QPR winger David Wheeler returns with his fortnightly column for the R's official website.
WHILE the hunt for an away win goes on, we can take encouragement from a solid performance at the Stadium of Light.
It is really too soon in the season to be using the current standings in the table to assume whether we should or should not have brought all three points back to London. It is just as likely that this will be seen as a point gained come the end of the season.
With a host of players with Premier League experience, Sunderland were largely kept quiet throughout the game by our resolute defence. At the other end, Sylla added to his goalscoring credentials by putting us ahead by out-leaping his marker and nodding home a well delivered corner from Luke Freeman. He nearly added his and the team’s second, but the defender did well to get in the way and prevent the two goal cushion.
For a large period the one goal looked enough to win the game, however their equaliser did eventually come in the second half in bizarre circumstances. A growingly restless and disgruntled home crowd began to ironically cheer every completed pass by the Black Cats. This succession of jeered passes was perhaps unjustly rewarded with a well taken curled effort from the impressive McGeady. It goes without saying that, as a player, I hope this is not a tactic that catches on amongst fans! Thankfully our ever vocal away support were in full voice and behind us throughout. Thanks to all that made the long trip up north.
The biggest and ongoing story in the news lately has been the exposure of multiple sexual assault harassment allegations made against American film producer Harvey Weinstein. An array of actresses including Heather Graham, Angelina Jolie and Kate Beckinsale have come forward with their own personal accounts of abuse and harassment allegedly committed by Weinstein.
It is yet another shocking example of a man abusing his power to pressure and intimidate women who are in a more vulnerable position. This issue is multifaceted and deep rooted in society and urgently needs attention.
Putting the obvious need to dismantle power structures to one side, the need to eradicate sexism, chauvinism, and misogyny in our society is sadly as pressing as ever. Action to address these issues across in all work places, public and private spaces has been depressingly slow and feeble.
It is hardly surprising that this problem persists in America when the President, as far as I can see, has been accused of almost identical acts of abuse as Weinstein, minus the same opprobrium and outrage.
You only have to look to social media to see how widespread the problem is. A recent hashtag - #MeToo - where women reveal that they too have experienced sexual harassment at some stage in life, exposes how this issue is truly global. Immediate thorough co-operative action is needed. Let’s hope progress happens sooner rather than later for the sake of everyone, but especially women and girls.
Luke Freeman, Joel Lynch, Alex Baptiste and myself will be down at the QPR Superstore on Tuesday, 24th October 2-3pm to sign autographs and take pictures. Hopefully I’ll see you there!