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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

QPR Report Wednesday: Warnock on Cardiff...QPR on Language...Naughton?...Flashback: 25 Years Ago Today: Oxford Disaster


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QPR boss Neil Warnock is lining up a £2m bid for Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton.
- Neil Warnock has earmarked the England Under-21 star as a top summer transfer target.
- Kyle Naughton, 22, has impressed on loan at Leicester this season and Sven Goran Eriksson is also eyeing up an offer at the end of the season.
- But Neil Warnock is virtually certain of being able to offer the right-back top-fl ight football next season and is ready to pounce – if Tottenham are willing to sell.
- Warnock has been a huge admirer of Naughton after watching him progress through the academy at his former club Sheffield United." Daily Star

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Neil Warnock believes his QPR side will face a hostile reception from the Cardiff City faithful when the R's take on Dave Jones' men on Saturday lunchtime.
- The Hoops head to the Cardiff City Stadium with an eight point advantage over Dave Jones' men and with a bumper crowd expected, the R's gaffer told www.qpr.co.uk: "It's a great stadium and they're a vocal crowd.
-"It'll be hostile - I'm sure the referee will have to be a good one."
- With the promotion race really hotting up in the npower Championship, Warnock added: "There'll be a few teams rooting for us I bet!
- "It always good to play against Dave's team.
- "They've got the best forwards in the Championship.
- "There's no chance of Cardiff putting 10 men behind the ball and going for a point is there?
- "I like pitting my wits against good sides and Cardiff are certainly that, so it should be a great game.
- "The Welsh will turn out in full and we've sold out our allocation, so I'm really looking forward to it."
- Rangers head into the fixture with their promotion destiny firmly in their own hands and Warnock added: "I just think we've got to look after ourselves.
- "I've no doubt it will go right down to the wire, but we're excited.
- "You talk about management, and these types of fixtures are why you're involved.
- "Yes I'll have butterflies, but that's normal.
- "I'm glad it's an early morning kick-off, so I won't have too long to think about it!" QPR

Warnock: I’m jealous of Premier quality Cardiff possess and we’ve done so well to race clear of them - Chris Wathan, Western Mail Apr 20 2011

NEIL WARNOCK has warned more than one promotion destiny could be decided this weekend as he challenged Cardiff City to try and stop history.

The Queens Park Rangers chief knows he can seal a place in the Premier League with victory in South Wales on Easter weekend – just as he did with Sheffield United five years ago.

But, with the second-placed Bluebirds boasting automatic aims of their own, Warnock has insisted Cardiff’s hopes of joining him in the top-flight will be gone if they don’t stop a repeat scenario.

And the 62-year-old, with two top level promotions already to his name, is adamant all the pressure is on rival boss Dave Jones and his squad to be “jealous” of as the countdown begins to the Championship’s biggest game of the season.

Cardiff will welcome the league leaders to a sell-out Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday with the Londoners eight points ahead and needing just one win in their last four games to seal an almost inevitable promotion.

And the Hoops – who have led the Championship for the majority of the campaign – have been told by Warnock they will face an electric and expectant atmosphere, not to mention a side he claims have a forward line better than most top-flight teams.

But the often outspoken Yorkshireman insists he will head into the clash with the full-backing of the Bluebirds’ rivals for the promotion places – including fifth-placed Swansea City.

The onus, he says, is on the hosts.

“It’s set up for a cracker. I love the Welsh and I like Cardiff – it’s got good memories for me,” said Warnock, who all but secured his most recent promotion when Sheffield United triumphed 1-0 at Ninian Park in 2006. “That was a good weekend. We got a good result on Good Friday and were promoted by the Monday – and it’s Easter weekend again.

“I can’t wait and we’ll go down there wanting to win and there’ll be a few other Championship clubs cheering for us too on Saturday.

“But we’ve just got to worry about ourselves and getting as many points as we can between now and the end of the season.

“And it’s good we’re playing a team which will want to have a go at us – you look at their forward line and there’s no chance they’ll put 10 men behind the ball.

“And, if I’m honest, I think they have to beat us with Reading and Norwich breathing down their necks.”

Norwich (74 points) and Reading (72) both play before 75-point Cardiff aim to prove their promotion worth in the early afternoon test, Swansea on 70 points aiming to keep their faint hopes alive when they travel to Portsmouth later on.

All are looking to lay a claim to that second spot for it’s been all but accepted that the title is QPR’s – even with the controversy surrounding the transfer of midfielder Alejandro Faurlin still to be settled by a disciplinary hearing.

Having lost just five games all season, collecting 24 clean sheets along the road, few would begrudge Warnock that third elevation to the big stage.

Yet he still maintains he is jealous of Jones and the forward players he has had to call upon during this campaign.

Describing Cardiff’s front-line as Premier League class – even from the manager with the supremely talented Adel Taarabt in his squad – Warnock shied away from suggesting Cardiff should be giving his Hoops a closer run for their money.

But he did stress it showed just what an achievement QPR’s will be should they collect that last win.

“Look at that forward line and I don’t think there’s anybody better in the whole division,” he said. “In fact, they’re a lot better than most Premier League clubs. Craig Bellamy, Jay Bothroyd, Chris Burke and Peter Whittingham on the other side – Crikey, it’s not bad is it?

“I don’t know whether they should be closer to us because I don’t really worry about anybody else or how they should be doing. But, I’m jealous if I’m honest – I wish I had Bellamy and Bothroyd.

“And I think it shows what a job we’ve done with the lads we’ve got. We’ve been pretty amazing as a team and I can’t fault my lads for what they’ve done week-in, week-out. They deserve to be where they are.”

All said with a grin, it can be easy to dismiss Warnock’s claims as the start of mind games before a match so crucial to both side’s ultimate success this season.

And some could be happy to suggest that it’s a sign that Warnock himself is the one under pressure, that a wobble may be coming at just the wrong time. Specifically at a time where Cardiff seem to be showing they can be as good on the pitch as they are on paper.

But, never afraid to offer an honest opinion, there is everything genuine about Warnock’s excitement ahead of the televised fixture.

A sell-out Cardiff crowd will guarantee plenty of noise and, Jones will hope the kind of response it brought in the impressive victory over Portsmouth last weekend.

But, with history in his sights, Warnock is more than ready for the challenge.

“Everybody talks about pressure but I’m loving every second of this, me,” he said. “There’s pressure on everybody these days but I love it. Full house at Cardiff? Eight points clear and four games to go? You can be a lot worse off than that.

“It’s the sort of atmosphere you thrive on and what you’re in the game for. I can’t wait.”

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