many of our group gathering to enjoy the local wares leading in turn to us entering our hosts' tight, old fashioned and atmospheric Loftus Road ground with confidence and high spirits.
Unfortunately on this occasion, a couple of hours later the emotions were crammed full of disappointment and frustration.
We didn't play particularly well on the day, none of us can argue with that, but I do feel we were severely punished on what seemed to be the only two occasions Rangers found themselves with scoring opportunities.
At half-time there was certainly an air of confidence, Theo's finish putting us on level terms and re-creating the optimism we all felt before kick-off. Despite much possession and probing we lacked that important cutting edge however, and it proved extremely costly on the day.
At this, the business end of the season, we simply cannot afford to dwell on the defeat no matter how disappointing it is. Our seven match winning streak included some very difficult fixtures on paper. We've done it once, we can do it again.
Game one sees us take on Man City, a team still challenging for the title. Back in December we were extremely unlucky not to take at least a point from the corresponding fixture. It's three we want this time round of course.
Come on you red and white machine!
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