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Blair Turgott scores hat-trick as West Ham beat QPR 3-1 in a friendly at Upton Park

VIDEO: West Ham and QPR field first-team stars in friendly, but 18-year-old Turgott steals the show at Upton Park

Andy James


19:13 GMT, 19 March 2013



20:56 GMT, 19 March 2013

Blair Turgott stole the show with a hat-trick on Tuesday afternoon as West Ham saw off QPR 3-1 in a friendly at Upton Park.

The 18-year-old scored twice in the first half before completing his hat-trick early in the second period in a match which saw both sides field a number of players from their first-team squad.

Adel Taarabt scored a free-kick just after half-time for QPR, who gave run-outs to Nedum Onuoha,
Jamie Mackie, Esteban Granero, Jay Bothroyd, Shaun Derry, Luke Young and Junior Hoilett.

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Star: 18-year-old Blair Turgott (second left) scored a hat-trick for West Ham at Upton Park

Star: 18-year-old Blair Turgott (second left) scored a hat-trick for West Ham at Upton Park

High-profile friendly: Marouane Chamakh and Shaun Derry compete for a header

High-profile friendly: Marouane Chamakh and Shaun Derry compete for a header

West Ham's team featured Marouane Chamakh, Wellington Paulista, James Tomkins, Jordan Spence and George McCartney, who hasn't featured for the first team since December due to a knee injury.

Turgott opened the scoring in the 12th minute, with a long-range effort that flew into the top corner, before adding a second 16 minutes later with a measured, curling finish into the bottom corner.

Taarabt's free-kick two minutes after half-time reduced QPR's deficit to 2-1 before Turgott cut inside right back Young before firing an unstoppable shot into the top corner in the 52nd minute.

The game also featured Canada Under 20 international goalkeeper Jordan Santiago, 21, who is on trail with West Ham.

VIDEO: Watch Blair Turgott's hat-trick

Ipswich 0 Sheffield Wednesday 3 match report: Ross Barkley double

Ipswich 0 Sheffield Wednesday 3: Barkley double piles misery on Tractor Boys



16:13 GMT, 27 October 2012

Ross Barkley's double and a late Michail Antonio strike at managerless Ipswich helped secure Sheffield Wednesday their first away win the npower Championship this season.

Teenage midfielder Barkley, on loan from Everton, struck early in each half and Antonio steered home a third in the closing stages to lift the pressure on Wednesday manager Dave Jones, who celebrated his side's first win in 10 league matches.

Barkley, 18, capped at every level for England from under-14s to under-21s, has hit top form for the Owls in recent weeks and proved the difference in a game between the Championship's bottom two clubs.

Matchwinner: Barkley celebrates his first goal

Matchwinner: Barkley celebrates his first goal

Match facts

Ipswich: Henderson, Edwards, Chambers, Higginbotham, Cresswell, Carson (Emmanuel-Thomas 78), Wellens, Hyam, Martin,
Campbell (Mohsni 83), Murphy (Chopra 61).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Drury, Smith, Reo-Coker.

Booked: Martin, Chambers.

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera, Jones, Semedo, Bothroyd, Barkley, Corry (Jermaine Johnson 72), Antonio, O'Grady (Madine 82).

Subs Not Used: Davies, Taylor, Mattock, Rodri, Pecnik.

Booked: Gardner, Bothroyd.

Goals: Barkley 2, 58, Antonio 81.

Attendance: 17,738

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).

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Ipswich, who parted company with
manager Paul Jewell on Wednesday, have yet to win a league game at
Portman Road this season and their winless run has now stretched to 11

Caretaker-boss Chris Hutchings made
three changes to the side that started in the midweek home defeat to
Derby, with midfield pair Luke Hyam and Josh Carson, plus striker Daryl
Murphy all returning.

Defender Anthony Gardner and strikers Jay Bothroyd and Chris O'Grady were recalled by Wednesday, who made a flying start.

The visitors attacked from the
kick-off and when Lewis Buxton's shot was blocked by Hyam following
Antonio's cross, Barkley rifled the ball home, low under Ipswich
goalkeeper Stephen Henderson in the second minute.

Stand-in: Chris Hutchings took charge of Ipswich

Stand-in: Chris Hutchings took charge of Ipswich

Ipswich defender Luke Chambers headed
his side's first chance straight at Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland
from Carson's corner, while Hyam dragged his shot from the edge of the
area wide.

Wednesday went close to doubling
their lead in the 16th minute when Antonio's goalbound header from
Bothroyd's cross was blocked by Ipswich defender Danny Higginbotham, but
Ipswich were not without their chances.

Aaron Cresswell's 20-yard free-kick
flew over the crossbar, fellow midfielder Richie Wellens fired a 25-yard
shot just over and Higginbotham headed Lee Martin's free-kick narrowly
wide in the 40th minute.

Ipswich stepped up their pursuit of
an equaliser before the break as Higginbotham headed Cresswell's
free-kick over the crossbar and Carson's stinging drive was well held by

Barkley and Ipswich striker DJ Campbell traded shots from outside the area after the restart before the visitors struck again.

Basement battle: Both sides remain in the bottom three

Basement battle: Both sides remain in the bottom three

Antonio headed the ball inside from
the left and Barkley stepped inside on the edge of the area and arrowed a
low 20-yard shot into Henderson's bottom right-hand corner.

Hutchings sent on striker Michael
Chopra for Murphy in the 60th minute, but Antonio went close to adding a
third for the visitors with a stinging shot held by Henderson.

The Owls continued to look the more likely to add to the scoreline and the third goal arrived in the 81st minute.

Striker Chris O'Grady played the ball
across the six-yard box and Antonio was left to convert the simplest of
finishes from close range.

Chopra lashed a shot over the
crossbar in the 88th minute for Ipswich, who have taken only two points
from seven home games this season.

Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leeds 1: Match Report

Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leeds 1: Tonge strike denies Owls win in fierce derby

Sportsmail Reporter


21:07 GMT, 19 October 2012



21:07 GMT, 19 October 2012

Former Sheffield United midfielder Michael Tonge rescued a point for Leeds to deny Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday in a derby clash marred by crowd trouble.

Tonge, who spent a large chunk of his career under former Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock, fired home a swerving 25-yard shot in the 76th minute to cancel out Jay Bothroyd's first-half header and deny Wednesday a first win in eight league matches.

But despite rescuing a point with a much-improved second-half display, Leeds are sure to find themselves in serious trouble from the game's authorities after the mindless antics of one fan in particular, who celebrated Tonge's fine equaliser by running on to the pitch and hitting Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland in the face with two hands.

Going ahead: Sheffield Wednesday's Jay Bothroyd puts his side ahead

Going ahead: Sheffield Wednesday's Jay Bothroyd puts his side ahead

Match facts:

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera, Jones, Antonio, Semedo, Barkley, Corry (Mayor 83), O'Grady (Madine 83), Bothroyd.

Subs Not Used: Bywater, Taylor, Jermaine Johnson, Rodri,Pecnik.

Booked: Jones, Gardner.

Goals: Bothroyd 44.

Leeds: Kenny, Peltier (Varney 67), Lees, Pearce, White, Byram, Austin (Norris 46), Brown, Tonge, Becchio, Diouf.

Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Drury, Green, Gray, Hall.

Booked: Brown.

Goals: Tonge 77.

Attendance: 28,582

Referee: Eddie Ilderton

Riot police had earlier filtered out to try and diffuse ugly scenes in the away end prior to Tonge's strike, with bottles thrown between baying sets of home and away supporters.

Leeds boss Warnock, returning to his home city for the first time since former club Crystal Palace triumphed over the Owls at Hillsborough in an FA Cup tie in 2010, will have been grateful for Tonge's rescue act after his side stretched their unbeaten run to five matches despite being outplayed for long periods.

Wednesday have now failed to win any of their last eight league games, collecting only two points in the process and the pressure is mounting on manager Dave Jones.

Irish midfielder Paul Corry made his league debut for the Owls and defender Daniel Jones returned to the starting line-up, while Leeds were unchanged from the side that beat Barnsley last time out.

Wednesday made the more promising start. Chris O'Grady headed straight at Paddy Kenny in the sixth minute and the former Sheffield United goalkeeper let Bothroyd's fierce 20-yard drive slip through his hands and on to the crossbar soon after, with the ball bouncing down a yard from his goalline.

Wednesday skipper Anthony Gardner then spurned a gilt-edged chance when he headed Bothroyd's free-kick over the crossbar with only Kenny to beat as Leeds rode the early storm.

Leeds responded with a fine free-kick from another former Sheffield United player, Michael Tonge, whose curling effort from 25 yards following Gardner's foul on El-Hadji Diouf had Owls keeper Chris Kirkland scrambling to palm clear at full stretch.

Leeds were given a real let-off in the 23rd minute by referee Eddie Ilderton, who somehow failed to see Leeds forward Luciano Becchio handle the ball when diving in his own penalty area to head clear Bothroyd's 23rd-minute corner.

But Wednesday, belying their lowly status, secured the lead they deserved two minutes before the break.

Fierce derby: Sam Byram of Leeds United and Ross Barkley of Sheffield Wednesday fight for the ball

Fierce derby: Sam Byram of Leeds United and Ross Barkley of Sheffield Wednesday fight for the ball

Long-throw specialist Michail Antonio launched a missile into the Leeds box from the left and Bothroyd rose highest to head home unopposed, low into Kenny's right-hand corner.

Leeds midfielder Rodolph Austin, who arrived back in Leeds this morning following international duty with Jamaica, made way for David Norris at half-time.

Leeds were more purposeful after the restart and went close to an equaliser through another free-kick from Tongue after Gardner had been booked for his high tackle on Diouf.

But although the visitors spent longer periods in Wednesday's half, they failed to create any clear-cut chances and had it not been for Leeds skipper Lee Peltier's excellent block, Bothroyd's shot from Antonio's cutback would have found its target.

Peltier was replaced by forward Luke Varney, who spent three spells on loan at Hillsborough, in the 66th minute, but it was the home side who threatened again when Antonio's shot following a defensive mix-up was deflected for a corner.

The atmosphere turned ugly at the Leeds end with 20 minutes to go, with extra police required to quell an angry exchange between both sets of fans intent on throwing bottles.

Tonge's brilliant equaliser in the 76th minute following Aidy White's lay-off then prompted some Leeds fans to pour through fencing, with one supporter run round in front of Kirkland's goal before pole-axing the Wednesday keeper by pushing both hands into his face.

Kirkland required treatment before the game could resume and although Owls substitute Danny Mayor went close with a shot blocked by Jason Pearce in the closing stages, the home side had to settle for a point.

Sheffield Wednesday sign Jay Bothroyd

Owls boost attacking options with loan signing of Bothroyd from QPR



18:23 GMT, 31 August 2012

Sheffield Wednesday have signed striker Jay Bothroyd from QPR on a loan deal until January.

Bothroyd will be reunited with manager Dave Jones, who signed the 30-year-old for Cardiff in August 2008.

Moving on: Jay Bothroyd has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan

Moving on: Jay Bothroyd has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan

He scored 45 goals in 128 appearances for the Bluebirds in the Championship, earning him a surprise inclusion in Fabio Capello's England squad for the 2-1 friendly defeat to France in 2010.

Bothroyd started his career with Arsenal before joining Coventry for 1million in 2000. He will wear the No 24 shirt for Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday 1 Fulham 0: Match report

Sheffield Wednesday 1 Fulham 0: Cottagers crash out at Hillsborough as Dembele heads for Spurs



21:00 GMT, 28 August 2012

Fulham went out of the Capital One Cup with barely a flutter of resistance last night as Sheffield Wednesday maintained their impressive start to the season.

Gary Madine’s second-half penalty decided the tie but it could and should have been more emphatic.
Madine himself should have put it beyond doubt when he was clear on goal but bizarrely stopped in mid-stride, failing to realise the referee had overruled an offside flag.

Dave Jones’ side genuinely fancied themselves against Premier League opponents showing five changes. Then again, Jones also tinkered with half of his Championship side, a fact which reflected the mounting strength of a resurgent club.

Cup of shocks: Gary Madine scoring his penalty to give Sheffield Wednesday the lead

Cup of shocks: Gary Madine scoring his penalty to give Sheffield Wednesday the lead


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Wednesday knew that another win would carry them one short of the club record of 19 unbeaten matches and duly delivered.

Jones himself went into last night’s
match undefeated since he took charge 16 games ago and Wednesday hadn’t
lost at Hillsborough for six months. Their four league and cup
encounters this season had produced 20 goals, 12 of them in favour of
Jones’ ultra-attacking line-up.

But this was markedly different from
the helter-skelter of the Football League as Fulham attempted to impose a
patient passing game. It achieved very little.

Among those left out all together was Moussa Dembele, who is set to sign for Tottenham.

All the urgency came from Wednesday in
the opening half as some of Jones’ fringe players were playing for
their places as Jones targets QPR’s Jay Bothroyd and Millwall’s Dany

Chris Maguire, making his second start since his summer arrival from Rangers, almost latched onto Jose Semedo’s clever pass.

Michail Antonio seized possession near
the halfway line and powered clear to fire a shot that forced
goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer into a full-length save.

Spot on: Madine scores his penalty

Spot on: Madine scores his penalty

But the winger should have done better
when he worked a much clearer chance for himself only to fire over.
Gary Madine might also have done better with an eight-yard header placed
too close to the keeper.

The first half resembled a practice
match. Certainly, Fulham were unimpressive, with former Wigan striker
Hugo Rodallega among those failing to make an impression.

Manager Martin Jol must have been
looking for more gumption in the second period, if only to avoid a
prospect neither side will have wanted, namely extra time and penalties.

That said, Owls boss Jones made it
clear in the build-up to the game that he was keen for cup success to go
hand-in-hand with the prospect of another promotion campaign on the
back of last season’s climb from League One.

Fulham have reached the quarter-finals
on four occasions but have never won the cup, whereas Wednesday won it
in 1991 when John Sheridan scored their Wembley winner against
Manchester United.

It was Wednesday, not Fulham, who stepped up a gear after the break to force the breakthrough.

First, Daniel Jones’ corner produced a low shot from Mark Beevers that was cleared off the line by Stephen Kelly.

Then Kelly was forced into more
desperate rearguard action, only this time he tripped Maguire. Madine
stepped up to drill his first goal of the season from the penalty spot.

On the balance of play, only one side was showing the desire to win and that was the Hillsborough club.

Fulham were harshly denied an
equaliser in the 63rd minute. Rodallega curled in a precise free kick
but Brede Hangeland was flagged for offside when he headed home from the
edge of the six-yard box.

Spurs on alert as Man United prepare to offload Nani and Anderson

Spurs on alert as Man United prepare to offload Nani and Anderson



22:10 GMT, 25 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Manchester United are prepared to
consider offers of 15million for Brazil midfielder Anderson and winger
Nani as they seek to recoup some money after a summer of heavy spending.

Tottenham are among the clubs who
could be interested in the 24-year-old Anderson should they fail to land
top target Joao Moutinho from Porto.

Market value: United would consider offers for Anderson (left)

Market value: United would consider offers for Anderson (left)

Sir Alex Ferguson has splashed out 45m on five players, including Robin van Persie, and club owners the Glazers are keen to trim the squad. With so many options in midfield, Anderson is considered disposable.

Nani is also vulnerable, having failed to agree a new contract with two years left on his deal. The Portugal winger was left out of the win over Fulham.

Anderson, an 18m signing from Porto in 2007, has netted only four Premier League goals. Benfica have expressed an interest but United would be prepared to sell him to a Premier League rival and Spurs are monitoring the situation, even though they also have other targets, with manager Andre Villas-Boas making a top-quality midfielder his priority.

Missing: Nani was left out of Fulham clash

Missing: Nani was left out of Fulham clash

Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday have asked about a loan deal for QPR striker Jay Bothroyd, although his 40,000-a-week wages may be a problem.

Crystal Palace are also possibilities but they would prefer to take his team-mate, DJ Campbell.

Blackpool are bracing themselves to lose Scotland winger Matt Phillips, who is wanted by Everton.

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Wigan v Manchester United, Manchester City v West Brom, Wolves v Arsenal, QPR v Swansea

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Follow the action from around the grounds as it happens



18:56 GMT, 11 April 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League where there are four evening kick-offs including Wigan's home clash with Manchester United. Elsewhere it is Manchester City v West Brom, Wolves v Arsenal and QPR v Swansea. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

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Manchester City 1-0 West Brom (7.45pm)

QPR v Swansea (8pm)

Wigan 0-0 Manchester United (7.45pm)

Wolves 0-1 Arsenal (7.45pm)

19.56: GOAL! Wolves 0-1 ARSENAL

19.56: PENALTY (Arsenal)

19.55: RED CARD (Sebastien Bassong, Wolves)

19.52: GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 West Brom

As Lenny Kravitz once said, 'it ain't over 'til it's over.'

City maintain their strong start and Sergio Aguero quickly makes up for earlier by firing across goal and into the corner.

It's like the start of the season all over again judging by City's electric opening.

19.49: Manchester City are quick out of the blocks in the sort of manner they wasn't last time out at Arsenal.

Sergio Aguero gets into a promising position, but with plenty of options around, the Argentine wastes the opportunity by seeing his shot blocked.

19.46: Away we go then.

19.42: Teams are making their way out, are there to be anymore twists this week

19.37: From InfostradaLive:

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 15 #EPL visits to the West Midlands stretching back 7 years, since a 2-1 defeat at #WBA in 2005.

19.34: Joey Barton and Bobby Zamora return to the QPR starting line-up for tonight's vital Barclays Premier League match against Swansea.

Rangers skipper Barton was rested for Sunday's trip to Manchester United and replaced the suspended Shaun Derry in midfield, while striker Zamora comes in for Jay Bothroyd.

Swansea also make two changes for tonight's match, recalling Danny Graham and Scott Sinclair in place of Luke Moore and Nathan Dyer.

19.29: From Loftus Road:

QPR v Swansea
QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Mackie, Barton, Diakite, Buzsaky, Taarabt, Zamora. Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Campbell, Bothroyd, Young, Smith, Wright-Phillips.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Sigurdsson, Britton, Allen, Routledge, Graham, Sinclair. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Dyer, Monk, McEachran, Moore, Gower.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

19.24: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger makes three changes – two of them enforced – for the Barclays Premier League clash at bottom-placed Wolves.

Centre-back Johan Djourou is recalled in place of the suspended Laurent Koscielny while left-back Andre Santos comes in for the injured Kieran Gibbs.

Wenger also hands a start to midfielder Aaron Ramsey at the expense of Tomas Rosicky.

Wolves manager Terry Connor drops leading scorer Steven Fletcher and fellow striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

He includes another forward, Kevin Doyle, and midfielder David Davis in reverting from a 4-4-2 to a 4-5-1 formation.

Return of the prodigal son: Carlos Tevez makes his return to the Manchester City starting XI

Return of the prodigal son: Carlos Tevez makes his return to the Manchester City starting XI

19.19: The stats keep coming in against Wigan in regards to their record against Manchester United. Do they have any hope this evening

From OptaJoe:

3 – Wigan have had a total of three players sent off in their last three league games against Manchester United. Disorder.

From InfostradaLive:

It is 512 minutes of #EPL football since #wigan last scored v #MUFC– Hugo Rodallega in their 2-1 home defeat in May 2009

19.16: Carlos Tevez is named in Manchester City's starting line-up for the first time in almost seven months for tonight's Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom.

Having entered a lengthy and public dispute with City over his apparent refusal to warm-up against Bayern Munich in September, his start against Birmingham on the 21st of that month appeared to be his last for the club.

But having resolved his differences with manager Roberto Mancini, his rehabilitation is completed tonight when, after four successive substitute appearances, he is handed a start in place of the suspended Mario Balotelli.

City's dwindling title hopes – they enter the game with the prospect of being 11 points behind Manchester United by the end of it – may also have prompted Mancini to throw the Argentinian into the fray as one of four changes from the weekend loss to Arsenal, with Micah Richards, David Silva and Nigel de Jong also coming in.

West Brom are also much changed with Roy Hodgson making five alterations, including the demotion of top scorer Peter Odemwingie to the bench, with Simon Cox and Shane Long paired together in attack.

19.11: Full line-ups from the Etihad Stadium:

Man City v West Brom
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Silva, De Jong, Barry, Nasri, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Milner, Pizarro, Dzeko, Johnson, Kolarov.

West Brom: Foster, Jones, Dawson, Olsson, Shorey, Cox, Mulumbu, Scharner, Andrews, Dorrans, Long. Subs: Daniels, Tchoyi, McAuley, Odemwingie, Hurst, Fortune, Roofe.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Red alert: Javier Hernandez comes into the Manchester United attack

Red alert: Javier Hernandez comes into the Manchester United attack

19.07: Sir Alex Ferguson makes three changes to his Manchester United line-up as the Red Devils look to defend an eight-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League by beating Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Javier Hernandez is recalled in favour of Danny Welbeck, while Phil Jones and Ryan Giggs return at the expense of Rafael and Paul Scholes.

After 14 straight losses to tonight's opponents, Wigan's chances of securing the draw that would take them out of the drop zone are not high but Victor Moses recovers from a knock to keep his place in an unchanged team.

19.04: Full line-ups from Molineux:

Wolverhampton v Arsenal
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Bassong, Ward, Kightly, Henry, Davis, Jarvis, Edwards, Doyle. Subs: De Vries, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Johnson, Berra, Milijas, Forde.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Arteta, Song, Walcott, Ramsey, Benayoun, van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, Park, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Squillaci, Jenkinson, Chamakh.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

19.01: Full line-ups from the DW Stadium:

Wigan v Man Utd
Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Moses, Di Santo, Maloney. Subs: Pollitt, Crusat, Ben Watson, Gomez, Sammon, Diame, Stam.

Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Young, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Amos, Smalling, Park, Nani, Welbeck, Cleverley, Pogba.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

18.58: Manchester City starting XI:

Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Nasri, Tevez, Aguero.

18.55: So as we roll on into a sixth consecutive day of Premier League football, is the novelty of relentless football starting to get wear thin

Not a chance. If anything it's only just coming to the boil, especially after yesterday's entertainment extravaganza that was Blackburn v Liverpool.

With all still to play for in the Premier League, team news for tonight's fixtures is on the way.

Flying Dutchman: Robin van Persie will hope to return to scoring ways for Arsenal at Wolves

Flying Dutchman: Robin van Persie will hope to return to scoring ways for Arsenal at Wolves

Newcastle 1 QPR 0: Mark Hughes has to find missing spark

Newcastle 1 QPR 0: Hughes has to find Rangers' missing spark and fast

If Mark Hughes is hoping to establish himself as a managerial great, this would have done little to convince him it is possible at Queens Park Rangers.

He will take comfort from the fact that much can change. New players will arrive at Loftus Road and current ones will return from injury and suspension. Yesterday, Hughes certainly could have used Joey Barton, the club captain missing after his red card against Norwich.

But major surgery is required and this would have succeeded only in highlighting the hard graft ahead for the Welshman and his staff.

Leading the line: Leon Best (second left) scores Newcastle's winner against QPR

Leading the line: Leon Best (second left) scores Newcastle's winner against QPR


Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Ryan Taylor (Gosling 82), Guthrie, Cabaye (Ben Arfa 25), Gutierrez, Best (Perch 77), Shola Ameobi.

Subs not used: Elliot, Abeid, Obertan, Ferguson.

Goal: Best 37.

QPR: Kenny, Young, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Derry, Buzsaky (Macheda 76), Mackie, Helguson (Smith 65), Bothroyd.

Booked: Hill, Derry, Bothroyd, Macheda

Subs not used: Cerny, Orr, Hall, Campbell, Ephraim.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Clearly, confidence is an issue. QPR went into this match having taken just two points from a possible 24 under Neil Warnock and a major part of the problem was scoring goals; just 19 in 22 Premier League games now.

Here yesterday they did go close to improving on that statistic. Shaun Wright-Phillips hit the crossbar and Jay Bothroyd clipped a post. But Bothroyd was chief among those guilty of squandering the opportunities QPR did create and the Newcastle defence never really came under any great pressure.

It was disappointing for Hughes, particularly when his previous three Premier League jobs had started both without losing and without conceding a goal. But this was always going to be tough when his new side were looking for their first win in nine games.

They started as one might expect when they had a new manager to impress, with spirit and determination.

But there are reasons why they now sit in the bottom three and distinctly average performances from too many players are among them.

Matchwinner: Best is congratulated by his Newcastle team-mates after scoring the only goal of the game

Matchwinner: Best is congratulated by his Newcastle team-mates after scoring the only goal of the game

The contrast with a Newcastle side above Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League table would have concerned Hughes.

They too had key men missing, not least in the form of Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote. And, when they then lost Yohan Cabaye to a nasty challenge from Shaun Derry, there seemed little left of the side that toppled Manchester United at the same ground earlier this month.

But manager Alan Pardew must have taken great encouragement from the desire being displayed by players who want to step up and take an opportunity when it presents itself.

A perfect example of that yesterday was Leon Best. He performed admirably for Newcastle in the second half of last season to ease the sense of loss that came with Andy Carroll’s departure to Anfield, and in the absence of Ba he was just as impressive on this occasion.

I've got a big job on my hands: New QPR boss Mark Hughes organises his side from the touchline

I've got a big job on my hands: New QPR boss Mark Hughes organises his side from the touchline

Best might not have scored for 10
games prior to this contest but he marked an excellent performance with a
super first-half goal, a flash of skill and a marvellous finish
securing victory and, with it, the points that lifted Newcastle to sixth
in the top flight.

The contribution that came from Hatem
Ben Arfa would have also pleased Pardew. The Frenchman started on the
bench, coming on when Cabaye disappeared on a stretcher in the 25th
minute. But he was excellent on the right wing, giving Newcastle a
threat they had lacked prior to his arrival.

QPR were probably the better team prior to that, with a watching Barton no doubt cursing his exclusion from the game. With Tiote away on international duty he would have fancied himself to make an impact in central midfield against his former club.

Even without him QPR started brightly, Heidar Helguson and Akos Buzsaky both testing Tim Krul.

Late one: Shaun Derry's challenge on Yohan Cabaye (above) forced the Newcastle midfielder off injured (below)

Late one: Shaun Derry's challenge on Yohan Cabaye (above) forced the Newcastle midfielder off injured (below)

Late one: Shaun Derry's challenge on Yohan Cabaye (above) forced the Newcastle midfielder off injured (below)

The challenge that then left Cabaye
nursing a foot injury was a bad one. Not two-footed and therefore not
bad enough, in the view of referee Chris Foy, to warrant the punishment
he considered Vincent Kompany worthy of the previous week.

Derry received a yellow rather than a
red card but it was bad enough to leave Cabaye incensed as he left the
field on a stretcher. He cursed at Derry before throwing his gloves in
the direction of the fourth official.

Pardew moved Ryan Taylor into the
middle as part of the reshuffle. Taylor did well, as did the impressive
Danny Guthrie. But it was Ben Arfa who gave Newcastle an extra
dimension, even if he had nothing to do with the goal.

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes

Changing faces: Hughes was content before kick-off but soon looked worried as his QPR side fell behind

That arrived in the 37th minute, a
marvellous touch with his left foot enabling Best to escape Luke Young
before a right-foot shot curled beyond the reach of Paddy Kenny. QPR
offered little in response, even if Bothroyd forced a decent save from
Krul and blasted over from close range when he should have scored.

Newcastle were much the better side
after the break, with Jonas Gutierrez almost capitalising on Kenny’s mad
dash to the touchline with a long-range effort that Anton Ferdinand,
QPR’s skipper for the day, cleared to safety.

Progress: Ryan Taylor tries to launch a Newcastle attack as he is closely watched by QPR players

Progress: Ryan Taylor tries to launch a Newcastle attack as he is closely watched by QPR players

Going nowhere: Danny Guthrie stops Shaun Wright-Phillips from starting another QPR attack

Going nowhere: Danny Guthrie stops Shaun Wright-Phillips from starting another QPR attack

Hughes had two strikers on the bench,
and he turned to Federico Macheda. But if the former Manchester United
forward thought a current one could make the difference, the young
Italian on loan at QPR offered nothing.

‘There are areas where we need to improve,’ said Hughes afterwards. ‘That’s obvious.’

It certainly was here, and while QPR might be an exciting project, it is a difficult one, too.

QPR close in on Fulham striker Andrew Johnson

QPR close in on Fulham striker Johnson as Celtic eye Bothroyd

QPR manager Neil Warnock is hopeful of signing Fulham striker Andrew Johnson after Blackburn's bid stalled due to financial constraints.

are interested in
Celtic striker Kris
Commons. Celtic have
also shown interest in
Jay Bothroyd of QPR.

Wanted: QPR target Andrew Johnson

Wanted: QPR target Andrew Johnson