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Monday, September 20, 2010

QPR Report Monday Snippets...Leicester Reports....Walker Happy to Stay a While

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- Compilation of QPR-Leicester Reports, Managerial Comments and Video

- Flashback: A Reminder of QPR's Results Last Season!

- Supposed QPR Interest in Wolves' Michael Knightly

- Video Flashback: Flavio Briatore Talking About His QPR Plans (and some other QPR videos)

- Four Years Ago Today: Gianni Paladini Axes Gary Waddock (and Alan McDonald) and appoint John Gregory

- Compilation of QPR Songs (Some Oldies!)

- RIP: Spurs Double Winner (and Colleague of Les Allen) Bobby Smith

- Forty Years Ago: Barry Bridges' Final Game for QPR

- Three Years Ago: Bernie Ecclestone's First QPR Game

- VIDEO: 1982 QPR Win at Leicester: Stainrod, Stewart, Venables as Manager

- Lee Camp Set for Northern Ireland

- One Year Ago, QPR had ONE player in the Actim "Top Hundred Championship Players. Now QPR have TEN (with hopefully additional players to make that ranking)

- Two QPR Fans Recall QPR's 1947-48 Season (+ Stats from 1947-48)

Dave McIntyre/Daily Telegraph - Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker keen to stay at Queens Park Rangers

With Queens Park Rangers in such irresistible form, Kyle Walker is in no hurry to return to the fringes of Tottenham’s squad.

The Championship leaders have kept clean sheets in all but one of their league matches this season, and an impressive defence has been further improved by the England Under-21 right-back’s recent arrival on loan.

Walker is strong in the tackle and useful going forward. It is easy to see why Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has high hopes for him, and why QPR boss Neil Warnock wants to extend his spell in west London.

“I’d like to stay and hopefully that will happen,” Walker said. “I’m enjoying it here and hope it continues. It’s just a month for the moment and a case of waiting to see if it’s extended.

“Harry Redknapp said he wanted me to go and play some games. It’s vital for my experience – I turned 20 in the summer – and after that I’ll hopefully get into the team at Tottenham.

“It’s been a great move for me because I’ve gone straight into a winning team that plays good football.”

Much of that football revolves around Walker’s former Tottenham colleague Adel Taarabt. But the cutting edge is supplied by Jamie Mackie, whose two goals against Leicester on Saturday left them third from bottom. Telegraph

DAILY MAIL/Michael Walker - Can anyone stop Queens Park Rangers?

After six wins in their seven matches, nobody can stop the... Power Rangers

Rarely, if ever, in the public imagination have Queens Park Rangers featured as a juggernaut.

When the force has been with them in spells down the years, it's been of a different, lighter nature.

But no more: QPR are now a power, a club, a team and a unit that is upwardly mobile and surely bound for a return to the Premier League

Perfect start: Warnock's QPR look destined for promotion

The Championship season may be only 44 days and seven games old but QPR's lead at the top of their division is five points.
In their seven games, they have won six and drawn one. The draw, at Derby, was the only game in which QPR have conceded a goal.
It is September, yet it seems inconceivable that QPR will not be promoted. That sounds rash, but rash is how you feel after watching the Londoners repel a talented, if wayward, Leicester City side, then bag two goals courtesy of a striker many Premier League types will have overlooked.

Jamie Mackie will have his 25th birthday soon. To date his career has taken in Wimbledon, MK Dons, Exeter City, Sutton United and Plymouth Argyle. Should QPR go up, Mackie will cost the club around £500,000.

From Dorking, Mackie wants to play for Scotland apparently. He also scored two in QPR's previous game, a 3-0 victory at Ipswich, who are second in the Championship.

On Saturday, Mackie was compared to Nat Lofthouse by his new manager, Neil Warnock. The tribute came because of Mackie's soaring 12th-minute header that put QPR ahead.

It sealed an assured opening from the visitors and it climaxed a passing move in which Adel Taarabt and Akos Buzsaky were prominent.
They are not the type of player thought of as 'Warnock's sort' but they are his now. So is Mackie, and Hogan Ephraim. These are not musclemen.

Nor is Heidar Helguson, but the 5ft 10in striker led the line and set the tone with a performance of relentless effort.

They gave QPR a collective power and spirit - and it is that which makes them unstoppable at the moment.

The back four are clearly resilient, too. You could see why they have six clean sheets. Latvian centre half Kaspars Gorkss stood out.

The tight organisation restricted a Leicester midfield with creative players such as Richie Wellens, Matt Oakley and £3millon Martyn Waghorn.

It was not until big Steve Howard arrived past the hour mark that Leicester looked capable of a breakthrough.

Yet Paddy Kenny, brought in from Sheffield United by Warnock, was protected well by his defence and it was Mackie who scored the next goal, breaking away to leave Michael Morrison trailing and place a calm shot beyond Carl Ikeme. Over 2,000 'Rs' fans had made the trip from London and Mackie ran to them.

A discussion afterwards centred on whether this was as good a start to the season as the one of 1947-48, when QPR were promoted from the Third Division South. More relevant is that QPR are three points better off than Newcastle were at this stage last season - and we know how that finished.

In 2011 it will be 15 years since QPR were in the Premier League. Given the club's taste for turmoil - Warnock is their eighth manager since 2006 - nothing should be taken for granted. But QPR are looking up. Mail

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