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Harry Redknapp gives Julio Cesar the nod to save Queens Park Rangers from relegation

Redknapp set to give Cesar the nod ahead of Green in bid to save QPR from Premier League relegation

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Stuart Fraser

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12:23 GMT, 1 April 2013

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UPDATED:

12:24 GMT, 1 April 2013

Julio Cesar is tipped to be the man Harry Redknapp will rely on to save Queens Park Rangers' season during the relegation run-in.

The former Inter Milan goalkeeper, who joined as a free transfer during the summer and earns around 60,000-a-week, has been in scintillating form at times this season and grabbed the attention of plenty of Premier League clubs including Manchester United.

Well held: Cesar's good form at times this season looks like it has clinched him the No 1 shirt

Well held: Cesar's good form at times this season looks like it has clinched him the No 1 shirt

He has fought for the No 1 shirt with Robert Green all season, although the rivalry has been tapered by injuries, but will be given the job of helping keep QPR in the top flight for the final push.

Cesar has started in 21 Premier League matches to Green’s 11 and has kept five clean sheets to Green’s none.

Run-in: QPR's final eight Premier League games

Run-in: QPR's final eight Premier League games

The Brazilian has only dropped one ball all season — give him a catch success rate of 98 per cent — and has saved 74 per cent of shots to Green’s 60 per cent.

He has also made on average twice as many saves per game (4.1 saves per match).

Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp has been maths teacher as well as manager to his players this week.

The Queens Park Rangers boss reckons that four wins plus two draws equals Barclays Premier League survival.

On the eve of the short journey to Fulham, winger Andros Townsend insisted: ‘The gaffer has said he thinks 37 points might be enough and we feel we are capable of achieving it.

‘We’re a confident group of players and we’re playing well at the moment. We can really take the game to the opposition.’

QPR will have to find a way past Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, as his side aim for a top-10 finish.

Schwarzer, 40, has been instrumental in Fulham securing a mid-table berth with eight matches remaining this season and manager Martin Jol sees no reason why he cannot continue to do a first-rate job at Craven Cottage.

Jol has opened contract talks with Schwarzer and believes the Australian can continue playing until he is at least 42.

Calculations: Redknapp reckons four wins and two draws will see QPR safe

Calculations: Redknapp reckons four wins and two draws will see QPR safe

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Boxing review of 2012, by Jeff Powell, with Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao and more

Jeff Powell's review of 2012, with Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao and more

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 24 December 2012

'Tis the season to put on a few pounds, let the stitches heal the wounds, to soothe the swollen hands, take the weight off the feet without every second counting… and confer the annual awards.

Anno Domni 2012 began with Muhammad Ali further defying Parkinson’s by reaching his landmark 70th birthday. It ended with Manny Pacquiao being knocked flat out of contention as pound-for-pound king by the anatomically reconstructed 39-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez.

Between those ring-posts, history was made…

BOXER OF THE YEAR

Sergio Martinez achieved, at last, the recognition and the world title of which he had been deprived for too long.

The Argentine matinee idol, having begun his year by knocking out our own Matthew Macklin, went on to beat Son of Chavez and thus overcome the boxing politics in which he had been unfairly entangled.

He did so with a master-class for 11 rounds of dazzling style against Julio Cesar Jnr, capped off by his courageous recovery from a 12th round knock-down. The classic middleweight division found its latest successor to Sugar Ray Robinson.

Champ: Sergio Martinez recovered from a late knockdown to claim victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

Champ: Sergio Martinez recovered from a late knockdown to claim victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

BRITISH BOXER OF THE YEAR

Carl Froch, the outstanding fighter of his UK generation, gritted his teeth to come back from last year.s disappointing Super Six Final defeat by the accomplished Andre Ward.

He did so in commanding fashion, putting an end to the fancied Lucien Bute's unbeaten record to regain a world super-middleweight title.

A similar stoppage blitzing of Yusaf Mack not only gave the Nottingham Cobra a rousing homecoming but served notice on Ward and Mikkel Kessler that he intends, in 2013, to avenge the only two defeats of his warrior career.

Pride of Britain: Carl Froch was back to his brilliant best in 2012, especially against Yusaf Mack

Pride of Britain: Carl Froch was back to his brilliant best in 2012, especially against Yusaf Mack

WOMAN BOXER OF THE YEAR

Nicola Adams took her indelible place in the record books by becoming the first female to win Olympic gold in the boxing ring.

The wee lass from Leeds lit up London 2012 with her sunshine smile and lifted the roof off the cacophonous ExCel Arena by decking Chinese legend Can Can Ren en route to winning her historic final.

FIGHT OF THE YEAR

Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez*.

The asterix is there because the veteran Mexican idol had turned to a self-confessed former Olympics steroid provider to build him up physically in his desperation to secure a result against the legendary PacMan at the fourth attempt.

Marquez consistently denied using drugs to turn himself into a mini Arnold Schwarzenagger. So while there is no boxer of the year accolade from me, there is no denying that the Las Vegas night in its own right, with both men floored before Marquez landed his Hail Mary punch as Pacquiao appeared to be on the point of sixth round victory, was the thriller of 2012.

A broken man: Juan Manuel Marquez finally got the better of his old foe Manny Pacquiao

A broken man: Juan Manuel Marquez finally got the better of his old foe Manny Pacquiao

TRAINER OF THE YEAR

Rob McCracken not only brought Froch back from the professional brink to a third world title but also guided Team GB’s boxers to a rich medal haul at London 2012.

The first part of that double act has set up Britain's top prize-fighter for block-busting world super-middleweight title re-matches against Kessler and Ward in the coming 12 months.

The second part delivered not only Olympic glory but increased funding for this country’s amateur boxers.

SWANSONG OF THE YEAR

Ricky Hatton returned to the stage of pain for one last hurrah… and hurrah it was even though he over-matched himself after more than three years' absence by taking on an immediate past world champion.

We still love you: Ricky Hatton gave his fans once last chance to see him action, but was defeated

We still love you: Ricky Hatton gave his fans once last chance to see him action, but was defeated

The Hitman paid the price in the form of a crippling blow to that part of his body rendered most vulnerable by his past life of hard-boozing, his liver.

But he was ahead on the score-cards at the time and remains dear to the hearts of his army of fans, a sell-out 20,000 of whom sang him out of the ring for the last time and into a future as a trainer and promoter.

The sound of bells ringing in the ears – rather than the church steeples at this time of year – has stopped for the moment, but the memories linger on. Happy Christmas.

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Lionel Messi comes third in Argentina"s best athlete poll

Third rate! Messi loses out to boxer and taekwondo fighter for Argentina's best athlete award

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20:28 GMT, 19 December 2012

Ask a group of people who you think the best athlete or sportsman in the world is, and Lionel Messi will be a name you'll hear a lot.

Unless this group of people is comprised of Argentine journalists, who don't even rate Messi as the best in their country. Or second best for that matter.

Pretty good year: Sergio Martinez with his trophy after beating Sebastian Chrismanich and Lionel Messi to the award

Pretty good year: Sergio Martinez with his trophy after beating Sebastian Chrismanich and Lionel Messi to the award

Ready for it: Martinez will fight British boxer Martin Murray in April 2013

Ready for it: Martinez will fight British boxer Martin Murray in April 2013

No, it was third place for the Barcelona superstar who finished behind boxer Sergio Martinez and taekwondo fighter Sebastian Crismanich.

Messi's incredible record breaking goal haul – he has 90 so far this year – wasn't enough to put him ahead of the competition.

Martinez won the Olimpia de Oro after beating Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in their WBC title fight earlier this year. He will fight British boxer Martin Murray in April 2013.

What, not me Lionel Messi finished third in the poll of Argentine journalists

What, not me Lionel Messi finished third in the poll of Argentine journalists

Crismanich, meanwhile, was Argentina's only gold medallist in the London 2012 Olympics.

'It is an honor having won this prize contending with athletes like Sebastian Crismanich and Leo Messi,' Martinez said at the award ceremony on Tuesday night.

But having picked up the award in 2011 and being the hot favourite for the Ballon d'Or, Messi won't be too upset.

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Matthew Macklin set to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr in Spring 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Macklin set for Chavez Jnr clash next Spring ahead of Martinez re-match

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17:15 GMT, 14 December 2012

Matthew Macklin is closing in on a mouthwatering middleweight clash with Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr – which he hopes will propel him into a rematch with Sergio Martinez.

The Birmingham-born Irishman is recovering from surgery to his nose and expects to face Chavez in America in April or May.

Macklin, 30, impressively knocked out former world champion Joachim Alcine inside the first round in Las Vegas in September while Chavez was comprehensively out-pointed by Martinez on the same night.

Ready to rumble: Matthew Macklin is confident he can strike a deal to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr next Spring

Ready to rumble: Matthew Macklin is confident he can strike a deal to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr next Spring

Martinez faces Martin Murray in Argentina on April 27 with a view to taking on Chavez again in September but Macklin, who himself was stopped by Martinez in March, plans to crash the party.

Macklin has spoken briefly to Chavez's promoter Bob Arum and expects negotiations to be completed in the new year although an exact date and venue for the bout are yet to be agreed.

'I'd say the fight is 80 per cent likely,' he told Sportsmail.

'Even though I lost the Martinez fight, I took a lot of confidence from it. From a stylistic point of view, Martinez is a nightmare but with Chavez, what you see is what you get.

'He's strong, he works the body well and puts a lot of pressure on but I certainly won't have to go looking for him. I don't think I'll find it too hard to get my own shots off. I carry a lot of power so I'd be very confident going into the fight.'

Macklin also revealed the build-up to his clash with Martinez was plagued by injury.

On the cards: Macklin believes boxing fans would love to watch him take on Chavez Jr

On the cards: Macklin believes boxing fans would love to watch him take on Chavez Jr

'Things looked great in the training camp but three weeks out, I bruised my rib in sparring so I didn't spar for the rest of the week,' he added.

'Then two weeks out, I did 12 rounds on the pads and ended up skinning my knuckle really badly on my left hand so for the last two weeks, all I did was shadow box and run.

'After round eight or nine I was ahead, in fact going into the 11th, I was three rounds up on one of the judge's card. I thought it was closer and that I needed the last two rounds to win the fight. I probably got a bit more reckless in the 11th and I got caught with some big shots.

'I felt fine to continue but [trainer] Buddy [McGirt] wouldn't let me out for the 12th and I could see his reasons. At the time I wanted to continue but there was no fallout or anything.

'Martinez hasn't had a more competitive fight since he won the belt from Kelly Pavlik. Aside from the last round, in which he was looking to survive, it was a domination of Chavez. I don't think at any stage in the fight did he dominate me.'

Re-match: Macklin wants another crack at Sergio Martinez after losing to the Argentine back in March

Re-match: Macklin wants another crack at Sergio Martinez after losing to the Argentine back in March

Macklin is confident that victory over Chavez would land him a second tilt at a world title, assuming Martinez comes through his test against Murray.

'I gave Martinez a better run than Chavez did, bar the last round [when Martinez was knocked down],' he said. 'If the last round hadn't happened, I don't think there would be any talk of a rematch but because it did, it's a very sellable fight.

'A big win against Chavez on HBO in the States would certainly set up a rematch with Sergio Martinez.'

Macklin, who admitted he was glad to see British rival Darren Barker return to action with a convincing victory over Kerry Hope last Saturday, believes the triumvirate of himself, Barker and Murray could yet clash.

'It would definitely be better when one of us has a world title,' he said. 'If I beat Chavez and then have another good win in the States, I'm not going to leave HBO and fighting for world titles in America to come back for a non-title fight.

'But a world title is not an absolute must, it comes down to timing. Everyone has their own career and it comes down to when it suits both guys that a fight will be made.'

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Queens Park Rangers, Manchester City and Liverpool pay highest agents" fees

EXCLUSIVE: Man City, Liverpool and rock bottom QPR top chart of highest fees paid to agents

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UPDATED:

18:03 GMT, 30 November 2012

The Premier League club payments to agents over the last two transfer windows demonstrate the extent of the desperate financial gamble to keep QPR in the Premier League.

QPR paid out an astonishing 6.8million to the middle men – the third largest figure behind PL champions Manchester City (10.5m) and Liverpool (8.6m) – and a rise of 300 per cent from the last agents accounts (2.5m) which has still left them marooned at the bottom of the table.

Sky high: Julio Cesar joined Queens Park Rangers this summer after Inter Milan sought to offload him because of his lavish wage packet

Sky high: Julio Cesar joined Queens Park Rangers this summer after Inter Milan sought to offload him because of his lavish wage packet

New boy: Javi Garcia joined Manchester City from Benfica

New boy: Javi Garcia joined Manchester City from Benfica

THE FULL LIST OF CLUBS' FEES TO PLAYERS' AGENTS

1. Man City 10,537,982
2. Liverpool 8,600,444
3. QPR 6,818,688
4. Tottenham 6,595,905
5. Chelsea 6,490,382
6. Arsenal 5,580,873
7. West Ham Utd 4,436,992
8. Manchester Utd 3,681,580
9. Newcastle Utd 3,485,503
10. Everton 3,092,891
11. Aston Villa 2,730,539
12. Fulham 2,581,208
13. Sunderland 2,173,762
14. Reading 2,167,833
15. Wigan Athletic 1,974,305
16. Stoke City 1,717,266
17. West Brom 1,341,301
18. Norwich City 1,248,725
19. Swansea City 1,100,845
20. Southampton 646,106

TOTAL………………. 77,003,130

The combined 20-club fortune ending
up in the pockets of agents from October 2011 to September 2012 was 77million
-an increase from the 71.8million going out of the game from the previous
two windows.

During the elapsed period, there were 806 transactions in the English top-flight, however not all of which would have included agents' fees.

There is not much surprise that the
Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City head the agents fee table.

But more so
that Liverpool outspent Chelsea (6.4m) and Manchester United (3.6m)
by considerable amounts.

Tottenham, who just
missed out on Champions League football were the fourth biggest
beneficiaries to the agents with a 6.6m outlay.

In contrast to the clubs bankrolling
the agents to the tune of multi-millions, Southampton only handed over
646.106 whose chairman Nicola Cortese is the hardest of negotiators.

Surprised Tottenham came in fourth in the agents' fees list after signing the likes of Mousa Dembele

Surprised Tottenham came in fourth in the agents' fees list after signing the likes of Mousa Dembele

Import: Esteban Granero joined Rangers from Real Madrid

Import: Esteban Granero joined Rangers from Real Madrid

Another one: Brazil right back Maicon (left) also left Inter for the Premier League

Another one: Brazil right back Maicon (left) also left Inter for the Premier League

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QPR 1 Southampton 3 – match report

QPR 1 Southampton 3: Hughes on the brink as Saints win 'El Sackico' in style

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17:15 GMT, 17 November 2012

Nigel Adkins was left beaming in the battle of the basement boys – dubbed 'El Sackico' – as his Southampton side inflicted a crushing home defeat on Mark Hughes and QPR.

The futures of both managers were subject to intense speculation in the build-up to a Loftus Road encounter contested by the sides bottom and second-bottom of the standings.

QPR and Southampton had conceded 49 league goals between them prior to the game and the hosts' defence was breached 23 minutes in as Rickie Lambert bundled home his fifth of the season.

Quiet down, boo boys: Southampton came out on top in the battle of the bottom clubs

Quiet down, boo boys: Southampton came out on top in the battle of the bottom clubs

Feeling the heat: Mark Hughes faces an uncertain future after once again failing to win at home

Feeling the heat: Mark Hughes faces an uncertain future after once again failing to win at home

Match facts

QPR: Julio Cesar; Traore, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Bosingwa (Fabio 73); Diakite (Derry 71), Taarabt, Granero, Faurlin (Mackie 46); Cisse, Hoilett Subs not used: Green, Wright-Phillips, Dyer, Ehmer

Booked: Bosingwa

Goals: Hoilett 49

SOUTHAMPTON: Gazzaniga; Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw (Fox 74); Schneiderlin, Ramirez (S Davis 61), Cork, Lallana; Puncheon, Lambert (Rodriguez 90) Subs not used: K Davis, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Mayukav

Goals: Lambert 23, Puncheon 45, Ferdinand OG 83

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The Rs found themselves further
behind at the end of the first half as man-of-the-match Jason Puncheon
returned to haunt the club he spent a loan spell with last season,
striking home from the edge of the box.

Boos rang around Loftus Road at the
half-time whistle and the hosts came out rejuvenated for the second
period, with Junior Hoilett clawing one back four minutes in.

That, though, was to be as good as it
got for QPR as Southampton wrapped up victory when Anton Ferdinand
deflected home Morgan Schneiderlin's late cross.

Both managers stuck with the same
starting line-ups that played last weekend for today's crunch match
between the Premier League's two worst sides.

An impressive 3,203 visiting fans crammed into the School End and enjoyed a bright, if fruitless, opening spell.

Quick out the blocks: Ricky Lambert handed the visitors an early lead with a brave header

Quick out the blocks: Ricky Lambert handed the visitors an early lead with a brave header

Quick out the blocks: Ricky Lambert handed the visitors an early lead with a brave header

Southampton were quicker to settle
and captain Adam Lallana came close in the seventh minute, firing just
over after a neat one-two with Gaston Ramirez.

Just as a chorus of 'One Nigel
Adkins' ended, Saints had another chance as former QPR loanee Puncheon's
cross evaded Lallana in the box and clipped the far post.

While the visitors were enjoying the lion's share of possession, they were still looking shaky at the back.

Adel Taarabt – so often a threat for
QPR – highlighted that defensive fragility by breaking through
in-between Nathaniel Clyne and Jose Fonte, before forcing Paulo
Gazzaniga into a quick reaction save.

Net buster: Jason Puncheon doubled the Saints' advantage on the stroke of half-time

Net buster: Jason Puncheon doubled the Saints' advantage on the stroke of half-time

Net buster: Jason Puncheon doubled the Saints' advantage on the stroke of half-time

The Argentinian goalkeeper did not fare so well with a Hoilett shot less than a minute later, somewhat fumbling a parry behind.

Saints returned to the attack in the
22nd minute, when Lallana's dangerous ball across the six-yard box was
cleared behind for a corner from which Lambert saw an effort deflect
behind.

He was not to be denied for long,
though, and, when the resulting corner was not cleared properly, Ramirez
pulled back for Fonte, whose shot was prodded goalwards by Puncheon.
That effort was cleared off the line but Lambert showed his strength to
bundle home.

Saints continued to press forward
after the opener, although their defence was still looking uneasy as
Djibril Cisse and Hoilett threatened to level.

Southampton players claimed a
handball against Ryan Nelsen and Jack Cork tested Julio Cesar as they
pushed for another, which came on the stroke of half-time.

Lifeline: Junior Hoilett halved the arrears for QPR, but it proved to be a false dawn

Lifeline: Junior Hoilett halved the arrears for QPR, but it proved to be a false dawn

Lifeline: Junior Hoilett halved the arrears for QPR, but it proved to be a false dawn

Puncheon started the move on the
right and, when he collected the ball from Clyne, turned Alejandro
Faurlin to fire home a left-footed strike.

QPR were booed off at half-time after their inept display and Hughes replaced Faurlin with Jamie Mackie when play resumed.

The west Londoners began brightly and, after Gazzaniga dealt with a Cisse volley, they reduced the deficit.

Adel Taarabt floated in a cross and lost his man, allowing Hoilett to nod home unchallenged in the 49th minute.

They were still looking poor, though,
and Puncheon forced Cesar to save and then provided a cross that
Lambert came close to turning home.

The Saints striker and Schneiderlin
were both thwarted with long-range efforts, before Ferdinand did well to
stop Ramirez getting through on goal.

Out of ideas: Try as they might, QPR just couldn't find a way back into the match

Out of ideas: Try as they might, QPR just couldn't find a way back into the match

Out of ideas: Try as they might, QPR just couldn't find a way back into the match

Puncheon was far and away Southampton's standout player and was causing the QPR defence no end of hassle.

After scuffing wide, the winger came
close with a drilled effort and then saw a low effort from an acute
angle tipped wide by Cesar.

Cisse lashed well wide at the other
end and, after Jose Bosingwa's substitution was cheered by home fans, he
tried to score with an overhead kick.

The game was flowing from end to end and Cesar had to be at his best to deny a Maya Yoshida scissor-kick 10 minutes from time.

Nelsen headed straight at Gazzaniga
moments later and then Saints secured victory, with Puncheon playing a
short corner to Schneiderlin for the Frenchman's cross to squeeze in off
Ferdinand at Cesar's near post.

QPR fans bellowed 'You're only here
for the money' at their players and duly booed the side off at the end
of the game, while Adkins and the Saints fans celebrated their first
points earned away from home.

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QPR 1 Reading 1: Match report

QPR 1 Reading 1: Cisse saves Rangers from defeat… but Hughes still looking for first win

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16:00 GMT, 4 November 2012

QPR and Reading both remain without a win in the Barclays Premier League this season after cancelling each other out at Loftus Road.

The visitors began the brighter and took the lead in the 16th minute, former QPR defender Kaspars Gorkss volleying in after Rangers were all at sea defending a corner.

The hosts were booed off at half-time but ramped up the pressure at the start of the second half and equalised in the 66th minute through Djibril Cisse.

Leveller: Djibril Cisse scored a crucial equaliser for QPR just after the hour mark

Leveller: Djibril Cisse scored a crucial equaliser for QPR just after the hour mark

One up: Kaspars Gorkss (centre) wheels away after firing his side into the lead after 16 minutes

One up: Kaspars Gorkss (centre) wheels away after firing his side into the lead after 16 minutes

MATCH FACTS

QPR: Julio Cesar, Traore (Onuoha 84), Ferdinand, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Diakite, Taarabt, Granero, Cisse, Mackie (Zamora 81), Hoilett

Subs not used: Green, Hill, Derry, Wright-Phillips, Faurlin

Goal: Cisse 66

Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Shorey, Morrison, Gorkss, Leigertwood, McAnuff (Robson-Kanu 79), Tabb, Hunt, McCleary (Kebe 62), Roberts (Le Fondre 88)

Subs not used: Federici, Pearce, Cummings, Pogrebnyak

Booked: Hunt, Le Fondre

Goal: Gorkss 16

Referee: Michael Oliver

Attendance: 16,797

And QPR would have won it but for a
brilliant save from Alex McCarthy to deny Adel Taarabt, the second
stunning stop of the afternoon from the Reading keeper.

The result did little to help either
team, with Rangers remaining five points from safety – although they did
climb off the bottom for 24 hours at least – and Reading only a point
ahead.

Brian McDermott's side were looking to
bounce back from their remarkable Capital One Cup defeat by Arsenal in
midweek, where they led 4-0 only to lose 7-5 after extra-time.

There was no hangover as they began
with much more urgency than the home side and Jobi McAnuff's dangerous
cross had be to cleared from in front of the near post by Anton
Ferdinand, before Noel Hunt saw his shot deflected just wide.

Cisse was back in the QPR side and had
dyed his hair blue for the occasion, and the Frenchman had Rangers'
first decent effort in the 12th minute with a shot just over the angle
of post and bar.

Powerless: Julio Cesar was unable to keep the ball out as Gorkss rifled it past the Brazilian goalkeeper

Powerless: Julio Cesar was unable to keep the ball out as Gorkss rifled it past the Brazilian goalkeeper

Hot seat: QPR owner Tony Fernandes sat in Mark Hughes' chair ahead of the game at Loftus Road

Hot seat: QPR owner Tony Fernandes sat in Mark Hughes' chair ahead of the game at Loftus Road

Breakthrough: Cisse slid to knock the ball past the goalkeeper and into the side netting

Breakthrough: Cisse slid to knock the ball past the goalkeeper and into the side netting

Reading possessed much the greater threat, though, and they took a deserved lead in the 16th minute from a Nicky Shorey corner.

Sean Morrison headed against the bar
and Gorkss volleyed in his first Premier League goal, with Julio Cesar
getting a hand to the ball but only helping it into the net.

The Latvian declined to celebrate
against the club he left last summer but QPR will be sick of the sight
of him after Gorkss also netted in Reading's Capital One Cup win earlier
this season.

The home fans began to vent their
frustration and the chances their side were creating were hardly
clear-cut ones, with Cisse screwing a shot wide and Taarabt firing over
and then twice shooting straight at McCarthy.

QPR did go much closer in the 38th minute after Morrison fouled Jamie Mackie on the edge of the box.

Tussle: Jamie Mackie (left) challenges Sean Morrison as the pair fight for possession

Tussle: Jamie Mackie (left) challenges Sean Morrison as the pair fight for possession

Under fire: Mark Hughes has had a slow start to the season with Queens Park Rangers

The boss: Fernandes was at Loftud Road keeping an eye on his club in action

Under fire: Mark Hughes, right, has had a tough start to the season with QPR, as Fernandes was at Loftus Road to watch his team in action

Indeed they would have scored but for a
stunning save from McCarthy, who pushed Esteban Granero's free-kick
onto the bar, with Jose Bosingwa firing the rebound just over.

Three minutes into the second half
Granero was given another chance from virtually the same position when
Jay Tabb felled Samba Diakite, but this time he curled his shot just
wide.

Reading seemed content to sit on their
lead and QPR began to pile on the pressure, with Junior Hoilett and
Cisse both seeing shots blocked, but still the goal would not come.

The hosts' momentum was disrupted by
an injury to Hunt, who caught an elbow in the face from Granero, which
referee Michael Oliver deemed to be accidental.

Seasoned: Jason Roberts looks to dispossess Armand Traore

Seasoned: Jason Roberts looks to dispossess Armand Traore

Jubilant: Cisse looked overjoyed after he made the breakthrough for QPR

Jubilant: Cisse looked overjoyed after he made the breakthrough for QPR

It did not take QPR long to pick up
where they left off, though, and this time they got their reward as
Cisse took one touch to control a cross from Bosingwa and beat Morrison
before finding the bottom corner.

Taarabt then continued his personal
duel with McCarthy but again the keeper was equal to the 25-yard shot,
diving to his right to push it away.

Reading have found holding onto leads
impossible so far this season but they set out to restore their
advantage, with substitute Jimmy Kebe firing just wide after a great run
and Jason Roberts seeing a shot blocked by Ferdinand.

It was QPR who looked more likely to
find a winner, though, and Taarabt thought he had when he was played
clean through by Cisse in the 83rd minute, but McCarthy stuck out a hand
and a foot to divert the shot behind.

The striker had run off to celebrate and held his head in his hands but, great save though it was, he really should have scored.

There was a frenetic five minutes of
injury time featuring scares for both sides and a booking for diving for
Reading substitute Adam Le Fondre, but no more goals.

Why always me Mark Hughes was looking for his first win this season with QPR

Why always me Mark Hughes was looking for his first win this season with QPR

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David Moyes frustrated by refereeing decision

Moyes slates ref's 'rubbish decision' after Pienaar sees red for two yellow cards

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18:13 GMT, 21 October 2012

Everton boss David Moyes described Steven Pienaar's sending off as 'a rubbish decision by the referee' after watching his side draw 1-1 at QPR.

Julio Cesar's own goal cancelled out
Junior Hoilett's early opener for Rangers, but Everton, and Phil Jagielka in
particular, had to defend desperately at times after they had Pienaar
sent off in the 61st minute.

As well as the sending off, referee Jon Moss turned down a strong penalty claim after Hoilett took a tumble in the area in the 80th minute.

Off you go: Steven Pienaar (right) was sent off for a soft-looking foul on Jose Bosingwa

Off you go: Steven Pienaar (right) was sent off for a soft-looking foul on Jose Bosingwa

'He had a poor game all day,' a frustrated Moyes said about Moss.

The Toffees boss added: 'I am happy with the point. We went down to 10 men and the players dug in. Overall it was a hard point.'

QPR boss Mark Hughes felt his side deserved to win and felt aggrieved by Moss' refusal to give his side a penalty late in the game.

He said: 'I think it's an important point, but ideally we would have preferred to take the maximum because I feel our performance warranted that.

'Overall I thought some of our play was excellent today, in the first half I thought we created some good movement, a stonewall penalty cancelled out.

'The referee was only about four yards away from it so why he hasn't given it I don't know.

Frustrated: Both David Moyes and Mark Hughes felt aggrieved by referee Jon Moss' decisions

Frustrated: Both David Moyes and Mark Hughes felt aggrieved by referee Jon Moss' decisions

Upset: Pienaar held his head in his hands after receiving his second yellow card

Upset: Pienaar held his head in his hands after receiving his second yellow card

'The goal we conceded was due to not picking up from a set play and we need to do better than that.'

Everton defender Phil Jagielka hailed the visitors' spirit as they held on for the draw.

'It shows the spirit we've got, we dug in,' the England centre-back told Sky Sports 1.

'Once we went down to 10 men I thought we did a very good job and limited them to very few chances.'

Everton captain Phil Neville felt his side deserved their point.

'I think so,' he said. 'With Steven Pienaar getting sent off it was backs to the wall. We knew QPR were going to be fighting for their lives.

'I think when we went down to 10 men we would have taken a point.'

Pienaar was dismissed for a second yellow card for a soft-looking foul on Jose Bosingwa.

'I think the second booking was a little bit harsh,' added Neville.

Reward: Moyes believes his side deserved the point after battling on with 10 men

Reward: Moyes believes his side deserved the point after battling on with 10 men

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PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Chelsea v Norwich, Swansea v Reading, West Brom v QPR, Wigan v Everton

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

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14:55 GMT, 6 October 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Chelsea's home clash with Norwich highlights four games kicking off at 3pm. Elsewhere, it is Swansea v Reading, West Brom v QPR and Wigan v Everton. Send me your thoughts on the action at dan.ripley@dailymail.co.uk or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

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Chelsea 3-1 Norwich

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Swansea 0-2 Reading

West Brom 2-1 QPR

Wigan 2-1 Everton

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15.48: Half-time: West Brom 2-1 QPR

Half-time: Wigan 2-1 Everton

Half-time: Swansea 0-2 Reading

15.47: Half-time: Chelsea 3-1 Norwich

15.46: GOAL! Swansea 0-2 READING

A scoreline that slightly flatters Reading but take nothing away from the quality of the second strike as Noel Hunt volleys home with just a minute before half-time. Can the Royals hang on in the second-half

15.45: West Brom should restore their two-goal lead! Gera gets into a one-on-one contest with Julio Cesar but the former Inter Milan keeper comes out on top with a fine save to keep out the Hungarian's low strike.

15.44: From OptaJoe:

100 – Pavel Pogrebnyak's goal was Reading's 100th in Premier League history. Centurions.

15.42: West Brom nearly restore their two-goal lead, but Youssouf Mulumbu's effort from the edge of the box is disappointingly off target for the Baggies.

15.39: It's all Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Oscar pulls out all the skills on the edge of the box before forcing a decent stop from John Ruddy.

15.36: GOAL! West Brom 2-1 QPR

Majestic from Adel Taarabt who is some talent when he can be bothered. After doing excellently to control Esteban Granero's pass on the chest, the playmaker follow sup with a stunning volley past a helpless Ben Foster to pull one back for the Hoops.

Total control: Eden Hazard converts Chelsea's third goal against Norwich

Total control: Eden Hazard converts Chelsea's third goal against Norwich

15.34: GOAL! Swansea 0-1 READING

Michel Vorm is normally so reliable for Swansea but not today. The Royals haven't been electric so far but they are in the lead after Pavel Pogrebnyak's strike somehow squeezes through the Dutchman's hands.

15.31: GOAL! CHELSEA 3-1 Norwich

Complacency isn't going to affect Chelsea today. From a cleared corner, Juan Mata picks up the ball on the counter before going on a fantastic run that ends with a sublime pass for Eden Hazard to finish superbly.

15.28: From OptaJoe:

3 – Frank Lampard has scored in each of his three Premier League appearances against Norwich at Stamford Bridge. Expected.

Back in front: Franco Di Santo celebrates after retaking the lead for Wigan

Back in front: Franco Di Santo celebrates after retaking the lead for Wigan

15.25: GOAL! WIGAN 2-1 Everton

Franco Di Santo justifies his inclusion by latching on to Kone's cutback to fire home and retake the lead for the Latics. Nothing wrong with that one – just great play.

15.24: GOAL! CHELSEA 2-1 Norwich

No sweat for the European champions, as Frank Lampard pounces like a predator from the edge of the box to complete the Blues' comeback in very little time.

15.23: GOAL! WEST BROM 2-0 QPR

Anton Ferdinand makes a mess trying to clear James Morrison's cross, allowing Zoltan Gera to bundle home a loose ball and double the hosts' lead.

15.21: The Baggies nearly double their lead over a QPR side chasing shadows so far. This time it's Morrison who feeds Long, with the striker firing over from inside the box.

15.18: From OptaJoe:

6 – Everton have scored more headers than any other team in the Premier League this season. Speciality.

Business as usual: Fernando Torres recovers the ball for Chelsea after equalising against Norwich

Business as usual: Fernando Torres recovers the ball for Chelsea after equalising against Norwich

15.15: GOAL! CHELSEA 1-1 Norwich

Speaking of all square, normal service is resumed at Stamford Bridge as Fernando Torres doesn't mess up for a second time by nodding home Branislav Ivanovic's cross.

15.13: GOAL! Wigan 1-1 EVERTON

All square again within minutes, as Steven Pienaar's cross is converted by goal machine, Nikica Jelavic. That Latics opener really did wind the Toffees up.

15.12: GOAL! Chelsea 0-1 NORWICH

Anyone see this coming I certainly didn't, but Grant Holt has fired the visitors into a shock lead after latching on to a knockdown from Wes Hoolahan's cross to bury past Petr Cech.

15.11: GOAL! WIGAN 1-0 Everton

Controversy at the DW Stadium. Nothing wrong with Arouna Kone's header from a Shaun Maloney cross to put the Latics ahead…except he looks about a yard offside.

15.09: More teams are using their heads, just not as well, as Swansea's Ashley Williams heads wide from a free-kick against Reading.

Quick out the blocks: West Brom celebrate James Morrison's (right) opening goal against QPR

Quick out the blocks: West Brom celebrate James Morrison's (right) opening goal against QPR

15.07: GOAL! WEST BROM 1-0 QPR

Excellent play from Shane Long, who makes space on the flank to deliver a superb cross for James Morrison to nod home.

15.04: The question at Stamford Bridge seems to be not if Chelsea will beat Norwich but by how many.

They nearly take an early lead too but Fernando Torres somehow blows a certain chance to score by making a hash of his run in on goal before being tackled by Leon Barnett.

15.01: Away we go folks…

14.58: The players are making their way out across the country. It's a lovely sunny autumnal afternoon across all four grounds.

14.55: From InfostradaLive:

WBA are the only club in all four English leagues yet to concede a goal at home this season

14.52: West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie returns after a three-match suspension in place of injured skipper Chris Brunt for the home Barclays Premier League clash with bottom placed QPR.

Baggies boss Steve Clarke also brings in Gabriel Tamas for injured right-back Billy Jones.

QPR boss Mark Hughes is boosted by the return of defenders Anton Ferdinand and Jose Bosingwa after injury while midfielder Adel Taarabt is handed his first start since the opening day of the season.

Included: John Mikel Obi, Ashley Cole (3) and John Terry feature for Chelsea

Included: John Mikel Obi, Ashley Cole (3) and John Terry feature for Chelsea

14.49: And the full team news from the Hawthorns where the Baggies are aiming to move up to a lofty third against the Premier League's bottom side:

West Brom v QPR
West Brom: Foster, Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Yacob, Mulumbu, Gera, Morrison, Odemwingie, Long. Subs: Luke Daniels, Rosenberg, Dorrans, Jara Reyes, Lukaku, Dawson, Fortune.

QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Granero, Mbia, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Park, Zamora. Subs: Green, Traore, Cisse, Mackie, Onuoha, Hoilett, Faurlin.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

14.46: The Blues will hope to make it six wins in seven at Stamford Bridge, where they host a Canaries side sitting in the bottom three:

Chelsea v Norwich
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Ramires,
Moses, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Bertrand.

Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Garrido, Elliott Bennett, Howson, Hoolahan, Johnson, Tettey, Holt. Subs: Bunn, Turner, Snodgrass, Jackson, Pilkington, Morison, Ryan Bennett.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Faith in Franco: Di Santo is included in the Wigan starting XI in place of Jordi Gomez

Faith in Franco: Di Santo is included in the Wigan starting XI in place of Jordi Gomez

14.43: Everton boss David Moyes is able to name an unchanged team for his side's trip to the DW Stadium today with Nikica Jelavic looking to build on his double that sunk Southampton at Goodison Park last week.

Depending on results the Toffees could conceivably finish the day at the Barclays Premier League summit but boss David Moyes will be more concerned with gaining three points and maintaining his side's excellent start to the season.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez makes one change, with Franco Di Santo coming in to replace Jordi Gomez, despite the Spaniard successfully appealing against the red card he was issued at Sunderland last week.

14.40: John Terry and Ashley Cole both start as Chelsea make three changes for today's Barclays Premier League game against Norwich.

Terry returns to captain the European champions and Cole remains at left-back – amid the extraordinary fallout from the former's Football Association racism case – with Eden Hazard and John Mikel Obi also recalled.

Sebastien Bassong returns from injury to start for Norwich, who ring the changes, with Alex Tettey handed his full Premier League debut and Grant Holt, Wes Hoolahan and Elliott Bennett all drafted in.

14.37: It's full-time at the Etihad Stadium, where Manchester City have cruised to a 3-0 win against Sunderland. They move into second place just a point behind Chelsea in the table.

14.34: Everton could go top today if they win at Wigan (and Norwich win at Chelsea), who are eying three points at the DW Stadium to pull away from the bottom three:

Wigan v Everton
Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo, Maloney. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Watson, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Miyaichi.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Distin, Gueye, Anichebe, Duffy.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Back in the side: Wayne Routledge (centre) comes into the Swansea team

Back in the side: Wayne Routledge (centre) comes into the Swansea team

14.31: Swansea boss Michael Laudrup makes one change to his starting line-up for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash with Reading at the Liberty Stadium.

The sole adjustment from last Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Stoke sees Wayne Routledge come into the Swans side for the benched Pablo Hernandez, with skipper Ashley Williams – this week named as the new Wales captain – passed fit to continue in defence.

There is also only one alteration to the Royals' first XI from their 2-2 draw with Newcastle as Jay Tabb replaces the injured Mikele Leigertwood.

14.28: Swansea have gone four games without a win, while the Royals still seek three points. A draw it is then at the Liberty Stadium:

Swansea v Reading
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Michu, Ki, Routledge, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Hernandez, Shechter, Moore, de Guzman, Tiendalli.

Reading: McCarthy, Shorey, Mariappa, Gorkss, Cummings, McAnuff, Karacan, Tabb, Kebe, Pogrebnyak, Hunt. Subs: Stuart Taylor, Pearce, Le Fondre, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Guthrie, Roberts.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

14.25: As ever we have Martin Keown to preview the weekend's Premier League action with his boot room. As well as covering Joe Hart and Andy Carroll, the former Arsenal defender has called on Swansea boss Michael Laudrup to be a little less shy on the touchline.

14.20: Already there is one game going on in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium, where Manchester City and Sunderland are playing out the last 15 minutes.

For all the latest from that match, click here to follow our live coverage with Nick Metcalfe – where Mario Balotelli is again under the spotlight.

14.15: That pesky Europa League has made a mess of our Saturday afternoon again hasn't it It's just the four Premier League games kicking off at 3pm, but we do feature Chelsea, as the European champions take on Norwich at Stamford Bridge. Team news from that and the three other games are on the way.

Going for goals: Chelsea, Swansea, Everton and West Brom feature from 3pm

Going for goals: Chelsea, Swansea, Everton and West Brom feature from 3pm

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EXCLUSIVE: Amir Khan appoints Virgil Hunter as trainer

EXCLUSIVE: Khan appoints Ward's trainer Hunter as replacement for Roach

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UPDATED:

13:13 GMT, 27 September 2012

Virgil Hunter, the American who guided Andre Ward to his Super Six Final conquest of Carl Froch, is set to be appointed as Amir Khan’s new trainer.

Ward, who unified two of the world super-middleweight titles with his victory over Froch the Nottingham Cobra, has been developed by Hunter into one of the top five pound-for-pound boxers on the planet.

Team Khan have chosen Hunter to replace Freddie Roach, the Hall of Famer regarded by many as the best trainer in the world, following two consecutive defeats.

Replaced: Amir Khan (right) has swapped Freddie Roach (left) with Virgil Hunter

Replaced: Amir Khan (right) has swapped Freddie Roach (left) with Virgil Hunter

Khan’s chief concern was that he was a second priority to Manny Pacuiao for Roach, who is also involved with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

But the knock-out defeat inflicted by Danny Garcia in his most recent bout raised some alarm about the need for more focus on his defensive skills.

Under Hunter’s tutelage, Ward has become almost as difficult to hit as Floyd Mayweather Jnr. Khan is turning to him in the realisation that he cannot afford another set-back after being first robbed of his world light-welterweight championshp by drugs cheat Lamont Peterson, then stopped by Garcia in his first attempt to regain a title.

Kahn was known to have been in talks with several leading trainers, including Hunter, and the decision has now been taken.

Before they came to a deal, Hunter said: ‘Amir is very talented and an exceptional offensive boxer.

Not again: Khan lost to Danny Garcia under Roach's tutelage

Not again: Khan lost to Danny Garcia under Roach's tutelage

Not again: Khan lost to Danny Garcia under Roach's tutelage

But there are some aspects that need correcting.Personally I don’t think that would be too difficult to achieved and then he should be able to regain his position as a world champion.’

When asked if the old doubts about Khan’s chin had re-surfaced against Garcia, Hunter said: ’One thing they do need to is keep him away from big punchers for the moment.’

Having trained predominantly of late at Roach’s fabled Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, it should be a simple transition for Khan to relocate at Ward’s home town of Oakland in northern California.

He is scheduled to being rebuilding his career on December 15. A home-coming fight at Manchester’s MEN Arena has been mooted for that date but the union with Hunter makes it more likely to take place in America.

Khan is presumably satisfied that Hunter’s commitments with Ward – who recently defeated world light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson – will not limit his own training time.

Orchestrator: Under Virgil Hunter, Andre Ward (above) has become one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet

Orchestrator: Under Virgil Hunter, Andre Ward (above) has become one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet