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Sunday, March 23, 2014

#QPR-#Middlesbrough....Zamora's Goal...Lauding Rodney Marsh and Mike Keen: This Day in 1968: Crucial Promotion Game with Blackpool...Robbie James (RIP) & Gary Penrice Birthday


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Zamora's  QPR Goal makes top US Sports Blog - "Goalkeeper Blows Game With Enormous Boner In Added Time"  (Video)

- On This Day in 1968: QPR Crucial Promotion Game vs Blackpool...

Geoffrey Greene (The Brian Glanville of his Day)

"...As for Marsh himself he remains the individualist and the entertainer he will always be. Hooked up a number of times in full artistic flow he always managed to turn the ire of others to laughter in the fluent manner of his falling. He should be a tumbler or a clown in a circus.

Let as a footballer he is no clown. He may not suit the planners or those who worship method. But he makes the crowd purr and it was now only the howling gale, two great saves by Taylor and those illegal last ditch obstructions that kept him out of the score line.

But if Marsh raises the cry of "Rod-ney, Rod-ney!" from the terraces, the steady pulse of this Rangers` side beats in their captain, Keen. Unhurried, long legged, deep thinking and one-paced not unlike Crerand, of Manchester United - he prods his men on week after week from no man`s land. Quiet but keen, he is well named."

- Waddock Appointed Oxford United Manager

- Flashback 5 Years: Chairman Briatore on Sousa's Future at QPR

- Birthdays for Robbie James (RIP) and Gary Penrice

MIRROR/Dave Kidd - QPR boss Harry Redknapp faced an angry backlash from players after bungling Sheffield Wednesday travel plans

Richard Dunne and Bobby Zamora are understood to be among players who travelled separately from the rest of the team

Michael ReganQueens Park Strangers: Some of the players travelled separately
Harry Redknapp is facing growing opposition from inside QPR amid criticism of the team’s preparations for last Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, according to sources.

Club insiders say the Rangers boss suffered a player backlash after making the unusual decision to allow his men the option of either travelling to Sheffield by team bus on Monday or of heading up by train on the morning of the match.

The issue is believed to have come to a head in the dressing room at Hillsborough when players reacted to Redknapp’s post-match criticism by voicing anger at what they saw as poor travel arrangements and ­preparation for the game.

Redknapp’s grip on power has become increasingly tenuous since Sunday Mirror Sport revealed a fortnight ago that he will leave Loftus Road by mutual consent this summer if the club fail to win promotion to the Premier League. The 67-year-old travelled to ­Sheffield by train on the morning of the match with the majority of his team – although around six of them, including Richard Dunne and Bobby Zamora, had gone by up coach the previous day.

Michael Regan
Players including Bobby Zamora travelled separately to the match
The rest of the players met either at the club’s Harlington training ground on Tuesday morning or at St Pancras station for the train journey.

Club insiders say that when Redknapp ripped into them after the defeat, he received an angry response from some players.

Owner Tony Fernandes is determined not to sack Redknapp before the end of the season, despite a sharp slump in form which has seen their automatic ­promotion hopes vanish.

But other directors are believed to have advised him to remove Redknapp sooner rather than later.

QPR recently announced losses of £64.5million for last season’s Premier League relegation campaign. Under fair-play rules, they could face a huge fine if promoted back to the top flight or a transfer embargo should they remain in the Football League.

Many Rangers players are believed to be unimpressed by training sessions since the departure of first-team coach Steve McClaren.

Joey Barton and Clint Hill had a heated exchange after Richard Dunne’s sending-off, although the two players insist there is no ill-feeling.

QPR chief executive Phil Beard admitted on Twitter that the performanace at Wednesday had been ‘simply not good enough’ and ­apologised to the club’s ­travelling fans.

“The players were given the option of travelling up the night before or on the morning of the game,” said Redknapp after yesterday’s 3-1 win at Middlesbrough.

“The club doctor and physio said it was ­important that some of them who have had injury problems, such as Junior Hoilett, Bobby Zamora and Richard Dunne, travel up the night before.

“They were keen to do that anyway, and the team coach was laid on to take them up.”


Middlesbrough-QPR Match Reports


Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
1 Leicester 36 35 81
2 Burnley 37 31 76
3 Derby 37 22 66
4 QPR 37 14 66
5 Wigan 36 15 62
6 Reading 37 16 59

Nottm Forest 37 9 57
8 Brighton 36 9 56
9 Ipswich 37 6 54
10 Blackburn 36 -1 50
11 Bournemouth 37 -7 49
12 Watford 36 10 48
13 Leeds 36 -2 47
14 Middlesbrough 37 4 45
15 Sheff Wed 37 3 45
16 Huddersfield 37 -4 44
17 Bolton 37 -6 41
18 Blackpool 37 -20 41
19 Doncaster 37 -21 40
20 Birmingham 37 -9 37
21 Charlton 34 -19 32
22 Millwall 37 -31 32
23 Yeovil 37 -22 31
24 Barnsley 36 -32 29

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