An elderly Stoke City fan amuses after she could be seen ‘flicking the Vs’ at towards QPR supporters from the away end.
The Potters fell to a 4-2 defeat as Marti Cifuentes claims his first win in charge of Queens Park Rangers as they are finally victorious at home this season – their first win in 13 games and just their second at home since October last year.
After just 11 minutes, Lyndon Dykes put QPR ahead through a spot kick, before Ryan Mmaee’s third goal in six appearances got Stoke’s equaliser.
Enda Stevens then got sent off early in the second half, but Stoke still fought on, with Wouter Burger getting Stoke in front on 59 minutes.
Dykes made it 2-2 20 minutes later, the start of Stoke’s collapse, made worse through Ben Pearson’s last-minute own goal and then Chris Willock made it 4-2 in stoppage time.
In the game, both QPR and Stoke fans gave each other stick, as can be seen in the video below…
— Jayden Baker (@JaydenQPR) November 28, 2023
Ave it. pic.twitter.com/IEg722ywoh
— Jayden Baker (@JaydenQPR) November 28, 2023
The result saw QPR end Tuesday night sitting 22nd in the Championship table with 13 points from 18 points, three behind Huddersfield, just outside the relegation zone, but the Terriers play Sunderland on Wednesday.
Stoke meanwhile are 17th with 21 points from 18 games, 8 points above the drop zone and 9 points below the playoffs.
Cifuentes said on his side’s win via qpr.co.uk: “I am very happy, especially for all the players.
“They have been working really, really hard for the last four weeks and tonight we managed with a very strong mentality to turn the game which at 2-1 was very difficult.
“I am very happy as well for the supporters who pushed all the way with the players for 95 minutes.
“I especially want to dedicate this win to Terry Venables because that is exactly what we wanted – a good win playing attacking football as he would have liked.
“I always believed we would win the game. Otherwise I would not be here. I believe in my guys, I believe in my players.
“That is what we said at half-time, we need to show the mentality that I am sure is going to give us the win.
“Despite how difficult the game was – not only going 2-1 down but also when it went to 1-1 after a big chance for us – we must give credit to the guys.
“They are working really hard and they deserve this victory.
“I am very happy for Lyndon.
“We had a good conversation during the week. We are aligned in terms of what I expect from him.
“He is an experienced, international player and he is very important for us. I am very happy for him because I know it is not easy when you are a striker and you have not been scoring.
“He showed the personality and responsibility to take the penalty and his second goal is a quality goal.
“We need to be very happy about the victory but we have to work very, very hard to keep achieving.
“Tonight we got three very important points but we need to keep getting a lot of victories if we want to achieve our target.
“The guys are working well and that is where my focus is.
“Now we need to recover because it has been a very intense game and we have got another one on Friday at Preston.
“We must keep humble, keep working and hopefully more victories will come.”
Stoke boss Alex Neil said via their club website: “I am disappointed, frustrated and angry. The first penalty is really soft, I have watched it back and, if that is a penalty, you would get a penalty every time the ball comes into the box because lads are always wrestling.
“The second decision, Enda’s second yellow, was so soft. I am not even sure it was a foul, if I am honest, but, if it is a foul, not every foul is booking.
“We picked up eight bookings this evening and I can’t remember one bad tackle in the whole game.
“We go ahead at 2-1, though, and then we have the call at the back post. If you do the first one on Enda, the second one – I have seen the photos and the lads is wrong side of Ciaran, pulling his jersey with two hands – is a blatant penalty.
“It feels as if the game was taken away from us and the difficulty you have, certainly in those moments, is that it wasn’t justified.
“I thought we were really good for long spells of the game and when that is the case you deserve to win,” he continued.
“You certainly deserve to get points on the board so the frustration I have got is that there was a lot of good work put in tonight from the players and it felt as if the game got taken away from us by really poor decisions.
“The first goal went against the run of play but we showed courage and bravery to come back and I thought we played some really good football.
“We looked dangerous going forward and those moments were all good.
“To be fair to the players, they gave everything, I can’t question their effort or everything they put into the match.
“I still think there are some decisions we can manage a little bit better, particularly towards the tail end of the game, but there are positives from the performance that we can take going forwards into the next match.”
Twitter users gave their reaction as a Stoke fan amuses after ‘flicking the Vs’ towards QPR supporters in the six-goal thriller…
@sam7751: haha she’s raginggg
@Kelly_QPR: Football Nans are a different breed 💙
@LRbix: Best thing I have seen today 🤣
@SCFCJosh96: oh ffs not again
@Epn1882Chalet: Get In
@chef_neale: Class 😂
@StokieTom_SCFC: Nahh 😂😂
@rhysmcc44: Put the away end in the family stand be a much better laugh
@IAmMudded: Stoke city football club 👏
@4thGenCOYL: Swear I remember this lady giving it to the Millwall fans a couple of seasons ago at Stoke away 🤣🤣 #Millwall
@HiccupEU: That is class 🤣
@_JamesWood_: Go on 💙
@AwayEfl92: No need for that needs to be reviewed by the club life time ban needed @stokecity
@Camsafc93: Your nan wears stone island and leads the over 70s firm. Call them the Gran Street Elite
@dezpne: Someone collect your gran
@Marlin2811: Is she badged up?
@TomHicklingUTT: go on lass 🤣
@PSmith1994: Stadium ban needed. No place for this at all. Feel sick watching it.
@WoodHJ: The most feared firm in the land