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Thursday, September 27, 2012

QPR Report Thursday: Yet Another QPR Cup Loss...Flashbacks: QPR Name Change? QPR Deny Any Discussion...Leon Jeanne Missing...Gregory on Waddock's QPR Future...John Delve Birthday

- Photos from Last Night


- Ex-QPR, John Delve, Enters His Sixtieth Year!

- 12 Years Ago, Today: QPR Manager, Gerry Francis Discussing the Missing-for-a-week, Leon Jeanne and his questionable QPR Future

Six Year Flashback: John Gregory Talking about Gary Waddock's Role Under Gregory

- Shaun Derry Prepared to go out on Loan

Four Year Flashback - QPR Name Change? QPR Official Denial

Daily Mail/Charles Sale - September 27, 2008-
QPC is definitely a move too far, Flavio

The super-rich owners of London Championship team QPR have been discussing
changing the name of the club to Queens Park City in order to emphasis its location in the capital.
Renault boss Flavio Briatore, in Singapore preparing his Formula One team for the first night grand prix this weekend, has been openly debating the idea with friends in football and motor racing.
But Rangers fans, already not happy about the huge hike in prices at Loftus Road which has seen the introduction of the first £50 ticket in the Championship this season, won’t be impressed with losing a club name that has been in existence since 1887. The team was called St Jude’s for its first two years.
Nor will Briatore and his billionaire co-owners, Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal, whose combined wealth makes QPR currently the second richest club in the country behind Manchester City, find the Football League in agreement. Commercial motives for name changes are not approved in the lower divisions or the Premier League.
Briatore has also made public that the three owners, who easily have the resources to buy their way out of the Championship, would prefer to fine-tune their football vehicle outside the top flight and bide their time in reaching the top flight, especially in the current state of flux with club ownership. Daily Mail

September 27, 2008
QPR Statement - No Name Change Name Even Discussed

Following a report in one of today's national newspapers, titled 'QPC is definitely a move too far, Flavio,' QPR Holdings Ltd Chairman Flavio Briatore has issued the following statement:
"This is pure fabrication and I don't know where the story has come from. I haven't spoken to anybody about this subject.
"I don't know the journalist, but I know the story is totally untrue and we will be contacting our lawyers to pursue this matter further.
"I can categorically deny that there is any truth in this article."
The Club will be making no further comment. QPR

Loss to Reading

Reading Official Site -"We found our identity"

23:44 26th September 2012

Brian's reaction to fantastic win
Royals boss Brian McDermott shared in the delight of the 1,495 travelling fans in celebrating a 3-2 cup win over QPR at Loftus Road this evening.

"It was a great night," he began. "We talked a lot about the identity of our team and this week has been a case of stripping us back to what we're about.

"I think you saw what we are about in the very first two or three minutes of the game, the way we closed down, the tempo of our game, everything we did.

"Nicky's goal was terrific, Sean Morrison's block on Cisse's shot at the end was one of the highlights of the night, Jimmy Kebe was exceptional for our team tonight - it was great to have him back.

"All our players worked really, really hard all night and I'm so proud of them.

"We lost our identity a bit in the last two games, but tonight we got it back.

The Royals twice came from behind to secure progression into the last sixteen of the competition; goals from Kaspars Gorkss, Nicky Shorey and Pavel Pogrebnyak earned Reading a home tie against Arsenal in the next round.

"Whatever the outcome of the game tonight, I would have been proud of our players.

"It's about results. I'm not stupid. But having said that, the performances have to be there.

"Whatever team we put out, has to be a 'Reading' team. That's important.

"I feel we've let our fans down a little bit in the last two games and I hate doing that.

"So tonight has been a good night for our fans - and that's who we play for.

"The boys are feeling good now, but We move on quickly after a win, a draw or a loss. So it's all about producing a performance against Newcastle on Saturday." Reading


R's gaffer shares his views following Reading defeat ...

We got ourselves into two winning positions and I expected us to take the game away from Reading but we were unable to do that"
Mark Hughes
QPR MANAGER Mark Hughes gave a frank assessment of his team’s performance as the R’s crashed out of the Capital One Cup tonight, losing 3-2 to Reading at Loftus Road.

Rangers twice took the lead, firstly through Junior Hoilett and then Djibril Cisse, but the visitors levelled with a Kaspars Gorkss header and Nicky Shorey free-kick, before Pavel Pogrebnyak grabbed a late winner.

“We are obviously disappointed to go out of the competition because it was one we were keen to progress in,” Hughes told www.qpr.co.uk.

“We got ourselves into two winning positions and I expected us to take the game away from Reading but we were unable to do that.

“They got their first equaliser very quickly after we scored, and it does seem to be a problem at the moment that after we score we find it difficult to react in the appropriate way.

“But even after they got their second equaliser, albeit with a fantastic free-kick, I still felt we were the stronger team. 

“A few of their players were going down with cramp and I think had it gone to extra-time we would have been in the better position to go on and win the game.

“As it was, they were able to benefit from a number of consecutive errors on our part to score their third goal. It should never have happened, we afforded Pogrebnyak far too much space four yards from goal and he took advantage.”

The Royals’ direct approach seemed to cause Rangers difficulty, and Hughes admitted: “Tonight was a different type of test for us, Reading were quite physical and put us under pressure throughout.

“At key moments in the game we didn’t do the right things and it ended up costing us.”

Hughes was able to draw positives from another impressive opening 45 minutes, however, adding: “I was pleased with the first half.

“We were expansive and got the ball out wide but we didn’t get enough crosses into the box when we got into good wide areas.

“Overall, though, we are extremely disappointed because this is a tournament we wanted to progress in.”

Midfielder Ale Faurlin limped out of the action on 88 minutes, but Hughes was quick to dispel fears that the Argentinian could be sidelined for any length of time.

“Ale took a knock but it is nothing serious,” he said. “We had to take him off as a precaution.”


Reading hit back to overcome QPR and advance in Capital One Cup

Dominic Fifield at Loftus Road

At first glance Pavel Pogrebnyak can appear a brute of a forward, all muscular presence and awkward upper body strength to batter opponents mercilessly into submission. Yet Queens Park Rangers, a club so craving a victory over top-flight opposition, have now twice fallen victim to his incongruously delicate touch.

The home side were still coming to terms with surrendering a lead late on here when Jay Tabb and Noel Hunt combined in the penalty area and the Russian back-heeled the Irishman's skewed pass subtly, almost casually, beyond Júlio César. It was a cute conversion, the Brazilian aghast and on his knees as the ball dribbled inside the post. The home fans' misery was sustained even after Pogrebnyak's thumped penalty was saved in stoppage time. Perhaps he should have clipped that nonchalantly, too.

The miss did not matter with a home tie against Arsenal secured in the fourth round, an occasion the former Zenit St Petersburg and Stuttgart striker will relish. Pogrebnyak has looked the part in English football since arriving initially with Fulham in January and the 28-year-old Muscovite has already celebrated a winner at Loftus Road after scoring here for the Cottagers back in February. Here was another to cherish.

"It was a terrific finish," acknowledged Brian McDermott after a sequence of three defeats to Premier League teams had been halted and his own side looked more like that which had sprinted to promotion last term. "In the last two games, against Spurs and West Brom, we haven't performed to our level, so we needed to rediscover our 'identity'. We needed to strip the team back to what we're about. Our tempo's been slow, we haven't created chances, but we did that tonight."

Their comeback was startling. QPR had been the more urgent and creative side for long periods, chiselling out two leads amid their profligacy only to surrender each as sloppiness gripped before the home support's celebrations could even recede. Junior Hoilett's opener had been brilliantly crafted, the Canadian scuttling away from Adrian Mariappa and Sam Cummings before fizzing his finish across Alex McCarthy and into the far corner. Djibril Cissé's second was just as spectacular, the Frenchman collecting 20 yards out, fluffing an attempt to pass wide right and, instead, thrashing a shot from distance that flew beyond McCarthy.

Had some of the other good opportunities been taken – McCarthy blocked well from Jamie Mackie and Cissé – QPR might still have forced their way into the fourth round for the second time in 16 years. Yet Kaspars Gorkss, back at the club for whom he had played 124 times, powered home a fine header to secure an equaliser within two minutes of Hoilett's first Rangers goal. Nicky Shorey's glorious late free-kick, arced from 25 yards to clip the bar and bounce in with César flummoxed, was plucked from a tie QPR felt they had already won. "We thought we'd done enough," said Mark Hughes. He was horribly wrong.

His own side will continue to struggle while they remain this prone to implosion, even if he could point to new personnel settling into a makeshift back-line here, the imposing Stéphane Mbia ending his debut by flooring Pogrebnyak for the penalty. Yet their chief regret may be to be denied the fillip their campaign desperately needs. The winning goal rather summed up the chaos that can flare in their back-line. "We're conceding poor goals," added Hughes. "There was too much space and too many errors to allow the lad to back-heel a finish in the six-yard box." The finish was still sublime, with the Royals resplendent. Guardian

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