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"For fans, QPR are the club we love and support. QPR are not ‘a project’. QPR are not ‘a brand’. Fans are not going to switch to another, but nor do they want the club to be transmuted or transformed into something very different.
"Owners may have different views. This week, EuroMoney published a profile of QPR’s prodigiously multi-tasking chairman, Tony Fernandes. Fernandes declared: ‘QPR has enormous branding potential and has helped AirAsia tremendously.. .’
"It’s five years to the day, that then QPR chairman Flavio Briatore, who repeatedly referred to QPR as ‘a project’ said of QPR: ‘I want to create an international brand and I believe we have the possibility.’
"Fans with slightly longer memories will recall the efforts of chairman Gregory to merge QPR with Brentford; of chairman Bulstrode to merge the club with Fulham; of chairman Wright’s announcement of a merger with Wimbledon – and even chairman Paladini being forced to deny that QPR were becoming a feeder club for Chelsea...." Metro Blog
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Mesageboard and Tweet accounts of an Everton Fan being stabbed seem to be confirmed. If it was a QPR Fan, then shameful.
"....Meanwhile, an Everton fan was hospitalised with a stab wound to the chest after an altercation following the home side’s 2-0 win against QPR.
An Everton spokesman said: “We can confirm police are investigating an incident after today’s fixture following which an Everton fan required hospital treatment.” Telegraph
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HARRY: WE LOST BELIEF
R's boss bemoans 'sloppy' second half after Everton defeat ...
HARRY REDKNAPP was disappointed by QPR’s response as Everton dealt the R’s survival hopes another blow with victory on Saturday.
Darron Gibson’s deflected effort proved decisive before Victor Anichebe’s strike shortly after the midway stage ensured the points remained on Merseyside.
Redknapp admitted the Toffees’ opener was harsh on a Rangers side which, despite more than matching their hosts in the early stages, paid the price for a disappointing second-half display.
“At 0-0 I always felt we looked dangerous,” the R’s boss told www.qpr.co.uk. “I thought there were openings for us.
“I didn’t come in at half-time thinking they [Everton] had been fantastic. Our keeper didn’t have an awful lot to do.
“But once we went 1-0 down we seemed to lose a bit of belief. It was a wicked deflection.
“We weren’t the same team second half, that was our problem. We started the second half sloppy.”
Defeat at Goodison Park means the gap to safety remains seven points and Redknapp is under no illusions the R’s will need one almighty fight to remain in contention for survival.
“Staying up was always going to be difficult and it certainly hasn’t got any easier in the last few weeks," he said.
“It’s getting more and more difficult obviously but you’ve got to keep going,” he added. “You can’t give up. You’ve got to keep believing.
“We need to win a couple of games and see what happens, that’s all you can do.
“Whether it’s good enough in the end it’s going to be difficult.”
Redknapp insists there is still time for Rangers to revive hopes of retaining their top flight status but knows only maximum points will suffice when Stoke City arrive at Loftus Road next weekend.
“Every game is a must-win but we need to win four games somehow for us to have any chance [of avoiding relegation],” he added.
“It’s not going to be easy to do but while there’s games left you’ve got to believe that it can happen.”
Andy Hunter at Goodison Park
The Observer, Saturday 13 April 2013 12.11 EDT
Resignation has arrived at Queens Park Rangers. The approach of relegation was not always evident in their performance at Everton but it was clear in song. "Next year, we'll be champions" chanted the small pocket of away fans and they were not referring to their current division.
Everton comfortably won a game that had remained in the balance for only 40 minutes. The catalyst was the reaction of Rangers' players to a deflected Darron Gibson opener that paved the way for a dominant second-half display from David Moyes' European hopefuls and a deserved goal for the impressive Victor Anichebe. "Our heads dropped," Harry Redknapp said. "Once we went 1-0 down we lost belief."
The QPR manager would not accept that relegation is inevitable â€“ "What can I say? We have to keep going," he argued â€“ but he knows. Seven points from safety is surmountable but they lack the games, only five, the defensive discipline and belief to conjure a remarkable reprieve. By contrast Everton are heading into a key game at Arsenal on Tuesday with renewed resolve.
"It was always going to be difficult," said Redknapp in a telling past tense. "A third of the season was gone and we had only four points so it was never going to be easy. You take a team on at that stage that isn't yours and try to get the best out of them. But it was always going to be difficult."
The opportunity on offer at Goodison added to the torment for the visiting manager. QPR showed no immediate effect from the stoppage-time Wigan equaliser last weekend that Redknapp labelled "the cruellest last kick" of his 30 years of management. Following an immaculately observed minute's silence for the victims of Hillsborough before the 24th anniversary of the disaster, the visitors initially stood firm against a powerful Everton attack and offered a potent threat of their own. The pace of Andros Townsend was a productive outlet on the right wing, Junior Hoilett almost profited from their first attack and it took a fine save from Tim Howard to deny LoÃ¯c RÃ©my.
Rangers were vibrant on the counter-attack but their defensive resilience was stretched by the strength of Anichebe plus the improving relationship between Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman on the Everton right. JosÃ© Bosingwa endured a torrid afternoon against the Republic of Ireland defender, a 34th-minute booking for persistent misconduct encapsulating his hapless efforts.
Everton looked to hit Anichebe early and prosper from the Nigerian's impressive first touch. The striker could have opened the scoring from a Leighton Baines cross, struck powerfully at close range admittedly, but steered a diving header across JÃºlio CÃ©sar's goal. Sylvain Distin squandered a clear opening when Gibson's low drive landed at his feet seven yards from goal.
The home side sustained the pressure and broke Rangers' resistance with a goal that fulfilled the cliche of luck deserting a struggler. Everton worked an attack out to Gibson who let fly from over 25 yards. JÃºlio CÃ©sar had the shot covered only to be completely wrongfooted as it struck the inside of Clint Hill's leg and deflected into the opposite corner.
The breakthrough, and the manner of it, visibly drained QPR's confidence and desire. Everton could easily have scored another three before Anichebe doubled their advantage. QPR did not learn the lesson from an earlier Baines corner towards Distin at the far post, denied the first time by JÃºlio CÃ©sar, and when the routine was repeated the defender headed down for Anichebe to sweep in from close range.
"I remember bringing Victor on as a substitute and hearing the groans coming down from the stands," said Moyes, often alone in his faith in the forward. "But he has got all the attributes. He is a terrific player and has got all the bits that top centre-forwards have. Some of his hold-up play was terrific. The big change in him has been self-confidence." Guardian
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