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Thursday, November 05, 2009

QPR Report Thursday...Cook Talks re Recovery...Taarabt Talks....Next: Sheffield Wednesday...Flashback: Jude Joins QPR...Hating QPR

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QPR Official Site - November 5, 1998 - Jude Joins
- "An important new signing at Rangers is Jude, who joins on a free transfer as the new stadium cat. Rangers were desperate to sign a lucky black cat following the sad demise of long-serving club servant Smokey last season. Jude’s arrival at Loftus Road coincided with the win over Barnsley!"

London Informer/Yann Tear - Being in Wayne's world keeps Taarabt in the UK
- ADEL Taarabt has hinted that his telepathic understanding with Wayne Routledge is one of the main reasons he will be happy to stay at Loftus Road until the summer.
- The on-loan Moroccan has a well-publicised get-out clause should any top-flight teams come for him, and he craves a move to Italy or Spain.
- But he now says he would be happy to wait for his dream move and is concentrating on making the most of his stay in west London.
- "I want to have a good season here and then afterwards head off to a Spanish or Italian club," he said. "It would be nearer to Morocco and Marseilles, where I grew up, and that would be perfect for me.
- "Right now, things are going very well. I am very pleased and I hope it continues, and that I can have a good season. I'm pleased to be here to show what I'm capable of.
- "Tottenham would like me to sign a new deal with them but, frankly, I don't fancy going back there now. I've got two and a half years left with them, but I hope to leave soon."
- Routledge will be particularly delighted if Taarabt stays until May.
- The pair have been impressive in the way they link up and terrorise defences with their pace.
- "It is going very well with Wayne," said Taarabt. "We played together before at Tottenham and we know each other. He is a skillful player and is playing even better now he is playing in the centre.
- "I try to find him always with his pace. If you can make one against one, he can be dangerous, because he is very quick. That's why the manager plays him there."
- Taarabt is upbeat ahead of this weekend's trip to Sheffield Wednesday, but admits to frustration with QPR's week, which yielded one point from two home games.
- He added: "I'm looking forward to the last game before the international break and we'll go to Sheffield Wednesday looking for a big result." [25cf] Mikele Leigertwood has revealed he is something of a reluctant right-back for Rangers, even if he is happy to be back after a bout of swine flu.
- "The manager wants me to play there and I've got to admit I was a bit against it," he said. "I played there a few times last season and I prefer to play in the centre of midfield.
- "But I just want to do a good job for the team, wherever I'm selected. If that's right back, centre mid or in goal, I'll do it. I played there before for Palace and Wimbledon when I was young and I'm quite used to it.
- "The main thing is to be playing again. I've missed out on a few good performances and results.
- "My head felt like it was going to explode when I had flu. I was out for six days and was gutted because I don't ever get sick."
- Meanwhile, all of QPR's players and staff were this week being vaccinated against swine flu. London Informer

London Informer - It's real - QPR's Cook is at last free of the agony
- LEE Cook is out until Christmas at the earliest - but amazingly the QPR player's dream came true this week.
- For the first time since his knee operation in the summer, the man who made the return journey from Fulham for £2million in August 2008 was able to run without pain.
- The fans' favourite revealed he's often dreamed about it over the last four months - and finally got to feel what it was like when he tentatively got going on a treadmill.
- "I've imagined what it's like to have no pain - and some nights it's been so real, I was surprised when I woke up in bed and it still hurt," he said. "But it has really happened - and you can imagine how I feel not to have pain."
- Cook has suffered a litany of knee-related injuries since the £3.5m deal took him down the road to Craven Cottage in 2007.
- But after one appearance in a pre-season friendly against, of all clubs, QPR, he never set foot on a pitch again in a Whites shirt.
- Rs fans were delighted when he made the return trip, but the player himself was often candid that last season's form was nowhere near his best.
- Now Cook can't wait until he can rejoin the fray - and hopefully get a second bite of the Premiership cherry - this time with the Hoops.
- He said: "I'm gagging to get back, especially since we've played some fabulous stuff over the last few games. I hope to get back to proper training soon."
- Boss Jim Magilton added: "Every time Lee feels good, we'll step up his training a bit." London Informer

Ask Steve Claridge/BBC
- Hi Steve, what do you make of QPR's recent run of form and them playing some of the best football in the Championship at the moment? Do you think they will be able to stay consistent from now up until the end of the season?
Scott Andrews England

- Scott sent this question last week - before Friday's defeat by Leicester and Tuesday's draw with Crystal Palace - which shows how quickly things can change.
- This season, QPR have flattered to deceive. They have been winning games you don't expect them to but, just as you think they have turned the corner, they take a bit of a backward step - as with their last two home results.
- They are definitely lacking any sort of consistency at the moment. It's a case of when they play well, they are very good - they have got four or five players who can hurt you going forwards.
- But defensively they seem to shut off occasionally and they have been punished for it, as with the Leicester game for example.
- So they have got to be harder to beat. They cannot play well every week, so they need to have another side to their game and be able to win when they don't turn it on.
- And, let's be straight about this, they should be a top-three team in that division with the players they have and the money they are spending. There seems to be a misconception that they haven't spent anything but that is absolute tosh - Alejandro Faurlin cost £3.5m.
- Does that lead to pressure on their manager Jim Magilton? No. Pressure is not when you have got loads of money to spend - pressure is when you are down the bottom of the table with nowhere to turn and no money to buy anyone. I'm sure Jim is sitting there thinking what a lucky, lucky man he is.
- If you're in charge there, then it might not be the longest managerial stint of your life but it is certainly a massive opportunity. There are a lot harder jobs out there. .. BBC

Congratulations to Paulo Sousa and Kenny Jackett
Football League: October Manager of The Month Nominations:
- The nominations have been announced for the Coca-Cola Manager of the Month award for October:
- Championship
Nigel Pearson - Leicester City - Billy Davies - Nottingham Forest
Paulo Sousa - Swansea City - Dave Jones - Cardiff City
- League 1 Kenny Jackett - Millwall Alan Pardew - Southampton Paul Lambert - Norwich City - Paul Ince - Milton Keynes Dons
- League 2 John Sheridan - Chesterfield - Keith Hill - Rochdale - Paul Peschisolido - Burton Albion - Micky Adams - Port Vale
- Winners will be announced on Saturday during Sky Sports Soccer Saturday from midday. Football League

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