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Monday, August 20, 2012

QPR Report Monday: Watch QPR Train...Swansea...On This Day: 6,343 See QPR's 1966/67 Season Got Under Way...Year Ago: Win at Everton (Also on this Day: Frank Sibley Managerial Debut and Kevin Gallen Playing Debut)


True Then. True Now!

- On This Day, QPR's 1966-67 Season Got under way, with 6,343 at Lotfus Road to see QPR Draw 2-2 at Home to Shrewsbury (Les Allen & Rodney Marsh scoring for QPR)
 Springett - Watson Sibley Hunt Hazell - Lazarus Collins, Keen, R. Morgan -Allen Marsh

- See the Truly-Brilliant Bushman Photo Archives for more Old QPR


QPR Open Training Day Today

Open training session at Loftus Road today. Come along and see Mark Hughes put the R's players through their paces. 
    Doors open at 10.00am at Loftus Road with the training session starting at approximately 11.00am  

Various Pre-Season Premiership Previews (Including QPR)

Courtesy of Manchester City - Stats on Every player at Every club in Every Game in the Premiershiphe New MCFC Stat Site


Watch the squad train at Loftus Road TODAY ...

EVER WANTED to know what goes on at a QPR training session?

Well, today (Monday) R’s fans of all ages will get the chance to find out at Loftus Road.

The club is opening its doors to the QPR faithful for a special one-off open training session, as Mark Hughes put his players through their paces after our annual photo-shoot in W12.

The gates to the Paddocks will be open from 10.00am, allowing Rangers fans to see the official team photo being snapped, before the training session starts shortly after at 11.00am.

Admission is free for all Season Ticket holders, with a £2 charge for non Season Ticket holders with proceeds going to QPR in the Community Trust.

The training session will last for approximately one hour, at which stage fans will depart Loftus Road.

The QPR Superstore will be open throughout the day, so why not come along and see the new-look Rangers train before popping along to the shop to buy something from the new range of products available!

Come on you R's! 



Photos from QPR vs Swansea


Swansea's hammering of QPR shows depth of task ahead for Mark Hughes

• Poor start undermines pledge to avoid relegation battle
• 'This season is not going to be plain sailing'

Sachin Nakrani at Loftus Road
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 19 August 2012 18.00 EDT [/b]

The wider world may have missed it, but amid the bedlam caused by Manchester City's dramatic title win on the final day of last season, two statements of intent were made. The first, of course, came from City themselves, while the other arrived from the losing manager at the Etihad Stadium, Mark Hughes, as he reflected on Queens Park Rangers' narrow escape from relegation.

"We will never be in this situation again while I am manager," said the Welshman. "We don't want to be involved at this end of the league again and it won't happen." It was a bold claim and one that offered itself for re-examination following QPR's 5-0 defeat to Swansea, the second time in successive seasons the west London club have suffered an opening-day mauling on home turf.

It is too early to be speaking of QPR as relegation candidates, but it appears that despite signing eight players during the summer, three of whom – Fábio da Silva, Park Ji-sung and, most recently, José Bosingwa – are Premier League winners, this remains a side lacking in top-level nous and craft. They were woefully open against Swansea and after initially creating some decent chances they appeared to run out of ideas in attack with Djibril Cissé, deployed as a lone striker in a 4-1-4-1 formation, a peripheral figure throughout.

"Now is the time to be aware that this season is not going to be plain sailing," said Hughes afterwards. "We can't drift into 10 or 12 games until that realisation hits us. We'll obviously tap into that experience from last season when we left it late to escape. No one at this club expects us to be struggling this year."

Of that there is no doubt, and credit must be given to the QPR supporters, who arrived at Loftus Road in expectant mood but did not turn on their side despite seeing them wilt in the searing August heat. Sat among the crowd was the QPR chairman, Tony Fernandes, who, a year after taking over the club, looked less than pleased with what he was seeing but has also given his backing to the team and their manager. "That was a pretty poor anniversary. But I remain positive," he tweeted. "I have a fantastic relationship with Mark Hughes. He will fix this."

In fairness to Hughes, the side he put out was always likely to lack cohesion given that it contained four new faces with a fifth, Andrew Johnson, coming on as a late substitute. Bosingwa was unavailable for selection but is likely to feature against Norwich on Saturday when, with a week's reflection and further preparation behind them, QPR should perform better.

In Michael Laudrup's first match in charge Swansea were excellent, combining the passing principles that saw them finish 11th under Brendan Rodgers last season with a more ruthless streak.

It would have been particularly encouraging for Laudrup to see the three new signings who started against QPR look so assured; the Spanish centre-back Chico Flores, the Dutch midfielder Jonathan de Guzmán and, most notably, Michu, the elegant Spanish midfielder who scored twice, the second a first-time curling shot from the edge of the area. The 26-year-old arrived from Rayo Vallecano for £2m having scored 15 goals in La Liga last season, and is shaping up to be the Premier League's bargain of the summer.

There were also positive displays from Wayne Routledge, who played a part in Swansea's first three goals, and Nathan Dyer, who also scored twice. Scott Sinclair completed the rout late on.

"He [Laudrup] is as delighted with me as I am with myself," said Michu. "He is happy the first game went well and we all now have confidence. Hopefully we can work even harder through the season to get more points."

Man of the match Michu (Swansea) Guardian

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