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Next: QPR vs Coventry
Coventry have 33 points from 26 games (QPR have 38). Coventry's away record is actually pretty good (better than QPR's!) Away from home, Coventry have won 4, drawn 5 and lost 4 - Scoring 13; conceding 15. Championship Table.
Coventry's top scorer is Clint Morrison, who they signed earlier this season from Crystal Palace. (A player QPR, under Iain Dowie were strongly rumoured to have wanted.)

- Coventry Stats This Season ---- Coventry's Results --- Coventry's Current Squad

- Head to Head: QPR vs Coventry: Past Results Great games (from the QPR perspective!) have included a 5-1 full debut hatrick by Clive Allen, back in 1979; another smashing of Bobby Gould's Coventry (leading to his immediate resignation); a Jamie Cureton hatrick for Ian Holloway's QPR; and perhaps most dramatic: A Fifth Round FA Cup Replay at Loftus Road, back in 1974, in which Stan Bowles (aided by Terry Venables) scored a dramatic injury time free kick winner as QPR won 3-2 (and went on to lose at home to Leicester in the FA Cup Quarter Final!)

QPR have failed to win any of their last eight games against Coventry.
- Earlier this season (near the end of September) under Iain Dowie, QPR lost 1-0 at Coventry to an early penalty. QPR's team vs Coventry
QPR: Cerny, Delaney, Stewart, Mahon, Liegertwood, Blackstock (Agyemang 76), Gorkss, Rowlands, Ramage (Parejo 56), Cook, Ledesma (Buzsaky 53). Subs: Camp, Hall.
Coventry Westwood, Fox, Ward, Dann, Doyle, Eastwood (Best 75), Gunnarsson, McKenzie (Mifsud 79), Osbourne, Morrison, Tabb (Beuzelin 84). Subs: Marshall, Hall.

The last encounter at Loftus Road, in November 2007, De Canio's QPR lost 2-1 to Dowie's Coventry. That was Martin Cranie's last game for QPR, as he broke his foot in that match - Match Reports
QPR: Camp, Barker, Stewart, Mancienne, Buzsaky, Rowlands, Vine, Nygaard, Leigertwood, Cranie, Sinclair. Subs: Cole, Bolder, Nardiello, Ainsworth, Timoska.
Coventry: Konstantopoulos, De Zeeuw, Hall, Doyle, Adebola, Osbourne, Mifsud, McNamee, Tabb, Best, Turner. Subs: Marshall, Ward, Hughes, Kyle, Cairo

- Players in Common: John O'Rourke came from Coventry to QPR. Gerry Francis, John Beck, Garry Bannister went from QPR to Coventry. Dave Sexton, Iain Dowie and Bobby Gould managed or coached both teams.

Andrew Shields (Not Noam Friedlander) TIME OUT LONDON -
- Charlton Athletic, Nottingham Forest, Queens Park Rangers, Coventry City. Since the Premier League began in 1992-93, these four clubs have spent a combined 26 seasons in the top flight of English football. In terms of size, status and history, all would no doubt consider themselves on a par with the likes of Hull, Portsmouth or Stoke currently enjoying time in the spotlight.
- The reality, however, is that only Rangers have any hope of returning to the elite – and that is thanks largely to heavy bankrolling from Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone, with their vision of creating a 'boutique club' in Shepherd's Bush. However, not even Formula One moguls can legislate for that unique footballing affliction, dire away form. Rangers are strong at home and should beat Coventry on Saturday, but have won just once in the Coca-Cola Championship away from W12...." Time Out London

- Coventry Official Site INJURY: Freak accident rules out Hall
- COVENTRY City full-back Marcus Hall is set to miss Saturday's clash at QPR after suffering a horrific injury in training.
The 32-year-old severed his septum - which separates the nostrils - during a training session at the Ricoh Arena after an accidental challenge with striker Leon Best.
As Hall went to clear the ball on Best's blindside, the City forward attempted to take a shot and caught his stud in the defender's nostril.
The left-back was taken straight to hospital by physio Michael McBride but manager Chris Coleman does not expect the Coventry-born player to be available for the trip to Loftus Road.
Coleman said: "It was not a very nice incident to witness. It was a freak accident and all the lads were pretty taken aback by it.
"There was a lot of blood and I was convinced he'd broken his nose at first but when Michael took a closer look it seems he's severed his septum.
"I cannot see him being available for Saturday such was the severity but we will wait and see what the verdict is after he has been to hospital.
"It's a real shame for the lad because he has being doing a great job for us in recent weeks - especially with so many other players out injured. We are all keeping our fingers crossed for him that he makes a speedy recovery."
The Sky Blues have been training at the Ricoh Arena because the pitches at Ryton have been frozen during the recent cold snap but Coleman is still someway short of a full squad.
He does, however, have left-back Danny Fox back at his disposal after a recent bout of illness.
Elliott Ward is rated as doubtful for Saturday with a knee injury while skipper Scott Dann is still out with a shoulder injury.
Isaac Osbourne, who has filled in at right-back this season, is also currently sidelined.
Robbie Simpson could also be out of action for up to three weeks after suffering a dead leg against Kidderminster at the weekend. Coventry

Maidenhead Advertiser/Steve Spencer - Pacquette believes Magpies can go all the way
- He's adored by the fans for one simple reason – Richard Pacquette puts the ball in the back of the net.
Maidenhead United’s top scorer has played a huge role in catapulting the Magpies into promotion contention with 13 goals to his name.
A brace against Hayes & Yeading United on New Year’s Day was a timely reminder of his value to the team.
“It was good to bounce back from the defeat on Boxing Day,” said Pacquette. “We knew what we had to do and took it to them. We worked hard to close them down. A lot of us felt we could have played better in the first game and wanted to put that straight.
“We wanted the three points because we need to keep among that top pack.”
The former Havant & Waterlooville striker, who shot to fame with an FA Cup fourth round goal against Liverpool at Anfield, limped off the pitch with injury during United’s loss to Newport County in November.
Pacquette spent the next month on the sidelines, a time which he says was frustrating as his teammates struggled to reverse the downturn in form.
“I was very disappointed because I was in decent form,” said the 25-year-old Dominican international and ex-QPR star.
“I knew I would be out for a while and was worried I’d be playing catch-up when I returned. I was thinking ‘will I be the same’.
“All I could do was try to encourage everyone. I was working hard so I could come back fit and in form and believed that I would find my scoring boots again.
“I scored in my first game back (off the bench against Bromley) and that gave confidence to the team.”
Confidence was precisely what the Magpies had been lacking in Pacquette’s absence as they endured a horrendous losing streak in both the league and cup.
However, they remain in the hunt for the play-offs and Pacquette is unwaveringly certain they can make it to the Conference Premier.
“We’re good enough to get promoted,” stated the Magpies No.9. “We’ve had our blip at the right time and we’re still among it. Fortunately, other teams around us were slipping up at the same time. Chelmsford are having their blip now and it’s still tight.
“We keep believing we can do it – I believe we can.”
There is a unique team spirit at York Road this season which Pacquette claims is partly responsible for their league position. Such an atmosphere is created by one man at the club, the manager, Johnson Hippolyte.
“We’re a good bunch of lads,” said the school truancy officer. “The changing room is bubbly – it always is – and there’s great banter.
“The team is very tight and we help each other out. The manager makes everyone comfortable and relaxed. He’s an ex-player so he knows how it is.
“We’ve got a good thing going on this season and we can get promoted.” Maidenhead Advertiser

- And elsewhere: LoftforWords' Clive Whittingham writes about QPR's Transfer and Contract policy: "This Week - Have QPR learnt from past mistakes?"
"As three more players arrive at QPR on long contracts LoftforWords cannot help but wonder if QPR are making the same Chris Wright mistakes all over again...."

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