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Aston V 36 -14 37
Wigan 36 -22 37
QPR 36 -23 34
Bolton 35 -28 34
Blackburn 36 -28 31
Wolves 36 -41 24
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QPR Official Site - HUGHES'S VERDICT
Mark Hughes gave an honest assessment of QPR's disappointing display following a 6-1 defeat at Chelsea this afternoon.
The R's gaffer bemoaned his side's poor start at Stamford Bridge, which saw them fall behind after just 47 seconds, telling www.qpr.co.uk: "We gave ourselves a mountain to climb.
"You come to Chelsea who are on a huge high after events of mid-week and you need to make sure you set your stall out early on and don't give them any encourgement.
"Unfortunately we weren't able to do that. We lost three or four goals in 20 minutes and there is no coming back from that."
As QPR pushed forward to try and get themselves back into the game, they allowed Chelsea the opportunity to add to their tally, and Hughes added: "We tried to have a go but that just compromised ourselves because we were chasing and committing people forward, and they just picked us off very very easily.
"That was the story of the day. We were perhaps a litte bit naive. Sometimes you have to take your medicine and accept it is not going to be your day.
"It is disappointing for our fans who were here in their numbers but we can't dwell on this result.
"We must give credit to Chelsea. They have had a fantastic week and they kept that going. In all honesty, they were too good for us.
"Now we have to pick ourselves up and get ready for the final two games. We have disappointed a lot of people today including ourselves. Now we need a response for both ourselves and our supporters who backed us for the full 90 minutes."
QPR face a final home match against Stoke next Sunday before travelling to Manchester City on the final day of the campaign, and Hughes said: "We have done well at home but we haven't been able to replicate that on our travels.
"That has been a problem all season. We are not producing anything like we should away from home.
"We have got a huge game next week against Stoke and we must win that, and then we have to produce a better performance at Manchester City than what we produced today.
QPR's TERRIBLE AWAY RECORD - Even Worse Under Mark Hughes!
Sat 20 15:00 A Everton PREM W 1-0
Sat 27 12:30 A Wigan Athletic PREM L 0-2
Sat 17 15:00 A Wolves PREM W 3-0
Sun 2 15:00 A Fulham PREM L 0-6
Sun 30 16:00 A Tottenham PREM L 1-3
Sat 19 15:00 A Stoke City PREM W 3-2
Sat 26 15:00 A Norwich City PREM L 1-2
Sat 10 15:00 A Liverpool PREM L 0-1
Tue 27 17:00 A Swansea City PREM D 1-1
Sat 31 15:00 A Arsenal PREM L 0-1
Sat 7 15:00 A MK Dons FACP D 1-1 19,506 (FA Cup)
THE HUGHES ERA
Sun 15 13:30 A Newcastle PREM L 0-1
Wed 1 19:45 A Aston Villa PREM D 2-2
Sat 11 15:00 A Blackburn PREM L 2-3
Sat 10 12:45 A Bolton PREM L 1-2
Sat 24 15:00 A Sunderland PREM L 1-3
Sun 8 13:30 A Man Utd PREM L 0-2
Sat 14 15:00 A WBA PREM L 0-1
Sun 29 13:30 A Chelsea PREM L 1-6
QPR will stay up coz they r street fighters
WORD ON THE STREET ... Anton Ferdinand, Fitz Hall, DJ Campbell and Shaun Wright-Philips
By JUSTIN ALLEN
Last Updated: 29th April 2012
ANTON FERDINAND says QPR will beat the drop because they are street gladiators.
The defender and his R’s pals used to love a game of keepie uppie on the streets.
And today they visit the Moore Park Estate, West London, to have another go — only this time it is QPR they hope to keep up.
Rangers stars have turned to their roots by joining the A Star League, a new street ball concept designed by defender Fitz Hall.
And while there will be no coats as goalposts or rush keepers at Stamford Bridge when they face Chelsea, Ferdinand says playing street ball and remembering their roots has helped keep Mark Hughes’ men out of the bottom three.
Ferdinand said: “A lot of the lads here, like myself, started playing on the streets.
“And there’s one thing you remember from those days — when you’re backed into a corner, you come out fighting. You must be a gladiator.
“Chelsea away is a massive game, the kind we dreamed about playing in when we had kickabouts with friends.
“It’s not just a big game for us trying to stay in the Premier League but for the fans as it’s a London derby.
“We’ve been chatting among ourselves about how we loved keepie uppie when we were kids and I reckon we’re going to show how good we are at that again by keeping QPR up.”
Ferdinand and team-mates Shaun Wright-Phillips and DJ Campbell are set to enter teams into the A Star League, designed for London youngsters to express themselves and to unearth future stars.
They will join the likes of Reading’s Mikele Leigertwood, Portsmouth’s Greg Halford, Charlton’s Bradley Wright-Phillips, who is Shaun’s brother, and QPR’s Rowan Vine in coaching teams and encouraging players to hone their skills.
Walthamstow-born Hall said: “The format is four-a-side, ring-fenced by a cage to avoid smashed windows, with a rush keeper. Defenders are called stoppers, midfielders are generals and strikers are shooters.
“I started A Star a couple of years ago with Andy Johnson. At the moment, it’s taken around London suburbs but we plan to make it national and have a professional league.
“We’re hoping someone might want to sponsor our schools programme as we’ve had a great reception at the ones we’ve visited.
“A lot of Premier League players, such as Andy Carroll, Leighton Baines, Leon Best, Emile Heskey and Micah Richards, to name a few, have supported it. For a while, when some of the boys scored in Premier League games, they’d celebrate by showing an A sign with their hands.
“Leon scored for Newcastle against us this season and I was sitting on the bench as a sub. He ran over, showing me the A Star sign.
“I had to tell him, ‘Leon, it’s not a good idea to do that when you’ve scored against my team!’”
Ferdinand believes playing street ball the A Star way will allow youngsters to follow a similar path of he and his brother Rio from their Peckham roots to the big-time.
He said: “I sometimes watch the kids in Peckham playing on the streets. It reminds me of my youth. A Star street ball is the best because it’s about skills and I still laugh when someone gets ‘bent up’ — twisted inside out.
“Rio and I used to play against each other. I usually beat him at headers and volleys. We were both bad losers.
“There are too many ‘no ball’ signs stopping kids play. We didn’t have much space either but made do. The fact we had a ball was the only thing that mattered.”
Winger Shaun Wright-Phillips remembers his own journey from the South London streets to a career that has taken in Manchester City, Chelsea, England and QPR.
He and his brother Bradley had sneaky games while popping to the shop for their mum.
He said: “A visit to the shop would take 10 minutes but Bradley and I took a ball with us and would be gone for an hour. We played on the concrete with our bikes as posts.
“And most of the skills we use today were born on the streets of Brockley.
“That’s why A Star is great as youngsters should go back out there and do what we did. Someone may be watching and be the right person in the right place at the right time.”
Hall, now fit after niggling injuries, is partnered in the project by fellow co-founders Ken Bonsu and Ronnie Wilson.
And he said: “I wanted to get kids off the streets — or on the streets if you like — rather than committing crime!”
Striker DJ Campbell added: “Football’s culture is from the streets — getting chased down the road when you kick a ball into someone’s garden or your mum yelling at you to come home but you insist on one more game of World Cup.
“I always had dreams of playing in the Prem. If you have talent, you can make it. That’s why A Star is great. I stopped playing for a year, got a job, ended up in non-league and didn’t get my big break with Birmingham until I was 25.
“Now I’m playing for the club I supported as a boy.”
TO find out more about A Star and to enquire about joining, visit Facebook.com/astarleague and astarleague.com or follow on Twitter @AStarLeague (The Sun)