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Saturday, September 23, 2006

QPR Win...Climb out of Bottom Three! Reports & Comments

QPR won 2-0 against Hull (Jones and Blackstock and climbed out of the bottom three.

BBC - QPR 2-0 Hull
John Gregory's reign as QPR boss got off to a winning start as goals from Ray Jones and Dexter Blackstock earned a deserved win over struggling Hull.
Hull were under pressure, but could have led but for QPR keeper Paul Jones' fine save from Michael Turner's header.
Rangers broke through on the hour as Jones tapped in his first league goal after being set up by Damion Stewart.
And Blackstock sealed the victory as he headed home after Lee Cook supplied a superb curling cross.


Second half goals from Ray Jones and Dexter Blackstock ensured John Gregory's reign as Rangers boss got off to the perfect start against Hull.
Teenager Jones headed home on the hour, before Blackstock put the icing on the cake ten minutes from time, as the R's leapfrogged their opponents in the Championship table.
Victory was no less than QPR deserved, with the added bonus of a first clean sheet in eight sending the large majority of an 11,000 strong crowd home happy.
It was goalless at the break, at the end of 45 minutes of nervy football at Loftus Road.
Neither side created any clear-cut chances, although Lee Cook provided the odd moment of magic, in a half in which the R's enjoyed the lion's share of territory and possession.
Gregory had the luxury of selecting Paul Jones, Martin Rowlands and Blackstock, while the previously out-of-favour Marcus Bignot returned to the starting XI.
The fit-again Simon Royce returned to the bench, alongside Nicky Ward, who made way.
After a tentative opening, Rangers forced the first corner when Lee Cook's teasing delivery was cleared by Andy Dawson.
The same player's resultant set-piece was expertly punched away by Boaz Myhill, as the R's forced the Tigers on to the back foot for the first time.
It was the returning Rowlands who fashioned the first chance of the contest on 14 minutes, letting fly with a spectacular dipping shot from the left corner of the box, which Myhill did well to tip to safety.
The R's soon forced a corner, which after two bites at the cherry, Manchester City loanee Danny Mills hacked to safety.
Cook was the thorn in the Tigers' side early on and when his curling delivery breached the last line of the Hull defence, Damion Stewart came within inches of adding the finishing touch from close range.
Cook was at it again on 21 minutes, leaving two defenders in his wake before dragging his shot wide of Myhill's left hand upright.
Ray Jones became the first player of Gregory's reign to receive a booking, when he was shown a yellow card in the 30th minute, for an apparent flailing arm in the direction of Andy Dawson.
Phil Parkinson's men grew in stature as the half wore on, but it was a case of so far, so good, for the R's back four, who remained resolute throughout the first half.
Rowlands' deflected free-kick on the stroke of half-time forced Myhill to gather on the edge of his six-yard box, as the half drew to a quiet conclusion.
Gregory introduced Pat Kanyuka at the expense of Matthew Rose at the break, although it was unclear as to whether it was a tactical change or an enforced substitution.
Zesh Rehman moved to right back, with Marcus Bignot switching to the left side of the R's defence.
Hull started the half confidently and when Craig Fagan flighted an out-swinging corner into the R's box on 48 minutes, Paul Jones was in the right place at the right time to tip away Michael Turner's downward header.
But it was Rangers who took the lead on 60 minutes, courtesy of Ray Jones.
The talented teenager arrived bang on cue to head home Blackstock's knock-down from little more than a yard, after a well-worked quick free-kick from Rowlands.
It was definitely a case of cometh the hour, cometh the man, as the 17 year-old bagged his first goal in Championship football.
Gregory wasted no time in introducing fresh legs after the goal, with Ward and Steve Lomas replacing Bircham and Bailey respectively four minutes later.
Jon Parkin - clearly having seen Xavi Alonso's wonder-goal for Liverpool earlier in the week - tried his luck from long range on 67 minutes, only to get his effort all wrong, as the ball sailed towards the corner flag.
Rangers continued to pose a threat as the match reached its conclusion, with Blackstock heading over in the 79th minute from the edge of the six-yard box after more good wide play from Cook.
Sixty seconds later the former Southampton man sealed all three points for the Hoops, heading an unstoppable effort past Myhill, after Cook left Mills chasing shadows for the umpteenth time.
It was no less than the pacy front-man deserved, after a tireless forward display.
The roar at full-time told its own story, as Rangers registered their first league victory in six fixtures.
QPR: P Jones,Bignot, Rehman, Stewart, Rose (Kanyuka 46), Rowlands, Bailey (Lomas 64), Bircham (Ward 64), Cook, R Jones, Blackstock.
Subs: Royce, Baidoo.
Scorers: R Jones 60, Blackstock 80
Bookings: R Jones 30, Rehman 72, P Jones 85

Hull City: Myhill, Dawson, Ashbee, Turner, Parkin, Bridges (Forster 66), Collins, Livermore (Marney 74), Mills, Fagan, France (Yeates 66).
Subs: Duke, Thelwell.
Bookings: Collins 53, Mills 62, Livermore 68
Referee: D Deadman
Attendance: 11,381


The Tigers' winning run came to a disappointing end this afternoon as they went down 2-0 to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
In a game where City rarely looked like scoring, they were punished by second half headers from Ray Jones and Dexter Blackstock.
There were several changes to the side that started against Hartlepool in the Carling Cup in midweek as the team mirrored the one that beat Sheffield Wednesday in the last league game.
Danny Mills, Ian Ashbee, David Livermore, Michael Bridges and Jon Parkin were all restored to the starting eleven.
In the absence of Sam Ricketts, Mills played at right back with Sam Collins remaining at centre half.
Nicky Forster returned from injury to take a place on the bench and was joined by Mark Yeates and Dean Marney, both of whom had started in midweek.
QPR forced the first corner of the game in the sixth minute when Andy Dawson headed a deep cross behind, but Boaz Myhill did well to fist Lee Cook's set piece away.
Myhill was forced to make the first save of the game on 14 minutes. Livermore was dispossessed on the edge of his own box and when the ball came back to Martin Rowlands, his shot was palmed away by the City keeper.
Rangers should have taken the lead two minutes later. Cook curled a beautiful free kick over to the back post, but Damion Stewart couldn't connect with his head and the chance went away.
A good run from Rowlands saw him have another shot on 21 minutes, but this time it went across goal and wide.
City went on the counter attack in the 26th minute as Craig Fagan charged up the field. It was three-on-three as Fagan played the ball out to Parkin on the right, but his cut back went behind Fagan and the home side cleared.
QPR striker Ray Jones was booked on half an hour following a challenge on Andy Dawason, which left the full back needing treatment from physio Simon Maltby.
The Tigers won their first corner on 33 minutes after Fagan had chased down what seemed like a lost cause. The delivery from Dawson was cleared at the near post and when he returned the ball, Ryan France was flagged offside.
In added time, Rangers won a corner after some good play down the right. The corner went deep and was headed behind by Parkin for another set piece, but this one was well claimed by Myhill.
Half Time: Tigers 0-0 QPR.
Rangers made a change at half time as Pat Kanyuka came on for Matthew Rose.
The Tigers won a corner four minutes into the second period as Stewart headed behind. The delivery from Dawson was perfect for Michael Turner who rose the highest to head goalwards, only to see his effort well saved by Paul Jones.
Collins went into the book on 53 minutes following a foul on Dexter Blackstock.
Rangers took the lead in the 60th minute. A free kick from the right was swung over to the back post to Blackstock who headed back across goal to Jones who headed home from close range.
Mills was booked for a foul on Cook as the home side looked to turn up the pressure.
QPR then made a double change as Steve Lomas and Nick Ward replaced Stefan Bailey and Marc Bircham.
The Tigers responded with a double change of their own. Yeates came on to make his City league debut in place of France while Forster replaced Bridges.
Livermore was shown a yellow card following a tackle from behind on Zesh Rehman.
Rehman himself was booked on 72 minutes after a wild challenge on Yeates before Marney replaced Livermore as City made their final change.
QPR went close to doubling the lead when Blackstock got on the end of a left wing cross, but his header sailed over.
Rangers sealed the points ten minutes from time. Cook beat his marker down the left and produced a beautiful cross for Blackstock to head home.
City tried to hit back. Collins crossed to the back post for Forster, but his glancing header went wide.
Despite being two goals up, goalkeeper Jones still managed to get himself a yellow card for time wasting.
There was no way back for City, despite four minutes of added time, and they got what they deserved from the game as QPR leapfrogged them in the table.


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