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Sunday, February 20, 2011

QPR Report Sunday: QPR Board Changes...Preston Reports...On This Day "Flashbacks"...Karl Henry Recalls Almost Joining QPR

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February 2011: Changes in Directors at QPR
(As noted by QPR1st)

New Appointment (17/02/11):
Bernie Eccelstone
Appointments terminated (16/02/11)
Gianni Paladini
Ali Russell
Bruno Michel
Marco Rapini
Current directors are:
Bernie Ecclestone
Amit Bhatia
Flavio Briatore

New Appointment:
Bernie Ecclestone
Appointments terminated:
Ali Russell
Bruno Michel
Current directors are:
Bernie Ecclestone
Flavio Briatore
Gianni Paladini

- Update: A second book about Bernie Ecclestone

- Neil Warnock "Completes" His Season: 46 Games in Charge: 32 Games (61 points this season) added to his 14 games (and 20 points, last season) - 81 points. (Thanks to "HarlowRanger" for the stats)

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Wolves' skipper Karl Henry Recalls How he Turned down QPR (and now he's on the fringes of the England Squad
Sunday Mercury:"....Had Mick McCarthy not made a late call over four years ago Henry would be more than likely have been preparing to face Ipswich at Loftus Road on Tuesday than revelling in the cauldron of a Black Country tussle.
The tough-tackling midfielder allowed his contract to run out at Stoke City in 2006 and had agreed to sign for Queens Park Rangers.“I turned down an offer for 12 months at Stoke and could have gone to QPR where I had agreed a deal,” he said. “That was in the pipeline but I ended up joining Wolves.”” Sunday Mercury


QPR 32 31 61
Nott'm Forest 31 16 56
Swansea 32 14 56
Cardiff 32 13 55
Norwich 32 10 55
Leeds 32 10 53
Leicester 32 2 51- Complete Table


Posted on: Sat 19 Feb 2011

Neil Warnock told www.qpr.co.uk that his side must 'look forward' rather than reflect on 'points that have got away' following the R's score draw at Deepdale.

Heidar Helguson put Rangers in front on 37 minutes thanks to Ishmael Miller's telling centre from the left.

But QPR were pegged back on 64 minutes when Barry Nicholson lobbed Paddy Kenny, and the R's chief said: "I thought that it was a decent game.

"We were probably too in control in the first half.

"But we weren't complacent - we're not like that. We could have got a second and killed them off, but we didn't and that's football.

"We'll keep ticking on. We've got 14 games to go and that's another long journey out of the way.

"We're bound to be disappointed that we didn't win. We created so many opportunities.

"There are no easy games and that's the type of league it is.

"Preston have got nothing to lose. They've got to win games and they might as well throw the kitchen sink at you.

"I think it's easier playing teams at the top than teams at the bottom."

He added: "I've no complaints.

"We've gone eight games unbeaten and people don't even realise that.

"We haven't got time to get down.

"We've got Ipswich on Tuesday followed by another long trek to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

"You can't look back at points that have got away - you've got to look forward."


Lost points leave Warnock facing long grind to line

By Chris Brereton at Deepdale

Neil Warnock rejected any suggestion of complacency as his Queens Park Rangers side surprisingly dropped two points against the Championship's bottom club. A poacher's finish from Heidar Helguson in the 37th minute looked to have given the leaders a win and comfortable seven-point advantage at the top. But Barry Nicholson's clever lob in the 64th minute ensured the margin would remain at five.

"We were probably too much in control of the first half and thought the second goal would just come," said the QPR manager. "We weren't complacent. We are not like that – but from now on it's going to be a grind."

For Preston, every point is priceless in their current predicament and this was thoroughly deserved. But their manager Phil Brown is still searching for his first win after taking charge eight games ago and victories will be their salvation as they have to make up 11 points to reach the safe zone.

"We are in the business of winning and three points would have been magnificent," he said. "You look at the strength in depth they have and you know they will go up as champions. They are strong in all areas which we had to match. Harsh words had to be said at half-time. Someone told me they have gone on to win every game they have been ahead in and we have managed to turn that stat around. But we have to win games."

Preston's start belied their lowly position. Nathan Ellington was denied by a timely block from Clint Hill and then by Paddy Kenny with a shot from distance. The Rangers goalkeeper also stretched to his right to keep out a low skidding effort from Eddie Johnson.

But the turning point came in the 24th minute when they looked to have a strong claim for a penalty rejected. Keith Treacy floated over a corner that seemed to be handled by Helguson, who had come back to help out his defence. He was better served at the other end as he proved with the opening goal. Ishmael Miller did well down the left, using pace and power to find space and then sending over a low cross that Helguson could not failto finish.

As so often this season, Adel Taarabt was a source of creativity for Rangers. He had an early curling effort saved by Iain Turner before a delightful show of skills in the 22nd minute saw him set up Alejandro Faurlin on the edge of the box with a clear sight of goal. But the midfielder's effort drifted harmlessly over the bar. Helguson could have confirmed a first win at Deepdale for Rangers in 31 years, but clipped the bar with a looping header.

But Preston responded in the fashion Brown had demanded. Treacy found Nicholson, whose finish was exquisite and, had Kenny not pushed away a fierce drive from Ellington moments later, the home side would have beenin front.

There was late drama with Taarabt hitting a low shot wide and Preston's Leon Cort's hurried blast clearing the bar, with Warnock admitting:"We defended for our lives at the end."

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Heidar Helguson was on target for QPR, who were forced to accept a share of the spoils at Preston North End.

The R's would probably have expected to take all three points back to W12 after taking a 37th minute lead through the Icelandic striker, who put Rangers ahead thanks to good work out wide on the left by Ishmael Miller.

But it wasn't to be, as the Lilywhites fought back to claim a point on 64 minutes.

Barry Nicholson it was with the goal and he finished with aplomb, with his effort looping over Paddy Kenny before finding the back of the net.

Nevertheless, Rangers remain five points clear at the top of the npower Championship.

R's gaffer Neil Warnock made two changes to his side's for the trip to Deepdale, with Helguson and Ishmael Miller replacing Tommy Smith and Rob Hulse respectively.

Kenny was in goal for QPR.

Bradley Orr, Matt Connolly, Kaspars Gorkss and Clint Hill started in defence.

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

Helguson spearheaded the Rangers attack.

On a bitterly cold afternoon in the North West, this one began at a breakneck pace.

Indeed, there was little respite for either side in the opening minutes, as play continued to switch from one end to the other.

But it was the R's who were to fashion the affair's first effort on target.

Routledge picked up possession on halfway and, when he drove at the Lilywhites defence and found Taarabt in space on the left-hand edge of the box, the magical Moroccan fired an effort straight at Iain Turner.

Despite a lively opening, there was little to talk about in terms of clear-cut chances.

However, if anything, it was Rangers who looked more of a threat in attack.

Excellent build-up play from the visitors saw passes exchanged between Derry, Connolly, Miller and Taarabt, before the latter's pull-back was curled just over the target from Faurlin on 18 yards.

Moments later, it was Preston who this time went close.

Keith Treacy received possession out wide on the left and, when he cut in past Orr on to his right foot, the midfield man's crafted effort was deflected inches wide of the right-hand upright.

But QPR were soon back on the offensive and edged themselves in front thanks to a superb team move on 37 minutes.

It all started with Derry midway into the Preston half, whose pass found Miller out wide on the left.

The rest was of sheer brilliance from the West Bromwich Albion loanee, whose pace and power enabled him to brush aside two challenges and find Helguson in the area with an inch-perfect centre.

The Icelandic international couldn't miss, as he slid the ball home from six yards.

Kenny was forced into a fine save to preserve the R's advantage on the stroke of half-time, pulling off a fantastic stop from Eddie Johnson 12-yards out, before the ball was cleared safely up field.

Rangers wasted no time in their search for a second after the break, with only the face of the crossbar denying them of goal number two just minutes into the second period.

Connolly's reverse free-kick from deep evaded everyone but the waiting Helguson on the left-hand edge of the box, who shrugged off the attention of his marker before seeing a looping header hit the bar and go out of play.

It was a statement of intent from the R's, who continued to throw bodies forward at every available opportunity.

Preston almost snatched the most fortunate of equalisers on 60 minutes.

Gorkss was deemed to have unfairly hauled his marker 25 yards from the target, before Treacy's deflected effort from a free-kick - that had Kenny beaten - bounced just wide of the left-hand post.

But QPR's luck was to soon come to an end when the hosts drew themselves level on 64 minutes - and how.

Adam Barton's ball forward was controlled superbly well by Nicholson, before his deft lob looped over the outstretched arm of Kenny and into the net.

But Rangers didn't despair, with Taarabt going within inches of restoring QPR's lead with little more than 10 minutes left on the clock.

Kenny's goal-kick was flicked on by Hulse to the Moroccan attacker and, when his initial shot was blocked, Taarabt was on hand to bend an effort agonisingly wide of the right-hand post.

Preston North End: Turner, St Ledger, Nicholson, Treacy, Gray, Barton (Parry 75), Ellington (Proctor 82), Jones, Ashbee, Johnson (Hayes 55), Cort.

Subs: Lonergan, Morgan, Russell, Carter.

Scorers: Nicholson (64)

Bookings: Gray (45), Treacy (73), Ashbee (76)

QPR: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Derry, Taarabt, Helguson (Hulse 74), Faurlin, Gorkss, Routledge (Buzsaky 86), Connolly, Miller (Vaagan Moen 61).

Subs: Cerny, Hall, Chimbonda, Shittu.

Scorers: Helguson (37)

Bookings: Routledge (34), Gorkss (59), Derry (76)

Referee: Mr A Haines

Attendance: 10, 521

North End became the first team to deny Queens Park Rangers victory when they've been ahead at the break - with Barry Nicholson scoring a stunning chip to give North End a point against the league leaders.

The home side had taken the lead on 37 minutes when Heidar Helguson poked home Ishmael Miller's left wing cross but North End battled back with the Scot grabbing his first goal since returning from his double leg break to give the Lilywhites a point.

Before the opener, the game had been very even, both sides working hard without really forcing the opposition keeper into a save.

They had traded corners before the first real effort on target which unsurprisingly came from Adel Taarabt in 18 minutes, who curled a 30 yard free kick goalwards, however Iain Turner, on his home debut, was up to the task and turned the ball round the post.

North End themselves were also creating chances, however, with Keith Treacy looking dangerous, firstly testing Paddy Kenny with a left foot effort and then steering a right footed shot just wide.

Just past the hour mark Nathan Ellington, back in the side after missing the trip to parent club Watford due to the terms of his loan agreement, got the crowd up off their feet with a great bit of skill in the box before hitting a low shot that ended up in the side netting.

The visitors though had the lead somewhat against the run of play on 37 minutes when Ishmael Miller raced down the left hand side and drilled the ball across the six yard box where Heidar Helguson smashed the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

North End could have been level inside 60 seconds with Paddy Kenny needed to show his very best form to deny Eddie Johnson, who was found by Ellington in the box and hit a low effort through two defenders, the keeper seeing it late and getting down to his right to tip the ball round the post.

The first chance of the second half fell to the goalscorer with a Helguson flicked header ricocheting off the top of the bar and behind after a deep ball into the box, hit from back to front.

Phil Brown was first to play a second half card with Hayes on for Eddie Johnson on 55 minutes, but it was the ability of Keith Treacy that almost saw the side level with a free kick 20 yards out on 59 minutes which was deflected inches wide of the left hand post with Paddy Kenny rooted to spot.

North End drew level on 64 minutes with a superb lob from Barry Nicholson. Ian Ashbee put the ball forward to Ellington, who played in inside the QPR defence and Nicholson lifted the ball from just inside the box with the outside of his right boot and over Kenny into the top right hand corner.

Ellington almost made it 2-1 less than a minute later as his fired a 20 yard screamer just over the bar with the R's keeper beaten.

Paul Parry and Jamie Proctor - for his home debut - were both introduced in the last 15 minutes with Barton and Ellington with North End looking for the win.

North End went close to a winner on 84 minutes when Barry Nicholson headed a David Gray cross right along the six yard box, with Matthew Connolly forced to concede a corner.

Four added minutes as Leon Cort had half a chanceto win it after Kenny had dropped a Treacy cross under pressure from St. Ledger but the centre half's effort was over the bar. In the final seconds a final corner to North End was met by Sean St. Ledger but was wide of the post and the Lilywhites had to settle for a point.



Preston 1 QPR 1: Barry Nicholson super strike salvages point for rock bottom North End

By Sportsmail Reporter

Barry Nicholson's second-half thunderbolt salvaged a precious point for rock-bottom Preston and denied npower Championship leaders QPR victory at Deepdale.

Icelandic striker Heidar Helguson scored his ninth goal of the season to put Neil Warnock`s men ahead in the 37th minute but North End gradually improved after the restart.

And midfielder Nicholson struck a superb effort from 18 yards in the 64th minute to level for the hosts, who remain without a win since Phil Brown took the helm at the start of last month.

Super-strike: Barry Nicholson's thunderbolt salvaged a point for Preston

Preston went close inside the third minute when a cross by David Gray was greeted by Nathan Ellington, whose right-footed shot from 12 yards out drew a fine block from Rangers defender Clint Hill.

Moments later the visitors fashioned their first opening when playmaker Adel Taarabt hit a fierce shot from 18 yards which forced a fine stop from Preston`s on-loan goalkeeper Iain Turner.

In the 14th minute, the hosts went close again when an inswinging corner from the impressive Keith Treacy was met by a firm header from defender Sean St Ledger which flew wide.

Yet again the pendulum swung back in Rangers` favour and, after Leon Cort fouled Helguson, Taarabt hit a free-kick from 30 yards which drew another fine save by Turner, who tipped the ball round a post.

QPR`s Alejandro Faurlin then drilled an 18-yard free-kick over the crossbar before Treacy had an effort blocked by Rangers' Matthew Connolly.

Rangers midfielder Wayne Routledge and North End striker Nathan Ellington both went close before the visitors forged ahead with their first meaningful goalscoring opportunity in the 37th minute.
Flicker of hope: Preston's equaliser keeps Phil Brown's survival hopes alive

Ishmael Miller showed his quality on the left flank with a fine cross that Helguson met with a right-foot finish high into the net from six yards out.

Preston almost responded immediately but Johnson had a shot saved by Paddy Kenny in the Rangers goal.

Two minutes after the restart, Rangers almost doubled their lead but Helguson headed against the crossbar.

Preston boss Brown then replaced Johnson with Paul Hayes in the 55th minute and the move breathed new life into the hosts as an attacking force.

They were level in the 64th minute when Ellington`s neat header gave Nicholson the space to his a superb right-footed shot into the top corner from 18 yards.

Ellington then drilled an effort over the crossbar before Taarabt hit an effort just wide of the mark and then drew a smart stop from Turner.

Warnock made a change in the final quarter as Rob Hulse replaced Helguson up front.

Preston had chances in the closing stages as they sought to find a winner but Rangers held firm to hang on for a hard-earned point.

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