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Friday, February 29, 2008

QPR vs Stoke...Stoke Signing....No Curtis to Hull...Ex-QPR Night Tonight...Stefan Moore

QPR play League Leaders, Stoke on Sunday at Loftus Road. Stoke, away record: 6 away wins; 7 draws, 4 defeats (Home record 11 wins, 4 draws, 3 defeats) - Table -- Stoke's Results this season - Stoke's squad Stoke on some of their players ranking highly in the Actim Index Stoke manager, Tony Pulis has just won the Manager of the Month Award!

Stoke City fans probably have to pinch themselves to check their not dreaming.
As the Championship campaign heads in to the month of March, Tony Pulis' men currently sit at the summit of the second tier.
Tuesday's defeat at Preston North End wasn't exactly what the doctor ordered ahead of their visit to W12, but the league table doesn't lie and as we head in to the final chapter of the season, the Potters are there to be shot at.
Pulis, however, is refusing to get carried away - for the time being at least. "This is a tough league and there is still a quarter of the season to go," he said.
"I've been in the game too long to get too excited yet.
"If we treat the last 11 games any differently than we have the first 33, we will end up with our pants pulled down and have our backsides slapped.
"The players are working exceptionally hard and we have got to keep that up."
Stoke's surprise season owes much to the goal-scoring prowess of revered hit-man Ricardo Fuller.
The former Southampton and Portsmouth goal-getter has already bagged 14 goals in the Championship this campaign and is hotly-tipped to head the Championship goal-scoring charts at the end of the season.
But arguably, even greater praise should be attributed to free-scoring centre-halves Ryan Shawcross and Leon Cort, who have notched a remarkable 14 goals between them this season.
The pair, who each began the season on loan at The Britannia Stadium, have wreaked havoc in opposition boxes up and down the land so far this season - and it's a point not lost on their gaffer.
"We've got goals throughout the team now," he said.
"We're getting goals from wide and from the centre-halves; and now we've got Glenn Whelan on board, I'm also expecting him to score a few goals between now and the end of the season as well."
Pulis attributes Stoke's form to a 'bloody hard-working mentality,' adding: "It's simply good players taking on board what you want from them and working bloody hard to achieve it.
"Their attitude has been fantastic, while their growing confidence is there for everyone to see."
Only time will tell as to whether the Potters last the course, but given the unpredictable nature of this division, there are certain to be a few more twists and turns before the campaign reaches its conclusion on Sunday 4th May. QPR

Mirror - [Stoke] City find cash and get Nash
Stoke will sign keeper Carlo Nash on loan from Wigan today after a wrangle over payments was sorted out.
Nash (above) goes straight into the squad for Monday's [sic] visit to QPR following Marton Fulop's recall by Sunderland and may even start ahead of Steve Simonsen.
The deal originally stalled over how much City would pay Nash. Mirror

QPR's recently-released, defender, John Curtis is apparently NOT joining Hull, after a trial - Report.

Ex-QPR Night tonight, as Gillingham (Royce, Cullip, Oli, Miller, Griffiths) take on Yeovil (Bircham, Rose, Forbes and Cochrane). Oli returns to the Gillingham squad, but Rose and Bircham may miss through injury. Tonight's preview

Stefan Moore will be playing for Walsall Reserves next week, as they consider signing him - Walsall

Birmingham Mail/Paul Berry - Walsall lead the chase for Stefan Moore
WALSALL boss Richard Money today revealed Saddlers are in pole position in the race for striker Stefan Moore - but that nothing has yet been finalised.
The former Villa frontman, currently a free agent, is on trial at Walsall and featured in Tuesday's reserve game with Leicester.
Although insisting there is nothing substantial to report on Moore's position, Money admits he would be a good acquisition.
"Stefan will be training with us again today," said the manager. "We are in discussions with him but as yet nothing has been sorted.
"I've had a long chat with Stefan and I know all about him from when he was scoring a lot of goals for Villa reserves.
"From my point of view I can see that after three days' training and one reserve game, he knows the way we like to play.
"He knows how to play in a modern 4-4-2 with a lot of movement and he is a very intelligent forward.
"I like him and if we do get him it might be at just the right time of his career."
Moore is interesting several other clubs, including Australian side Melbourne Victory, but is understood to favour a return to his Birmingham roots, putting Walsall at the head of the queue. Birmingham Mail

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