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BBC - QPR 1 - 0 Chelsea
By Becky Ashton
BBC Sport
Cech got a hand to Helguson's penalty but could not keep it out
Chelsea had two players sent off and lost out to a Heidar Helguson penalty in a heated west London derby.

Helguson won the spot-kick after he was pushed by David Luiz and then beat Petr Cech, who got a touch on the effort.

Jose Bosingwa was sent off for bringing down Shaun Wright-Phillips when through on goal and Didier Drogba was then dismissed for a lunge on Adel Taarabt.

Nicolas Anelka wasted a headed chance late on as the visitors pushed for an equaliser but Rangers held on.

The Chelsea players appeared to take little notice of their manager Andre Villas-Boas who warned before the match of the "emotional challenge" they faced, with the tight stadium at Loftus Road and the added intensity of the derby.

In the end a lack of discipline proved costly with seven bookings and two red cards.

His counterpart Neil Warnock got his tactics spot on as the home side prevented Chelsea from getting into any sort of groove in the first half.

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The win was QPR's first at home since 4 April
And their first against Chelsea since 1995
Shaun Derry was making his 600th senior appearance
Frank Lampard was making his 500th Premier League appearance.
Chelsea struggled to keep possession as QPR harried and chased at every opportunity, giving their opponents no time on the ball.

The home side grew in confidence and took the lead after only nine minutes, from their first foray into the penalty area.

Luiz struggled with the movement of Helguson in the box, as he collected a long ball and the Brazilian barged him over, leaving referee Chris Foy little option but to point to the spot.

Taarabt thought he should take the resulting spot-kick but Helguson won the battle and beat Cech from the penalty spot, although the keeper did get a touch he could only palm the ball into the roof of the net.

Rangers continued to push as the visitors struggled against the power of their opposition.

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Villas-Boas critical of referee
The challenge was made even harder for Chelsea on 29 minutes when Bosingwa was shown a straight red card.

The Portuguese defender was battling with his former Chelsea team-mate Wright-Phillips, who was through on goal, before he went down under the pressure.

Foy was quick to produce the red card for denying the goalscoring opportunity although the decision seemed harsh.

Chelsea were then reduced to 10-men on 41 minutes when Drogba was instantly dismissed for a reckless tackle.

There was no question over the red card this time, as Drogba went in two-footed on midfielder Taarabt.

Half-time could not come quickly enough for Villas-Boas to try to reorganise his side.

Whatever he said seemed to work as Chelsea started the brighter in the second period, Frank Lampard seeing a header deflected wide before Branislav Ivanovic forced a good save from Paddy Kenny.

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Warnock backs refereeing decisions
The Blues felt they had two good appeals for a penalty as they continued to press for an equaliser.

Lampard was brought down by Fitz Hall inside the box, while Luiz appeared to be held by Helguson - referee Foy waved away the protests.

With only 10 minutes to go they had their best chance to equalise.

Ivanovic swung in an excellent ball on to the head of Anelka but his effort was straight at an alert Kenny.

Three minutes later and the visitors went close again when Luiz hit an overhead kick, but Lampard, placed in front of the goal, deflected the ball over the bar.

Luiz, Raul Meireles, Ashley Cole and John Terry were all booked in the closing stages as things threatened to boil over.

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Sunday, 23 October 2011
Premier League
Home Team Score Away Team Time
QPR 1-0 Chelsea FT
(HT 1-0)
Helguson (pen) 10
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01 Kenny
03 Hill
05 Hall
18 Young
35 Ferdinand
04 Derry yellow card (Mackie 81)
07 Taarabt (Smith 61)
11 Faurlin
17 Barton yellow card
32 Wright-Phillips
22 Helguson
26 Murphy, 02 Orr, 14 Buzsaky, 42 Puncheon, 10 Bothroyd, 12 Mackie, 21 Smith
01 Cech
03 Cole yellow card
04 David Luiz yellow card
17 Bosingwa red card
26 Terry yellow card
08 Lampard yellow card
12 Mikel yellow card
16 Meireles yellow card (Malouda 72)
10 Mata (Anelka 45+1)
11 Drogba red card
23 Sturridge (Ivanovic 36 yellow card)
22 Turnbull, 02 Ivanovic, 06 Romeu, 15 Malouda, 20 McEachran, 21 Kalou, 39 Anelka
Ref: Foy
Att: 18,050
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Dave McIntyre/West London Sport
QPRJoy for Warnock after QPR triumph

Overjoyed manager Neil Warnock declared QPR’s derby triumph over west London neighbours Chelsea an historic victory for the club.

Heidar Helguson’s early penalty gave Rangers their first home win since their return to the Premier League and their first against Chelsea since 1995 – the year before the R’s were relegated from the top flight.

It signalled a remarkable turnaround for a club which 18 months ago was beset by problems on and off the pitch and in danger of relegation to League One.

“This is a very important day for this club.”

“I am so happy. It has to be the best win of my career in terms of what it means to the fans,” said Warnock.

“I’ve been involved in a few derbies and I have to say the place was absolutely rocking. The atmosphere was just incredible.

“They’ll talk about this win in 30 or 40 years and rightly so, because this is a very important day for this club.

Helguson netted QPR's winner

“Eighteen months ago I said to [vice-chairman] Amit Bhatia that it would be nice if one day we were beating Chelsea, and here we are.”

And Warnock dismissed criticism of referee Chris Foy by Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, who accused the official of treating the Blues unfairly.

Villas-Boas was angry that after having Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba sent off in the first half Chelsea had two appeals for a penalty ignored in the second.

Warnock insisted: “I don’t think he [Villas-Boas] has much to complain about at all really.

“The first sending-off was justified, the second – that challenge by Drogba – was worth three sendings off, and the penalty was definitely a penalty.” West London Sport

Dave McIntyre/West London Sport
QPR beat Chelsea in dramatic derby

Nine-man Chelsea were sent tumbling to a dramatic defeat in the west London derby, with Heidar Helguson’s early penalty giving QPR a momentous victory – their first home win since returning to the Premier League.

In the first league clash between these neighbours since Rangers were relegated from the top flight in 1996, the home side – massive underdogs to cause an upset – delivered the win their supporters so badly wanted and had waited so long for.

They rode their luck in order to do so, making the most of Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba being sent off in the first half.

Ultimately, however, Rangers got their reward for managing to unsettle their opponents, who simply paid the price for losing their discipline in the pressure cooker that was a packed Loftus Road.

Helguson netted from the spot after being nudged over in the box by David Luiz, and worse followed for Andre Villas-Boas’ team in a frenetic first period.

Bosingwa was dismissed for a professional foul on 32 minutes after bringing down Shaun Wright-Phillips, and Drogba was red-carded following a reckless two-footed challenge on Adel Taarabt nine minutes later.

Lampard was one of seven Chelsea players booked

The result fully justified Neil Warnock’s decisions to again give Helguson the nod over Jay Bothroyd up front and to restore Taarabt, who was left out against Blackburn last weekend.

And the R’s boss made another important judgement call when he replaced Taarabt with the experienced Tommy Smith just after the hour mark, when Rangers were being stretched despite Chelsea having only nine players.

Taarabt’s contribution while he was on was significant. His excellent pass which led to Bosingwa’s afternoon ending prematurely came as Rangers were battling to hang onto the lead Helguson had given them.

Luiz felt aggrieved after being adjudged to have fouled the Icelander, as did Taarabt after being told he would not be taking the resulting spot-kick, which keeper Petr Cech got a hand to but was unable to keep out of the net.

Coming after only nine minutes, the goal was massive boost for Rangers – as was referee Chris Foy’s decision to give Bosingwa his marching orders.

Bosingwa was the last man back as he tried to prevent Wright-Phillips latching onto Taarabt’s perfect through-ball and when the former Chelsea man hit the floor, Foy took decisive action.

A goal and a man down, and with the home fans revelling in their team’s tireless determination to unsettle their glamorous neighbours, the growing frustration of Chelsea’s players was evident.

And Drogba let his agitation get the better of him, hurling himself at the impressive Taarabt to leave his team another player short.

Even the ever-composed Frank Lampard, making his 500th Premier League appearance, lost his cool after a late challenge by Shaun Derry early in the second half and was booked.

Anelka should have equalised late on

Chelsea, to their credit, did look a threat after the interval despite their numerical disadvantage; underlining their ability and perhaps the task Rangers would have been up against without the sendings off.

But while they pressed for an equaliser, they were inevitably open to counter attacks and Luke Young missed a great chance to put Rangers further ahead when he shot wide after being teed up by Taarabt.

Chelsea continued to drive forward and appealed in vain for a penalty after Lampard went down under Fitz Hall’s challenge while attempting to meet Ashley Cole’s low cross, and when Luiz felt he was held back by Helguson.

At the other end, Joey Barton fired narrowly wide and later sent in a perfect ball from the right for Helguson, who failed to hit the target at the far post.

But the biggest culprit in front of goal was Nicolas Anelka, who missed a golden opportunity to level when he headed Branislav Ivanovic’s cross straight at keeper Paddy Kenny. West London Sport

QPR boss blasts Taarabt after Chelsea win

NEIL Warnock slammed Adel Taarabt after the QPR forward reacted angrily to being substituted in this afternoon's victory over Chelsea.

The Moroccan stormed off down the tunnel after he was replaced by Tommy Smith on the hour mark.

And boss Warnock says he's disappointed with Taarabt's behaviour.

He said: “I had a chat with him afterwards because it's not about Adel, it's about the team.

“He was disappointed to come off, but like I said to him beforehand it would've been easy for me to play Jamie Mackie today and leave him on the bench. It's a team game.

“He's a little kid and takes his toys home. Chronicle


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