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Monday, February 28, 2011

QPR Report Monday Update and Flashbacks...Reading Praise Leigertwood and Thank Warnock...Helguson's Non-Hatrick...Richard Langley to Abderdeen


- On This Day in Football: February 28 - QPR in the Cup 1948 (Video Snippet)... Gerry Francis's Return Debut...

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- June 2011 "race for Life, Herne Bay): "Neil Roberts Dying Wish for More Runners"

- Bhatia Update? (Don't currently have the answer!)

- Richard Langley to Abderdeen

- Caliendo Payday? (Unless already paid) "A £2,000,000 interest free loan owing to Mr. A Caliendo is repayabale on 28 February 2011 and redeemable at any time prior to that date at the sole discretion of QPR..." QPR Annual Report, July 2009

- Pre-Season Champiosnhip Previews/Predictions

- Year Flashback and quite a contrast!: QPR: 21 Games WITHOUT a clean sheet: Worst in all four divisions!

- Two Year Flashback (April 2009): QPR Torn Over Warnock Appointment!

- Update: The Dangers of Working for Chelsea! The Cole Shooting

- Middlesbrough vs QPR: Compilation of Match Reports and Managerial Comments


HEIDAR HELGUSON threatened to be a pain on the train after his hat-trick hopes hit the buffers.

The Icelander’s double helped keep Rangers’ Premier League dreams on track as branch-line Boro were shunted into the sidings.

But Helguson was put out after being denied a memorable treble when Adel Taarabt refused to let the 12-goal striker take a late penalty.

The Moroccan ­midfielder picked himself up after being felled by Merouane Zemmama to seal the rout with his 15th goal of the season.

Shaun Derry admitted Neil Warnock’s squad had their work cut out to keep their two-goal team-mate happy on the train journey back to London.

The midfielder said: “I asked Adel to let Heidar have a chance of his hat-trick with the penalty.

“But, then, we all appreciate Adel’s a goalscorer, so we just needed to put a smile on Heidar’s face on the way back.

“Otherwise, even after two goals, he’d sit there with the hump all the way home.” Helguson made it four in three games with a deflected effort and a header either side of the break to help restore QPR’s five-point lead and extend their unbeaten run to 10 games.

Boss Warnock plans to reward the well-travelled hitman with a new deal, despite being told the 33-year-old was ready to be put out to grass when he took charge exactly 12 months ago.

Warnock said: “Heidar was ready for the knackers yard last year, so they tell me, but he’s always been a good player in my book.”

Boro have now been dragged back into the fight for survival after one win in four games.

Skipper Nicky Bailey said: “Our main priority is to stay in this division. The sooner we achieve that, the better.

“We need to string a few decent results together because that’s something we’ve not been doing.

“If you don’t raise your game enough against the best sides in this division, they will pick you off.” Daily Star

INDEPENDENT Helguson forced to cool off after missing hat-trickMiddlesbrough 0 Queen’s Park Rangers 3
By Jason Mellor at the Riverside Stadium

His fellow passengers on the early evening service out of Darlington bound for King's Cross might not have been able to discern the fact from his slightly miffed misdemeanour, but the rugged-looking chap in the blue club tracksuit had plenty to celebrate. Two goals, fulsome praise from his manager and his QPR side having emphatically restored their five-point advantage at the Championship summit.

The only minor downside for Heidar Helguson? Like any forward worth his salt, the 33-year-old wanted more, but was denied when Adel Taarabt trampled over any morsel of sentiment by refusing to allow his team-mate a chance of a hat-trick by swiftly grabbing the ball after he, Taarabt, had been brought down in the area to ram home from the penalty spot.

It meant Neil Warnock's squad had their work cut out to placate the Icelander on their return journey south, although Helguson's disappointment at his inability to add to his deflected shot and unmarked header either side of the interval was no doubt tempered by now having scored four goals in his last three games.

"I asked Adel to let Heidar have a chance of his hat-trick with the penalty," Shaun Derry, who again excelled in his holding midfield role, said. "But then we all appreciate Adel's a goalscorer. So instead we just needed to put a smile on Heidar's face on the way home. Otherwise he'd sit there on the train with the hump all the way home, even after two goals."

Warnock showed little sentiment for Helguson. "If I'm honest, I didn't want him to take it. We've got to be professional and it was Taarabt's to take. If Heidar had taken it and missed it I'd have battered him."

It is now 12 for the season for the well-travelled forward, who is likely to be rewarded for his impressive form with a new contract as the club head back into the Premier League after a generation's wait.

A 19th clean sheet for Paddy Kenny came under its biggest threat inside 60 seconds when the his mis-cued clearance offered Scott McDonald a clear run on goal. The goalkeeper atoned with a fine block and from that point the visitors exerted an increasing stranglehold on the contest.

"If you don't raise your game enough against the best sides in this division they will pick you off," Nicky Bailey, the Middlesbrough captain, conceded. The hosts have been dragged back into the scrap for survival after gaining a single win in four games, and with Nottingham Forest due at the Riverside Stadium tomorrow, matters could get worse before they get better.

A five-point cushion on the bottom three provides little comfort after the comprehensive manner of this defeat for the pre-season title favourites and Bailey added: "We need to string a few decent results together but that is not something we've been doing. Our main priority is to stay in this division, and the sooner we achieve that, the better."

Middlesbrough (4-4-2) Steele; McMahon, Hines, Davies (Haas, 82), Bennett; Emnes (Zemmama, 60), Bailey, Arca (Robson, 60), Taylor; Lita, McDonald. Substitutes not used Ripley, Boyd, Grounds, Smallwood.

Queen's Park Ragners (4-2-3-1) Kenny; Orr (Connolly, 78), Hall, Shittu, Hill; Derry, Faurlin; Routledge, Buzsaky (Ephraim, 70), Taarabt; Helguson (Hulse, 84). Substitutes not used Gorkss, Vaagan Moen, Cerny, Miller. Booked Faurlin, Hall.
Man of the match Helguson
Referee K Stroud (Hampshire)
Att 16,972 Independent

Reading Official Site - Praise for Warnock on Mikele deal

Boss Brian McDermott has given credit to QPR manager Neil Warnock for allowing Mikele Leigertwood to come to Reading on loan.

The midfielder joined us in November when he was out of the team at QPR, and we have not lost any of the 14 games he has started for the club.

Warnock has managed Leigertwood at both Sheffield United and QPR, and enabled him to secure a loan move so he could play regular first team football rather than being a substitute at Loftus Road.

We have reaped the benefits, and if Mikele is unbeaten in his next three games, he will overtake a club record currently held by Brynjar Gunnarsson, who did not lose in his first 16 games as a Royal. In fact, Mikele has not lost a single League game this season, having also made nine unbeaten appearance for Rangers in this campaign.

McDermott said, "He wasn't playing at QPR, and to be fair to Neil Warnock he likes Mikele, he's had him a few times. He was doing right by Mikele, letting him out on loan. You have to give him credit and I can only thank him for that."

Asked about the 28-year-old's unbeaten stretch, Brian said, "It's an incredible stat. People want to play alongside him, he's a leader, a great lad, we're really pleased to have him.

"He does the simple things really well, and when there's a tackle he always comes out with the ball. He's a box-to-box player, he scores goals as well, full credit to him."

Our bookies Coral have very generous odds of 33/1 for Mikele to score first at Everton on Tuesday evening, and 275/1 on him to score the only goal - go to the Coral website to take full advantage!


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