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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Waddock & Hoddle Comments on QPR 0 Wolves 0

Waddock's Comments -Official Site
"....Waddock said: "We had to make quite a few changes quite late in the day. Ian Evatt and Steve Lomas have both aggravated their hips and Marc Bircham went down late with illness.
"But Stefan Bailey came in and did superbly, especially when you consider he was up against the likes of Darren Anderton and Paul Ince.
"He only signed his pro forms this week and this was a bit of a baptism of fire."Then we had Paul Jones pulling off saves that were just out of this world. What a week he's had, after saving a penalty up at Sheffield he pulls off a great double save today - just unbelievable."
Despite all of the injuries, the one silver lining was the return of Kevin Gallen and Waddock was delighted to have his skipper back in action.
"It's great to have Kev back, we only had him play an hour again today as we don't want to rush his return, but he certainly performed well."
Waddock was also keen to set the record straight with regards to some incorrect reporting that he has agreed a two year deal as the club's new manager.
"I was as surprised to find that out in the newspapers as anyone! I'm still here on a game to game basis. I wouldn't turn the job down if it came my way of course, but nothing has even been spoken about yet."

Sporting Life
Wolves boss Glenn Hoddle insisted his side remain on course for the Coca-Cola Championship play-offs despite being held to a 0-0 draw at QPR.
The visitors were thwarted by an outstanding display from their former goalkeeper Paul Jones, who produced a brilliant late double save to deny Jeremie Aliadiere and Carl Cort.
Jones also saved from Darren Anderton and Kenny Miller as Wolves failed to take advantage of their possession.
But Hoddle said: "It's been a decent day. Crystal Palace lost and we play Cardiff next week, so we're still in the driving seat.
"The disappointing thing is that if we had won we'd have been in the top six and that would put Preston under pressure."
Hoddle admitted his team were fortunate not to have a penalty awarded against them when Lee Naylor appeared to handle the ball under pressure from Gareth Ainsworth.
"I thought it was a penalty," he said. "That was a bit of good fortune for us.
"But any manager will tell you that these kind of things even themselves out over the course of the season. It did hit his hand - whether it was intentional or not I'm not sure."
He added: "Paul Jones made possibly six saves. We certainly worked him harder than they worked our goalkeeper.
"We had chances to win the game and I feel we should have done so. I can't remember our keeper having to make a save.
"The possession we had was incredible, especially in the first 20 minutes, and we needed to score then."

QPR caretaker-manager Gary Waddock praised his injury-hit team and teenage midfielder Stefan Bailey in particular.
Waddock said: "I'm very pleased. The performance was good considering we had to make quite a few changes.
"I thought Stefan Bailey was outstanding especially as he was playing against Paul Ince and Darren Anderton and hasn't been involved with the first team much.
"Stefan has only been a professional for a week. He's a good lad, he competes, and it doesn't matter if he's up against Paul Ince, he will stand up for himself don't worry about that."
Waddock denied reports he had agreed a two-year contract to take over as manager on a permanent basis.
The former Republic of Ireland midfielder was recently placed in charge after Ian Holloway was put on "gardening leave" by the Loftus Road board.
Waddock explained: "I'm the caretaker-manager and I'm just doing it on a game to game basis. Ian Holloway remains the manager of this football club.
"If the opportunity comes to me and I am offered the job I am certainly not going to turn it down."


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