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DJ Campbell to return to QPR

Harry hoping DJ can put QPR in a spin with striker set to return from Ipswich

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UPDATED:

12:23 GMT, 31 December 2012

Harry Redknapp is hoping that DJ Campbell can help fire QPR to safety when he returns from a three-month loan spell at Ipswich this week.

Campbell’s Hoops career appeared to be over under Mark Hughes as he was frozen out the first-team squad and then sent to Portman Road on a temporary basis in October.

In a spin: DJ Campbell is heading back to Loftus Road in January after shining on loan at Ipswich

In a spin: DJ Campbell is heading back to Loftus Road in January after shining on loan at Ipswich

But a run of 10 goals in 16 games for Mick McCarthy’s Championship strugglers has seen the 31-year-old catch the eye and he will be thrust back into Rangers’ Premier League squad on his return to Loftus Road.

With both Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson out with long-term injuries Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie are the only fit strikers currently available to Redknapp.

The former Spurs boss is expected to bring in a frontman to bolster QPR’s survival bid once the transfer window opens but Campbell’s services will still be required as Rangers look to haul themselves to safety.

Welcome him back with open arms: QPR boss Harry Redknapp needs to bolster his attacking options

Welcome him back with open arms: QPR boss Harry Redknapp needs to bolster his attacking options

Sir Alex Ferguson hits back at criticism of his treatment of officials by slamming Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Pardew's the worst! Ferguson hits back at criticism for haranguing officials with attack on manager of 'wee club' Newcastle

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11:33 GMT, 28 December 2012

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Sir Alex Ferguson has launched a withering attack on Alan Pardew and Newcastle after the Manchester United manager was criticised for confronting referee Mike Dean during the Boxing Day clash at Old Trafford.

Ferguson was furious that Dean overruled his assistant and allowed Jonny Evans’ own-goal to stand because Papiss Cisse, standing in an offside position, was not interfering with play.

Pardew criticised Ferguson afterwards but the United boss hit back this morning, accusing his opposite number of hypocrisy after he shoved a linesman in a match with Tottenham in August and branding Newcastle ‘a wee club in the north-east’.

Angry protests: Sir Alex Ferguson remonstrates with referee Mike Dean after Jonny Evans put through his own net with Newcastle's Papiss Cisse apparently in an offside position during the Boxing Day match at Old Trafford

Angry protests: Sir Alex Ferguson remonstrates with referee Mike Dean after Jonny Evans put through his own net with Newcastle's Papiss Cisse apparently in an offside position during the Boxing Day match at Old Trafford

The worst: Ferguson claimed his Newcastle United counterpart Alan Pardew is the worst for haranguing officials

The worst: Ferguson claimed his Newcastle United counterpart Alan Pardew is the worst for haranguing officials

Point to make: Newcastle assistant manager John Carver gets in a barb at assistant Jake Collin as fourth official Neil Swarbrick restrains him

Point to make: Newcastle assistant manager John Carver gets in a barb at assistant Jake Collin as fourth official Neil Swarbrick restrains him

Ferguson said: ‘Alan Pardew has come
out and criticised me. Alan Pardew is the worst for haranguing referees.
His whole staff, every game. He was at it the whole game on Wednesday.

‘He shoved a linesman and makes a joke
of it, and then has the cheek to criticise me. Unbelievable. He forgets
the help I gave him by the way,

‘The press have had a good field day out of it. They’ve addressed every avenue, the only one left is Barack Obama.

‘It’s because I’m the manager of the
most famous club in the world. I’m not like Newcastle, a wee club in the
north east, but that’s life.’

Harangued: Ferguson also protested with assistant referee Jake Collin during the Boxing Day encounter

Harangued: Ferguson also protested with assistant referee Jake Collin during the Boxing Day encounter

Complaint: Ferguson has words with Mike Dean after a Jonny Evans own goal was allowed to stand despite Newcastle's Papiss Cisse standing in an offside position

Complaint: Ferguson has words with Mike Dean after a Jonny Evans own goal was allowed to stand despite Newcastle's Papiss Cisse standing in an offside position

Ferguson defended his protestations to
Dean and praised the referee for his handling of the incident in
United’s 4-3 win. The referee did not include it in his report so
Ferguson will not face any action from the FA.

‘There was no ranting and raving from
me,’ he added. ‘I was demonstrative, but I’m always demonstrative.
Everyone knows that, I’m an emotional guy. That isn’t to say I was
abusive to the referee, I wasn’t.

‘Some managers shove linesmen on the
pitch and make a joke. I’m not making a joke of this, it was serious
decision and I think it should have been disallowed.

Surrounded: Manchester United players Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra confront Mike Dean

Surrounded: Manchester United players Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra confront Mike Dean

‘He was walking towards the tunnel and
I shouted him over. He came over towards me and I came over towards
him. I wasn’t on the pitch for more than three or four yards and then we
walked together.

‘I thought the player was interfering
with play, Mike didn’t think it was. He handled it well because he’s a
mature, experienced referee.’

When managers collide…

Today's spat between Ferguson and Pardew is, of course, not the first time managers have been at loggerheads. It's not the first time the bosses of Manchester United and Newcastle have come to verbal blows either. Who can forget Kevin Keegan losing it live on air as Ferguson's mind games took their toll during the 1995-1996 title run-in…

And 20 years before that, there was no love lost between Brian Clough and Don Revie. Clough took over from Revie as manager of Leeds United in 1974 but lasted just seven weeks in the job. Never one to go quietly, he went head-to-head with his predecessor live on TV just after his dismissal.

You should"ve gone to Specsavers! Redknapp furious with officials after defeat leaves QPR bottom

You should've gone to Specsavers! Redknapp furious with officials after defeat leaves QPR bottom

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UPDATED:

19:43 GMT, 26 December 2012

Harry Redknapp launched a stinging attack on referee Chris Foy and his two assistants after QPR sunk to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League with a controversial defeat to West Brom.

Chris Brunt put Albion ahead with a 30-yard strike before the visitors doubled their lead four minutes after the restart with a goal that infuriated the QPR manager.

Robert Green went to collect a looping ball coming down from the heavens off Armand Traore, but was impeded on the line by Baggies striker Marc-Antoine Fortune, who leaned in to the goalkeeper and he duly dropped the ball in to his own net.

Own goal: Robert Green is bundled into the net by Marc-Antoine Fortune

Own goal: Robert Green is bundled into the net by Marc-Antoine Fortune

QPR's players protested furiously, but Foy let the goal stand.

The hosts pulled one back through Djibril Cisse and they piled on the pressure, with Redknapp thinking his team should have had a penalty in the dying minutes of the encounter at Loftus Road when Liam Ridgewell clearly handled Stephane Mbia's header in the West Brom box.

'I think they were awful decisions. I think the ref got it completely wrong,' said an irate Redknapp.

'It was a blatant foul (on Green). How can the keeper play the ball when a fella' is backing him over the line

'He can't get around him. If he pushes him over or out the way it's a penalty.

'He had no intention of getting the ball he just wanted to stop the 'keeper getting to the ball. It was obstruction, how can it stand

'I asked the linesman how did he not see the penalty.

'Ridgewell's hand was up there, it's the most blatant handball and he couldn't see it.

'The linesman said it was murky down in that corner and he couldn't see it, maybe he should go to Specsavers or somewhere.'

Fury: Redknapp (right) was not happy with the officials' performance

Fury: Redknapp (right) was not happy with the officials' performance

West Brom boss Steve Clarke insisted Fortune did not wrongfully impede the England stopper, however.

'I didn't think it was a foul,' said the Scot, whose side remain in the hunt for at least a top-five place thanks to the win.

'I just saw the ball go up and then in the net. I was confused. I've seen it on the video and I don't think he has done a lot wrong.

'I didn't think it was much of a foul to be honest.

'And with the penalty appeal if it hadn't have hit his hand it would have hit his face so I think it's the correct decision.'

Redknapp had hit out at his over-paid and under-achieving players at the weekend when they lost to Newcastle and the move seemed to work at the start of today's game as Rangers started brightly.

QPR lacked a cutting edge up front, however. Cisse was anonymous until he beat Ben Foster with 22 minutes left and the only other real save the Baggies stopper had to make came in injury time from a Clint Hill header.

Back in it: Cisse halved the deficit for QPR

Back in it: Cisse halved the deficit for QPR

West Brom, on the other hand, were far more clinical. Green could not stop the perfectly placed first-half strike from Brunt and he did well to twice deny Romelu Lukaku, who once again put in an impressive display up front.

Clarke's team could move in to the top four if things go their way this weekend and the Baggies boss was delighted with his team's victory today.

'I thought it was deserved,' he said.

'In the first half we were the better team and we deserved to be in front. We should have got a third or fourth.'

Clarke was forced to change his plans just before the match after his team got stuck in traffic caused by a tube strike that saw the Premier League postpone Arsenal's home game against West Ham until tomorrow.

He said: 'We told the Premier League that if there would be traffic chaos in at Arsenal against West Ham, there might be traffic chaos in west London as well, especially with the shopping centre next door, but they say we had to play.

'It took us an hour to get five miles, but it didn't affect us.'

Manchester United 4 Newcastle 3 match report: Javier Hernandez winner

Manchester United 4 Newcastle 3: Hernandez nets late winner to settle thriller after Fergie rages at officials again

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

In the final minute of a thrilling encounter Javier Hernandez netted his 10th goal of the season and sent Manchester United seven points clear at the top of the table.

Three times Newcastle led in the search for their first Old Trafford win since 1972 and three times they were pegged back.

Their pain at defeat, Sir Alex Ferguson's altercation with the officials and a serious looking injury to Vurnon Anita were the only sad aspects of a staggering day that showed off all that is so alluring about English football.

Decider: Javier Hernandez struck the late winner in typically clinical fashion

Decider: Javier Hernandez struck the late winner in typically clinical fashion

Seeing red: Sir Ferguson was furious with referee Mike Dean and the officials after Newcastle's second goal

Seeing red: Sir Ferguson was furious with referee Mike Dean and the officials after Newcastle's second goal

Match facts

Man United: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes (Cleverley 69), Giggs, Van Persie, Hernandez (Fletcher 90).

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Vidic, Buttner, Wootton, Tunnicliffe.

Booked: Evans, Valencia, Hernandez.

Goals: Evans 25, Evra 58, Van Persie 71, Hernandez 90.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Anita, Perch, Bigirimana (Obertan 65), Cisse (Sammy Ameobi 79), Ba (Shola Ameobi 71), Marveaux.

Subs not used: Elliot, Ferguson, Tavernier, Campbell.

Booked: Simpson, Williamson, Cisse.

Goals: Perch 4, Evans 28 og, Cisse 68.

Att: 75,596

Ref: Mike Dean (Wirral)

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After stumbling at Swansea, the last thing Ferguson wanted was a nosedive against Newcastle.

Yet the worries began when the teams were announced.

With Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young
injured and Danny Welbeck out through illness, Ferguson was short of
attacking options beyond Hernandez and Robin van Persie.

Even more concerning was the presence
of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in the same starting line-up for the
first time since September.

With a combined age of 77, a sizeable
number of Red Devils followers now believe it is time one of the pair –
or both – should be pensioned off.

It is a harsh judgement given what
Giggs and Scholes have done down the years, but with Michael Carrick
also present it was clear Newcastle were not going to be over-run down
the middle of the pitch.

For all this, it was in defence where the hosts were found so badly wanting.

The conditions were against him, but
after Carrick gifted the visitors' possession to the visitors cheaply
inside his own half, David De Gea should have done much better than
meekly parry Demba Ba's skimmer straight to James Perch.

For a player who had never previously
scored for Newcastle, Perch could hardly have hoped for an easier
opportunity to break his duck.

Opener: James Perch celebrates his goal

Opener: James Perch celebrates his goal

Good Evans: The United defender scored just three minutes before putting the ball in his own net

Good Evans: The United defender scored just three minutes before putting the ball in his own net

Good Evans: The United defender scored just three minutes before putting the ball in his own net

Behind once more, United's attempts to force their way back were not convincing.

But when Van Persie drilled a free-kick into the Newcastle box, Hernandez pounced on the loose ball.

The Mexican's shot was blocked by Tim Krul, only for Jonny Evans to slide into the empty net.

It was the start of a hectic period
for the Northern Irishman, who was booked for handball after becoming
the third player this season – following Rooney and Gareth Bale – to
score at both ends.

Fury: Ferguson told Mike Dean exactly what he thought

Fury: Ferguson told Mike Dean exactly what he thought

Fury: Ferguson told Mike Dean exactly what he thought

That hardly tells the whole story
though, as the debate over what now constitutes offside erupted after
Evans turned a shot from United old-boy Danny Simpson past De Gea.

As Graham Poll quickly confirmed on Twitter
referee Mike Dean had got it right; it can only be assumed Papiss Cisse
remained 'non-active' despite pressurising Evans from an offside
position.

Ferguson was not similarly convinced.

As Dean made his way onto the pitch
for the start of the second-half, Ferguson confronted the referee to
make his feelings known.

Fourth official Neil Swarbrick also
got it in the neck before the United manager rounded on assistant
referee Jake Collin, who had initially raised his flag, believing Cisse
had got the final touch.

Back in it: Patrice Evra made it 2-2 just before the hour mark

Back in it: Patrice Evra made it 2-2 just before the hour mark

Three and easy: Papiss Cisse thought he'd won it for Newcastle

Three and easy: Papiss Cisse thought he'd won it for Newcastle

Thankfully, Dean had the good sense to speak to his fellow official at the time, ensuring justice was done.

For United, the spin-off was that the
hairdryer treatment sparked a marked improvement and just before the
hour Evra hauled them level for a second time when his low shot beat
Krul to the bottom corner.

Yet the cruise to victory never materialised.

Instead came more of the Kamikaze defending that has characterised United's season.

Three but not easy: Robin van Persie struck United's third equaliser of the game

Three but not easy: Robin van Persie struck United's third equaliser of the game

Red Devils old-boy Gabriel Obertan streaked down the wing and delivered a perfect cross for Cisse to smash home.

Newcastle held this lead for three
minutes before Van Persie drove in his 16th goal of the season after
Krul had saved his initial shot.

Now Ferguson and Alan Pardew could
only stand on the touchline and watch as this breathless, chaotic game
headed for its conclusion.

United fury at a handball claim
against Fabricio Coloccini that went unheeded was replaced by anguish as
both Van Persie and Hernandez went close.

At the death: Javier Hernandez wheels away after scoring the final goal of the game

At the death: Javier Hernandez wheels away after scoring the final goal of the game

De Gea got away with a near-calamitous
misjudgement when he allowed Sammy Ameobi's shot to roll past him,
thinking it was going wide, only for it to hit a post and rebound
straight back.

Hernandez was denied by Krul at the other end before Van Persie headed over as injury-time approached.

Like two heavyweights slugging it out,
swinging for all they were worth, their reliance on instinct total,
there was one punch left.

And with it Hernandez knocked Newcastle out.

Papiss Cisse will prove his worth, says Alan Pardew

We don't know why he's not scoring but Cisse will prove net worth, insists Pardew

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22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has backed goal-shy Papiss Cisse to re-discover his goalscoring prowess, and believes the 8million striker is a better player than last year.

It is nearly a year since the Senegal international joined Newcastle from Freiburg. He scored on his debut as a substitute against Aston Villa and finished the season with 13 goals in 14 games, while his partner Demba Ba found the net just once.

This season, with Ba claiming the central striking role in a new-look Newcastle, and Cisse playing mainly on the right flank, he has only found the net twice in the Barclays Premier League while Ba has 11, second only behind Michu and Robin van Persie.

Off target: Papiss Cisse has been below his best in front of goal this season

Off target: Papiss Cisse has been below his best in front of goal this season

On Saturday, Pardew was booed by home fans when he replaced Cisse with match-winner Shola Ameobi and the unhappy striker reluctantly shook his manager’s hand.

But Pardew is insistent the 27-year-old will have a crucial role to play for the remainder of the season, especially when Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye return from injuries in the New Year, and he has new recruits. With Ba’s Newcastle future still in the balance as the club await the dreaded 7.5million bids which will invoke his release clause, Cisse could be back as centre forward very soon.

And Pardew admitted: ‘Papiss is a victim of our injury problems. Without Ben Arfa and Cabaye we have lacked quality in the last third and have not created a lot of moments for him to score.

Backing: Alan Pardew is confident Cisse will rediscover his form

Backing: Alan Pardew is confident Cisse will rediscover his form

'Hopefully we can create more moments for him and he will start scoring goals soon.

‘I can confidently predict Papiss will score more goals in the second half of the season. In some respects playing right has helped his game and his ball retention.

'He needed to improve on that as a striker and I thought, even last year when he was scoring goals, that was a weakness in his game.

‘He has improved that. It has taken the pressure off him to score goals that has helped a little bit. He’s still had chances.

'When you look at him in training, we are a little bit perplexed as to why he’s not scoring goals. But he is getting there, getting chances and that’s the main thing.’

Adel Taarabt outstanding in QPR win over Fulham – Jamie Redknapp

Taarabt may frustrate at times but he was outstanding in QPR victory over Fulham

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22:30 GMT, 16 December 2012

My dad might go a bit over the top every now and then, but when he said it was one of the best individual displays he'd seen, it was hard to disagree!

Adel Taarabt may frustrate at times, but he has got genius feet. And he was in a position, just off Djibril Cisse, where he could cause maximum damage.

At the double: Taarabt scored twice in QPR's win over Fulham on Saturday

At the double: Taarabt scored twice in QPR's win over Fulham on Saturday

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Ferguson double up

It was a great weekend for the Fergusons. Sir Alex got three more points and Peterborough (managed by son Darren) pulled off the result of the weekend, with a win at Cardiff.

Their respective results will be the first they look for and they will be desperate for each other to succeed.

Jones a golden wonder

Phil Jones is pure gold. He's a utility player who reminds me of my old team-mate Steve Nicol. He is a great athlete, can tackle, burst forward, create and score.

Long-term, I see him as a centre half but I'm sure Sir Alex has his own ideas. England will also be interested in where he ends up. Now he needs to stay fit and get a run of games.

Christian soldiers on

What a player Christian Benteke is. He is such an all-rounder and you can play direct to him or little one-twos.

And huge credit to Paul Lambert. There have been question marks from some, but he's proving people wrong. He insists on playing the right way and outfoxed Brendan Rodgers.

Brace yourself: Benteke netted a double in Aston Villa's win over Liverpool

Brace yourself: Benteke netted a double in Aston Villa's win over Liverpool

Play the dynamic duo

Roberto Mancini needs to be selfish now and play Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez together all the time. That's 13 times they have started together and City have won them all.

Their movement is great so stick with them… it's not rocket science! It was a pivotal result for City and may give them the belief that they can retain their crown.

Sergio Aguero

Carlos Tevez

Double act: City have won 13 games when Aguero and Tevez have played together

Hear it for the Moyes

Although what Marouane Fellaini did was mindblowing, David Moyes went up even more in my estimation.

Some managers would insult our intelligence and say they didn't see it but he said Fellaini deserves everything he gets.

Mindblowing: The Belgian international lost his cool against Stoke

Mindblowing: The Belgian international lost his cool against Stoke

Centres of attention

A tale of two centre halves at Spurs. Swansea's Ashley Williams was superb. And to think he was a 400,000 signing from Stockport County. He's 28 and at his peak so top-four clubs may come circling.

And Jan Vertonghen, who netted 10 times for Ajax last season, is like a forward in the opposition box

Terry is much missed

Can you imagine that Corinthians goal being scored if John Terry was playing Whereas David Luiz, Ashley Cole and Ramires stood on the line like statues, JT would have been out in a split second to clear or at least get in a challenge.

Alan Pardew targets January signings after Newcastle youngsters fail to shine in Bordeaux

Pardew targets January signings after Newcastle youngsters freeze on big stage

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UPDATED:

00:14 GMT, 7 December 2012

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping
to head into the knockout stages of the Europa League with a
significantly stronger squad than the one with which he started.

The Magpies had already qualified for
the next stage of the competition before tonight's 2-0 defeat in
Bordeaux, which saw the French side retain their place at the top of
Group D to secure, in theory at least, a more favourable draw.

Up for it: Bordeaux's Cheick Diabate, left, scores against Newcastle

Up for it: Bordeaux's Cheick Diabate, left, scores against Newcastle

Match facts

Bordeaux: Olimpa, Chalme, Planus, Marange, Poundje, Ben Khalfallah, Biyogo Poko, Sertic, Saivet, Bellion,Diabate (Sacko 88). Subs Not Used: Keita, Sane, N'Guemo, Maurice-Belay.

Goals: Diabate 29,72.

Newcastle: Elliot,Tavernier, Williamson (Coloccini 74), Perch, Ferguson, Abeid, Bigirimana, Ranger, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi (Anita 46),Shola Ameobi (Cisse 80). Subs Not Used: Krul, Simpson, Amalfitano, Campbell.

Booked: Perch,Tavernier.

Att: 20,000

Ref: Menashe Masiah (Israel).

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Pardew fielded an inexperienced side at the Stade Chaban-Delmas with the likes of Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba all left at home nursing injuries and Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye on the long-term casualty list.

However, he is hoping that by the time they resume their European campaign in February, his hand will have been strengthened considerably.

Pardew said: 'We wanted to qualify, that was the first agenda in this competition, and we did that with a game to spare.

'I think it would have been difficult coming here if we both hadn't qualified and they played their best team on that pitch.

'It would have been difficult for us because they have got some very good players.

'But the bottom line is we have qualified and we can look forward to February.

'I am just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger squad.'

Bordeaux, who like the Magpies made nine changes for the game, were in control for much of the contest and after keeper Rob Elliot had made three important saves, took a 29th-minute lead through Mali international striker Cheick Diabate's towering header.

Double time: Bordeaux celebrate the second goal

Double time: Bordeaux celebrate the second goal

Crunch time: Nile Ranger breaks ionto the Bordeaux box

Crunch time: Nile Ranger breaks into the Bordeaux box

The visitors threatened briefly to drag
themselves back into the contest immediately following half-time, but
Diabate's second, a cool finish after being played in over the top,
secured the win.
Pardew said: 'I was a bit disappointed, really. We both played mixed
teams – we had both qualified, which made it psychologically a difficult
game.

'The pitch was difficult. They play rugby on that pitch and it was heavy on the legs.

'I thought they coped better with the pitch, and they were the better side and they deserved to win.

'The truth of it is that a lot of our young players who we played tonight, I was expecting a little bit more.

'We will have a good look at them now because I don't think the
opportunity is going to come around for them again this season unless we
really suffer like we did tonight in terms of who was available because
I didn't leave anyone behind who was fit.

'There was no strategy other than bring everyone who was fit, really, but I did have one eye on Monday, for sure.

'I was just a little bit disappointed that we didn't give it a better go
in terms of trying to retrieve the situation after conceding the first
goal.'

On the run: Bordeaux's Cheick Diabate,left, challenges Newcastle's Mike Williamson

On the run: Bordeaux's Cheick Diabate,left, challenges Newcastle's Mike Williamson

Close call: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi has a shot on goal

Close call: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi has a shot on goal

Few of Pardew's young guns enhanced their reputations on a difficult
night, and he admitted some of them might have to prove themselves
elsewhere before being given another opportunity.

He said: “Certainly looking at my group there, I think they need to
learn a little bit more about this game away from the black and white
and the pressure of the jersey here and the level we are playing at.

“I will probably look at loaning a few of those who played tonight,
hopefully after January when I have got a stronger position in the
squad.”

Bordeaux boss Francis Gillot admitted he was more than satisfied with
his team's performance on the night and throughout the group phase.

He said: “Of course I am. It's a big satisfaction to win both the game and the group.

“The performance of my team was very good. Everybody played as a team,
everybody knew the principles of the game and of the group mentality.

“I am very happy that the team played as a group and not as individuals.”

Doubling up: Nile Ranger, left, and Medhi Abeid, right, challenge for the ball with Bordeaux's Andre Poko

Doubling up: Nile Ranger, left, and Medhi Abeid, right, challenge for the ball with Bordeaux's Andre Poko

Job done: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew fielded an experimental line-up

Job done: Alan Pardew fielded an experimental line-up as Newcastle had already qualified for last 32

Queens Park Rangers 1 Aston Villa 1 – Match report

QPR 1 Aston Villa 1: Redknapp forced to wait for first win at R's after Loftus Road stalemate

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18:21 GMT, 1 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers equalled the Premier League's longest ever winless start to a season today as they failed to overcome Aston Villa in Harry Redknapp's first home match at the helm.

The west Londoners have now failed to a collect victory from any of their opening 15 matches – an abysmal start that is only matched by the Swindon side of 1993/94.

Much had been expected from QPR today in what was Redknapp's first match at Loftus Road since replacing Mark Hughes at the helm.

One up: Brett Holman scored the opener for Aston Villa

One up: Brett Holman scored the opener for Aston Villa

MATCH FACTS

QPR: Green, Traore, Hill, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Diakite (Park Ji-sung 69), Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Granero (Park Ji-sung 46), M'bia (Derry 39), Mackie

Subs not used: Murphy, Ferdinand, Fabio, Cisse, Hoilett

Booked: Derry

Goal: Mackie 18

Aston Villa: Guzan, Clark, Lichaj, Baker, Lowton, Westwood, Bannan (Delph 67), Herd (Williams 65), Agbonlahor, Holman (El Ahmadi 70), Benteke

Subs not used: Given, Ireland, Bent, Weimann

Booked: Baker, Lowton

Goal: Holman 8

Referee: H Webb

Attendance: 17,387

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The Rs boss had never previously lost
a Premier League home debut as a manager, but that record looked under
serious threat after just eight minutes when Brett Holman fired Villa
ahead from distance.

Jamie Mackie's superb header dragged
QPR level after 18 minutes but an entertaining first half was
overshadowed by a nasty injury sustained by Stephane Mbia.

The Cameroonian went to hospital for a
precautionary check-up, with fellow midfielder Samba Diakite also
forced off injured in a second half in which neither side were able to
find a winner.

QPR came into this afternoon's match
eight points adrift of the safety and their defensive frailties were
quickly exposed as Christian Benteke wriggled free in the box, only to
be denied by a last-ditch Clint Hill challenge.

The effort appeared to put QPR on
edge and only eight minutes in they found themselves behind, with Holman
striking a fierce 25-yard drive that Robert Green, making his first
start since September 1, was unable to keep out in front of the 1,632
visiting fans.

Picking his spot: Holman finds the gap to put Villa into the lead

Picking his spot: Holman finds the gap to put Villa into the lead

Hit back: Jamie Mackie equalised for Redknapp's side

Hit back: Jamie Mackie equalised for Redknapp's side

Not again: Redknapp watched his side draw their second in a row since his arrival

Not again: Redknapp watched his side draw their second in a row since his arrival

Impact sub Park Ji-Sung could not create the killer chance

Impact sub Park Ji-Sung could not create the killer chance

It was the worst possible start for
the nervy home side, who saw Mbia head wide and then Diakite lash over
as they attempted to make immediate amends.

QPR did manage to eke out a leveller
10 minutes after going behind, though, as Mackie met a Diakite cross
with a superb looping header that beat Brad Guzan.

Benteke thought he had put Villa back
in front in the 20th minute but was denied by the offside flag, before
play returned to the other end.

Shaun Wright-Phillips was put through
one-on-one with Guzan by Esteban Granero's exquisite pass, although he
failed to find a way past the American.

Worry: Stephane Mbia was taken to hospital after sustaining a neck injury

Worry: Stephane Mbia was taken to hospital after sustaining a neck injury

Worry: Stephane Mbia was taken to hospital after sustaining a neck injury

Worry: Stephane Mbia was taken to hospital after sustaining a neck injury

The recalled winger came closer again
in the 32nd minute, outpacing Nathan Baker down the right and firing a
half volley that beat Guzan at his near post but hit the woodwork.

The match was entertaining but took a
nasty turn moments later when Mbia was involved in an off-the-ball
incident with Gabby Agbonlahor, which forced the Cameroonian off on a
stretcher after lengthy treatment.

Shaun Derry came on in his place and
helped QPR weather the storm for the remainder of the first half, with a
right-footed Agbonlahor effort the closest Villa came.

Park Ji-sung replaced Granero when the team re-emerged for a second half that took 10 minutes to warm up.

Going to ground: Clint Hill tries to dispossess Benteke

Going to ground: Clint Hill tries to dispossess Benteke

Thoughts Harry Redknapp (right) looks on with Joe Jordan

Thoughts Harry Redknapp (right) looks on with Joe Jordan

Not quite: Christian Benteke had a goal ruled out for offside

Not quite: Christian Benteke had a goal ruled out for offside

When it did, QPR were on top, with Wright-Phillips, Ryan Nelsen and Diakite all getting away shots in quick succession.

Guzan kept out the latter pair and
was again alert to deny substitute Park when put through on the left,
before Diakite limped off and was replaced by Junior Hoilett.

The tempo began to slow as
frustration creeped in and, after a tame Nelsen header went wide, Hill
almost hit the crossbar with an 80th-minute header from a an Adel
Taarabt corner.

Armand Traore tested Guzan as QPR
pushed for a winner, but Paul Lambert's side defended resolutely and
came close to a winner themselves through substitute Karim El Ahmadi.

Good point: Paul Lambert's side held on for the draw

Good point: Paul Lambert's side held on for the draw

Powerhouse: Benteke holds off Clint Hill

Powerhouse: Benteke holds off Clint Hill

MBIA RECOVERING IN HOSPITAL

Recovering: Stephane Mbia

QPR midfielder Stephane Mbia was taken to hospital after a nasty clash of heads with Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor during this afternoon's match at Loftus Road.

The Villa man (right) immediately turned to tend to his fallen opponent after the accidental collision.

Mbia required lengthy on-field treatment, as the game was held up for over six minutes before he was carried off and taken to hospital.

The 26-year-old was replaced by Shaun Derry after 39 minutes and fans of both sides watched intently as he was carried off in a neck brace.

The Cameroon international tweeted from hospital as he convalesces after what appeared to be a serious injury.

He said: 'Actually in hospital ;( i want and i will come back soon as i can! #QPR'

Peter Crouch loses three teeth in collision with Fabricio Coloccini Stoke 2 Newcastle 1

'He wanted to carry on': Brave Crouch loses three teeth in collision with Coloccini

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23:37 GMT, 28 November 2012

Peter Crouch is facing dental surgery after losing two teeth with another embedded in his jaw following a collision with Fabricio Coloccini in Stoke's 2-1 win over Newcastle.

The Argentina defender's stray arm caught the 31-year-old striker in the jaw at the Brittania Stadium, but Potters boss Tony Pulis saw no malice in the challenge.

Pain game: Peter Crouch winces after the collision with Fabricio Coloccini

Pain game: Peter Crouch winces after the collision with Fabricio Coloccini

Pain game: Peter Crouch winces following the collision with Fabricio Coloccini

'Peter wanted to carry on. But then he saw his teeth in the doctor’s hands. He almost fainted, I think.

'He has lost two and the third was stuck in his upper jaw. He’s going to need some work on it. But I don’t think there was any malice in it.

Harsh reality: The extent of Crouch's injury becomes apparent to the striker

Harsh reality: The extent of Crouch's injury becomes apparent to the striker

Crouch was tended to by club doctor Andrew Dent, with Kenwyne Jones replacing Crouch in the 40th minute.

Pulis saw his side come from behind after Papiss Cisse hit the opener for the visitors just after the break.

But Jon Walters and Cameron Jerome were both on target as Pulis saw his side claim their third win in four matches.

Alan Pardew calls on Cheick Tiote to return to form

Tiote's season starts this weekend, claims Pardew ahead of Swansea clash

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21:00 GMT, 16 November 2012

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is looking for the return of Cheick Tiote to kick-start his side's season.

There are several reasons why Pardew's team have not quite reached the heights of last season, including their participation in the Europa League, which was their reward for their manager's first full campaign at St James's Park.

Pardew is working to put them right, including creating more chances for strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse which will end the theory they can't play together, get on or score in the same matches.

Call to arms: Cheik Tiote (right) has been off form for Newcastle

Call to arms: Cheik Tiote (right) has been off form for Newcastle

But he believes the principal cause for Newcastle's inconsistent form is the absence of midfielder enforcer Cheick Tiote, who was injured for the first month of the season after injury in the first game and has missed the last three matches following his dismissal against Sunderland.

As Newcastle are looking to put last week's shock home defeat to West Ham behind them with the visit of Swansea City today. That is followed by Thursday's Europa League re-match with Maritimo at St James's Park which could confirm their place in the knock-out phases.

Tiote may be suspended for that game after picking up his third European booking and 41st in 67 Newcastle appearances, but Pardew will tell the Ivory Coast midfielder to play his natural game when he returns today.

Strike it lucky: Papiss Cisse

Strike it lucky: Papiss Cisse

He said: 'Cheick's season starts this weekend, until January 4 when he goes away for the African Cup of Nations, or whenever it is.

`He is a massive player for us. His best form will come from more games. It's just about giving him games, getting him back to his best. He loves to train but he really loves to play, so we might play him in three of the four games coming up.

`He has to free himself up. The sending off in the derby is going to affect him. My chat will be to say 'come on Cheick, let's get you back to your best'.

`He will pick up bookings, that's what he does, but we need him to control the silly tackles. Slightly mistimed tackles are what we can handle.'

One option for Pardew today is a recall for Vurnon Anita, Newcastle's major summer signing who, by his own admission, has struggled since his 6million move from Manchester City's Champions League opponents Ajax.

The diminutive Holland international has put in extra time in the gym to bulk up for the Premier League but his recent goal against Bruges – the best he has ever scored, he says – is proof that Newcastle have signed a star with potential, and desire.

Anita said: `It is a tough transition but it is nice. It is a new challenge for me so I am working hard to make it now.

`The competition is very tough, there are many games but I enjoy that. English football is quicker and much more physical than in Holland and it is more direct, more the long ball and fight.

Time to shine: Alan Pardew hopes his Newcastle side can return to form

Time to shine: Alan Pardew hopes his Newcastle side can return to form

`Because it is more physical here, I must do some extra work to play more games. I am in the gym a lot and running, before and after the main training, week in, week out. It is going better so I must keep on doing it to improve myself.

`I expected it to be like this. I want to play many games for myself and the team, to finish in the top four to play Champions League football.

`Last year, they almost made it so we must work hard to improve ourselves and reach our goals. It is really tough to do that but a good challenge.'