A 78th minute winner by Sean Wright-Phillips secured the biggest shock of the EPL season at Stamford Bridge today.
3000 ecstatic QPR fans made the short journey from the Shepherd’s Bush area and parts a little north to witness their first league away win in 24 matches and virtually end the title hopes of the European champions.
There was nothing undeserved about it either.
Rafa Benitez provoked the football gods by sparing Juan Mata and Eden Hazard from the opening line up.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp made three changes from the side who defended so abysmally against Liverpool, with Djibril Cisse, Armand Traore and Samba Diakite making way for Junior Hoilett, Esteban Granero and on loan Brazilian full back Fabio.
Chelsea were indeed fortunate not to play almost the entire game with ten men after Marko Marin launched an ugly tackle on Stephane Mbia in the fourth minute. Marin was relieved to only receive a yellow. Mbia was relieved to be able to carry on.
QPR gained in confidence after the interval. Somewhat unambitious in the first 45, they grew in confidence with Moroccan forward Adel Taraabt belying his reputation as a luxury craftsman to put in as hard working a shift as sole striker as you could hope for.
It was Taraabt’s precision genius though which brought the decisive goal. He placed the ball from a left wing corner so temptingly in front of Wright-Phillips that the ex Chelsea man had no choice but to lash the ball goalwards.
He too exhibited precision and hit the bottom left corner right in front of the traveling army of Hoops’ fans.
QPR held on relatively comfortably with a couple of Chelsea efforts going over the bar but survived amid scenes at Stamford Bridge few could have expected after their dismal showing up the road against Liverpool.
QPR stay bottom of the table but for tonight, they revel in the title QPR – Pride of West London.