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Monday, April 30, 2012

QPR Report: BlackMonday...Chelsea...QPR's Terrible Away Record: Even Worse Under Mark Hughes

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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



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.


GUARDIAN - Dominic Fifield

Fernando Torres in hat-trick heaven as Chelsea make QPR feel the heat

Roman Abramovich had been missing at the Camp Nou, the oligarch absent as Chelsea so defied the odds to eliminate Barcelona and progress to the Champions League final. Yet, restored to his private box high in the west stand here, he still ended his week being treated to something exceptional. The high-fives clapped with those guests sharing the plush seats signified the moment Fernando Torres, the 50m forward turned folly, came good.

The locals had long been waiting for the Torres who had scorched defences during his time at Liverpool to revel in a Chelsea shirt. Now they may just believe that the forward, for all his travails since swapping Anfield for Stamford Bridge 15 months ago, has found form at the ideal moment. This team might have competed more coherently for the Premier League had the 28-year-old been this incisive all term. They could still claim the European Cup and FA Cup if the striker can summon displays this blistering from now on in.

Victory here thrust Chelsea back into contention for a top-four finish, particularly with Newcastle to visit south-west London on Wednesday night, for all that it was achieved against opponents whose defending was so feeble as to invite a thrashing. Torres and his supply line, the sublime Juan Mata principal among them, felt like flat track bullies with this a mismatch from the moment the visitors were breached in the opening 45 seconds. Chelsea had not previously won a league derby this season. They broke that duck by registering their best ever victory over these local rivals.

QPR teeter on the brink, though Chelsea will hardly care. This team's momentum builds with every contest, the squad inspired as players compete for places in two cup final lineups. The lack of a fit and available centre-half to partner John Terry went unnoticed as Jos Bosingwa stepped in adeptly.

In the latter stages, Sam Hutchinson was even granted his first senior appearance in two years since when he has retired through injury and returned to the game with the home crowd a permanent hubbub of celebration, even if their greatest acclaim was reserved for Torres. This was his first hat-trick since September 2009, the confidence of old visibly flooding back with each skip into space beyond dawdling defenders. Mata supplied him early possession and he delighted in his compatriot's delivery, yet QPR were so porous that the forward was supplied from all angles. Salomon Kalou's delicious angled pass, cutting out Taye Taiwo and Clint Hill, set the tone with Torres collecting, gliding round Paddy Kenny and finishing with calm authority. This was the instinctive Torres of a few years ago, rather than the player who had rather fretted at times when sent clear wearing Chelsea blue.

He was irrepressible thereafter, slamming in his side's fourth in the opening 25 minutes after Nedum Onuoha had headed against Kenny with the ball squirming loose. Chances had been passed up before Mata liberated the striker just after the hour- mark, the finish precise inside the far post to complete the treble. Abramovich's reaction was replicated all around the ground while the QPR players hung their heads.

Their lack of any defensive discipline had made this humiliation inevitable. A sixth successive away defeat they have not prevailed on their travels since November has left them precarious again. Even if they beat Stoke at Loftus Road on Sunday 6 May, they may need to pluck some kind of reward from Manchester City on the season's final afternoon. That already feels unlikely. They were prised apart at will. Daniel Sturridge had curled the hosts ahead in the opening minute, Kenny perhaps unsighted by Frank Lampard, with the substitute Florent Malouda registering the sixth. Djibril Ciss�'s consolation went almost unnoticed amid the glut.

Lost, too, was the reward chiselled by Terry in the game's opening exchanges. He had crunched a header beyond Kenny to extend Chelsea's early lead, the captain duly trotting off to the corner flag to pat, rather than thump, the badge on his chest and offer his hands out to the crowd as if accepting he had done wrong.

The apologetic reaction was for his dismissal in midweek, an idiotic red card that will cost him his place in Munich. He had used his programme notes to express a sense of regret. "I'm big enough to come out and man up when I make a mistake and, clearly, I made a mistake," he wrote.

Other issues clouded this occasion, chiefly the reality that Terry went face to face with Anton Ferdinand again here with his trial for allegedly racially abusing the QPR defender due to take place in July. There were boos from each set of fans for the opposition's centre-back over the course of the match, and the only visitors to shake Terry's hand were Joey Barton at the toss and the coach Marc Bircham in the aftermath. By then, the retreating captain could be satisfied in victory. For QPR, the ramifications of a horrible defeat are more troubling.

Man of the match Fernando Torres (Chelsea)


01 Kenny

Queens Park Rangers

  • 03 Hill
  • 34 Taiwo
  • 35 Ferdinand
  • 42 Onuoha
  • 04 Derry
  • 14 Buzsaky (Traore - 66' )
  • 17 Barton Booked
  • 12 Mackie
  • 23 Cisse
  • 52 Zamora (Wright-Phillips - 78' )


  • 24 Cerny
  • 06 Gabbidon
  • 13 Traore
  • 18 Young
  • 32 Wright-Phillips
  • 09 Campbell
  • 21 Smith  

QPR's TERRIBLE AWAY RECORD - Even Worse Under Mark Hughes!

QPR Away Results this season. Now obviously stats can lie. Or results don't + performance. But overall, statistically seems our home record (results) have improved under Hughes. A lot. And our away record has declined. (This with various additional players). And our first two away wins were largely with last season's team...



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)




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


The Sun - Justin Allen

QPR will stay up coz they r street fighters

WORD ON THE STREET ... Anton Ferdinand, Fitz Hall, DJ Campbell and Shaun Wright-Philips

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)

Confirmation that Former QPR Chairman Gianni Paladini Was Interested in Watford

  Watford's current owner, Laurence Bassini denied to the Watford Observer that he's looking to sell the Football club.  The Watford Observer writes"  Reports of interest from an Italian consortium and investors started back in February. Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo, former QPR chairman Gianni Paladini and ex-Watford boss Gianluca Vialli have all been mentioned as potential investors.
     Bassini stated he has never spoken to anyone from Udinese and when it came to Paladini, he confirmed the Italian had shown an interest in buying Watford several months ago but the Hornets owner said he was not interested ..."Watford Observer


- On this past Thursday's QPR London Call In, asked about QPR Fan Forums (the last one held five years ago), QPR CEO Philip Beard said there should and would be Fan Forums. (The exact comments can be heard some 25 minutes into the broadcast."  QPR London Call In (April 26)

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