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Former Spurs starlet John Bostock joins Toronto on loan

Former Spurs starlet Bostock seeks to revive his career with MLS side Toronto

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19:06 GMT, 8 March 2013

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19:06 GMT, 8 March 2013

Tottenham midfielder John Bostock has joined Canadian side Toronto FC on loan until the end of June.

The former Crystal Palace starlet has been at White Hart Lane for five years but has failed to break into the first team.

Out to impress: John Bostock will have a stint in the MLS

Out to impress: John Bostock will have a stint in the MLS

The 21-year-old has spent time out on loan at Brentford, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon Town.

Bostock will now head out again to gain further experience and he will this time go to Major League Soccer, where he will link up with former Spurs team-mate Ryan Nelsen at Toronto.

Nelsen was recently appointed as the club’s head coach and will be delighted to have increased his midfield options until June with the addition of Bostock.

QPR have second bid for Brede Hangeland rejected by Fulham

Fulham reject QPR's second bid for Hangeland as Redknapp looks to shore up defence

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Laura Williamson

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15:05 GMT, 30 January 2013

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15:45 GMT, 30 January 2013

Fulham have refused an increased bid from Queens Park Rangers for captain Brede Hangeland.

Rangers are close to bringing in Christopher Samba to replace Ryan Nelsen but have still not given up their pursuit of Hangeland, 31, as Harry Redknapp looks to bring in at least one experienced Premier League defender.

Going nowhere: Fulham have rejected a second bid from QPR for Brede Hangeland

Going nowhere: Fulham have rejected a second bid from QPR for Brede Hangeland

The Norway centre half is out of contract at Craven Cottage in the summer and has so far delayed signing an extension to bring him in line with top earners such as Mark Schwarzer and Dimitar Berbatov.

Fulham, though, have so far resisted all Rangers' attempts to lure Hangeland to Loftus Road.

Tall order: Hangeland's contract is up at the end of the season

Tall order: Hangeland's contract is up at the end of the season

Manager Martin Jol said last week: 'He's our strength and we would be silly to get rid of him or sell him now.'

QPR missed out on another target as Porto defender Rolando opted to join Italian side Napoli.

QPR keen on West Brom defender Jonas Olsson

Redknapp want 5m Olsson to help save QPR from the drop

By
Lee Bryan

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08:15 GMT, 10 January 2013

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08:32 GMT, 10 January 2013

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has made a 5million bid for West Brom defender Jonas Olsson, according to reports.

Redknapp priority in this transfer window is to strengthen his defence to try and help his side in their battle against relegation and is keen on Olsson, whose outstanding form this season has also seen him watched by Arsenal.

The 29-year-old has a 4m buy-out clause in his contract in the summer and QPR believe they can get him this month.

Top target: Jonas Olsson is the man Harry Redkapp wants to sign

Top target: Jonas Olsson is the man Harry Redkapp wants to sign

According to The Daily Mirror Olsson is keen on a move to London and Redknapp is keen for him to replace Ryan Nelsen, who is off to the MLS to manage Toronto.

Redknapp is also considering a move for Tottenham defender William Gallas.

Looking to strengthen: Harry Redknapp wants to add to his defence

Looking to strengthen: Harry Redknapp wants to add to his defence

The QPR boss is an admirer of the French defender after managing him at White Hart Lane.

But persuading Olsson to join relegation-threatened Rangers from Europe-chasing Albion is his main priority.

QPR"s Ryan Nelsen appointed Toronto FC manager

Nelsen quits struggling QPR and takes over as manager of Toronto

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Simon Jones

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22:57 GMT, 7 January 2013

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15:43 GMT, 8 January 2013

QPR defender Ryan Nelsen has taken up a post as head coach with Toronto FC.

He replaces former Arsenal and Ipswich striker Paul Mariner, who doubled as director of soccer operations, and is now likely to return to England.

On his way: Ryan Nelsen looks set to join Toronto as manager

On his way: Ryan Nelsen looks set to join Toronto as manager

Nelsen is still available for the R's game against Tottenham at the weekend.

He could fly back from Canada to feature in the match.

MLS side DC United had attempted to lure
the 35-year-old New Zealander to the MLS but Nelsen has been swayed by
Toronto president and general manager Kevin Payne who was an executive
at DC United when he played there previously between 2001 and 2005.

Speaking over the weekend, boss Harry Redknapp revealed his regret at the fact he was set to lose his star man.

He said: ‘There is some truth in the rumour I’m afraid. Nelsen is very important to us, a fantastic leader, a top player.

‘But he has been offered a job in America and I think there is every chance he might want to go. He wants to be a manager and it is a chance for him to manage a club.

‘He has been fantastic. I took him to Tottenham last year from Blackburn. He’s one of the best pros I’ve ever met in my life, a fantastic player, a great trainer, a leader.

‘He is a massive part of your team. To lose him would be a massive blow for us.’

Nelsen departs with QPR rock-bottom of the top flight.

QPR"s Ryan Nelsen set to replace Paul Mariner as Toronto FC manager

Nelsen ready to quit QPR and take over as manager of Toronto

By
Simon Jones

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22:57 GMT, 7 January 2013

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22:57 GMT, 7 January 2013

QPR defender Ryan Nelsen is to take up a post as head coach with Toronto FC and replace Paul Mariner.

Toronto will make the announcement on Tuesday with former Arsenal and Ipswich striker Mariner, who doubled as director of soccer operations, likely to return to England.

On his way: Ryan Nelsen looks set to join Toronto as manager

On his way: Ryan Nelsen looks set to join Toronto as manager

MLS side DC United had attempted to lure
the 35-year-old New Zealander to the MLS but Nelsen has been swayed by
Toronto president and general manager Kevin Payne who was an executive
at DC United when he played there previously between 2001 and 2005.

Speaking over the weekend, boss Harry Redknapp revealed his regret at the fact he was set to lose his star man.

He said: ‘There is some truth in the rumour I’m afraid. Nelsen is very important to us, a fantastic leader, a top player.

‘But he has been offered a job in America and I think there is every chance he might want to go. He wants to be a manager and it is a chance for him to manage a club.

‘He has been fantastic. I took him to Tottenham last year from Blackburn. He’s one of the best pros I’ve ever met in my life, a fantastic player, a great trainer, a leader.

‘He is a massive part of your team. To lose him would be a massive blow for us.’

Jose Bosingwa sickened QPR team-mates Ryan Nelsen and Clint Hill, says Harry Redknapp

You're a disgrace! Bosingwa blasted by his own sickened QPR team-mates

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13:35 GMT, 26 December 2012

Jose Bosingwa has been slammed by his QPR team-mates for refusing to sit on the bench during their win over Fulham earlier this month.

The former Chelsea right-back’s strop resulted in a fine of two weeks’ wages (130,000) and he has also left his future with the club in jeopardy.

Manager Harry Redknapp is furious with the 30-year old, and didn’t hesitate to reveal what his disgusted other players thought of Bosingwa’s behaviour.

Disgrace: Jose Bosingwa refused to sit on the bench for QPR

Disgrace: Jose Bosingwa refused to sit on the bench for QPR

‘The good lads would be sick,’ he told the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle.

‘There might be one or two of his pals who might think ‘Well, you know,’ but the Ryan Nelsens and Clint Hills and all the good lads all thought it was a disgrace.

‘That’s the first time it’s ever happened to me as a manager and I’ve managed some pretty temperamental players. I’ve never known anyone to do that.

Good lads: Ryan Nelsen (right) and Clint Hill were among those disgusted, revealed Harry Redknapp

Good lads: Ryan Nelsen (right) and Clint Hill were among those disgusted, revealed Harry Redknapp

‘It was something new to me and not something I like.’

QPR want to offload Bosingwa this January but given the player’s high wage demands – Chelsea declined the opportunity to take up the extra year on offer on his contract in the summer – he may be low on bidders.

Newcastle 1 QPR 0: Match report

Newcastle 1 QPR 0: Shola strikes to ruin Redknapp's run as Toon leave it late to take points

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17:16 GMT, 22 December 2012

Local hero Shola Ameobi came off the bench to hand Newcastle a welcome three points and manager Alan Pardew the perfect Christmas present.

The 31-year-old striker produced an assured 81st-minute finish just as it looked as though the Magpies would have to settle for a draw in a game they knew was a must-win affair.

It was no more than they deserved on a day when they dominated throughout, but too often lacked the guile of injured duo Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa.

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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However, thanks to Ameobi, they got there in the end to claim just their second Barclays Premier League victory in eight attempts and condemn Harry Redknapp to his first defeat as Rangers boss.

The match kicked off on a pitch soaked by persistent rain, which showed little sign of abating, but with referee Kevin Friend having had two looks at it and seeing no reason not to start.

As the first half unfolded, there was clearly surface water, but it did not affect the roll of the ball unduly as the Magpies set about the task of winning a game they simply could not afford to lose or even, in the eyes of their manager, draw.

Roared on by a crowd of 50,180, the majority of whom were well aware of what was at stake, they set about their task with relish and dominated the opening 45 minutes.

However, the lack of a final ball cost them dearly as they were simply unable to convert a wealth of possession into goals.

Left winger Jonas Gutierrez was particularly guilty of failing to produce a telling cross on the numerous occasions on which he took aim, while overlapping full-back Davide Santon got into some promising positions down the same flank, but repeatedly picked out a hooped, rather than a striped, shirt.

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

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

In the event, Rob Green was as under-employed as Tim Krul despite finding his penalty area repeatedly besieged by the Magpies.

The game started promisingly for the home side with striker Papiss Cisse heading into the side-netting from Gutierrez's cross, although he did so having nudged defender Fabio da Silva in the back first and it would not have counted anyway.

Stephane Mbia was in the right place at the right time to clear Mike Williamson's goal-bound header from a Vurnon Anita corner three minutes later, although the Dutchman's ball was the sole cross of note he or any of his team-mates delivered before the break.

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

Indeed, Green's only real save came with 31 minutes played when he plucked Cheick Tiote's shot out of the air, although there was more than a hint of a cross about the Ivorian's attempt.

At the other end, Krul was effectively a spectator and he was called upon for the first time to field Alejandro Faurlin's corner with 11 minutes of the half remaining before then collecting Djibril Cisse's 43rd-minute scuffed volley.

But in the meantime, Anton Ferdinand had blocked a well-struck effort from leading scorer Demba Ba, who later wasted two free-kicks in quick succession, blasting both high over the bar, much to the frustration of the home fans.

Midfield battle: Cheick Tiote is tracked by Esteban Granero

Midfield battle: Cheick Tiote is tracked by Esteban Granero

QPR produced more inside the opening three minutes of the second half than they had in the entire first with Cisse forcing Krul to turn his low drive around the post and Mbia heading the resulting corner high over.

But as the half settled down, the visitors packed men behind the ball to frustrate their hosts, and were content to try to hit them on the break, a ploy which prompted the introduction of Shaun Wright-Phillips as a 56th-minute replacement for Esteban Granero.

Pardew made a double change on the hour, replacing Gutierrez and, to the clear disapproval of the home fans, Papiss Cisse, with Gabriel Obertan and Ameobi in the search for a breakthrough.

Getting it right: Harry Redknapp gives instructions from the sidelines

Getting it right: Harry Redknapp gives instructions from the sidelines

But it was Anita who very nearly made the difference with a 63rd-minute free-kick which Green could only palm away, mercifully for him into a sea of blue, rather than black and white, shirts.

The Rangers goalkeeper had to scramble away Anita's near-post corner two minutes later and Ba saw a shot on the turn deflected for a corner before Ameobi completely mistimed a header as the Magpies made another concerted push.

Ba could not generate enough pace to trouble Green with his 73rd-minute header from Obertan's cross, but when Ameobi's big moment arrived, he was not found wanting.

Sylvain Marveaux slipped the ball into his path on the right side of the penalty area and he steadied himself before curling a left-foot shot across Green and into the bottom corner.

Substitute Marveaux might have added a second two minutes later after being denied by Green, but there was no way back for Redknapp's men.

Tiote will miss the Boxing Day trip to Manchester United after picking up his fifth booking of the season but even that could not take the smile from Pardew's face.

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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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.

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'

QPR 1 Reading 1: Match report

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

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16:00 GMT, 4 November 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MATCH FACTS

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

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

Goal: Cisse 66

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

Subs not used: Federici, Pearce, Cummings, Pogrebnyak

Booked: Hunt, Le Fondre

Goal: Gorkss 16

Referee: Michael Oliver

Attendance: 16,797

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seasoned: Jason Roberts looks to dispossess Armand Traore

Seasoned: Jason Roberts looks to dispossess Armand Traore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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