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Saturday, July 16, 2011

QPR Report Saturday: Harrow Report...Warnock on Transfers and Non-Transfers...Dyer Blames West Ham...Next: Tavistock Welcome QPR.


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QPR Official Site - Harrow 0 QPR 1 - Report

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A trialist's stunning 30-yard second half free-kick handed QPR a 1-0 victory in their first fixture of the 2011/12 pre-season campaign.

A match full of energy, there were chances aplenty and R's boss Neil Warnock will no doubt be pleased with the stern work-out that hosts Harrow Borough handed Rangers.

The trialist clinched victory for the R's on 62 minutes, with his beautifully-struck effort leaving Boro keeper Nick Jupp with no chance.

Radek Cerny was in goal for QPR, behind a back four of Bradley Orr, Fitz Hall, a trialist and Clint Hill.

Shaun Derry and skipper for the night Alejandro Faurlin were in defensive midfield.

Danny Webber, Petter Vaagan Moen and Tommy Smith operated just behind Heidar Helguson in attack.

Harrow - to their credit - started the brighter, with Evandro Delgado forcing a smart stop from Cerny from 18 yards, before Jonathan Constant fired just over the bar from a similar distance.

The R's were soon on the attack themselves.

Webber's cutting pass freed Vaagan Moen, before Boro defender Danny Leech just got back in time to block the Norwegian midfielder's shot over the bar for a corner kick.

But Harrow soon went close again.

A trialist conceded a free-kick out wide on the right and, when Constant's shot was deflected back into the path of David Ijaha 18-yards out, his stinging shot was well held by Cerny.

And the Czech keeper was soon called into action twice more, producing comfortable saves after efforts from Danny McGonigle and Delgado.

The R's went within a whisker on the half-hour mark, with Vaagan Moen's rasping drive on the half volley from 20-yards out only just clearing the bar.

Hall missed arguably the chance of the half to find the net as the break approached.

Vaagan Moen's teasing corner found the imposing stopper unmarked six yards from goal, but Hall could only direct his header on to the foot of the back post, before the ball trickled away to safety.

And Smith also went close on the stroke of half-time, with his curling effort from 20 yards whistling just past the right-hand post.

The hosts forced a fine save from Cerny in first-half stoppage time, with Kurt Morlese's effort from a Constant cross superbly tipped wide by the Rangers keeper.

QPR made a whole host of second-half changes, with only Cerny, Orr, Vaagan Moen and Webber surviving the cull.

The R's started the second half on the front foot - going close twice early on.

Webber and the newly-introduced Patrick Agyemang combined passes and, when the latter drove to the edge of the box, his subsequent effort forced a fantastic diving save by Boro shot-stopper Jupp.

Moments later, a Rob Hulse effort also forced a routine stop from the Harrow keeper.

Rangers looked more threatening in the second period - and duly took the lead on 62 minutes.

When the R's won a free-kick 25 yards from goal, a trialist stepped up to fire home an unstoppable effort, leaving Jupp with no chance.

Soon after, QPR pressed for a second. An effort from substitute Hulse forced the Harrow keeper into a brilliant save, as Jupp tipped the ball away for a corner.

Rangers then twice went close again from as many corners.

Danny Shittu's header from a Vaagan Moen cross from the right just missed the target, before a Hogan Ephraim centre from the same side found Agyemang just inside the box, whose swiped effort fizzed over the bar.

Ephraim was then involved again, with his cross almost headed into the net by a Harrow defender, as Jupp dived to his right to superbly tip the ball to safety.

Harrow Borough: Jupp, Frempong, Marsh-Brown, Walters, Leech, Ijaha, Constant, McGonigle, Morlese, Orphanu, Delgado.

Subs: Fraser, Hall, Pither, Lawrence, Rowe, Chanda, Fenton, Mensah, James.

QPR: Cerny, Orr, Hill, Derry, Hall, Trialist, Trialist, Vaagan Moen, Helguson, Smith, Faurlin.

Subs: Putnins, Gorkss, Ephraim, Ramage, Connolly, Hulse, Trialist, Agyemang, Shittu, Doughty.

Goals: Trialist (62) QPR


Neil Warnock described it as 'just what we needed,' as the R's claimed a 1-0 victory at Harrow Borough in the opening fixture of their 2011/12 pre-season campaign.

A trialist's exquisite 62nd minute free-kick ensured Rangers would come out on top against local Non-League opposition, with Harrow more than playing their part in a lively encounter.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk after the final whistle, Warnock said: "That's the first pre-season match out of the way and it went the way that I wanted it to.

"We had no injuries. I thought Harrow played really well and it was just the work-out we needed.

"The game probably came a little too early for us as we've only had a couple of days with the balls out.

"But it was the only night that we could fit Harrow in.

"I didn't want to disappoint them, after taking Troy Hewitt."

He added: "I thought the attitude of both teams was super.

"There were not a lot of goals, but it's early doors.

"We've got a few trialists on board now, and going down to Cornwall gives us a chance to look at them.

"It was just what we needed - a good work-out with no problems." QPR

- Photos from Harrow

TALKSPORT/Alex Varney - Exclusive - Warnock admits QPR set to spend £1.25m or less this summer

QPR boss Neil Warnock has told talkSPORT he’s surprised by the lack of transfer funds given to him his summer – but is still confident he’ll have a squad equipped for Premier League survival.

Warnock was expected to be handed a substantial kitty by the club’s co-owner Flavio Briatore following Rangers' promotion from the Championship but he has so far only been able to bring in free agents Jay Bothroyd and Kieron Dyer.

The Hoops boss has been given permission to mount a £1.25m move for DJ Campbell but, speaking to Goldstein and Cundy, Warnock revealed that is likely to be his only outlay this summer.

“They’ve made it clear to me we’ve got to try and get value for money, don’t spend transfer fees,” he said. “They’ve agreed to pay £1.25million for Campbell but I can’t see any other money changing hands, other than DJ Campbell, if I'm honest.

“I thought I’d have a few millions, if I’m honest. I was disappointed but it’s not the end of the world. It would have been nice to have money to spend but its just another one of those things in my managerial career where I have to show what I can do."

However, Warnock insists the strict transfer budget has not left him despondent and he is delighted with his two signings so far.
“They’ve made it clear to me we’ve got to try and get value for money, don’t spend transfer fees”Neil Warnock

“I look at the players I've brought in, Bothroyd and Dyer, and if I can get three or four more players of that quality, I'll be more than happy," he added.

"I’m not despondent. I’d love money, every manager wants money. But it's not all doom and gloom."

Warnock also admitted Adel Taarabt may not be at Loftus Road for the new season, with PSG registering their interest in the Moroccan playmaker.

"PSG are very interested but Flavio is dealing with all the transfers," he continued. "He’s speaking to PSG and I’ve just left it to him.

"I’ve got enough of a job in my hands to bring players in. I’m working hard to bring players in to give Rangers fans a chance, because that’s all we want." Talksport

Fulham Chronicle/Jacob Murtagh - Warnock - No Danny Webber deal

QPR boss Neil Warnock has denied reports that he has offered a deal to triallist Danny Webber.

The former Portsmouth frontman has been training with Rangers this week after leaving Fratton Park at the end of the season.

Webber, who played under Warnock at Sheffield United, got his first outing in a hooped shirt in tonight's friendly win against Harrow Borough.

However, Warnock has rubbished earlier reports that he has already agreed a one-year contract with the 29-year-old, with the Loftus Road chief giving him another chance to shine in next week's tour of Cornwall.

He said: "I thought he did all right but it's still early days. He hasn't been offered a deal as far as I'm aware of." Fulham Chronicle

Jacob Murtagh/Fulham Chronicle - QPR star suffers injury blow

AKOS Buzsaky's pre-season preparations have taken a setback after he suffered a calf strain in training.

The Hungarian missed tonight's friendly win against Harrow Borough but is expected to be fit in time for next week's tour of Cornwall.

Meanwhile, Troy Hewitt was also ruled out of the game at Earlsmead after injuring his calf at Hampton School yesterday.

The friendly was arranged as part of the deal which took Hewitt to Loftus Road from the Ryman Premier outfit, with Rangers running out hard-fought 1-0 winners.

Boss Neil Warnock said: "We got no injuries and everybody got 45 minutes.

"There was good commitment from both teams and I'm relieved there were no bad tackles." Fulham Chronicle

FULHAM Chronicle/Jacob Murtagh - NEIL Warnock wants to send QPR duo Troy Hewitt and Michael Doughty out on loan.

The pair have failed to feature for the first-team so far, and are unlikely to force their way into their manager's plans ahead of the Premier League kick-off in a month's time.

Warnock revealed there has been plenty of interest in striker Hewitt – currently sidelined with a calf strain - and 18-year-old midfielder Doughty.

And the 62-year-old is willing to let the duo leave Loftus Road on loan in a bid to get first-team football.

He said: "I don't want to loan them for the season. I might consider six months because they've both got things to offer.

"[Playing for the] reserves is no good. There's so much interest from League One teams so we'll have a look at that."

Former Harrow Borough frontman Hewitt missed the chance to appear against his old club in last night's friendly win after getting crocked in training.

But Warnock expects the goalscorer to make massive strides over the next year.

He added: "Troy's done well. He's got an eye for goal but has still got a lot to learn on build-up play.

"He's so used to playing the way he does. I'm sure over the next 12 months he'll move on because he's such a hardworking lad with the right attitude." Fulham Chronicle


Once again it gives me great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all spectators, officials, and everyone associated with our Barclays Premiership opponents, Queens Park Rangers, for this evening’s prestigious pre-season friendly.

It was several years ago Neil kindly agreed to the request of his friend and our late Chairman Robin Fenner, to bring his then Sheffield United side to Tavistock. This evening will be the fifth time he has brought his team to Langsford Park and we do not take his generosity for granted and appreciate the support he has given us over a number of seasons.

Last year I mentioned in my programme notes that, in general, Neil’s pre-season ventures to the West Country had resulted in much success for his sides in those seasons, with promotion to the Premiership and reaching both FA Cup and League Cup semi-finals. Once again last year’s pre-season tour to the West Country was followed up with promotion to the Premiership. So with all the good omens, we hope you QPR fans will not be too disappointed that, for the second year running, you are on a pre-season-tour of the South West and success will follow you. We do hope you have an enjoyable stay in the best part of our country and a safe journey home.

We expect to face a QPR side that is very similar to the one we faced last season, but we will be expecting to give you a much sterner test this time around.

Last year we had spent most of the pre-season rebuilding our first team squad, but this time around we have had a quiet close season period with no transfers out and three new signings. The first of the new signings in our camp is 24-year old John Wyatt, the highly rated right back from Ivybridge Town. His signing was followed by the capture of 19-year old goalkeeper Dean Smith from Elburton Villa, who is a very promising prospect and he will be hoping to establish himself as our number one ‘keeper ahead of Andy Meeds and Jamie Castle. The last of our new signings is 26-year old Kofi Gyasi, an attacking right-sided midfielder who is a team mate of Lambs favourite Kojo Ofori in the British Army side. I would like to welcome all of our new players to Langsford Park and I hope that you will have a long and enjoyable stay at Tavistock AFC.

I would also like to remind our supporters that on Friday the 29th July Peter Reid will be bringing a Plymouth Argyle side to Langsford Park for Andy Meeds’ Testimonial Match. ‘Meedo’ is now close to reaching the remarkable milestone of having played 750 games for the Lambs. Andy has shown great loyalty to the Club and has enjoyed many good times as well as some very tough times. I hope this evening will be a fitting occasion for us to show our appreciation to Andy, for everything he has done at this Club and many of you will be here for the occasion.

Whilst tonight will hopefully be a great occasion, there will be a tinge of sadness as many of us will be missing the familiar face of Mike Halfyard, who sadly passed away in June. Mike leaves behind two sons, Kevin and former Lambs favourite Darren, and our thoughts are very much with them and his close friends, in particular Eric, at this difficult time. Mike was an absolute gem of a bloke and will be missed by many.

On behalf of all my management team, I would like to thank you all for your continued support and I hope that you enjoy this evening’s game and the season ahead.



Tavistock Official Site

TALKSPORT -Exclusive - Dyer blames Hammers for injury woes

Kieron Dyer inists he is not to blame for his disappointing spell at West Ham.

The England international made only 34 appearances for the Hammers in four years after a succession of injuries.

But, after joining QPR on a free transfer, Dyer claimed poor treatment has cost him a large part of his career.

“It’s frustrating when you're doing everything you’re told to do but you’re being misdiagnosed, so you’re doing all the rehab but you’re doing the wrong rehab,” he said.

“You come back and break down again and you go and see another specialist and they say, ‘why have you been doing that for?’. That happened a number of times where I lost months and months of the season and people were saying it’s down to me but I was only taking the advice I was given.

"It’s very frustrating when you’re doing all you can to get fit but you’re being told the wrong information. Two seasons ago I was out with a hamstring injury for almost the whole season. I kept coming back but kept pulling my hamstring. I went to see a specialist who said, 'you've got a big piece of scar tissue in your leg, it's too big, break it down and you'll never have a hamstring problem again. I broke that down and what happened? I never had a hamstring problem again."

Dyer has signed a short-term perfroamce related deal with QPR and he revealed Neil Warnock was the reason behind his move to Loftus Road.

"I had a few offers from the Premier League and abroad," he added. "I weighed up my options and was still undecided until two weeks ago, when I sat down with the manager and he completely won me over. I'm 100 per cent fit at the moment. I'm fit and looking forward to the start of the season."
http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/f....rs -injury-woes

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QPR Pre-Season Fixtures 2011/12

Monday 18th July - Tavistock (a) 7.00pm
Wednesday 20th July - Plymouth Argyle (a) 7.45pm
Friday 22nd July - Bodmin Town (a) 7.15pm
Wednesday 27th July - Cesena (a) 8.30pm
Saturday 30th July - Trofeo Bortolotti Tournament (a) 8.00pm onwards
Tuesday 2nd August - Crawley Town (a) 7.45pm QPR

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