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QPR 1 Wigan 1 – match report

QPR 1 Wigan 1: Dramatic Maloney strike denies 10-man hosts after Remy's wonder goal

PUBLISHED:

17:05 GMT, 7 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:19 GMT, 7 April 2013

Shaun Maloney's stunning late free-kick earned Wigan a dramatic draw against 10-man QPR as Harry Redkannp's men were denied a crucial three points in their bid to beat the drop.

The home side were reduced to 10 men in the first half when Bobby Zamora was sent off for a high kick on Jordi Gomez but French striker Loic Remy looked to have won the game for QPR when he produced produced a sublime finish at the end of an 85th-minute counter-attack.

But Maloney's free-kick in injury time rescued a point for Roberto Martinez's men.

More to follow

Drama: Shaun Maloney's late free-kick rescued a draw for Wigan at Loftus Road

Drama: Shaun Maloney's late free-kick rescued a draw for Wigan at Loftus Road

MATCH FACTS

QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore (Onuoha 46), Townsend, Jenas, Mbia, Hoilett (Taarabt 56), Remy (Mackie 88), Zamora.

Subs Not Used: Green, Park, Granero, Ben Haim.

Sent Off: Zamora (21).

Booked: Remy, Samba.

Goals: Remy 85.

Wigan: Robles, Alcaraz, Scharner, Figueroa (Espinoza 88), Boyce, McCarthy, Gomez, Beausejour (McArthur 61), McManaman (Di Santo 67), Kone, Maloney.

Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Henriquez, Stam.

Booked: McCarthy, Alcaraz, Figueroa.

Goals: Maloney 90.

Att: 16,658

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

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High: Bobby Zamora was sent off in the first half for this kick on Jordi Gomez

High: Bobby Zamora was sent off in the first half for this kick on Jordi Gomez

High: Bobby Zamora was sent off in the first half for this kick on Jordi Gomez


Uproar: QPR players surround referee Phil Dowd after Zamora's challenge

Uproar: QPR players surround referee Phil Dowd after Zamora's challenge


Red: Dowd shows Zamora the exit after sending the striker off

Red: Dowd shows Zamora the exit after sending the striker off


Ahead: Loic Remy celebrates his late goal with team-mate Stephane Mbia after putting QPR 1-0 up

Ahead: Loic Remy celebrates his late goal with team-mate Stephane Mbia after putting QPR 1-0 up


Delight: The QPR bench celebrate Remy's late goal

Delight: The QPR bench celebrate Remy's late goal

Remaining Premier League fixtures

QPR

Apr 13 Everton (A), 3pm
Apr 20 Stoke (H), 3pm
Apr 28 Reading (A), 1.30pm
May 4 Arsenal (H), 3pm
May 12 Newcastle (3pm)
May 19 Liverpool (A), 4pm

WIGAN

Apr 17 Man City (A), 7.45pm
Apr 20 West Ham (A), 3pm
Apr 27 Tottenham (H), 3pm
May 4 West Brom (A), 3pm
May 7 Swansea (H), 7.45pm
May 12 Arsenal (A), 3pm
May 19 Aston Villa (H), 4pm

Harry Redknapp blasts QPR players after losing to MK Dons in FA Cup

We were a disgrace: Redknapp blasts QPR's big-name failures for abysmal display against MK Dons

By
Ian Stafford

PUBLISHED:

19:27 GMT, 26 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:36 GMT, 26 January 2013

A furious and disbelieving Harry Redknapp surveyed the wreckage of QPR’s FA Cup humiliation at the hands of MK Dons and slammed the big stars who failed him.

Redknapp watched as his side — bottom of the Premier League — were crushed 4-2 at home by a team two divisions beneath them. In the day’s other fourth-round shock, Blue Square Premier League Luton Town beat Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road.

‘I have big-name players who believe they’re better than they are, who bang on my door insisting that I should play them,’ said 65-year-old Redknapp.

Miserable: Harry Redknapp looks on as QPR are tonked by MK Dons

Miserable: Harry Redknapp looks on as QPR are tonked by MK Dons

‘Well, they had their chance and they
blew it. I made nine changes from the team who drew at West Ham last
week.

'This was a team that had gone five games unbeaten, that had won at
Chelsea and drawn against Spurs and West Ham, but even though I made
lots of changes I believed, absolutely, it was good enough to beat the
MK Dons.

‘I wanted to win, don’t get me wrong.
Look at the players I picked. We’re talking about signings from
Manchester United and Real Madrid in Park, Fabio and Granero.

'We’re talking about experienced pros
like Ferdinand, an England goalkeeper in Green. Surely they should have
been too good for a team two divisions below them.

'I thought we weren’t too bad up to
half time, but conceded two dreadfully sloppy goals. When we conceded
the third, which was offside, our confidence went completely.

'You can’t give away two such sloppy goals as we did. We created a mountain to climb that only got higher.

‘What it shows is that the result and
the performance answer a lot of questions. Not to me. I already knew
the answers, but to those who wanted to see certain players picked. They gave the answers.

‘I’m going to need to shift some
players out of this club this week and get a few in. If I can do that
we’ll stay in the Premier League. I’ll have the right hump now. I’ll be
no use to anybody.’

He does, however, have to find a way to lift his team before the visit of Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Good day out: MK Dons fans were delighted as their team powered through

Good day out: MK Dons fans were delighted as their team powered through

As bad as QPR were, MK Dons deserved a lot of credit for the way they frustrated their Premier League opponents.

A club-record away following of 3,155
headed to west London to witness a performance that filled manager Karl
Robinson with pride.

'We felt we could come here and get a result,' the Dons boss said. 'I understand the gulf in teams and I respect that as well.

'QPR
is a wonderful football club with one of the best English managers in a
long, long time so you always know the difficulties it that is going to
possess.

Let downs: Redknapp analysed where his squad had come from - Estenan Granero, for example, from Real Madrid

Let downs: Redknapp analysed where his squad had come from – Estenan Granero, for example, from Real Madrid

'It is nice to make it through. The players were fantastic and I thought they deserved the result.

'It was difficult for us in the first half. We had to sit off them and they have some top, top players.

'I thought the way they responded to going in front at a Premier League ground was great. They played with no fear.

'Getting into the fourth round was a little bit of history for us and now the fifth round makes it a little more special.'

QPR 1 West Brom 2 match report

QPR 1 West Brom 2: Green own goal sends Hoops to the foot of the table

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18:27 GMT, 26 December 2012

Robert Green had a day to forget as QPR sunk to the bottom of the table with a controversial home defeat to West Brom.

Harry Redknapp showed great confidence in Green by choosing him ahead of fit-again Julio Cesar, but the decision backfired in the first half as Chris Brunt beat the England stopper from 30 yards with a shot he perhaps should have saved.

Green then dropped the ball in to his own net to give the Baggies a 2-0 lead just after the re-start, although replays showed Marc-Antoine Fortune had impeded the former West Ham stopper as he came to collect the ball as it looped up off Armand Traore.

Helpless: QPR goalkeeper Rob Green reacts to conceding an own goal early in the second-half

Hapless: QPR goalkeeper Rob Green had a day to forget as he failed to keep out the first from Christ Brunt before dropping the ball into his own net for the second goal

Match facts

QPR: Green, Da Silva (Hoilett, 64), Ferdinand, Hill, Traore, Mbia, Faurlin (Diakite, 64), Mackie, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Cisse.

Subs not used: Julio Cesar, Derry, Granero, Dyer, Ehmer.

Goals: Cisse 68

Booked: Mbia

West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov (Ridgewell, 35), Mulumbu, Morrison (Tamas, 86), Fortune, Gera, Brunt, Lukaku (Long, 76).

Subs not used: Myhill, Rosenberg, Dorrans, Odemwingie.

Goals: Brunt 29, Green 49 (og)

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Attendance: 17,782

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Rangers pulled one back through Djibril Cisse, but they otherwise lacked a cutting edge up front that suggests Redknapp will have to make major changes to his squad next month if his team are to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

There was an element of luck about both West Brom's goals, but other than the occasional flash of brilliance from Adel Taarabt, Redknapp's team offered little going forward and were also shaky at the back.

Kick-off was delayed by 11 minutes after West Brom's team bus was delayed by the Boxing Day sales traffic around Loftus Road.

Redknapp's blast at his under-achieving strugglers following their defeat at Newcastle seemed to have an effect early on today as QPR started promisingly amid miserable weather in west London.

Stephane Mbia fired a drive inches wide as Ben Foster scrambled across his line.

Taarabt nutmegged Brunt with a brilliant piece of skill, but the northern Irishman tripped the Moroccan up to prevent him from unleashing a shot at goal.

Youssouf Mulumbu and James Morrison both had wayward long-range efforts, but QPR were otherwise unthreatened as Clint Hill and Anton Ferdinand kept the powerful Romelu Lukaku at bay.

Wright-Phillips produced a dazzling piece of skill to beat Mulumbu and Billy Jones but Jamie Mackie could only head the winger's cross tamely wide.

QPR looked the more likely of the two sides to score, but it was the Baggies fans who were celebrating just before the half hour when Brunt put the visitors ahead.

Captain marvel: Christ Brunt opened the scoring for West Brom with a low drive from outside the area

Captain marvel: Christ Brunt's 30 yard strike opened the scoring for West Brom, although Rob Green maybe should have saved it

Not enough: Djibril Cisse's (middle) goal with 22 mins left was not enough as QPR now sit bottom of the league

Not enough: Djibril Cisse's (middle) goal after 68 mins was not enough – QPR now sit bottom of the league

The midfielder picked the ball up from Fortune and strode at goal before unleashing a 30-yard drive that sailed in to the bottom right-hand corner of Green's goal.

Although he was slightly unsighted by two of his defenders, replays showed the England goalkeeper should have maybe done better.

Morison almost made it 2-0 seconds later with a clever volley, but the home side regained their composure and went close through Mbia and Taarabt.

Battle: West Brom's Youssuf Mulumbu (red) won his duel with Stephane M'Bia

Battle: West Brom's Youssuf Mulumbu (red) won his duel with Stephane M'Bia

Rangers still looked suspect at the back, however. A bizarre mix-up between Traore and Hill allowed Brunt some time on the edge of the box but he could only shoot wide.

Albion, sensing the opportunity to score a second just before the break, continued to push forward and almost found the net in injury time through Morrison.

After the break the story remained the same. Lukaku found space in the box, but could only prod weakly at Green and Anton Ferdinand almost turned Jones' cross in to his own net.

Talisman: QPR's Adel Taarabt failed to get on the scoresheet as QPR slipped to the foot of the table

Talisman: QPR's Adel Taarabt failed to get on the scoresheet as QPR slipped to the foot of the table

Mbia summed up the lack of quality in front of goal for QPR when he wriggled free from his marker to meet Taarabt's corner, but his header flew straight back at the Moroccan, rather than at goal.

The home fans were then outraged as West Brom doubled their lead in controversial circumstances.

Traore attempted to clear Brunt's corner but instead his header looped back towards his own goal. Green attempted to collect the ball but he was impeded by Fortune, who leaned in to the stopper, causing him to drop the ball in to his own net.

West Brom celebrate as Steve Clarke's men move up to 5th in the table

West Brom players celebrate their first win in five games

QPR manager Harry Redknapp and assistant Joe Jordan

West Brom manager Steve Clarke

Harry Redknapp and Joe Jordan in discussion during the 2-1 loss to West Brom. Albion boss Steve Clarke saw his side move up to fifth in the table

The away fans ironically chanted Green's name as the Rangers players demanded Fortune be penalised for the foul, but referee Chris Foy shook his head and the goal stood.

Green gathered his composure to save well twice from the impressive Lukaku and Samba Diakite.

Albion took their foot off the accelerator and paid the price in the 69th minute when Cisse latched on to Mbia's slide-rule pass and lifted the ball over the advancing Foster.

Battle: West Brom's Billy Jones (red) attempts to stop QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips from getting in the cross

Battle: West Brom's Billy Jones (red) attempts to stop QPR's Shaun Wright-Phillips from getting in the cross

QPR threw everything at the away goal looking for an equaliser, but they struggled to test Foster.

At the other end Fortune thought he had killed the game off when he beat Green with six minutes to go, but his strike was correctly called offside.

Foster saved brilliantly on the line from QPR captain Clint Hill in the last minute.

Appeal: QPR thought they should have been awarded a penalty in the dying minutes but were waved away by referee Chris Foy

Appeal: QPR thought they should have been awarded a penalty in the dying minutes but were waved away by referee Chris Foy

QPR thought they should have had a
penalty in the first of five agonising added minutes for the home fans,
but Foy waved play on when Liam Ridgewell handled Mbia's header in the
box.

The home side went on
the attack again, but Foster could not be beaten and Rangers slumped to
the second defeat of Redknapp's reign.

Redknapp (right) and the QPR staff will have to regroup for thome clash against Liverpool on Sunday

The January Sales can't come soon enough for Redknapp (right) and the QPR staff who will have to regroup for thome clash against Liverpool on Sunday

Alan Pardew praises Shola Ameobi

Pardew praises Ameobi 'the big man for the big occasion' as Toon struggle past Rangers

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20:13 GMT, 22 December 2012

Alan Pardew hailed Shola Ameobi after seeing the striker come off the bench to fire Newcastle to a much-needed victory over lowly QPR.

The 31-year struck nine minutes from time to claim just the Magpies' second Barclays Premier League win in eight attempts with the game seemingly heading for stalemate.

Toon hero: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi celebrates scoring his sides winning goal with James Perch

Toon hero: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi celebrates scoring his sides winning goal with James Perch

Match facts

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Tiote (Marveaux 77), Perch, Gutierrez (Obertan 60), Ba, Cisse (Shola Ameobi 61).

Subs Not Used: Harper, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson.

Booked: Tiote, Perch, Shola Ameobi.

Goal: Shola Ameobi 81.

QPR: Green, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Mackie, Mbia, Granero (Wright-Phillips 56), Faurlin (Derry 78), Taarabt, Cisse (Hoilett 64).

Subs Not Used: Murphy, Diakite, Traore, Onuoha.

Booked: Ferdinand, Hill.

Attendance: 50,180

Referee: Kevin Friend

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Pardew, whose decision to replace
Papiss Cisse with Ameobi 20 minutes earlier had been booed by a section
of the 50,180-strong crowd at St James' Park, said: 'I know the crowd
weren't particularly pleased when I took Cisse, a goalscorer, off but I
just felt Shola… he's a big man and this was a big occasion and he likes
big occasions.

'It said QPR on the programme but
really it was bigger than that, I think we all knew that and he has that
calm head – he knows what is demanded here – to produce a quality goal,
and it won us the game.

'I wanted to get Shola on the pitch, and thank goodness I did because it was a really class finish.

'He could have taken the shot with
his right foot, which is his stronger foot, but to have that composure
in that area is first-class.'

Ameobi's decisive intervention came
in the nick of time and was greeted by a huge sigh of relief on Tyneside
after he ran on to fellow substitute Sylvain Marveaux's
perfectly-weighted pass before shooting left-foot across keeper Rob
Green and into the bottom corner.

Leaving it late: Shola Ameobi scores to win the game for Newcastle

Leaving it late: Shola Ameobi scores to win the game for Newcastle

It was no more than the Magpies
deserved after dominating throughout but it proved a rare piece of
incision with Pardew's men too often lacking craft to open up the
visitors.

Vurnon Anita forced two second-half
saves from Green, but Tim Krul also had to get down well to keep out
Djibril Cisse's effort just after the break.

The Magpies might have won more
comfortably had Green not beaten away Marveaux's late effort after a
pacy run, but Krul had to ease late nerves by plucking Adel Taarabt's
free-kick from under his crossbar in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Fight for the ball: Adel Taarabt vies for the ball with Newcastle's Mike Williamson

Fight for the ball: Adel Taarabt vies for the ball with Newcastle's Mike Williamson

Pardew had admitted before the game
that he would not enjoy his Christmas lunch unless he sat down with
three points safely banked, and he was delighted to be able to do so
ahead of a tough Boxing Day trip to Manchester United.

He said: 'The pudding will taste a
little bit sweeter. I feel sorry for our fans. We have put them through
the rack, really, over this last period.

'They have watched some football that
hasn't been our best. But you have periods in your tenure as a manager
and sometimes a season.

Midfield battle: Cheick Tiote is tracked by Esteban Granero

Midfield battle: Cheick Tiote is tracked by Esteban Granero

Pardew had admitted before the game
that he would not enjoy his Christmas lunch unless he sat down with
three points safely banked, and he was delighted to be able to do so
ahead of a tough Boxing Day trip to Manchester United.

He said: 'The pudding will taste a
little bit sweeter. I feel sorry for our fans. We have put them through
the rack, really, over this last period.

'They have watched some football that
hasn't been our best. But you have periods in your tenure as a manager
and sometimes a season.

Getting it right: Harry Redknapp gives instructions from the sidelines

Getting it right: Harry Redknapp gives instructions from the sidelines

'Last season, we sailed through one or two low moments but not many. This year, it's been a sustained little run.

'But the last five games, two wins in
the last four Premier League games, they are starting to look the right
sort of stats now.

'Now we need to back that up and get a big win against one of the big clubs, and that would really cement us into mid-table.'

Defeat on Tyneside was the first for
QPR boss Harry Redknapp since taking over from Mark Hughes, although he
admitted his side had been hanging on when Ameobi settled the game.

He said: 'I thought we were going to hang on and nick a draw. I couldn't see us winning, but we just couldn't see it through.

'I thought we could hang on for a good point to keep us going, but it just wasn't to be.'

All smiles: QPR owner Tony Fernandes watches on at St James' Park

All smiles: QPR owner Tony Fernandes watches on at St James' Park

Wigan 2 QPR 2 match report: James McCarthy hits two as Harry Redknapp searches for first win

Wigan 2 QPR 2: McCarthy double ensures Rangers set record of 16 games without win

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UPDATED:

01:53 GMT, 9 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers created unwanted
history at Wigan’s DW Stadium — and even manager Harry Redknapp
admitted if they cannot gain their first win soon, there will be no
point trying to bring in new players during the January transfer window.

James McCarthy’s late equaliser for
Wigan confirmed Rangers have made the worst start to the season since
the Premier League was founded in 1992, their 16th game without a win
surpassing Swindon’s run in 1993.

Party time: James McCarthy scored twice as Wigan earned a point against Queens Park Rangers

Party time: James McCarthy scored twice as Wigan earned a point against Queens Park Rangers

MATCH FACTS

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Lopez, Jones (Maloney 76), Stam, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Gomez, Di Santo (Boselli 85), Kone.

Subs Not Used: Pollitt, McManaman, Fyvie, Golobart, Redmond.

Goals: McCarthy 19,74.

QPR: Green, Bosingwa (Da Silva 84), Nelsen, Hill, Traore, Diakite (Granero 77), Derry, Mbia, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Taarabt (Cisse 58).

Subs Not Used: Murphy, Ferdinand, Hoilett, Faurlin.

Booked: Taarabt.

Goals: Nelsen 26,Cisse 71.

Att: 17,163

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

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As the Wigan player’s low shot nestled in the net, the QPR players slumped to the floor as if they had already been relegated, with defender Clint Hill beating the turf in frustration.

There could be no disputing QPR’s commitment to the cause as they slogged their way through driving rain to try to break and their duck. But the fact their goalkeeper Rob Green was man of the match with a string of outstanding saves indicated Rangers, who have drawn three of their four games since Mark Hughes was sacked, were second-best in terms of quality.

Redknapp, who has previously changed the fortunes of Portsmouth and Tottenham but failed to do the same with Southampton, admits he needs new blood in the next transfer window to have any chance of pulling off another Harry Houdini act.

But unless they beat Fulham, Newcastle or West Bromwich Albion in their next three fixtures, the manager doubts there will be any point in asking owner Tony Fernandes to put his hand in his pocket again because The Championship will already be a formality.

‘If we don’t win a game or two, I wouldn’t ask him to spend any money. We’d be too far adrift,’ said Redknapp. ‘We have to make sure we give the owners something to hang onto. We need to win the first game and get a little run going. Then I am sure we will have a go.’

Rifled: James McCarthy fired home to open the scoring for Wigan

Rifled: James McCarthy fired home to open the scoring for Wigan

Leveller: Ryan Nelson rises highest to nod home the equaliser for Harry Redknapp's side

Leveller: Ryan Nelson rises highest to nod home the equaliser for Harry Redknapp's side

With the honourable exceptions of
Green, captain marvel Ryan Nelsen and the veteran Hill, Redknapp isn’t
impressed by what he has inherited, despite nine arrivals during the
summer.

‘The owners have done everything that was asked of them last summer and
look what they have ended up with,’ he said. ‘You can’t go 16 games
without a win if you’re that good. You can’t fault the effort but we
need that little bit of something, knowhow perhaps.

‘It is hard to put your finger on it. The squad has no balance.’

QPR started brightly before their
frailty was exposed after 19 minutes. Jamie Mackie half-cleared a corner
and when neither he nor Adel Taarabt closed down McCarthy on the edge
of the box, the Irishman drove home the opening goal while the Rangers
players argued with each other over who was responsible.

Nelsen, 35, showed his strikers how to do it at the other end with a
powerful header to level after 26 minutes. ‘If we had 11 like him, we’d
have no problems,’ said Redknapp.

But after the interval, only Green stood between Wigan and a handsome
win, making incredible reflex saves to deny David Jones, Jordi Gomez and
Mauro Boselli. Gomez also hit the crossbar with a cross-shot as Rangers
funnelled back.

Pure delight: Ryan Nelson celebrates after scoring the equaliser for Queens Park Rangers at Wigan

Pure delight: Ryan Nelson celebrates after scoring the equaliser for Queens Park Rangers at Wigan

Wigan were missing seven regulars including a first-choice defence, and
that might have cost them when a loose pass from Adrian Lopez allowed
Shaun Wright-Phillips to tee up Djibril Cisse to give Rangers the lead
against the run of play after 71 minutes.

A stronger team than the visitors would have seen the game out. Instead,
Wigan were level three minutes later when Jean Beausejour centred for
McCarthy and he managed to score despite being surrounded by four red
shirts.

‘James McCarthy is a top, top player — he has the potential to play anywhere in the world,’ said his manager, Roberto Martinez.

The Spaniard persuaded McCarthy to sign for Wigan rather than Liverpool
and the move has paid off for the player, regular first-team football
advancing the 22-year-old’s development.

One day he will leave The DW, with Martinez admitting: ‘Even Manchester United lost Ronaldo.’

But not yet, he hopes.

Nicely done: Djibril Cisse climbed off the bench to score for the visitors

Nicely done: Djibril Cisse climbed off the bench to score for the visitors

In front: Djibril Cisse scored after coming off the bench to put the visitors in the lead


Brace yourself: McCarthy fires home through a crowded box to earn Wigan a point

Brace yourself: McCarthy fires home through a crowded box to earn Wigan a point

The last few minutes were incredible as the conditions worsened. Both sides opened up, looking for a late winner.

Jamie Mackie missed the best opportunity when he headed Esteban
Granero’s cross wide in injury-time, while Phil Dowd looked closely at a
Wigan penalty appeal for Nelsen’s challenge on Gomez.

Realising his new team had just set a record for prolonged awfulness, Redknapp was uncharacteristically downbeat afterwards.

But you can’t keep a good man down for long and as he contemplated a New
Year loan bid for Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane, Redknapp was
already cheering himself up.
‘That one win could kickstart it,’ he said.

Sunderland 0 QPR 0 – match report: Harry Redknapp"s first game

Sunderland 0 QPR 0: Redknapp can't earn win from first game at helm of Rangers

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02:09 GMT, 28 November 2012

The peace and quiet of those cliffs at Bournemouth may seem very inviting to Harry Redknapp this morning.

This was his return to management and to the Barclays Premier League, his first game as the new manager of Queens Park Rangers, but these were 90 minutes that would make a lot of folk turn away.

Nil-nil, nothing-nothing, nowt-nowt; however it is put, it was dreadful.

Top stop: Rob Green made a wonderful save in an otherwise drab affair

Top stop: Rob Green made a wonderful save in an otherwise drab affair

Resolute: Rob Green prevents Steven Fletcher from prodding a shot home

Resolute: Rob Green prevents Steven Fletcher from prodding a shot home

MATCH FACTS

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Rose, Cattermole (Colback 6), Larsson, Gardner (Saha 78), Johnson (McClean 70), Sessegnon, Fletcher,

Subs not used: Westwood, Bramble, Vaughan, Campbell

Booked: Cuellar

QPR: Julio Cesar (Green 46), Traore, Hill, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Diakite (Park Ji-sung 65), Taarabt (Wright-Phillips 77), Granero, M'bia, Cisse, Mackie

Subs not used: Ferdinand, Fabio, Derry, Hoilett

Booked: Diakite, Hill, Mackie

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 36,513

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But then, even the most dramatic acts
of escapology sometimes start with the undoing of a tough knot and what
Redknapp could take from a wet night on Wearside was a first clean
sheet and a first point.

It's a start. Arresting a run of
three defeats is one thing, and Redknapp said he was more 'optimistic'
than he had been while watching QPR lose 3-1 at Old Trafford last
Saturday.

But there is still no win after 14
attempts and though a point was welcome, Aston Villa's three at home to
Reading meant Rangers' situation at the foot of the table has actually
worsened.

Seven points off safety at kick-off has become eight. Villa visit Loftus Road on Saturday.

That has the makings of a crunch game
but from here on in they will all be until QPR reach some kind of safe
ground. Yet Redknapp's reaction was understandable.

He only arrived at the training ground on Sunday, the morning after another loss, and amid tales of a fractured dressing room.

Welcome back: Harry Redknapp was on the touchline for the first time for Queens Park Rangers

Welcome back: Harry Redknapp was on the touchline for the first time for Queens Park Rangers

Hungry, Joe Harry Redknapp was joined by Joe Jordan (left) on the bench

Hungry, Joe Harry Redknapp was joined by Joe Jordan (left) on the bench

Enjoying it Redknapp looked less than amused as he watched his side draw 0-0 at the Stadium of Light

Enjoying it Redknapp looked less than amused as he watched his side draw 0-0 at the Stadium of Light

Last Friday morning Mark Hughes was
still the manager. If at times QPR were careless here, they never looked
concerned to the point of vulnerability against a Sunderland team who
are struggling as much as the Hoops to find some rhythm.

Martin O'Neill has a real puzzle on
his hands after a result that left Sunderland's run in the league at
four wins in the last 27.

The home side are bereft of momentum
and if one of Redknapp's messages to his new charges is that Sunderland
can be caught, then you could not accuse him of false encouragement.

Sunderland created two clear chances,
both for Steven Fletcher. The first came after 41 minutes, when Adam
Johnson supplied a neat pass, but Julio Cesar made a smart block.

That was to be Cesar's first and last
real action of the game. Redknapp said the Brazilian had torn a muscle
in his groin and that led to the most eyebrow-raising moment of the
night, when Rob Green appeared on the touchline to be introduced as a
substitute.

Flair player: Adel Taarabt was reunited with former Spurs boss Radknapp

Flair player: Adel Taarabt was reunited with former Spurs boss Radknapp

Green was marginalised by Cesar's
unanticipated arrival in the August window but will now be expected to
step up and reclaim his reputation as well as his place.

Given the scrutiny Green attracts
post-England, he will have been delighted that when Fletcher met a Seb
Larsson corner at pace and with power, he was sufficiently sharp to get
down to his left and first get a firm hand on the ball and then a
follow-up smother.

Other than that – and a kick in the
face from Fletcher – Green was untroubled. Admittedly Sunderland lost
their captain and driving force Lee Cattermole after only six minutes,
but Sunderland were too slow when they won the ball and the visitors
were able to funnel back.

This QPR did diligently. When he had
described Rangers' record of four points from 13 games as 'embarrassing'
on Monday, Redknapp had added that he wanted his players to at least
show willing in their first game under him.

'Run about,' as he put it. It is minimum requirement stuff but necessary in a team with wilted confidence.

The new manager made three changes to
the XI that lost at Manchester United, stiffening midfield with Samba
Diakite, who impressed the new manager.

How he thinks of Adel Taarabt is
another matter. The Moroccan was sold to QPR when Redknapp was Spurs
manager but the gifted but erratic attacker was selected on the left of
midfield.

In the first half that meant Taarabt
was close to where Redknapp stood in his new club raincoat. High up in
the stands 375 (now that is embarrassing) travelling fans chanted his
name; beside him in the dugout sat Joe Jordan.

Drab: Simon Mignolet checks the turf during the match

Drab: Simon Mignolet checks the turf during the match

Tricky: Danny Rose surges forward with the ball

Tricky: Danny Rose surges forward with the ball

First there was the usual scrum of
photographers. Taarabt produced a few early tricks but in the 20th
minute could be seen tracking back to rob Fletcher.

That is the attitude expected – by Hughes as well as Redknapp – and Taarabt was trying at the other end, too.

It was his 38th-minute pass which
teed up Jamie Mackie. The Scot was clean through on Simon Mignolet but
the goalkeeper blocked.

The rebound fell to Taarabt, who
shaped to pick his spot, but just as Redknapp was ready to jump for joy,
Phil Bardsley booted the ball clear. The conditions were worsening,
though the pitch held up despite the torrential rain.

But the quality of fare did not
blossom. Taarabt finally gave way on 77 minutes, replaced by Shaun
Wright- Phillips. Three minutes later and Wright-Phillips was in the
Sunderland box drilling in a low shot.

Mignolet got behind it. Before and
after that there was simply not enough creativity. The focus was all on
QPR last night and will remain so until they start winning.

But there are questions to be asked
of Sunderland, too. It's early to mention this but last season 37 points
were needed to stay up.

Meeting and greeting: Redknapp signed autographs before kick-off

Meeting and greeting: Redknapp signed autographs before kick-off

Collision: Rose and Jamie Mackie (right) go for the ball

Collision: Rose and Jamie Mackie (right) go for the ball

Turnaround: Redknapp will be hoping to improve on QPR's poor form

Turnaround: Redknapp will be hoping to improve on QPR's poor form

STADIUM OF LIGHT MATCH ZONE
Back in fashion: Djibril Cisse

CATTERMOLE RETURNS TOO SOON

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill took a gamble on the fitness of captain Lee Cattermole in a bid to inspire a side desperately in need of leadership.

But the midfielder, who is nursing severe bruising in a bone in his right leg, lasted just six minutes before he sat on the ground and waved his arms to the physios and admitted defeat.

His replacement was Jack Colback, dropped for the first time this season by O'Neill.

IT'S SIMPLE, SIMON IS SORRY

Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet felt obliged to apologise to team-mates and fans after his rare howler in Saturday's defeat by West Bromwich led to Shane Long's goal giving the visitors a 2-0 halftime lead.

The Belgium No 1 still received a notably warm welcome from home supporters before last night's kick-off. He duly proved his worth with a superb stop to deny Jamie Mackie.

BOWEN AND NIEDZWIECKI NEXT TO GO

Mark Hughes's trusted aides Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki are poised to follow the axed manager out of Loftus Road. The coaching duo were not on the bench last night.

The QPR hierarchy had explored the notion of keeping either of the pair in Redknapp's new backroom team but they are now in dialogue over severance packages and will be replaced by Redknapp lieutenants Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan.

CISSE BACK IN FASHION ON WEARSIDE

They hardly set the world alight during their time on Wearside but Rangers pair Djibril Cisse and Anton Ferdinand both got a warm welcome from Sunderland supporters.

Flamboyant striker Cisse, who opened an exclusive clothes shop in Newcastle during his brief stay, almost took the lead for the visitors with a shot from the edge of the area.

Ferdinand, meanwhile, watched the game from the bench – a situation he may have to get used to.

O'NEILL TURNS GROUNDSMAN

Few areas have been as badly hit by the rainstorms as the North East.

So concerned was Martin O'Neill by the prospect of the game falling to the adverse weather that he visited the Stadium of Light on Monday morning to see the pitch for himself.

His presence among the groundsmen – whom he exonerated – followed the postponement of Sunderland's first home game against Reading, now to be replayed on Tuesday, December 11.

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Mark Hughes rues wasteful Queens Park Rangers

Hughes frustrated by wasteful QPR after another defeat leaves sorry Rs rock bottom

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19:46 GMT, 10 November 2012

QPR boss Mark Hughes was left rueing his side's profligacy after seeing their wait for a Barclays Premier League win this season extended to 11 games with this afternoon's 1-0 defeat at Stoke.

The Rs have sunk back to the bottom of the table following a contest in which they were the better side for long periods, only to be undone by Charlie Adam's 52nd-minute strike.

Adel Taarabt wastefully chipped over for the visitors when presented with a good chance just before the interval and was unable to convert further opportunities after Adam's goal, while Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic did well to keep out an Esteban Granero effort.

Rueful: Mark Hughes was frustrated that his side were unable to put in one of their many chances

Rueful: Mark Hughes was frustrated that his side were unable to put in one of their many chances

Hughes was in many ways satisfied with his team's display but was frustrated at their failure to make it count.

'We've had this conversation too many times after games unfortunately,' Hughes said.

'We played well as the away side – I thought it was a decent away performance.

'We restricted Stoke to very few chances. In general play I thought we were the dominant team in terms of how we wanted to get the ball down and play.

'But the key at the moment is that we have to take chances when they present themselves.

'We created good opportunities, but unfortunately didn't take them.'

Hughes was keen to defend Taarabt, rating the midfielder's overall performance as 'really effective'.

But the manager admitted a lack of a clinical touch had cost QPR, as well as hesitant defending for Adam's goal, with the ball being allowed to bounce through to the Scot when Jon Walters nodded a free-kick his way in the box.

'In fairness to Adel, I played him through the middle and I thought he was really effective,' Hughes said.

'He understood what was required, got in between the lines and was causing Stoke a real problem, certainly in the first half.

'If we had got a goal, I think it would have capped an excellent first-half performance for us, but it wasn't to be and you know that at those points in games, if you don't take your chances then there is always the danger you will concede at the other end.

Swing and a miss: Adel Taarabt chipped over the bar

Swing and a miss: Adel Taarabt chipped over the bar

Harsh lesson: Charlie Adam stroked home a loose ball in the 52nd minute

Harsh lesson: Charlie Adam stroked home a loose ball in the 52nd minute

'Stoke will always put the ball into the box and you have to deal with things dropping around you.

'Unfortunately we made a mistake, one of the few we made today at the back – I thought defensively we were very good today, better than we have been in recent weeks.

'At the moment, every mistake we make is getting punished.'

Although he has been publicly backed in recent weeks by QPR owner Tony Fernandes – who prior to kick-off had written 'Keep the faith. Panic is not what the doc ordered' on his Twitter account – the pressure is increasing on Hughes.

Asked if he had spoken after the game to Fernandes, Hughes said: 'I have not spoken to Tony – I spoke to him before.'

Stoke boss Tony Pulis expressed some measure of sympathy for his fellow Welshman Hughes, although he emphasised the importance of grinding out results.

'We have played games this year that we should never have lost,' said Pulis, whose team registered what was only their second win of the campaign and are up to 12th.

'He (Hughes) will be disappointed, with the chances they have created today, that they haven't scored some goals.

'But you need to eke out results.'

Wasteful: QPR dominated the game for long periods

Wasteful: QPR dominated the game for long periods

Wasteful: QPR dominated the game for long periods but could not eke out a result in the end

Tony Fernandes to attend Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers match

Fernandes to show public backing for Hughes as QPR chairman prepares to attend Arsenal clash

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After monitoring QPR's progress from Malaysia, Tony Fernandes will make a special trip to London for Saturday's game with Arsenal.

He communicates with Mark Hughes on most days, and his flying visit will give him the chance to show some public support for his manager.

QPR's flamboyant chairman expected a better start to the season after comparing the fortunes of his team to the grid of a Formula One race.

Stuck in first gear: Queens Park Rangers have yet to win a game in the Premier League this season

Stuck in first gear: Queens Park Rangers have yet to win a game in the Premier League this season

As the owner of Caterham F1, he knows all about competition. Right now, his team are last and Fernandes does not like being at the back.

The real race is run at the top, where teams such as Everton have their noses in front and are making a romantic play for the Champions League.

After eight false starts in the Barclays Premier League, QPR have coughed, spluttered and failed to turn the corner.

Even the editor of QPR's matchday programme is picking up on the fear, leaving out the league table for Sunday's edition after Rangers picked up two points in their opening seven matches.

They are still last, despite five changes from the team beaten 3-2 at West Bromwich on October 6.

The engine had been revving at the start of the season when Rangers recruited 12 new players and pushed 19 in the direction of rival teams.

There will always be a period of adjustment, particularly with a blend of players who arrived to earn big bucks at Loftus Road.

Fernandes has piled heavy-duty cash into the contracts for Julio Cesar, Samba Diakite, Park Ji-Sung, Esteban Granero, Jose Bosingwa, Junior Hoilett and Bobby Zamora.

For that, he expects a substantial return, but Cesar is still settling in after his high-profile move on loan from Inter Milan.

He allowed Ricardo Vaz Te's deflected effort to beat him in the previous home game against West Ham, and the Brazil keeper should have done better with Sylvain Distin's header.

Coming home: Owner Tony Fernandes will travel to London to watch his QPR side face Arsenal on Saturday

Coming home: Owner Tony Fernandes will travel to London to watch his QPR side face Arsenal on Saturday

It is taking time, a precious commodity in an era when all that counts for clubs such as QPR is staying in the Premier League.

They have undergone major surgery, refurbishing the club's training ground at Harlington and giving the offices at their west London stadium a facelift.

If there are doubts beginning to creep in about Hughes, then the record of David Moyes should give Fernandes some comfort.

As manager of a team that once competed for league titles, Moyes hasn't always been chasing the Champions League.

Misfiring: The likes of Bobby Zamora (centre) have failed to impress so far this season

Misfiring: The likes of Bobby Zamora (centre) have failed to impress so far this season

He finished 15th in his first season at Goodison Park (2001-02) and narrowly escaped relegation when they ended the 2003-04 season one place above the drop.

But he has turned Everton into a formidable team, finishing in the top half of the table in each of the last six seasons.

The challenge for Moyes is to turn them into Champions League material, by finishing in the top four.

The opposition is taking Moyes seriously – Brendan Rodgers made the trip south ahead of Sunday's Merseyside derby.

It has taken on added significance as Everton's manager becomes accustomed to questions about his team's top-four potential.

He wants them to be judged after 10 Premier League games, but Rodgers was making his own assessments in the directors' box on Sunday.

Liverpool's manager will have been surprised by Moyes' decision to tuck Steven Pienaar inside and sacrifice his electrifying partnership with Leighton Baines down the left.

Pienaar was sent off, harshly, for a second yellow card in the second half, and will miss the visit of Liverpool. It's a big game for both teams, but Moyes is pleased with his position on the grid.

Not again: Fernandes will show his public backing for manager Mark Hughes (right) on Saturday

Not again: Fernandes will show his public backing for manager Mark Hughes (right) on Saturday

West Brom v QPR match report:

West Brom 3 QPR 2: Baggies seize on defensive blunders to go third

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West Brom increased the pressure on
QPR boss Mark Hughes as a fifth defeat in seven games left the west
London team anchored at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League
without a win.

Rangers have taken only two points
out of a possible 21 and they were always facing an uphill task after
early goals from James Morrison and Zoltan Gera.

Up for it: James Morrison heads West Brom in front

Up for it: James Morrison heads West Brom in front

Match facts

West Brom: Foster, Tamas (Jara Reyes 46), McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Yacob, Mulumbu, Gera, Morrison, Odemwingie (Rosenberg 62),
Long (Lukaku 62). Subs Not Used: Luke Daniels, Dorrans, Dawson, Fortune.

Booked: Tamas,Mulumbu.

Goals: Morrison 5,Gera 22,Mulumbu 85.

QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen,Hill (Traore 46), Granero, Mbia (Hoilett 70), Wright-Phillips (Mackie 58),Taarabt,
Park, Zamora. Subs Not Used: Green, Cisse, Onuoha, Faurlin.

Booked: Park, Mackie.

Goals: Taarabt 35, Granero 90.

Att: 23,987

Ref: Mike Jones (Cheshire).

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They showed signs of improvement after Adel Taarabt had reduced the arrears. Youssouf Mulumbu made it 3-1 before an injury-time effort from Esteban Granero again cut the deficit.

QPR defender Anton Ferdinand was booed during the first half by some Albion fans in his first appearance since the full report from the Football Association into the John Terry case was published.

Albion registered their fourth home win, their best start to a top flight season in front of their own fans since 1919.

Steve Clarke's side should have wrapped up the game in the opening half hour and could have doubled their two-goal advantage against a QPR side carved open almost at will during that spell.

Hughes' men struggled to deal with the creativity of Morrison and the pace of Shane Long with Ferdinand and Clint Hill in particular looking uncertain at the back.

But Taarabt, in his first start since the opening day of the season, dragged them back into the game and he demanded close attention from the Baggies back four.

West Bromwich Albion's Zoltan Gera (right) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal

Head over heels: Zoltan Gera (right) celebrates after scoring the second goal

West Bromwich Albion's Zoltan Gera (right) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal

West Bromwich Albion's Zoltan Gera (right) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal

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Albion's acting skipper Jonas Olsson
received a standing ovation from the home fans before kick-off after
signing a new four-year contract – and his side needed only four minutes
to go ahead.

Baggies leading scorer Shane Long was too quick for Hill before
delivering an inviting right-wing cross. Morrison timed his run
perfectly to get behind Ferdinand and direct his header back across
Julio Cesar into the corner of the net.

Albion looked sharp going forward and Long missed a golden chance to double their lead in a lightning counter-attack.

Look says it all: Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes (left)

Look says it all: Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes (left)

Star man: West Bromwich Albion's James Morrison (left)

Star man: West Bromwich Albion's James Morrison (left)

Peter Odemwingie picked out the run of Morrison and his cross was
perfectly weighted to find Long but from six yards out he fired over the
bar.

QPR had no answer to West Brom's first touch football and a shocking
error by Ferdinand gifted them their second goal after 22 minutes.

Once again Morrison supplied the ball into the danger area and
Ferdinand's attempted clearance fell straight to Zoltan Gera, who made
no mistake from 10 yards out.

Danger man: Adel Taarabt (left) scored another stunner

Danger man: Adel Taarabt (left) scored another stunner

Albion right-back Gabriel Tamas was booked for bringing down Taarabt
before the QPR midfielder gave his side a lifeline with a stunning
finish after 35 minutes.

Esteban Granero played the ball into the path of Taarabt on the edge of
the box and he brought it under control before volleying past Ben
Foster.

But Albion still threatened danger everytime they ventured forward and
it needed a fine save from Cesar to deny Gera a second goal.

Hand off: Stephane Mbia of Queen Park Rangers

Hand off: Stephane Mbia of Queen Park Rangers

Peter Odemwingie's defence-splitting pass found the Hungarian
international free inside the box but Cesar managed to deflect his shot
past the post.

QPR skipper Park Ji-sung was booked in first half injury-time for a lunge at Gera.

Both sides made a half-time switch with Tamas and Hill replaced by Gonzalo Jara Reyes and Armand Traore respectively.

The visitors showed attacking intent at the start of the second period and Foster held a low drive from the impressive Taarabt.

Morrison had a shot deflected wide but Albion were guilty of sloppy play.

It prompted Clarke to make a double change with strikers Romelu Lukaku and Markus Rosenberg replacing Long and Odemwingie.

Granero had the chance to level matters but sliced his shot wide after more good work by Taarabt.
But Morrison almost capped another top performance with a second goal as his 35-yard drive flashed inches wide.

With five minutes left Mulumbu made it 3-1 after exchanging passes with
Jara Reyes – but QPR showed plenty of spirit and Granero reduced the gap
again in injury-time with a cool finish.

Queens Park Rangers v West Ham – LIVE Premier League action

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: QPR v West Ham – as it happens from Loftus Road

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as QPR host London rivals West Ham at Loftus Road to round off the action for another week. Rangers have struggled this year and many believe another bad result could see Mark Hughes get the chop. Kick-off is at 8pm. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

QPR v West Ham (8pm)

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QPR: Julio Cesar, Hill, Nelsen, Mbia,
Onuoha, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Faurlin, Park, Zamora, Cisse.
Subs:
Green, Diakite, Taarabt, Mackie, Ephraim, Hoilett, Ehmer.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid,
Collins, O'Brien, Noble, Diame, Vaz Te, Nolan, Jarvis, Cole.
Subs:
Henderson, McCartney, Tomkins, Carroll, Maiga, Benayoun, O'Neil.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

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19.53: I'm going for a 1-1 on this mild evening in west London. Should be an interesting feature to see how West Ham soak up the QPR attack based on their respective formations.

19.48: Now is the time to get your 0-0 bets on folks. This from OptaJoe:

6 – West Ham United have failed to score in six of their last seven Premier League games on a Monday. Glum.

19.46: From InfostradaLive:

QPR are the only English league club yet to score a home goal this season. If they fail to score today it will be only the fourth time in PL history any club has not scored in their first three home league matches – after Everton in 1998 (5 matches) and again in 2005 (3 matches). Wolves also did this in 2003 (3 matches).

19.41: Full line-ups from Loftus Road:

QPR v West Ham
QPR: Julio Cesar, Hill, Nelsen, Mbia, Onuoha, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Faurlin, Park, Zamora, Cisse. Subs: Green, Diakite, Taarabt, Mackie, Ephraim, Hoilett, Ehmer.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Noble, Diame, Vaz Te, Nolan, Jarvis, Cole. Subs: Henderson, McCartney, Tomkins, Carroll, Maiga, Benayoun, O'Neil.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

19.36: QPR boss Mark Hughes spoke to Sky Sports before the game:

'We need to cut out lapses in concentration as we keep conceding after taking the lead.

'Ive been happy with performances so far as we've been up against top class teams.

'The next step is three points tonight. We've struggled of late in defence, it's been difficult because we don't have that continuity.'

19.31: Andy Carroll is named amongst the substitutes for West Ham's trip to QPR this evening after missing the past four matches with a hamstring injury.

The England international had been expected to make his return against Arsenal this weekend but is deemed fit enough to be involved, while Matt Taylor misses out after suffering a minor injury.

Bobby Zamora returns to the QPR starting line-up against his former club, while Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ryan Nelsen are also drafted in.

19.26: For all the doom and gloom in west London (well QPR's part anyway) there is plenty of smiles across the capital.

West Ham have started the season very well since achieving promotion from the Championship, especially at home, and a win tonight could take them up to fifth…it's as if the Avram Grant days never happened.

Handy Andy: Carroll has made a promising start to his West Ham career since joining on loan from Liverpool

Handy Andy: Carroll has made a promising start to his West Ham career since joining on loan from Liverpool

19.21: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce spoke to Sky Sports before the game:

'Andy [Carroll] started training this week, I chatted to the medical staff and he wanted to desperately be involved. If we need him then he is there for us to use.

'It would be nice not to need him but we will hope to come out and clinch our first away win.'

19.18: It's not a happy hunting ground for West Ham this. The Hammers lost their last match against QPR at Loftus Road 1-0 in 2004, while their last Premier League visit to the Hoops resulted in a 3-0 defeat. Time for change

19.13: Since the start of last season, QPR have been like a kid given 50 to spend in a sweet shop in terms of their transfer business, but it hasn't done them too many favours so far.

For all the big name signings and huge turnover of players, the Hoops are bottom of the table with just two points from five games.

Is it a case of too much too soon Possibly, but either way another failure to win tonight will up the pressure on Mark Hughes.

19.10: QPR starting XI:

Cesar, Hill, Park, Cisse, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Onuoha, Nelsen, Zamora, Faurlin, Mbia.

19.07: Andy Carroll is on the bench for West Ham.

19.05: West Ham starting XI:

Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Vaz Te, Jarvis, Cole.

19.00: Is it just me or does there seem to be a Premier League London derby every weekend at the moment Either way here is another as struggling QPR take on Sam Allardyce's West Ham at Loftus Road. It's a match that Mark Hughes will be desperate to take three points from to silence a few critics. Team news on the way.

Careful now: Mark Hughes has had a poor start to the season

Careful now: Mark Hughes has had a poor start to the season