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Monday, April 12, 2010

QPR Report Monday: Crystal Palace...QPR Managerial Stats From Holloway to Warnock...Mike Keen Game..Speroni for QPR?

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Played Won Lost Drawn
Warnock 10 3 2 5
Harford 8 1 6 1
Hart 5 1 2 2
Magilton 24 9 7 8
Sousa 26 7 7 12
Dowie 15 8 4 3
De Canio 35 12 12 11
Gregory 48 13 23 12
Waddock 23 4 11 8
Holloway 252 100 81 71 ---- Comment/Stats from Soccerbase

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DAILY MAIL - Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni eyes reunion with boss Neil Warnock at rivals QPR
By Sportsmail Reporter
- Julian Speroni has admitted he could team up with QPR boss Neil Warnock again.
- Crystal Palace fear their ex-manager Warnock will launch a summer raid on the club, poaching Speroni and Darren Ambrose.
- Transfer targets: QPR could launch a summer swoop for Speroni and Ambrose
- Speroni said: ‘I had a good time with Neil Warnock while he was here. I’ve got one more season on my contract here.
- 'Then, whatever happens will happen.’ Mail

- QPR win 2-0 at Crystal Palace and move up to 51 points with four games remaining. Damion Stewart Fractures Skull.

The Times/Tom Dart - No pleasure for Neil Warnock in vital win
Crystal Palace 0 Queens Park Rangers 2

The year so far has not quite gone as planned for these clubs.

Three months ago, Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace were aiming for promotion, Neil Warnock was the Palace manager and Paul Hart, his QPR counterpart.

On Saturday, the clubs met in south London with Warnock in charge of QPR, Hart managing Palace and both teams loitering nervously above the Coca-Cola Championship’s relegation zone.

Strange and stressful times.

Warnock jumped ship for Loftus Road last month after Palace had ten points deducted for going into administration and was replaced at Selhurst Park by Hart, who left QPR in mid-January after a mere five games in charge.

QPR’s deserved victory by way of goals from Akos Buzsaky and Kaspars Gorkss makes them all but safe — six points clear of the bottom three and with a game in hand.

Palace, however, have three fixtures left, are one point above the relegation places and visit Sheffield Wednesday, the team immediately below them, on the final day of the season.

“They’ve got enough under their shirts to get the points to keep them up,” Warnock said.

He reiterated his belief that had it not been for the points deduction, Palace would have been eyeing the play-offs and a possible place in the Barclays Premier League, not trying to avert their gaze from League One.

Warnock’s return proved to be on the korma, rather than vindaloo, side of spicy.

Many Palace fans afforded him not abuse but polite applause as he took his place in the dugout.

“I wondered about missiles — I’ve got a new suit on,” Warnock said. “I was expecting eggs and everything.

“It would have been very easy to slaughter me but 90 per cent of those fans realise what I’ve done at the club in the last 2½ years. I didn’t take any enjoyment at all, today.”

The game got off to the ultimate bad start, as Damion Stewart, the QPR defender, and Calvin Andrew, the Palace forward, went up for a high ball and clashed heads, five seconds after kick-off.

Both players eventually had to be substituted and Stewart was taken to hospital with what QPR described as “a fractured skull and a small bleed into the brain”. He was described as stable yesterday and is set to have more tests today.

QPR were clearly superior. The match was clogged with atrocious shooting, yet the decisive goal was splendid, a perfectly struck first-half effort by Buzsaky from the edge of the box. On the hour mark, Gorkss headed the visiting team’s second goal from a corner to confirm their first victory in eight games.

It was all very straightforward and comfortable: how unlike QPR.

Crystal Palace (4-4-2): J Speroni — D Butterfield (sub: A Lee, 58min; sub: J Ertl, 70), P McCarthy, M Lawrence, C Hill — S Scannell, N Danns, S Derry, D Ambrose — C Andrew (sub: N Clyne, 23), S John. Substitutes not used: C Manns, N Carle, L Hills, C Davis. Booked: McCarthy.

Queens Park Rangers (4-4-1-1): R Cerny — P Ramage, D Stewart (sub: J Simpson, 8), K Gorkss, D Tosic — H Ephraim, M Leigertwood, A Faurlin, A Buzsaky — A Taarabt (sub: J Parker, 89) — T Priskin. Substitutes not used: E Putnins, L Cook, L Brown, J Oastler, A German. Booked: Tosic. Times

Guardian/Jonny Weeks - No eggs for Neil Warnock as Queens Park Rangers take home the bacon

The hail of eggs that Neil Warnock thought would greet his return to Selhurst Park never descended. There was hardly a welcome of party-poppers and streamers, yet, having left Crystal Palace five weeks ago as they capsized into administration, a token spattering of yolk over Warnock's back would have been understandable.

Arriving as the Queens Park Rangers manager, the 61-year-old had even declined the chance of a backdoor entrance to face the potential wrath of his former fans. So much for the indictment by Palace's administrator, Brendan Guilfoyle, that Warnock was not a fighter. His exit from the club was shrouded in rancour, but Warnock was not ducking any confrontations on his return.

"They said to me: 'Do you want to come off the back door [of the coach] with all the players so you won't have to face this lot?' And I said: 'No, I want to come off the front – why should I not come out and smile at them?" Warnock said. "I wondered about the missiles because I'd got a new suit on. I thought there'd be eggs and everything thrown at me, but I wasn't hit."

Warnock's players gave evidence of their courage, too, as they comfortably beat the hosts to assuage relegation fears. Goals in either half from Akos Buzsaky and Kaspars Gorkss broke Palace.

Buzskay's 11th-minute strike was unstoppable, but Gorkss's header on the hour could have been prevented had the Latvian been sufficiently opposed as he glanced home Adel Taarabt's corner. Palace cannot afford to be so gratuitously benevolent. "It was a weird game," Warnock said. "We were winning 2-0 and I wasn't enjoying it. It's never felt like this before [against a former club] and it never will again."

The Rangers defender Damion Stewart and Palace striker Calvin Andrew will have chequered memories of the match. With little more than 10 seconds gone, the two clashed heads with such force it fractured Stewart's skull. For Palace, the headache of a relegation battle lingers. One point is all that keeps them above the drop zone with three games remaining.


- See Also: Compilation of Previously-posted Crystal Palace vs QPR Match Reports and Warnock Comments -

17 Coventry 43 -13 52
18 QPR 42 -7 51
19 Watford 42 -10 48
20 Sc*n*horpe 42 -24 47
21 Crystal Palace 43 -3 46
22 Sheff Wed 43 -19 45
23 Plymouth 43 -19 41
24 Peterborough 43 -28 31 BBC

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