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Sunday, January 06, 2013

QPR REPORT Sunday - New Training Ground?...WBA...Terry Venables Turns 70...Sousa to New York?...Holloway Praises Redknapp...Ben-Haim Abused?


- Terry Venables Turns 70...SEVENTY

- Updated: QPR's Warren Farm Training Ground Application

- Reports that QPR's Israeli International, Tal Ben-Haim the subject of anti-Semitic abuse on "Social Media."

- Redknapp Confirms that Nelsen may well be off to the United States.

   [The question to Redknapp was reportedly posed at the Press Conference by a QPR Fa
n who appears on the QPR Official broadcasts Clearly QPR Press conferences are not restricted to the Press!]

- QPR's gate yesterday vs WBA was just under 9,000. Quite a QPR Fans (including this Fan) are wondering whether the club couldn't have done more, with lower prices...Or at a minimum, given out freebies to kids to draw them in.

- The FA CUP FOURTH ROUND DRAW is today at 3:30 GMT. (Ex-QPR David Seaman one of the making the draw. QPR and WBA are #21.

- Terry Venables Turns 70...SEVENTY!

- Ex-QPR Manager, Paulo Sousa to Coach the New York Red Bulls?
- One of QPR's Chief Scouts, Stuart Webber, who joined QPR in August, has joined Wolves as "Head of Recruitment" - and a couple days later, after Wolves Axe manager, he's assisting Coaching the First Team!

- Six Years ago Today: Shabbaz Baidoo Fisted Goal gets Equalizer vs Luton in the FA Cup Third Round...Also Six Years ago: The "Bad Old Days" - QPR announce will be Playing Witney United in a Friendly (and then just "ignore" their own announcement)

- Next: Tottenham - Preview and Played for Both Teams/ Nice preview from Tottenham Fan

- Wonderful and Remarkable Gesture by Mansfield Town vs Liverpool to Honour the Hillsborough 96

- Wesley Sneijder to QPR - How a Twitter prank fooled the masses


- PHOTOS from QPR vs WBA

Observer/Paul Doyle - QPR's Kieron Dyer denies West Brom at the last to end goal drought

Perhaps sensing an opportunity to advance after each manager declared his intention to rest key players for this tie, both ultimately deployed lineups that were close to first-choice. Steve Clarke made just three changes from the team that faced Fulham in the Premier League in midweek and Harry Redknapp making retaining seven of the players who had ambushed Chelsea on Wednesday and gave a start to new signing Tal Ben Haim and the returned loanee DJ Campbell. Fit-again Park Ji-sung marked his first appearance in over two months by colliding with Zoltan Gera in the 20th minute, with the Hungarian suffering a foot injury that required him to be substituted. That was the first noteworthy incident of a match in which both teams were broadly diligent but glumly uninspired.
The visitors spent most of the first half hour coiled in their own half but sprang forward in the 33rd minute before Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku cut through the home defence with a sharp one-two. Júlio César parried Long's shot from the left, then Lukaku recovered the ball and forced the keeper into another awkward save with a shot from 18 yards.
The Belgian forced the goalkeeper into a more demanding demonstration of his agility moments later, César getting down sprightly to push away the striker's header from a James Morrison cross.
The movement of Long and Lukaku bothered the hosts intermittently. The duo were involved in the best move of the first half in the 39th minute before Lukaku laid the ball into the path of Morrison, whose sliding effort from six yards hurtled just wide.
QPR were willing but not wily. Their only shot in the first period was a 30-yard Stéphane Mbia drive that whizzed a yard over the bar.
Redknapp sought to increase the threat from his side by introducing Jay Bothroyd for his first appearance of the season and switching to a 4-4-2. Within three minutes they had created their first clear chance, with Park's cross from the right giving Campbell his first significant touch – but the striker, having found space in the area, headed over from 10 yards. The second half then subsided back into the torpor of the first, offering little to entertain a crowd of just under 9,000.
The boisterous travelling fans were finally rewarded for keeping everyone awake with their signing when their team edged in front in the 79th minute. It was a suitably scrappy goal, Long profiting from a slack pass by substitute Nedum Onuoha and shooting into the net from 12 yards with the aid of a deflection.
Avoiding a replay might have seemed an act of mercy for fans, and possibly both managers, QPR's players seemed eager to finish a positive week on something of a high and Dyer ensured they did when he raced on the through ball to rifle a shot underneath Boaz Myhill.  Guardian


Harry credits team for 'hanging in there'

I was pleased the lads kept battling away. We hung in there."
Harry Redknapp
R’S GAFFER Harry Redknapp credited his QPR side for ‘hanging in there’ against West Bromwich Albion, as Kieron Dyer’s late, late equaliser salvaged a draw for Rangers in the FA Cup.

Dyer fired Rangers level in added time, cancelling out Shane Long’s effort, to ensure Redknapp’s men remain in the Cup ahead of the fourth round draw on Sunday.

“It was important we didn’t get beat,” Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk, “because losing is a bad habit.

“I was pleased the lads kept battling away. We hung in there.

“Maybe the Chelsea game knocked a bit out of a few of the lads – one or two looked tired – but credit to them, they kept going.

“It keeps that momentum going from Chelsea and hopefully we can continue that against Tottenham.”

Redknapp made changes for the visit of the Baggies, with DJ Campbell and Tal Ben Haim starting and Jay Bothroyd coming off the bench at half-time.

“Today gave me a chance to look at one or two,” said Redknapp.

“It was difficult. A few of the lads haven’t played for the club for a long while, so it was never going to be easy.”

On goalscorer Dyer, Redknapp added: “I’m pleased for Kieron.

“It was important for him to get 90 minutes under his belt.

“He’s had a lot of injuries and it was great to see him back on the scoresheet today.”  QPR


Hoop dreams: I thought QPR were a sinking ship, but Harry's given me hope

6 Jan 2013 07:30

Beating Chelsea away on Wednesday was the result of the season so far - every Rangers player and ­fan will believe anything is now ­possible
The incredibles? Keeping QPR up will be Redknapp's greatest achievement The incredibles? Keeping QPR up will be Redknapp's greatest achievement
Ian Walton

Harry Redknapp has achieved some incredible things as a football manager.

But if he keeps Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League, it will top the lot.

I both played and managed at Loftus Road, so QPR will always be special to me.

And I can say, hand on heart, that before Harry came to the rescue, I thought Rangers were in a mess and heading for ­certain relegation.

Too many players had been signed on big wages much too quickly. If you parachute a dozen new people into any business that already has 20 or so loyal employees then you are asking for trouble.

And success in ­football has always been about evolution rather than revolution.

I’ve got to say that when Rangers appointed ­Redknapp, I thought they were already doomed. But beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night was the ­result of the season so far.

Now I’ve got hope for my old club. And, more ­importantly, every QPR player and ­supporter will believe that anything is now ­possible.

Rangers have never been flash.

They are based in Steptoe & Son territory and the fans want honest ­players who ­represent what the club is all about rather than a bunch Champagne Charlies.

Harry has started knocking the ­players he inherited into shape.

They already look more ­organised and motivated.

And playing Adel Taarabt as a central striker and freeing him of any defensive duties was a tactical ­masterstroke.

There’s still plenty of work to do between now and the end of the season, of course. But if Rangers stay up it will confirm that football has its own Harry Houdini.

Redknapp kept Portsmouth in the top-flight against the odds and then won the FA Cup for Pompey.

He guided Tottenham into the Champions League ­playing a brand of football that was as good as anything the Premier League has seen.

Transforming QPR would beat them all....


- Five Years ago Yesterday - and 39 Years Ago Yesterday QPR Travelled to Chelsea in the Third Round of the FA Cup

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