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Thursday, January 27, 2011

QPR Report Thursday Update: Shittu Rejoins QPR...Ledesma Trialing at Brighton...On This Day QPR FA Cup Flashbacks


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R's fan's favourite Dan Shittu has returned to the Club on a short term contract.

The big defender - who made 182 appearances for the R's during a five year spell at Loftus Road between 2001 and 2006 - has put pen to paper on a deal that runs until the end of the 2010/11 season.

Shittu's 93 day contract at Millwall reached a conclusion earlier this week and R's boss Neil Warnock is looking forward to welcoming the Nigerian international in to his table-topping squad for the all-important run-in.

He told www.qpr.co.uk: "I just felt that with the injuries Fitz has had this season that we were maybe one body light in the central defensive area.

"We've got to look at every avenue for the last 19 games of what could be the most important period in the Clubs recent history.

"Dan wanted to come here and I wanted to get him, so it was a no brainer in that respect."

Warnock added: "Dan knows the Club inside-out and can't wait to get started.

"I've not signed him just because he's a Club legend, I've brought him in because I feel he's very capable of doing a job for us.

"I'm ever so grateful to the Board for backing me again, as they have done throughout the transfer window."

Shittu - who featured in the 2010 World Cup last summer for his native Nigeria - expressed his delight at returning to Loftus Road, commenting: "I'm excited and emotional to be back here.

"Everyone knows this is my home. I've got a lot of friends here and the fans know how I feel about them.

"I've been through a lot of highs and lows at QPR, but the place is buzzing at the moment and I can't wait to pull on the Rangers shirt again and give my all."

Shittu - who could be in line to make his QPR bow at Hull City on Saturday - will wear the number 41 shirt. QPR Official Site


The Argus -Trialist scores for reserves

Trialist Emmanuel Ledesma scored for Albion Reserves as they won 2-1 at Wycombe in a Combination fixture last night.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder from Argentina was previously with QPR as well as several Italian clubs.
He recently returned to QPR on a trial spell.
Ledesma dragged Albion level after the hosts had gone ahead from the penalty spot.
James Smith hit a 71st-minute winner while Steve Cook, back from loan at Mansfield, played the 90 minutes. http://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/albion/8814768.Trialist_scores_for_reserves/

BRIGHTON OFFICIAL SITE Reserves Win at WycombePosted on: Wed 26 Jan 2011 By Luke Nicoli
Triallist Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma was on target as Albion's reserves came from behind to win 2-1 at Wycombe.

Scott Donnelly netted an early penalty for the hosts, after he was tripped inside the box, but Ledesma - recently released by QPR - made the perfect start by netting from close range on 16 minutes.

Albion bossed the second half, bringing a number of saves out of Wanderers keeper Steve Arnold, before substitute James Smith fired home the winner with 19 minutes remaining.
The victory is the third win on the bounce for Albion's unbeaten second string this season and development coach Luke Williams was delighted with the performance.
He told seagulls.co.uk, "It was a superb all-round performance. With the difficult conditions and the more physical approach of the opposition, everything was set up to make life difficult for us, but the lads gave the perfect response.
"We controlled the game, especially in the second-half, and James Smith's goal ensured we got the victory our performance deserved."
Ledesma was a stand-out performer on the night and Williams is keen to see more in the coming weeks.
"He did very well, worked really hard and it was a great finish for his goal. He's training with us at the moment and we certainly want to have another look at him in our next reserve outing."
Albion: (4-4-2) Poke; Cook, Dunk, Strong, Redwood (Ryan Thomson 41); Kasim, Battipiedi, Caskey (James Smith 23), Baz; Hart, Ledesma (Agdestein 75). Subs: Simmonds, Woodley, James (GK).

ON THIS DAY: January 27 - QPR in The FA Cup

Ten Years Ago... January 27, 2001 - FA Cup QPR 0 Arsenal 6

QPR Lee Harper, Ludek Miklosko, Ian Baraclough, Clarke Carlisle, Jermaine Darlington, Steve Morrow, Christopher Plummer, Matthew Rose, Sam Koejoe, Richard Langley, Gavin Peacock, Mark Perry, Karl Connolly, Peter Crouch, Chris Kiwomya, Michel Ngonge
- Arsenal Alex Manninger, David Seaman, Tony Adams, Ashley Cole, Lee Dixon, Gilles Grimandi, Igors Stepanovs, Nelson Vivas, Etame Mayer Lauren, Stefan Malz, Ray Parlour, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Sylvain Wiltord - Venue: Loftus Road Attendance: 19,003
- Corners: QPR 3 Arsenal 10 Goal Attempts: QPR 4 Arsenal 20 On Target: QPR 2 Arsenal 12 QPR 0 Arsenal 6 - Match Reports

Eighteen Years ago: January 27, 1993: Gerry Francis' QPR drew in the League: QPR 1 Chelsea 1 (Non-FA Cup Game)
QPR: Roberts - Bardsley Mcdonald Maddix Brevitt -- Wilson Barker Holloway Impey --Allen Ferdinand - Sub: White (Bradley Allen goal)

Twenty-one Years ago: January 27, 1990: Arsenal 0 QPR 0Don Howe's QPR drew 0-0 at Arsenal in the FA Cup Fourth Round (before winning the replay 2-0 at Loftus Road). QPR's team at Highbury: Seaman - Bardsley Maddix McDonald - Parker Barker Wilkins Sinton Clarke Wegerle - Wright

Forty-ThreeYears Ago: January 27, 1968: FA Cup 3rd Round: QPR 1 Preston 3 Springett - Harris Keetch Hazell Clement - Morgan Sanderson Keen Morgan - Marsh Leach
Goal Keen.
(The previous week, QPR had played and beaten Preston 2-0 at Loftus Road. In the next round, Preston were drawn against the FA Cup holders Spurs)

Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times - QPR boss wants Miller to stay long-term Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

NEIL Warnock wants loan signing Ishmael Miller to remain at QPR next season – and says he has no concerns about the striker’s injury record.
The pacy West Brom forward signed for Rangers on a three-month loan last week, making his debut as a substitute in Sunday’s 2-1 win against Coventry.

And Warnock is eager to keep Miller on a permanent basis, even though the player missed more than a year with cruciate ligament damage and has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Albion side since his return.

“I think Miller needs someone like me, if I’m honest, and I’m looking forward to working with him,” Warnock told the Times. “I hope it’s a long, long-term contract.

“I’ve always liked him a lot – because he’s so big and so quick he needs to do a lot of prep work during the week, but our physios are very good at that type of thing.

“So we’re optimistic we can get him fit and keep him fit. Other players have been offered to me over the last few weeks, but I’ve always wanted Miller really.

“Say what you want, some people told me never to touch Clint Hill with a bargepole because of his injuries before I took him to Palace. You can’t believe everything people tell you.”

Miller, 23, who began his career with Manchester City, burst onto the scene during a loan spell at West Brom in 2007 – including a starring role in their 5-1 demolition of Rangers to end John Gregory’s reign as manager.

He later made a permanent move to the Baggies and helped them to win promotion, but a collision with Portsmouth goalkeeper David James later that year and subsequent complications ruled him out for over a year.

Miller, whose contract at The Hawthorns expires this summer, now has his sights set on regaining both match sharpness and the prize of Premier League status.

He told the Times: “Neil Warnock was probably the main factor in me coming here. I’ve spoken to him a few times and he said he’d give me an opportunity to play regular football, which is what I want.

“I did well a few seasons ago and since then I’ve had some terrible injuries, but hopefully it’s in the past now. I’ve got a lot more to come and I want to get some goals for the team.

“We’re clear at the top and we want to keep the momentum going. The main thing is going up and hopefully we can do that.”

West Brom initially agreed only to a one-month loan, but eventually consented to let Miller stay with QPR until April 24 – the day after what could be a crucial Championship clash with Cardiff.

Miller’s arrival at Loftus Road completed a busy few days for the Rs, who also brought Wayne Routledge back on loan from Newcastle and signed French full-back Pascal Chimbonda on a short-term contract. Kilburn Times

Ex-QPR Pat Kanyuka Signs Lincoln Deal

Lincoln Official Site - Centre-Back Kanyuka Agrees Deal

Congolese centre-back Patrick Kanyuka is set to become Steve Tilson's first permanent signing as City manager with the former QPR defender agreeing a deal which will run until the end of the season.

The paperwork involved in Kanyuka's signing will be submitted to The Football League and The Football Association on Thursday, although international clearance will be required before he will be able to feature as he was most recently playing in Romania with FC CFR 1907 Cluj and FC Unirea Alba Iulia.

The 23-year-old started his career as a youngster with Leyton Orient before joining QPR, making his League bow as a teenager against Burnley in April 2005. He went on to play 22 times for the London side before joining Swindon Town in January 2008.

Released by Swindon at the end of the 2007/08 season, the 6'4" defender later spent three months with Northampton Town following a successful trial before moving to Romania.

Kanyuka has been training with the Imps during the course of the past week and once the paperwork has been completed and international clearance granted he will be handed City's number 40 squad shirt. http://www.redimps.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10440~2277506,00.html

How QPR halted Birmingham City in their Carling Cup quest in 1967
* by Brian Halford, Birmingham Mail * Jan 26 2011

FOUR years after lifting the League Cup, Blues knocked out Nottingham Forest, Ipswich, Grimsby and Sheffield United to find themselves one step from another final in 1967.

But then they ran into one of the country’s brightest emerging teams – and one of the most dynamic players around.

Queens Park Rangers were storming towards the Division Three title with fast, skilful football which was to bring them more than 100 goals in the league alone that season.

And the leader of their orchestra was Rodney Marsh.

While George Best was lighting up the north with his ineffable skills at Manchester United, down in west London the flamboyant Marsh matched him. Poor Blues were swept away in the semi-final.

Wary of a tough-looking second-leg assignment at Loftus Road, Blues manager Stan Cullis insisted that “nothing less than a two-goal advantage would be good enough” for his team from the first game at St Andrew’s. Blues 1 QPR 4 was not quite what he had in mind.

For 45 minutes, Blues were in command. They took a fourth-minute lead through Barry Bridges and kept the visitors’ roving midfielders reined in to lead 1-0 at the break. Then Rangers ran riot.

Marsh equalised with a 56th-minute glancing header. Nine minutes later, Mark Lazarus, tormenting the Blues defence, set up Ian Morgan who made it 2-1. Marsh then twice unlocked the back-line for Lazarus to add a third and Les Allen a fourth to virtually settle the tie a minute from time to the dismay of most in the 34,295 crowd.

“We were well-beaten by a side without any apparent weaknesses,” admitted Cullis, though there was some consolation in the form of generous post-match words from his QPR counterpart Alec Stock.

“First of all I must say how impressed we all were with the sportsmanship of the Birmingham people,” he said. “Our aim is to become a club like Birmingham City. They have the right approach to the modern game.”

Rangers’ supporters turned up for the second leg ready to party and, though Blues fought hard to keep the tide at bay, eventually the floodgates opened again. After 54 minutes Marsh’s cross-shot looped over a static Jim Herriott.

Eric Barber gave Blues a crumb of consolaion with a cleverly taken goal ten minutes from time but within seconds Mike Keen’s header had the home fans in full voice. When, two minutes later, Malcolm Beard’s slip allowed Marsh in to make it 3-1 – 7-2 on aggregate, the blue-and-white hooped party got into full swing, especially among those of their supporters who had backed Josh Gifford that afternoon as he rode a treble, all trained by Ryan Price, at Plumpton.

Blues had been well-beaten but by one of the coming forces in English football – and Rangers’ party was to carry on at Wembley where Marsh was on target again in a thrilling 3-2 final win over Albion. Birmingham Mail

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