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Sunday, January 30, 2011

QPR Report Sunday: Compilation of Hull Reports and Comments...Lita?...Taarabt Talks Manchester United...Crouch Turns 30...Bert Addinall

-Bert Addinall would have been ninety today. Born January 30, 1921. Died May 2005. (Back row: Left to Right: Lew Clayton John Poppitt Harry Brown George Powell Des Farrow Reg Chapman. Front Row Seated: Left to Right: Billy Waugh Conway Smith Bert Addinall Harry Gilberg Ernie Shepherd).
- Flashback: QPR Official Site May 12, 2005 BERT ADDINALL It was with great sadness that the Club learned of the recent passing of former player Bert Addinall. Bert played up front for Rangers with distinction between 1943 and 1953. He made 156 appearances for the club, scoring 61 goals, having joined during the latter stages of the Second World War.Bert then moved on to Brighton and Crystal Palace before ending his career playing for non-league side Snowdon Colliery." See Also: Addinall Wikipedia ProfileLeft to Right: Bill Heath, Reg Allen, Arthur Jefferson, Bert Addinall, Des Farrow and John Pattison

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- Video Snippet from Hull vs QPR

- Lita/QPR?: Another paper saying QPR Interest in Signing before Monday Deadline Sunday Sun/Steve Brown "MIDDLESBROUGH are bracing themselves for a last-minute bid from QPR for Leroy Lita – and could be tempted by an offer anywhere near £2 million.
The Teessiders were reported to have rejected Wigan Athletic’s £1million attempt to land the 26-year-old last week. But the Sunday Sun understands QPR are weighing up a move before the January transfer window closes tomorrow night. Sunday Sun

- Championship Form over past eight games...and Championship Table at this time of year past few seasons.

- Year Ago: "Red Nose Day Protest" at Loftus Road as QPR lose again (1 win and 7 points from last 11 games).

- Peter Crouch Turns 30 Today

- "What the Transfer Window Really Means to everyone from chairmen and players to fans" - Terry Butcher/The Mirror

PEOPLE/Dean Jones - Spurs flop Adel Taraabt says Manchester United want to sign him
- COCKY Adel Taarabt reckons he is on his way to Manchester United – a week after claiming his agent was in talks with Real Madrid. The Moroccan did not make the grade at Spurs as he failed to convince boss Harry Redknapp that there was an end product to his stepovers, so joined QPR this season for £500,000.
- Taarabt said: ”Nothing is official yet. I had discussions about my transfer after my performance against Coventry City. I’m ready to go to Manchester United. “We’ll see later in the season, as I’m hoping to reach the promotion target with my current club QPR. I like England, so I am not against the idea of continuing my career at United.” People


QPR 28 28 53
Norwich 28 9 48
Cardiff 27 12 47
Swansea 28 9 47
Nott For 26 14 46
Leeds 28 7 45
Watford 26 13 42

- Warnock Audio

QPR Official Site - Warnock's View - GAFFER ON TIGERS
Neil Warnock felt his side's inability to be more clinical in front of goal denied them of all three points, despite dominating for long periods at Hull City.

Indeed, QPR had a number of chances to win it, namely through Kaspars Gorkss and Bradley Orr on two occasions.

And Warnock told www.qpr.co.uk: "We've come away and got a point against a side that will probably be delighted with the 0-0.

"I thought we dominated the game for 80 minutes.

"We could have done better in the final third. Bradley Orr had a couple of great chances to score.

"Maybe it was a bit too comfortable for us.

"The urgency wasn't there from us to go and get a goal because we were that comfortable.

"And that's when you'll sometimes end up losing one nil.

"But that's the Championship."

Towards the end of the first half, the home supporters got on the back of frustrated R's talisman Adel Taarabt who, at times, had no less than three players marking him.

But Warnock was quick to defend his top scorer, commenting: "I didn't see much wrong with Adel. He was just frustrated because he was not getting much of the ball.

"He's great to have around and is a smashing lad."

He added: "If we would have scored a goal it would have been a great game but we couldn't do that."I'm disappointed, but a clean sheet away from home is fantastic.

"Teams have to work hard to get opportunities against us.

"We've got Portsmouth on Tuesday, followed by Reading on Friday, so it's going to be a busy week!"

Ian Ashbee's future at Hull hangs in the balance after manager Nigel Pearson revealed he had received a written transfer request from the club captain.

Ashbee was linked with a switch to Preston on Friday as part of a loan move that would see him reunite with former Tigers boss Phil Brown.

And manager Pearson - speaking after his team's 0-0 draw at home to QPR - said he was "disappointed" by the development.

Ashbee, a Hull servant of nine years, was left out of the match-day squad following the surprise revelation and the City boss told reporters: "I'll give you the facts as they are.

"Yesterday he came in and before training, told me a club had offered him a contract - make of that what you will.

"In the afternoon, we had a written transfer request. Apart from that, I'm not making any more statements on that situation.

"Those are the facts as they are. I'll see how that one develops."

Pearson fended off further questions about the situation but did reveal he was upset at Ashbee for asking to leave the club a day before their encounter with the Championship table-toppers.

He went on: "The biggest thing for me, what I'm disappointed about, is the timing - on a Friday morning when you're preparing for the game, I'm disappointed."

"Having said that, it's something that happens in football.

"The club have received a written transfer request from the player. Full stop."

On the 0-0 stalemate at the KC Stadium, the 47-year-old felt his team his side could have sneaked victory.
"I was pleased with our discipline and I thought we worked very hard as a team," he said. "As the game wore on, we were more likely to nick it."

QPR counterpart Neil Warnock disagreed with his opposite number, insisting his promotion-chasing side had bossed the encounter.

Rangers did edge shades of a scrappy affair and created a handful of half-chances, the most notable of which was debutant Ishmael Miller's disallowed effort for offside.

But it was Hull who had had the best opening and only Matt Fryatt's profligacy in extra time kept the affair goalless, although Warnock would have felt aggrieved to have lost out - and claimed only his men were chasing the three points.

"I'm disappointed and frustrated," said Warnock. "I think you've got to say you're happy when they have a clear chance like they had at the end.

"But, no, I'm really frustrated. I was surprised how Hull set the stall out - put the bus in front of the goal.

"I felt we dominated the game for 80 minutes. I just thought the last 10 minutes they had a little bit. We could have done a lot better in the last third. We didn't test the keeper enough." Sporting Life

Hull Official Site -Tigers Hold League Leaders
Hull City and league-leaders Queens Park Rangers played out a 0-0 draw at the KC Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In an even contest with limited chances, both sides cancelled each other out with City claiming a second clean sheet in three games.

Corry Evans made his first start for the Tigers in place of Ian Ashbee as the only change to the starting eleven.

New signing Tijani Belaid was on the bench while Andy Dawson captained the side.

Some slack defending from QPR in the early moments almost let Aaron Mclean in for the first chance of the afternoon, but visiting goalkeeper Paddty Kenny was able to sweep up before the City striker could take advantage.

Good work from Tommy Smith created a chance for Adel Taarabt to hit a shot from 30 yards, the effort flying just over Brad Guzan's bar.

City had looked the brighter side in the opening 15 minutes, but the best chance fell to QPR when Guzan couldn't hold Taarabt's corner, but Kaspars Gorkss volleyed over from ten yards.

QPR thought they had the lead when Ishmael Miller slotted past Guzan in the 29th minute, but the effort was ruled out for offside.

City's first shot on target came six minutes later as Cameron Stewart took aim from the edge of the box, but Kenny went to his right to make a smart save.

QPR's Taarabt and Shaun Derry then had an on-field arguement and as the City crowd got at Taarabt he signalled to his manager that he wanted to come off. His plea fell on deaf ears, though, and he spent the remainder of the half sulking in the centre circle much to the amusement of the home fans.

Half Time: Tigers 0-0 QPR

City won a corner early in the second half when Mclean's low cross was sliced over his own bar by Bradley Orr. Dawson delivered the corner and when it was cleared to the edge of the box, Robert Koren saw his shot blocked.

James Harper then tested Kenny with a 25-yard drive that the keeper had to turn over for another City corner. Dawson worked it short with Evans, but when the ball came into the box, it was cleared by the visiting defence.

City made their first change on 65 minutes as Nick Barmby replaced Mclean.

A fantastic set-piece delivery by Taarabt to the back post picked out Orr on 68 minutes, but the full back could only volley high and wide from close range.

Harper was booked a minute later for a challenge on Matt Connolly.

City's second change saw Jamie Devitt come on for Stewart.

Devitt brought a fine save out of Kenny seven minutes from time, the QPR keeper blocking at his near post following a tricky run from the winger.

City's golden chance arrived deep into added time when Liam Rosenior's clever ball sent Fryatt racing away. But although the striker lifted the ball over Kenny, he cleared the bar as well.

There was still time for Evans to go close with a shot from 30 yards, but in the end there was no way through.

Tigers: Brad Guzan, Liam Rosenior, James Chester, Anthony Gerrard, Andy Dawson, Robert Koren, James Harper, Corry Evans, Cameron Stewart (Devitt 73), Aaron Mclean (Barmby 65), Matty Fryatt.

Subs: Matt Duke, Paul McShane, Tom Cairney, Tijani Belaid, Jamie Devitt, Nick Barmby, Jay Simpson.
QPR: Paddy Kenny, Bradley Orr, Clint Hill, Shaun Derry, Adel Taarabt, Alejandro Faurlin (Vaagen Moen 68), Kaspars Gorkss, Wayne Routledge, Matt Connolly, Tommy Smith (Hulse 73), Ishmael Miller (Ephraim 85).
Subs: Radek Cerny, Fitz Hall, Rob Hulse, Petter Vaagen Moen, Hogan Ephraim, Pascal Chimbonda, Danny Shittu.
Referee: Mr K.D. Hill.Attendance: 20,601.

QPR Official Site - QPR shared the spoils with Hull City at the KC Stadium.
The goalless scoreline was probably just, on an afternoon when neither side created a hatful of opportunities to win it.

Bradley Orr missed the R's best chance to take three points back to W12, when he fired Tommy Smith's teasing centre over the bar from 12-yards out after the break.

The Tigers also had their chances to take a maximum return, namely when Matty Fryatt blazed over the target when one-on-one with Paddy Kenny in second-half stoppage time.

Nevertheless, the draw maintains QPR's five-point cushion at the summit of the npower Championship.

The R's made one change for the trip to Humberside, as Ishmael Miller came into the side to make his first start for the Club and replace the injured Heidar Helguson.

Meanwhile, recent signings Pascal Chimbonda and Danny Shittu were named on the bench for QPR.

Kenny was in goal for Rangers, with Orr, Matt Connolly, Kaspars Gorkss and Clint Hill ahead of the R's shot-stopper in defence.

Shaun Derry and Alejandro Faurlin were in defensive midfield, behind the attacking trio of Wayne Routledge, Adel Taarabt and Smith.

Miller led the line for QPR.

Hull were enjoying a sustained period of early pressure, but it was Hoops top scorer Taarabt who almost notched his fourteenth goal this term on eight minutes.

Good work from Smith enabled him to break away from his marker down the left and, when the R's attacker squared the ball to Taarabt 25-yards out, the Moroccan magician fired a rasping shot just over the top left-hand upright.

Moments later, QPR could - and probably should - have been ahead.

Taarabt's sweeping corner from the left was spilled by Tigers keeper Brad Guzan, before Gorkss somehow smashed an effort over the target with the goal at his mercy from six yards.

The R's had evidently ridden the initial Tigers storm and, midway into the first half, the possession count was firmly in QPR's favour.

Opportunities to score were few and far between as the half came to a close.

However, Kenny was forced into a smart save to keep the R's level at the break - holding on to Cameron Stewart's stinging, low drive on 20 yards.

The R's came out for the second period in positive fashion.

Hill and Smith exchanged passes on the left-hand edge of the box, before the latter's looping cross only just evaded the head of the incoming Orr on 12 yards, who had made a late, bursting run into the penalty area.

Play soon switched to the other end, where Kenny was forced into a fine stop to tip James Harper's 30-yard drilled effort over the bar.

QPR brought on Petter Vaagan Moen in the 68th minute to replace Faurlin.

And, hot on the heels of his introduction, the R's almost snatched a lead.

Taarabt's beautifully struck free-kick from the left-hand channel evaded everyone but the onrushing Orr at the back post, whose side-footed effort agonisingly looped over the target.

The closing minutes of the second half were very much like the first, with neither side giving an inch in their attempts for supremacy.

Nonetheless, Kenny still had to be at the top of his game to keep the Tigers out on 83 minutes, as he tipped Jamie Devitt's low blast from 20 yards around his left-hand post.

Hull missed a fabulous chance to snatch victory in stoppage time, only for Fryatt to blaze an effort over the target when one-on-one with Kenny.

SKYSPORTS - Tigers and Hoops share stalemate
Last updated: 29th January 2011
Tigers and Hoops share stalemate

Hull City and Queens Park Rangers ground out a 0-0 stalemate in their Championship encounter at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

Rangers boss Neil Warnock will take his team back to London the happier of the two thanks to a point that keeps them five points clear at the top of the table.

However, it was a frustrating afternoon for the promotion favourites as they were worked hard by an equally well-marshalled Hull team, who missed out on the chance to make up vital ground on the play-offs.

Ishmael Miller had one ruled out for offside in the first half and Matty Fryatt spurned a sitter at the death for Hull, but there was little to separate either side.

Hull chief Nigel Pearson made one change to his team, leaving out club captain Ian Ashbee as the midfielder's loan move to Preston nears completion.

Corry Evans came into midfield in his place as QPR handed a debut to on loan striker Miller, who deputised for the injured Heidar Helguson.

The early exchanges were sluggish - setting the agenda for a dull opening half.

Adel Taarabt then gave a glimpse of why he is so widely publicised when his nimble feet evaded a few challenges before lashing a shot just over.

Rangers had an even better chance 12 minutes in as Brad Guzan's flap at a corner presented defender Matt Connolly with an unattended net, however he could only clear the crossbar.

Miller was guilty of being wasteful - shooting straight at Guzan - when he shrugged off Anthony Gerrard in a foot race to a long ball.

The West Brom loanee thought he had made amends when he prodded home on the half hour but his joy was tempered by the linesman's offside flag.

City finally broke the shackles of QPR's territorial hold to create a chance as a Liam Rosenior pass found Cameron Stewart in space on the 18-yard line.

The winger was promptly shut down, though, and Paddy Kenny was quickly down to his right to smother as the game limped to a welcome breather.

The hosts began the second period brightly as Fryatt and Aaron Maclean's exchange of passes released the latter down the right, but no-one could cash-in on the former Peterborough's man teasing centre.

Bradley Orr did nearly slice into his own net from the delivery, although he directed it over the bar to safety as the Tigers slowly built momentum.

They forced Kenny into a neat save minutes later from Harper's long-range effort but Rangers - with 14 clean sheets to their name going into the clash - regrouped to keep Hull at a safe distance.

Orr should have capitalised on a napping Hull backline when he ghosted in unattended to meet Wayne Routledge's free-kick but the right-back fired over as both managers made changes in search of a winner.

One of those, Devitt, came nearest late on when he jigged past two before testing Kenny, but Fryatt spurned the best chance - blasting over in stoppage time with just the keeper to beat.

Paul Warburton/Fulham Chronicle - Taarabt strop as QPR gain point

THE most exciting action of this bore draw was the amazing sulk thrown by Adel Taarabt nine minutes from the end of the first hald.

A pass intended for the QPR Moroccan was wayward, but the midfielder then incredibly stood in the centre of the pitch while berating his team-mates.

He then signalled to the bench that he wanted to come off – as Hull fans jeered to the rafters of the stadium – and only got involved again after a number of others in hoops cajoled him back into the game.

Consoling arms around the shoulder from Shaun Derry and Tommy Smith appeared to calm down the Rs captain – and a fair bit of man-management in the dressing room saw Taarabt out for the second period.

However, neither he nor anyone in Rangers blue-and-white could break the deadlock. Bradley Orr came closest just past the hour when he scooped over after stealing up on the blind side

And Kaspars Gorkss has not been at his best in front of goal recently – and the defender got no luckier when he contrived to side-foot over the bar in the box as he latched on to an early corner.

Matty Fryatt should have won it in the last minute for Hull – but apart from Taarabt’s strop, the most worrying thing for boss Neil Warnock was suffering Smith limping off with what looked like a hamstring problem on 72 minutes.

The off-field drama overshadowed anything on it yesterday, as the battling Tigers checked Championship leaders QPR in a dull affair.

Hull skipper Ian ­Ashbee’s future hangs in the balance after boss Nigel Pearson revealed his captain had a put in a written transfer request.

Long-serving Ashbee was linked with a switch to Preston on Friday as part of a loan move that would see him reunite with former Tigers boss Phil Brown.

Ashbee, nine years with the club, was dropped out of the squad following the surprise revelation.

“In the afternoon, we received a written transfer request. Apart from that, I’m not making any more comment.

“Those are the facts. I’ll see how it develops.”

Pearson fended off further questions about the situation, but did say he was upset at Ashbee for asking to leave the club a day before their encounter with QPR.

He said: “The biggest thing for me, what I’m disappointed about, is the timing – on a Friday morning when you’re preparing for the game.”

“But it happens in football.”

On the match Pearson felt his team could have sneaked victory.

“I was pleased with our discipline and I thought we worked very hard as a team,” he said. “As the game wore on, we were more likely to nick it.”

No surprise that QPR manager Neil Warnock disagreed with that analysis, insisting that his side had bossed the encounter.

Rangers, who stay five points clear at the top, did edge shades of a scrappy affair and created a handful of half-chances, the most notable of which was loanee Ishmael Miller’s disallowed effort for offside.

But it was Hull who had the best opening of the game, and only Matt Fryatt’s profligacy in second-half added time – he blasted over the bar with only keeper Paddy Kenny to beat – kept the affair goalless.

“I’m frustrated,” said Warnock. “We dominated the game for 80 minutes but could have done a lot better in the last third. We didn’t test the keeper enough.”

HULL CITY 0, QPR 0: Adel Taarabt spat his dummy out as draw specialists QPR were forced to settle for a point.

Neil Warnock forced the moody Moroccan to stay on after Rangers’ 13-goal top scorer demanded to come off – even though he clearly wasn’t injured.

Taarabt’s tantrum was sparked when the midfielder’s claims for a first-half free-kick were waved away by referee Keith Hill.

To the delight of Hull fans, the winger’s wish to come off was ignored by Warnock.

Taarabt’s skilful side shone through before the sulks as he sent a dipping 25-yard effort just over early on.

Rangers keeper Paddy Kenny was forced to tip over James Harper’s 25-yarder early in the second-half.

It was a rare opening carved out by the shot-shy hosts who have scored just 11 goals in 14 homes games this term. Express

Adel Taarabt spat out his dummy as draw specialists QPR again settled for a point
30th January 2011 By Peter Griffin

ADEL TAARABT spat out his dummy as draw specialists QPR again settled for a point.

Neil Warnock forced the moody Moroccan to stay on after the 13-goal top scorer demanded to come off – even though he clearly wasn’t injured.

Taarabt’s tantrum was sparked when the midfielder’s claims for a first-half free-kick were waved away by referee Keith Hill.

The miffed 21-year-old simply downed tools and spent the next minute walking around ignoring the ball – and the bemused Rangers players.

Advice from two or three of his team-mates to cool it failed to stop the sulking and things came to a head just before the break when Taarabt gestured to the QPR bench that he’d had enough.

His plea fell on stony ground and to the delight of Hull fans, the whingey winger’s wishes were ignored by his no-nonsense boss Warnock, who refused to haul his talisman star off.

The straight-talking Yorkshireman made sure Taarabt came out after the break – no doubt with a choice word or two ringing in his ears – to play his part in earning another point towards the Londoners’ Premier League push.

QPR manager Warnock said: “I’m disappointed and frustrated with a point. I was surprised how Hull put the bus in front of the goal and we dominated for 80 minutes but didn’t test the keeper enough.

“The final pass was poor and we didn’t make enough in and around the box. If Hull had won at the end it would have been a travesty. I didn’t see much wrong with Adel other than him not getting the ball. He’s like that every day.

“He wasn’t injured, it was just his pride, he can’t play to the level he wants to every game. I thought he might be injured but he wasn’t.

“That’s how he is, he’s a smashing lad to have around and we’re going to get times like that.

“When he gets the ball he always looks like he’ll do something.

"If he wanted to come off he could have come off.

“The urgency wasn’t there in the team to go and score that goal.”
Hull stretched their impressive run to just one defeat in 13 games to keep them on the coat-tails of the play-offs, but Nigel Pearson’s workmanlike side failed to create enough chances to deserve all three points.

Captain Ian Ashbee was left out of the side following his transfer request, with Preston his likely destination to link up with old boss Phil Brown.

Pearson said: “We looked more likely to win it towards the end than them.

“I was pleased with our discipline, we worked hard a a team and as it wore on we looked likely to nick it.”

On Ashbee’s, future he said: “We’ve received a written transfer request. We’ll see how it develops.
“The biggest thing for me is that I’m disappointed with the timing but it’s something that happens in football.” The Star

TWO YOUTHS FROM INDIA WHO TRAINED AT QPR - Mid Day- Just Back from Beckham land
By: Rudayna Bahubeshi Date: 2011-01-30 Place: Mumbai

Two 14 year-old winners of the Milind Deora Junior Soccer Challenge speak of the experience of coaching at the famous Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR )

Shaun Fernandes and Hussain Vahanvaty are one step closer to their dream of being professional football players. The two boys were the first winners of the Milind Deora Junior Soccer Challenge, a competition launched in 2009 in an effort aimed at giving passionate, young football players the opportunity to hone their skills, with a six-week coaching clinic at the famous Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR) in London.

Up against 1,700 other players, the two 14 year-olds could not believe their luck when they were declared winners.

"I was shocked!" said Fernandes. For, Vahanvaty, who was in Delhi playing for Maharashtra at the time of the Junior Soccer Challenge, it felt like destiny was playing out his wishes. "I asked to come to Mumbai for the tournament because I had the feeling that I could get it."

The programme held a rigorous schedule that included an early start on the field, matches, exposure to a new city, and of course, staying on top of academics.

But both boys agree that the greatest challenge was the game. "The training was very tough," admitted Fernandes.

On the difference between playing at home and in London, Vahanvaty said, "It's more physical. It's way faster. They run faster, and they move the ball faster."

The shift in environment also challenged them. And of adapting to playing in the English elements, Fernandes said, "It was drizzling, wet, and cold. I was freezing out there!"

For the boys, the challenge was worthwhile, since the programme allowed them the opportunity to develop strong techniques, meet senior team players, and play with and against an international team.

Watching his games from the bleachers, Vahanvaty's parents can see the improvement the opportunity has offered him. "There's significant improvement in his game, and in his thinking process. He realised what it was to compete on a world stage. In England, he was exposed to the highest quality of football," said his father Huzaifa Vahanvaty.

With the last Milind Deora Junior Soccer Challenge having taken place last month, and the winners recently announced, Vahanvaty has some advice for the next lucky few to go to QPR: "They should do their best, try to build up their speed so that they can adjust faster, and try to work out a bit before taking off."

Having shared the experience together Vahanvaty and Fernandes are now close friends with a common goal: to continue improving their football skills, and strive to play professionally.

Shauna Fernandes and Hussain Vahanvaty, winners of the Milind Deora
Junior Soccer Challenge, at Cooperage for the Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy
for West Zone. Pic/ Atul Kamble - MID DAY

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