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Redknapp: Improved Rangers can stay up
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The lacklustre Whites survived a number of first-half scares to go in level at the break. But second-half strikes by Adel Taarabt meant substitute Mladen Petric’s late effort proved meaningless.
The Whites were backed by a strong away contingent, but Fulham gave them little to shout about and Jol said: “We should have played better for the supporters. But we didn’t take the initiative. I don’t think we deserved anything today.
“We’re very disappointed with our style of play. If you don’t concede you have a result. I can complain about the goals but, especially first half, we never earned the right to use our quality.
“We didn’t get the ball to our quality players and we looked a bit rigid, a bit static. I don’t think it’s attitude or application – our intentions were good – but we didn’t get in the flow. QPR were first to the ball all the time. Every ball we played forward was intercepted. They had a bit of quality as well.
“They had Taarabt today and you need to do something special. But we gave him the opportunity to shine and that is irritating. Football is simple, but we couldn’t do the simple things. We couldn’t play in the flow.”
Jol made just one change to his starting XI from the side that defeated Newcastle United 2-1 on Saturday. But it was a shadow of the performance that the Whites produced in the clash with the Magpies.
“Dimitar Berbatov did well in spells but he can’t do it all on his own,” said Jol. “I gave 10 out of the 11 players who started on Monday night a chance but too many players were not there. We had five or six players who weren’t as well as they could be. These are players who can dictate games.
“The second goal for example, was a mistimed tackle, so it was very cheap. And the first was a deflection. We tried to get in their half but our passing was sloppy and they could break us.”
One plus for Fulham was the impact a substitute made once again – this time Petric stepping off the bench to score late on to give Fulham a glimmer of hope.
“It wasn’t far away at the end,” mused Jol. “Every time we try to do something with a substitution, something happens. And it happened again today.”
But there were further blows for the Whites on a miserable afternoon at Loftus Road. Sascha Riether was replaced at half-time after suffering a back injury, while Steve Sidwell picked up a fifth yellow card of the season to sustain a one-match ban and rule himself out of Saturday’s trip to Liverpool.
“We’ll have to assess Riether but he had a problem with his back,” stated Jol. “He couldn’t go on after half-time. We have to play against Liverpool and Sidwell was booked so we will have to come up with a scenario. Bryan Ruiz is out as well which is not what you need but we will want to show what we can do.” Fulham
WEST LONDON SPORT Superb Taarabt gives QPR first victory
Subs not used: Etheridge, Senderos, Karagounis, Dejagah, Kacaniklic.
Queens Park Rangers stop the rot as Adel Taarabt's double downs Fulha
"Yeah we deserved it," he purred, "we were the better team. It would have been a travesty if we'd conceded another goal in that last hectic couple of minutes ... psychologically the players must have been feeling: 'Oh my god,' when they got their goal, 'is an equaliser going to come here?' – you know? It was very difficult for me watching those last four minutes. But the players hung in there and we got what we deserved."
They certainly did. Fulham, seemingly jaded from a rare league win after turning the game around against Newcastle on Monday night, were lacklustre. So when Adel Taarabt, that capricious magician, put two past the visitors in the second half, there was a sense that Martin Jol's side would struggle to respond. Redknapp eulogised over the Moroccan star, "fantastic ability, amazing today", crediting Taarabt's performance to a reshuffle in the team formation.
"I decided I had to get him in a position where he wants to play," said Redknapp . "He's been playing out on the left, but today I put him in the hole off the front man, tried to get him between the lines, between their midfield and their back four, pop up in them positions, play little balls in them holes to him – and every time we got him on the ball they were in trouble."
It was indeed Taarabt who sparked the game into life, after a first half in which a sole goalscoring opportunity – a back-flick from Djibril Cissé to Jamie Mackie – constituted the half-time highlights package.
There had been tangible energy and drive from the QPR players from the outset, but as the clock ticked on, and they failed to convert their chances, self-doubt began to creep in, accompanied by loud choruses of "Stand up if you've won a game" from the away fans, to which there was no riposte.
The opening minutes of the second half snoozed along, with Fulham seemingly happy to coast, but all credit to Taarabt, he had other ideas. The 23-year-old winger popped up with a sensational strike – albeit with a deflection off Brede Hangeland – that proved the game changer.
Suddenly QPR had their mojo back. Minutes later, Cissé almost doubled the lead, curving the ball just inches wide of the far post, before sinking to his knees and roaring angrily at the football gods lurking in the night sky. He need not have worried, though, for Taarabt had inspiration enough for a second goal, running almost the length of the pitch, to double QPR's lead.
Fulham halved the deficit after substitute Mladen Petric sent a looping ball towards goal – which took a deflection off Alejandro Faurlín – to give Fulham hope, and, in the dying minutes of the game, the tempo suddenly became frantic. Mark Schwarzer scooped a fantastic diving header from Cissé out of the goalmouth, while the home fans could hardly bear to watch as Fulham were given a free kick on the edge of the area.
At the finale, Jol was left feeling deflated. Unimpressed with the suggestion that QPR simply worked harder for it, the Fulham manager insisted his side should have more quality than simply being undone by the opposition's legwork. "We couldn't do the simple things, we couldn't play in a flow. I want them to play in a flow, with little combinations. Maybe Berbatov [did it] in spells, but he can't do it on his own. I wanted to give 10 of the 11 players who did it last week [the opportunity] to do it again, but it was not there."
For QPR, a run of four games unbeaten – and the club finally off the bottom of the table – signals a chance of a renaissance. But success may depend on what happens in the January transfer window, while losing Taarabt to the Africa Cup of Nations adds more complications. Guardian
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Taarabt celebrated wildly, getting booked for his efforts, but the goal brought the game — and the home supporters — to life.
Djibril Cisse curled a shot just wide of the far post on the hour before Taarabt scored again, running at the Fulham defence in the 68th minute before curling a shot into the far corner of the goal with the outside of his boot.
“Taraabt was amazing,” said Redknapp. “He has fantastic ability and talent, and today I decided to play him in the hole behind the front man. Every time he got the ball Fulham were in trouble.”
Fulham were a shadow of the side who beat Newcastle last Monday. “Too many players were not there today,” said Martin Jol. “We were too static.”
His side finally found the net when substitute Mladen Petric shot into the far corner in the 88th minute to set up a tense finale. Schwarzer made a superb save to keep out Cisse’s header, while Robert Green saved from Petric in the dying seconds. Moments later, Loftus Road was in raptures as QPR’s supporters celebrated that first win of the season — and a precious three points.
“We deserved it and it would have been a travesty if we hadn’t won,” said Redknapp, who has masterminded three draws and a win since taking over last month. “If we get six points from every four games we will stay up.” But they will be without Taarabt if he is called up for next month’s African Cup of Nations. “There is nothing we can do about it if he is selected,” added the manager. Telegraph
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QPR Club Directory - of Seven Years Ago
QPR OFFICIAL SITE
Chairman - Gianni Paladini
Non-executive Directors - Carlos Dunga, Franco Zanotti, Olga Paladini, Antonio Caliendo
Manager - Ian Holloway
First Team Coaches - Tim Breacker, Gary Waddock, Gary Penrice, Tony Roberts Physiotherapist - Prav MathemaAssistant Physiotherapist - Bobby Bacic
Fitness Coach - Scott RushtonHead of Youth - Joe Gallen
Head of Youth Recruitment - John O'Brien
Club Secretary - Sheila Marson
Commercial & Marketing Manager - Mike Pink [NB: Actually joined Wembley Stadium Nov 25]
Box Office Manager - Jenny Elliott
Community Scheme Manager - Andy Evans
Sales Administration Manager - Geraldine Field 020 8740 2588 email@example.com
New Media Manager - Billy Rice
Press & Publications Manager - Jackie Bass: 020 8740 2536 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies Football - Martino Chevannes
AND LAST Season in January AFTER AXED WARNOCK and Hughes First Game (LOSS)
1 (1) Manchester City 20 15 3 2 56 16 40 48
2 (2) Manchester United 21 15 3 3 52 20 32 48
3 (3) Tottenham Hotspur 21 14 4 3 39 21 18 46
4 (4) Chelsea 21 12 4 5 40 25 15 40
5 (5) Arsenal 21 11 3 7 38 31 7 36
6 (7) Newcastle United 21 10 6 5 30 25 5 36
7 (6) Liverpool 21 9 8 4 24 18 6 35
8 (8) Stoke City 21 8 6 7 22 31 -9 30
9 (9) Norwich City 21 7 7 7 32 36 -4 28
10 (13) Swansea City 21 6 8 7 23 25 -2 26
11 (10) Everton 21 7 4 10 21 25 -4 25
12 (11) Sunderland 21 6 6 9 27 24 3 24
13 (12) Aston Villa 21 5 9 7 23 27 -4 24
14 (14) Fulham 21 5 8 8 23 29 -6 23
15 (15) West Bromwich Albion 21 6 4 11 20 30 -10 22
16 (16) Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 4 6 11 23 37 -14 18
17 (17) Blackburn Rovers 21 4 5 12 32 44 -12 17
18 (18) Queens Park Rangers 21 4 5 12 19 36 -17 17
19 (19) Bolton Wanderers 21 5 1 15 25 46 -21 16
20 (20) Wigan Athletic 20 3 6 11 18 41 -23 15