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Friday, September 08, 2006

Plymouth Look at QPR

This is Plymouth - 08 September 2006
The last league meeting at Home Park

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Argyle 3 (Wotton pen 6, Doumbe 38, Chadwick 51)
QPR 1 (Baidoo 61)

Argyle: Romain Larrieu; Paul Connolly, Mathias Doumbe, Hasney Aljofree, Anthony Barness; Akos Buzsaky (Keith Lasley 54), Paul Wotton, David Norris, Tony Capaldi; Nick Chadwick (Scott Taylor 80), Mickey Evans (Matt Derbyshire 90). Substitutes (not used): Luke McCormick, Bojan Djordjic.

Attendance: 13,213

Argyle have won 15 and lost five of their previous 20 home league games against QPR.

Rangers have lost three successive matches at Home Park since beating Argyle 1-0 in January 2003.

Plymouth Official 08.09.2006 LATEST NEWS THE QPR SEASON
Review of the campaign so far for the Loftus Road outfit

Burnley 2 QPR 0

A brace from former Crewe striker Steve Jones condemned Rangers to a disappointing opening day defeat at Turf Moor.

An embarrasing defensive mix-up gifted Jones with the first goal and he followed that up with a sublime finish to secure a deserved three points for the Clarets.

QPR 2 Leeds 2

Rangers twice came back to earn a battling point in their firsat home game of the season. USA international Eddie Lewis opened the scoring for Leeds but a Martin Rowlands penalty nine minutes from time brough the home side level.

A minute later, however, burly striker Geoff Horsfield scored a second for Leeds but QPR were rescued by an injury time equaliser from Shabazz Baidoo.

QPR 2 Southend 0

QPR secured their first win in 14 games with two first-half goals from Martin Rowlands and Nick Ward.

Rowlands fired in a fantastic free-kick and Ward bagged a strikers' goal to give Rangers all three points.

Preston 1 QPR 1

They were five minutes away from making it two successive wins at Deepdale but Paul McKenna stole a point for the home side.

Gareth Ainsworth had given QPR a deserved lead on four minutes and, after surviving for 81 minutes, manager Gary Waddock will be gutted that his team couldn't hold on for another five.

QPR 1 Ipswich 3

A disappointing televised defeat at home to Ipswich was the worst possible preparation for QPR ahead of the game with Argyle, especially after they had taken the lead on the hour through Kevin Gallen.

Ipswich had turned it around within ten minutes thanks to goals from Simon Walton and Jason De Vos, and Dean Bowditch added a third on 86 minutes.

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Pictorial guide to Gary Waddock's team ahead of Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship encounter at Home Park
Plymouth Look

This is Plymouth - Waddock & QPR Assessed


Manager Gary Waddock made a series of signings over the summer as he tried to stamp his mark on Queens Park Rangers.

Waddock was initially appointed caretaker boss in February, after Ian Holloway was suspended by the west London club.

Coaches Gary Penrice and Tim Breacker were also put on 'gardening leave' and all the upheaval seemed to disrupt QPR as they ended up in 21st position in the Championship.

It was not until Holloway took over at Argyle at the end of June that Waddock shed the caretaker tag and named former Rangers team-mate Alan McDonald as his assistant.

Four of Waddock's new recruits were in the starting line-up for QPR's last match, the Sky-televised 3-1 home defeat by Ipswich Town on August 25.

Two of them played in central defence, with 26-year-old Jamaican international Damion Stewart partnered by Zesh Rehman.

Stewart played for Jamaica when they lost 1-0 to Canada in a friendly in Montreal on Monday.

Rehman, 22, was signed for an undisclosed fee from Fulham after the £1.6 million sale of centre-back Dan Shittu to Watford.

Waddock also added Australian international midfielder Nick Ward and Southampton striker Dexter Blackstock to his squad.

Ward has been away on international duty this week, with Australia playing Kuwait in an Asian Cup qualifier.

The 21-year-old was signed from Perth Glory in July and has started all five of QPR's Championship fixtures this season, and scored once.

Blackstock, 20, arrived from Southampton five days after the start of the season for an undisclosed fee.

The former Argyle loan signing has yet to open his goalscoring account for his new club in four league and cup appearances.

Blackstock led Rangers' attack against Ipswich with teenage prospect Ray Jones, who made his England under-19 debut on Wednesday.

He came on as a second half substitute in a 0-0 draw with Holland at Walsall's Bescot Stadium.

On the bench against Ipswich was another of Rangers' summer signings, Nigerian midfielder Egutu Oliseh.

The 25-year-old arrived from Belgian club La Louviere but he has had a thigh injury and has made only one substitute appearance for Rangers.

However, Oliseh did play 63 minutes for the reserves in their 3-0 win at Aldershot Town on Tuesday.

Danish striker Marc Nygaard, signed by Holloway from Italian club Brescia last summer, returned from a back injury in that match and could come into contention tomorrow.

QPR (from): Paul Jones, Jake Cole, Matthew Rose, Damion Stewart, Zesh Rehman, Mauro Milanese, Patrick Kanyuka, Kevin Gallen, Steve Lomas, Nick Ward, Lee Cook, Marc Bircham, Shabazz Baidoo, Egutu Oliseh, Gareth Ainsworth, Martin Rowlands, Ray Jones, Dexter Blackstock, Adam Czerkas, Marc Nygaard.


This is Plymouth - Rowlands Profiled

The 27-year-old Republic of Ireland international is very similar in style to Argyle's midfield dynamo David Norris.

He usually plays on the right-side of midfield for QPR, but is versatile enough to play other positions should the need arise.

Rowlands was sidelined for Rangers' last game, the Sky-televised 3-1 home defeat by Ipswich Town, by a calf injury.

But he returned to training on Monday and manager Gary Waddock is expected to recall him to the starting line-up tomorrow.

Waddock has revealed that Rangers are in talks with Rowlands about a new long-term deal.

The midfielder's contract ends next June and the west London club want to extend it until the summer of 2010.

Waddock said: "Martin missed a large part of last season through injury but he has started this season very well.

"He's a good footballer and is someone we feel will take this club forward."

Rowlands began his professional career with Brentford, when he was signed from non-league Farnborough Town for £45,000 in August 1998.

He made 186 first team appearances for the Bees over a five-year spell before moving to QPR on a Bosman transfer in 2003.

In his first season at Loftus Road, Rowlands was a key figure when Rangers were promoted to the Championship as runners-up to Argyle.

Rowlands only started 12 league games last term, however, because of two long-term knee injuries.


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