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Stoke fans refuse to back Tony Pulis

'Staying up' but Stoke fans still not potty about Pulis despite QPR win

By
Simon Cass

PUBLISHED:

22:00 GMT, 21 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:01 GMT, 22 April 2013

The chants of ‘We are staying up’ rang out from Stoke City’s fans after the club was rescued from the drop at QPR’s expense.

But there were no songs of support for manager Tony Pulis, despite Stoke almost certainly assuring Barclays Premier League football for a sixth season.

Pulis’s relationship with Stoke fans is suffering because his side scores under a goal a game.

Taken for granted Tony Pulis has established Stoke in the Premier League

Taken for granted Tony Pulis has established Stoke in the Premier League

So something has to give, whether that be a change of manager or a change in their manager’s approach if next season is not to be a carbon copy of this one.

West Brom will not sell Peter Odemwingie to QPR

QPR dealt blow as West Brom refuse to sell Odemwingie in January transfer window

By
John Curtis, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

07:56 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:56 GMT, 24 January 2013

Peter Odemwingie has been told that he will not be allowed to leave West Brom during the current transfer window, the club's new sporting and technical director, Richard Garlick, has confirmed.

The Baggies striker is a target for QPR who have already had one offer rejected – believed to be 2million.

But Garlick insists the Baggies will only allow players to leave on their terms.

Staying put: Peter Odemwingie (centre) will not be leaving West Brom

Staying put: Peter Odemwingie (centre) will not be leaving West Brom

He said: 'Last summer there were supposedly players leaving but we kept hold of most of them.

'We don't have to sell any of our players. It's only on our terms.

'It's well documented about Peter. We had an offer and we don't intend to sell any of our players.

'When an offer comes in, we speak to the player out of courtesy. We've had that chat with Peter and he knows the situation.'

Albion also rejected a 5m bid from Rangers for defender Jonas Olsson who only signed a new four year contract in October.

In the market: Harry Redknapp was keen to sign Odemwingie for QPR

In the market: Harry Redknapp was keen to sign Odemwingie for QPR

Garlick does not expect West Brom to sign any players before the transfer window closes a week today.

He said: 'We're happy with the squad we've got and there are no immediate plans to bring anyone in.

'If an opportunity presents itself, then we will look at that, but we're looking more towards the summer.'

Sunderland expect Danny Graham to sign once Swansea agree deal for Kenwyne Jones

Graham set to join Sunderland for 4m once Swansea agree deal for Stoke striker Jones

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

16:51 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:24 GMT, 9 January 2013

Sunderland are confident of seeing off a late challenge from QPR for Danny Graham and believe they would have signed him by now but for a snag over Kenwyne Jones’ proposed move to Swansea.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed last Friday that Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill had launched a bid to take the 27-year-old Swansea striker back to his native North East.

QPR have now joined Norwich, Reading and Aston Villa as the other challengers for his signature, but Sunderland still firmly believe they will win the race.

Out of favour: Graham could be set to leave Swansea

Out of favour: Graham could be set to leave Swansea

O’Neill is convinced Graham would have been preparing for his debut by now but for Swansea and Stoke failing to reach an agreement over Jones.

Stoke rejected a Swansea request to take Jones on loan with a view to a permanent deal. They are now waiting for Liberty Stadium bosses to come back with an offer that meets their valuation.

Once Swansea have secured a replacement for Graham – and they remain hopeful it will be Jones – the former Watford star will be allowed to leave for around 4million, with the Stadium of Light his likely destination.

Heading to Swansea: Jones (left) is set to swap Stoke for the Liberty Stadium

Heading to Swansea: Jones (left) is set to swap Stoke for the Liberty Stadium

Reading and QPR eye Udinese"s Emmanuel Badu

QPR and Reading keeping tabs on Udinese's battling midfielder Badu

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UPDATED:

22:21 GMT, 12 December 2012

QPR and Reading are tracking Udinese and Ghana defensive midfielder Emmanuel Badu.

The 22-year-old has established himself in the first team after the departure of Gokhan Inler to Napoli in 2011, and played the full 90 minutes in last week's 1-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Europa League,

Attracting attention: Badu (left) fends off Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in the recent Europa League tie

Attracting attention: Badu (left) fends off Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in the recent Europa League tie

Christian Benteke not for sale, warns Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

Benteke is going nowhere! Villa boss Lambert insists he won't sell striker

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UPDATED:

16:10 GMT, 3 December 2012

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned any interested clubs that 7million summer signing Christian Benteke is not for sale.

Benteke has been in sparkling form since his move from Genk on a four year contract.

He has has netted six goals, replaced Darren Bent as Villa’s No 1 striker, and also established himself in the Belgium side.

Denied: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke had a goal ruled out against QPR at the weekend

Denied: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke had a goal ruled out against QPR at the weekend

Lambert is constantly singing the praises of the 21-year-old and is adamant he will remain at Villa should any interest be forthcoming in the player.

He said: 'Christian has been excellent for us. He is a big strong lad but he can also play.

'If he keeps progressing the way he has so far, he will be an incredible player.

'I have to hold onto Benteke. He’s going nowhere.'

Lambert added: “I have run out of things to say about Christian. He is not the finished article but he has been excellent for us and a fans’ favourite.

'You have to be a good player to get into the current Belgium side and he has scored plenty of goals for them already.

'He might not peak for a few years yet. He’s only 21 and can be anything he wants.'

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Arsenal v QPR, Wigan v West Ham, Reading v Fulham, Stoke v Sunderland

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

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UPDATED:

13:15 GMT, 27 October 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Arsenal take on QPR in one of four games kicking off at 3pm. Elsewhere it is Reading v Fulham, Stoke v Sunderland and Wigan v West Ham. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or on Twitter @Ripinho.

14.18: Breaking news from Arsenal is that Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna start for the Gunners.

14.15: Winter is closing in folks and I'm not saying that because we have a new Premier League football this weekend – more simply because it's got rather cold all of a sudden. Enough with the weather talk though as we have four games on the way and the team news to follow.

Main feature: Arsenal, Reading, Stoke and West Ham feature in the 3pm kick-offs

Main feature: Arsenal, Reading, Stoke and West Ham feature in the 3pm kick-offs

Southampton target Spurs defender Michael Dawson

Saints target 7.5m Spurs defender Dawson to shore up leaky backline

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UPDATED:

07:17 GMT, 23 October 2012

Out of favour: Michael Dawson has been told he can leave Spurs

Out of favour: Michael Dawson has been told he can leave Spurs

Southampton are preparing a 7.5million swoop for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson.

The Saints want the 28-year-old centre half to shore up the Premier League’s worst defence, reports the Daily Mirror.

Dawson has been frozen out by manager Andre Villas-Boas and can leave in the January transfer window.

Saints have conceded 24 goals in just eight Premier League matches and boss Nigel Adkins is
keen to boost his defence with a 7.5m move for Dawson.

The 28-year-old remains a target for QPR, who almost signed him in the summer.

Dawson has made just three appearances for Spurs
this campaign, and played only one minute in the Premier League.

Mark Hughes frustrated after Queens Park Rangers fail to win again

Hughes frustrated after QPR fail to win AGAIN as Everton hang on for point

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UPDATED:

21:10 GMT, 21 October 2012

QPR manager Mark Hughes admitted his frustration that his side remain without a win in the Barclays Premier League this season after they were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Everton.

Hughes has not seen his team win any of their opening eight league fixtures and Rangers stayed bottom of the table.

Junior Hoilett scored a second-minute goal to give QPR the lead at Loftus Road, but an unfortunate own goal from goalkeeper Julio Cesar earned Everton a share of the spoils, despite Steven Pienaar's second-half dismissal.

Not again: Mark Hughes' side have yet to win in the Premier League

Not again: Mark Hughes' side have yet to win in the Premier League

QPR forced the issue late on, but could not grab a winning goal, leaving Hughes disappointed.

'The emotion we are all feeling is frustration because I think we showed today that our football is good and we try and play in the right manner,' he said.

'We try and get the ball down, try and get width and get our technical players to take people on. We have been doing that since the start of the season and we have had good performances, but haven't been able to take that final step.

'The guys are in the dressing room really disappointed because this was an opportunity.'

Hughes did take some positives from the game, however, as he felt his players held their own against a strong Everton team who currently occupy fourth spot in the league.

He said: 'In the end we have gone up against one of the better side in the Premier League who have started like a house on fire and we have matched them.

'On another day we should have beaten them, but obviously we are disappointed because we still have to get three points on the board.'

The Welshman stressed before the weekend a good start to the game was vital for his side after they had conceded early goals in their previous two league matches.

Hoilett's goal meant Hughes got his wish and he was pleased with the intensity shown by his side from the kick-off.

'We got an early reward,' he said.

Not bad: Junior Hoilett (left) scored an early goal for QPR, but they were unable to retain the lead

Not bad: Junior Hoilett (left) scored an early goal for QPR, but they were unable to retain the lead

Soft: Steven Pienaar was sent off for a second yellow card

Soft: Steven Pienaar was sent off for a second yellow card

'Obviously we had talked about starting well because we haven't done that in the last couple of games and thankfully we addressed that detail in our game that has been hurting us.'

QPR laid siege to the Everton goal for a period in the second half, but could not find a way through, although Hughes felt his side should have been awarded a penalty from referee Jonathan Moss for a foul on Hoilett.

'We should have had a stonewall penalty,' he said. 'The referee is only four metres away so why he hasn't given it I have no idea, but in fairness I think he frustrated both teams and both sets of supporters today. I don't think it was one of his best performances.'

Everton boss David Moyes felt the match was an important one for QPR and claimed Hughes' side will soon find their feet.

He said: 'It was going to make it difficult to win when it went to 10, but I think we still tried to counter-attack at the right moments.

Not today: Sylvain Distin's header ricocheted off Julio Cesar to ensure QPR went on without a win

Not today: Sylvain Distin's header ricocheted off Julio Cesar to ensure QPR went on without a win

'It was a big game for QPR as you could see so we knew what we had to deal with. I think the players did a really good job and kept the momentum going and made sure we got a result today.

'I think they will achieve more at QPR, they have a really experienced team. I have seen them play a couple of times and the players they have had great experience.

'I think they have got good players, when you bring in an awful lot of new players it can be difficult.

'They need to give the manager time. They worked hard for Mark today and tried to get a result.'

Moyes was unhappy with the decision from Moss to send Pienaar off in the second half after the midfielder appeared to make little contact with Jose Bosingwa.

'(It was) very, very harsh to give someone a red card for that, incredible,' he said.

'I don't even know if he touched him, I think the boy (Bosingwa) lifted his leg and it hit Steven rather than Steven hitting him so I think it was the wrong decision.'

QPR fans call for owner to sack Mark Hughes and bring in Harry Redknapp

QPR fans call for Redknapp as Hughes sees side crash to West Brom

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 6 October 2012

Mark Hughes pleaded for more time to show what his rock-bottom QPR team can do in the face of calls for his head.

Fans bombarded Rangers owner Tony Fernandes’s Twitter account urging him to replace Hughes with Harry Redknapp.

But Hughes insisted his side would come good. ‘In a number of games we’ve played well and not got what we’ve deserved,’ he said.

Not a good start: Mark Hughes has seen QPR pick up two points from seven games

Not a good start: Mark Hughes has seen QPR pick up two points from seven games

‘We’ve got a lot of new players and a lot of injuries unfortunately and that’s not helped us.

‘Once that settles down people will see what we can produce.’

Rob Hulse joins Charlton on loan

QPR outcast Hulse joins Championship side Charlton on three-month deal

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UPDATED:

12:53 GMT, 1 October 2012

QPR striker Rob Hulse has joined Charlton on a three-month loan deal.

The 32-year-old appears to have no future at Loftus Road after he was left out of Rangers' 25-man Premier League squad, and he will go straight into Charlton's squad for Tuesday's visit of Watford.

Addicks manager Chris Powell moved for Hulse after top scorer Yann Kermorgant was ruled out for three months with an ankle injury.

On the move: Hulse (left) has joined Charlton on a three-month deal

On the move: Hulse (left) has joined Charlton on a three-month deal

Powell told the club's official website: 'We have lost Yann long-term, and Rob will give us that strength and that Championship know-how and experience up top.

'Things haven't worked out for him at QPR but he's here for three months and I'm sure he will do very well here, enhance our squad and remind people that he's a good player.

'We've seen him recently and I really hope he comes in and does well for us.'