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Leicester vs QPR Teams
- QPR: Ikeme, Hill, Faurlin, Cook, Leigertwood, Stewart, Simpson, Ephraim, Ramage, Taarabt, Gorkss Subs: Oastler, Vine, Cerny, Balanta, German, Tosic, Buzasky
- Leicester City: Weale, Morrison, Brown (c), Hobbs, Berner, Gallagher, Spearing, Wellens, King, Waghorn, Howard Subs: Logan, Neilson, Oakley, Adams, N'Guessan, Kermorgant, Vaughan - Follow on the Board

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- Today: Leicester City

- Steve Gallen spoke of his pride after seeing his Under 18s reach the Semi-Finals of the Trofeo Sardegna before losing to Slavia Prague in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
- After qualifying from their group in second place, the R's faced the Azerbaijan national side in the Quarter-Finals, and won 5-2 on penalties after a goalless draw against one of the tournament favourites.
Rangers keeper Elvijs Putnins saved a staggering three spot-kicks as he did his bit to help his team reach the Semi-Finals.
Ina hectic schedule, which had seen QPR play two games on Saturday, the Semi-Final took place less than 24 hours later against Slavia Prague.
The R's stormed into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Elliott Cox and Luke Olley. Unfortunately they were pegged back, however, with Prague's equaliser coming in the final minute of the match.
Following the 2-2 draw, QPR faced another penalty shoot-out, this time losing 4-2.
- Gallen was understandably upbeat following the tournament.
- Speaking from the team's training camp in Sardinia, he told www.qpr.co.uk: "The lads have been absolutely magnificent.
"I couldn't be prouder of them. Their attitude and discipline has been outstanding.
"When you look at the teams we have faced in this tournament, you can understand why I am so proud of the boys.
"We have come up against top, top sides and more than held our own." QPR

Azerbaijani football team loses to English Queens Park Rangers
The youth football team of Azerbaijan (U-19) completed participation in Trofeo Sardegna in Italian Olbia.
According to News.Az, after the victory over Turin Juventus (1:0) and Olympic from Marseilles (in the penalty series) our team reached the quarterfinal where it played English Queens Park Rangers. The main half ended 0:0 but the British team was successful in the after-match penalties.
The Azerbaijani team is out of the game but it will hold a friendly match with another famous opponent-German Bayer from Leverkusen. http://www.news.az/articles/12566

- The Independent: Frank Lampard vs Anti-Semitism
- Lampard tackles anti-semitic chanting

- Another detestable bias which football is preparing to tackle. This column can reveal that Frank Lampard has been signed up by David Baddiel for a two-minute film, The Y Word, which seeks to highlight the abhorrence of anti-semitic chanting and consign it to the past. The film by Baddiel and his writer brother, Ivor, both Chelsea fans, will highlight the use of the word "Yid" in chants. Securing the support of players to deal with homophobia in football is a more challenging task but it must be the next. Independent

Les Ferdinand calls on QPR to follow Leicester City's lead
Sunday, April 04, 2010, 08:00 - http://www.thebluearmy.co.uk/news/Les-Ferdinand-calls-QPR-follow-Leicester-City-s-lead/article-1969488-detail/article.html
- Former Leicester and QPR striker Les Ferdinand believes City's example is the blueprint Rangers need to follow to revive their fortunes as a force.

The two teams go head-to-head in an Easter Monday Championship clash at the Walkers Stadium, as ships sailing in different directions this season.

City have continued their resurgence under the stewardship of Nigel Pearson, who could yet lead the team to a second successive promotion and the Premier League through the play-offs.

Rangers are still not completely safe from relegation and are on their third permanent manager of the season in Neil Warnock, who was appointed last month after walking out on Crystal Palace.

The Loftus Road club have gone through 11 managers since Hoops hero Ferdinand left the club where he made his name in 1995, and that is not including six caretakers.

The club owners have had seven permanent bosses since taking over in August 2007 and the last one to vacate the chair, Paul Hart, lasted six weeks in the job.

City chairman Milan Mandaric went through five in 15 months himself until settling on Pearson in the summer of 2008.

By then the unthinkable had happened – relegation to the third tier for the first time in the club's history.

But the Foxes have been on the up and up ever since the current incumbent breezed through the door, and Ferdinand believes it is no coincidence a settled set-up has led to success on the pitch.

He said: "Every club you ever speak about that has had success, the one thing they all seem to have had is stability.

"QPR haven't had that in the last few years, and Neil Warnock is only a step in the right direction if they manage to keep hold of him for a few years.

"If it's another case of six months, results are not going right and they get rid of him, it's not the right step.

"Nigel Pearson has come into Leicester and given the club that stability, consequently the club now seem to be heading in the right direction.

"I am certainly hoping QPR take heed of Leicester's example, and can emulate that success."

With City fans daring to dream of life back in the Premier League, Ferdinand can relate to the experience has one of the last Foxes team to play in the top-flight in 2003-04.

Then-manager Micky Adams had made practically a new team's worth of signings after promotion but the gamble did not pay off because the club went straight back down.

Ferdinand was one of the few success stories that season with 14 Premier League goals at the season's end at age 37, but felt his achievements were soured by the drop.

Ferdinand said: "What Micky tried to do was pack the team with experience, but I think even he would admit that he got it wrong.

"Perhaps it was one new face too many and it was very disappointing for me."

With the Premier League arguably even stronger six years on, City would have big calls to make on their playing operation if the fairytale becomes a reality with promotion.

Mass change is an option, like it was for Adams. Giving the players who have got you there the chance to shine on the big stage is another.

But Ferdinand feels the class of 2009 are better equipped to handle the step-up than their predecessors, and hopes the current crop are given a good crack of the whip should it come to pass.

In his mind, the likes of Matt Fryatt, Chris Weale and Andy King will have earned the chance to prove themselves as Premier League players.

He said: "There is a call for both sides but, when a club are promoted to the Premier League, they need that bit of experience and that little bit of quality to survive.

"It's not the right thing just keep a settled team, you need to add to what you have got to stand a chance. But it's not 11 new players, it's about striking that balance.

"In that respect, this Leicester team are better equipped than the side that came up to the Premier League last time.

"If they were promoted and added the right players to their current team, they would have a real chance of surviving" - Leicester

The Sun - CARL IKEME insists he will miss the crazy world of QPR.
The goalkeeper's four-month loan comes to an end after today's game against Leicester.

Ikeme, 24, returns to Wolves after three managers, a boardroom upheaval and a relegation fight at Loftus Road.

The Nigeria World Cup hopeful said: "I've loved it here, I'm gutted to be going back. It's been a great experience.

"I've played 16 games and stayed injury free. It's been a learning curve playing under a few new managers.

"It has been a crazy time... a shock.

"What's happened with the board and managers is madness."

But Ikeme admits Neil Warnock is now the man to give Rangers fans the stability they crave.

They should have dragged themselves further away from the drop zone after bossing this game.

Argy Alejandro Faurlin scored his first goal for QPR on 23 minutes.

But Tom Soares levelled 15 minutes from time with Sheffield Wednesday's first and only notable effort on Ikeme's goal.

Keeper Ikeme added: "The boys have taken to Neil, you can see that with the performances.

"You can tell that the unrest affected the fans and the players - but now the fans are seeing that the club's starting to move forward again."

Warnock admits he cannot wait for the summer so the club can sign permanent players and solve their loan-heavy squad.

Portsmouth's Dusko Tosic could not play on Saturday as Rangers had the maximum of five loan players in their matchday 18.

And Warnock said: "We need to build the squad, that's no secret.

"We've got too many players in on loan and that's no good for what we want to do here.

"Spurs want £4.5million for Adel Taarabt, but that's ridiculous money."

Wednesday are still 20th despite being unbeaten in six games.

Boss Alan Irvine said: "When I arrived we needed to win 11 out of 23. We've lost one in eight but are still where we are - that's how tough this league is."

SUN STAR MANTAMAS PRISKIN (QPR). Ipswich loanee's work rate was impressive.

Mirror QPR 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday: The Daily Mirror match report
Published 05:00 05/04/10 By Ben Hunt

Carl Ikeme will bail out of Queens Park Rangers after today’s match against Leicester - and says he’ll miss the Loftus Road madhouse.

The Wolves goalkeeper has spent three months on loan at Rangers - and played under three different managers.

Ikeme will now return to Molineux where he says his future is unknown after falling out of Mick McCarthy’s plans.

He said: “I’m gutted to be going back. It was a great experience and I’ve played back to back and stayed injury free.

“I’ve played under a few new managers. It’s been interesting to see how different managers work and it’s been great working under the goalkeeping coach.

“It has been a crazy time. I’ve had only two or three managers in my whole Wolves career, so what’s happened in three months with the board and managers is crazy.”

Ikeme admits he is dreading going back to Wolves, adding: “All I do know is that I need to play games and I’m not getting that at Wolves.

“It’s an awkward situation, I’m on good terms with everyone at Wolves but I do want to be playing.

“I’ve not even been on the bench, it’s very frustrating, I want to play so much, you can’t beat it.

“I don’t like watching and the reserves just keeps you sharp but it doesn’t really mean anything win lose or draw.”

Ikeme played his last match at Loftus Road on Saturday but was unable to keep a clean sheet as Tom Soares netted a late equaliser for Sheffield Wednesday.

The on-loan Stoke midfielder, who played under current Rangers boss Neil Warnock at Crystal Palace, converted from substitute Jermaine Johnson’s cross.

Alejandro Faurlin put QPR ahead in the 23rd minute wit his first goal for the club when he rifled in from Damion Stewart’s lay off.

Tamas Priskin had chances to add to QPR’s lead but Wednesday hung on before Soares’s leveller.

Wednesday boss Alan Irvine said: “We’ve now lost just once in eight games and that was away at West Brom, where I thought we were very unlucky.

“We now have to build on this performance and take it into the game on Monday against Bristol City.”


The TIMES Queens Park Rangers 1 (Faurlin 23)
Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Soares 77) Attendance: 13,405

Carl Ikeme, QPR’s on-loan goalkeeper, will return to Wolverhampton Wanderers, his parent club, tonight, but he departs reluctantly after enjoying his three-month stay at Loftus Road. “I will speak to Wolves about where we stand,” he said. “I just don’t know where I’m going to end up, but I do know that I need to play games and I’m not getting them at Wolves. I’m gutted to be going back.”

Ikeme was unable to prevent Tom Soares from scoring a late equaliser for Wednesday after QPR dominated the majority of the match and led through Alejandro Faurlin.

Alan Irvine, the Wednesday manager, said: “We’ve now lost just once in eight games and that was away at West Brom, where we were unlucky. We have to build on this performance.”

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