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Harry Redknapp thinks Queens Park Rangers can beat relegation

Redknapp optimistic that scrappy QPR can beat drop after stopping the rot at Sunderland

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00:54 GMT, 28 November 2012

New QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes he has the players to scramble out of trouble after picking up a point in his first game with a 0-0 draw at Sunderland last night.

Redknapp said: 'This was good for us. You can only work with what you've got, we can't pluck anyone out of the air, so we just have to get the best out of players I have.

'We came in on Sunday and on Monday I picked the team and worked with the shape. I thought the midfield looked strong and powerful and they have bags of ability. There were some good points to come from it.'

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

Redknapp added: 'I certainly feel a lot more optimistic than I did on Saturday night (after watching QPR lose at Manchester United), that's for sure.

'We worked hard. I was really pleased with how we defended.

'When we had to, we denied them opportunities and we had several ourselves so there were a lot of positives.

'It is going to be tough. We can't kid ourselves but we will look at positives. I can see there are some decent players who need to be a team and if we can get them working together then we must have a chance.'

Rangers now face Villa – whose win against Reading last night took them out of the relegation zone – at Loftus Road on Saturday and Redknapp believes the fans will have a crucial role to play in their survival fight.

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

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

Powerful: Redknapp was pleased with the strength of players like Samba Diakite (left)

Powerful: Redknapp was pleased with the strength of players like Samba Diakite (left)

He said: 'It's a big game. I see a lot of similarities with Portsmouth, which is the same type of stadium. We have to make Loftus Road intimidating, show we can have a real go and get the fans right behind us.'

Sunderland never recovered from the sixth-minute substitution of captain Lee Cattermole who will have a scan on his knee amid fears he has damaged medial ligaments.

Up for a scrap Djibril Cisse will need to produce some goals to propel QPR out of the bottom three

Up for a scrap Djibril Cisse will need to produce some goals to propel QPR out of the bottom three

That's handy: Redknapp gestures to his players from the touchline

That's handy: Redknapp gestures to his players from the touchline

The home side, who are now level on points with Villa, created only two chances for Steven Fletcher, who was denied by Julio Cesar and then Robert Green after the Brazilian keeper suffered a groin injury which forced him off at the break.

Sunderland have now won only four of their last 27 games and are in danger of being dragged into the relegation battle themselves.

Manager Martin O'Neill said: 'We knew they would be buoyed by Harry's arrival and it was a tough night. You can feel the crowd getting edgy. We have to tough it out.'

'It was a rather frustrating evening, I think frustration would sum it up.

'It was tough for us. Losing Cattermole so early on in the game disrupted us somewhat, but even so, that's a handicap you have to overcome.

'It was just a frustrating evening.'

Cattermole, who shook off a knee injury to start, departed with just seven minutes played having damaged the other knee in a 50-50 challenge with Samba Diakite.

The Northern Irishman said: 'It was his other knee that he hurt, funnily enough, in the block challenge and as we speak now, he's in a lot of pain, so that would be a blow to us if that was the case.

'It seemed as if it was the same knee – I thought immediately that was the case – but it's not, it's his other knee.'

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Arsenal want Adel Taarabt if they can"t sign Wilfried Zaha

Arsenal plot shock swoop for Taarabt if Wenger fails to land 20m-rated Zaha

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07:03 GMT, 8 November 2012

Arsenal could switch their attentions to Queens Park Rangers playmaker Adel Taarabt if they are priced out of a move for teenage hotshot Wilfried Zaha.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to bolster his forward line in January and has earmarked Crystal palace starlet Zaha, 19, as his top target.

But the Championship club have a slapped an unrealistic 20million price tag on the England Under 21 winger while Arsenal face competition for his signature from Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Target: Arsenal could make a January move for playmaker Adel Taarabt

Target: Arsenal could make a January move for playmaker Adel Taarabt

Arsenal will launch a 9million move in January having watched Zaha, who grew up as an Arsenal supporter, on several occasions this season.

The winger is settled in London and
is in no hurry to leave Selhurst Park, but it is understood the youngster
would find it difficult to turned down a switch to a top Premier League
club.

Arsenal are
likely to start their bidding with a deal worth 9m, an offer which will
comprise of a number of performance-related add-ons.

But
Palace will not let their teenage
sensation leave Selhurst Park without a fight. Financially,
the club are under no pressure to sell Zaha in January, while chairman
Steve Parish has publicly insisted it would take a 20million offer for
Palace to part with their Ivory-Coast born forward.

Wanted: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha has been watched by several clubs

Wanted: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha has been watched by several clubs

And according to the Daily Mirror, that could lead to Wenger moving instead for Taarabt, 23, who has played only six times this season but scored two goals.

The mercurial Moroccan joined Rangers from London rivals Tottenham on loan in 2009 before signing a permanent deal.

He helped the club win the Championship under Neil Warnock and was linked with a move to big-spending French side Paris Saint-Germain but the transfer failed to materialise.

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QPR v Everton live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: QPR v Everton – follow the action from Loftus Road as it happens

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15:17 GMT, 21 October 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as QPR host Everton at Loftus Road to conclude the weekend's action. The Toffees are fighting for a top four spot at this stage of the season but the rock bottom Hoops will be aiming to secure their first victory of the campaign. Send me your thoughts on the action at dan.ripley@dailymail.co.uk or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

QPR 1-0 Everton (4pm)

Click here for the live goals as they go in

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

Goals: Hoilett 2.

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

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

Click here for the live Premier League table

17min: Cesar does his best to prove me wrong though, as he safely parries away a Nikica Jelavic free-kick from 23 yards out.

14min: No real chances since but I can't see this game staying 1-0. It's been fast paced and en-to-end so far as Hoilett runs the ball out for a goal kick.

11min: Everton respond with a free-kick but Phil Jagielka's header from a Leighton Baines cross is easily taken by Cesar.

9min: It's not Howard's day today. The keeper slips trying to clear a backpass and only just reaches the ball before a charging Hoilett can claim a touch.

As a result the Hoops pick up the clearance, before Adel Taarabt's clever pass for Armand Traore into the box sees the full-back fire a dangerous low ball across goal that only lacks a touch on target from a team-mate.

8min: From OptaJoe:

2 – Junior Hoilett's goal is the earliest QPR have scored in the PL since Les Ferdinand after 2 mins vs West Ham in December 1994. Burst.

5min: If ever a side needed a confidence boost (and a slice of luck) it was QPR and that early goal has worked wonders. Mark Hughes' side are controlling the game now as they search for a second goal.

Quick out of the blocks: Junior Hoilett's deflected strike gave QPR the lead

Quick out of the blocks: Junior Hoilett's deflected strike gave QPR the lead

2min: GOAL! QPR 1-0 Everton

The Hoops have to defend successive corners but take the lead through a direct counter! Julio Cesar's punch clear finds Junior Hoilett, who shakes off the attention of Phil Neville as he runs 50 yards before seeing a shot deflect off Leighton Baines and over a helpless Tim Howard.

Kick-off: QPR get us going.

15.55: The players are out at an overcast Loftus Road, which being the smallest stadium in the Premier League is not surprisingly packed out.

15.50: Everton boss David Moyes spoke to Sky Sports before the game:

'Our attacking play and chances we have created have been good to watch – I've enjoyed it myself.

'We've not had many injuries but through the season you have to cope with these things.

'It's a tough challenge, QPR have an experienced team and I've seen a few of their games – they have been unfortunate.'

15.46: On more positive issues, Everton are chasing three points today that will put them just one point behind Manchester United and Manchester City who are second and third respectively in the table.

Another win for the Toffees and they will record their best start since 1978 – when they eventually finished fourth. No cheap Champions League places back then though.

No support: Anton Ferdinand was one of a number of players who chose not to wear the anti-racism t-shirts

No support: Anton Ferdinand was one of a number of players who chose not to wear the anti-racism t-shirts

15.43: A big issue this week has surrounded players choosing not to wear the 'Kick It Out' t-shirts that support an anti-racism campaign.

Today is no different with Anton Ferdinand and Shaun Wright-Phillips among the QPR players without the shirts on during their warm up.

15.40: Full line-ups from Loftus Road:

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

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

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

15.35: QPR boss Mark Hughes makes three changes to his starting line-up for the visit of Everton, with his side still searching for their first Barclays Premier League win of the season.

Armand Traore, Samba Diakite and Junior Hoilett are all recalled with Shaun Wright-Phillips and Anton Ferdinand dropping to the bench and Clint Hill missing out altogether.

Everton bring in Victor Anichebe for the injured Marouane Fellaini with Sylvain Distin replacing John Heitinga in defence.

New signing Thomas Hitzlsperger is named amongst the Everton substitutes.

15.30: If the Wear-Tyne derby was huge for local importance then the climax to this weekend's Premier League fixtures is just as big for both ends of the table.

QPR v Everton doesn't scream blockbuster but the hosts are ready to hit the panic button at the bottom of the table, while the Toffees have a Champions League spot to prove they can seriously challenge for. There's plenty to look forward to and the team news is coming right up.

Up for the fight: QPR will hope to kick start their season when they host Everton

Up for the fight: QPR will hope to kick start their season when they host Everton

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Adel Taarabt signs new QPR deal

Boost for QPR as Taarabt signs three-year deal at Loftus Road

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15:59 GMT, 11 July 2012

Adel Taarabt has ended speculation over his QPR future by signing a new long-term contract at the club.

The 23-year-old joined the west Londoners from Tottenham in August 2010 following two successful loan spells and has long been linked with a move away from Loftus Road.

Paris St Germain seemed Taarabt's likely destination last summer but he remained with the west Londoners, who he has now signed a three-year contract extension with.

Come in No 10: Taarabt has signed a new contract with the Loftus Road club

Come in No 10: Taarabt has signed a new contract with the Loftus Road club

'I am very pleased to have signed this contract,' Taarabt told the club's official website.

'When I first arrived here I honestly thought it would be just for a short period but I love this club and the people here have really helped me and I am very happy to be here.

'I had a tough start to the season last year, but I worked hard and I have really enjoyed it under Mark Hughes.

'The club is getting bigger and bigger, with a new training ground and talk of a new stadium is very exciting.

Staying put: Taarabt had been linked with a move away from QPR

Staying put: Taarabt had been linked with a move away from QPR

'In the time I have been here, QPR's ambition has changed.

'Last year the aim was to stay in the Premier League. We achieved this and now we want to progress and improve.

'Nobody is speaking about what we can achieve but we really want to move up the Premier League.'

As well as signing a new deal, Taarabt has been handed the No 10 jersey at QPR – worn previously by the likes of Stan Bowles, Rodney Marsh and Kevin Gallen.

The move, which will see the vacated No 7 seven shirt worn by new signing Park Ji-sung, has been welcomed by the Morocco international.

'This means a lot to me personally,' he said. 'I was happy with the “7” but I know “10” is very important at QPR. Special players like Bowles and Marsh have worn this.

'The club told me that the fans want me to have this shirt. So if this makes the fans happy too, it is even better for me.'

Taarabt credits Mark Hughes for his transformation and the QPR manager was quick to express his delight at the new deal.

'It is important that we keep good, young players at QPR because that is going to drive what we want to do and Adel is a big part of that,' he said.

'There is no question he can produce moments of skill that not many players can.'

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Wolfsburg want Adel Taarabt from QPR

Wolfsburg hope to lure Taarabt from QPR in cut-price 4.5m deal

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21:18 GMT, 21 May 2012

Wolfsburg have revived their interest in QPR’s Adel Taarabt.

The German side wanted the 22-year-old in January when he was valued at 8million.

Wanted: Adel Taarabt (right) could be set for a switch to Germany this summer

Wanted: Adel Taarabt (right) could be set for a switch to Germany this summer

But Taarabt has just a year left on his contract and they hope to sign him for 4.5m.

Meanwhile, QPR keeper Paddy Kenny will hold talks with Leeds next week. Leeds are also keen on Derby midfielder Paul Green, 29.

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Arsene Wenger admits complacency may have cost Arsenal at QPR

Wenger admits complacency may have played role in Arsenal's surprise defeat at QPR

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18:38 GMT, 31 March 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger offered no excuses for his side's poor performance as their seven-match winning run came to an abrupt end at struggling QPR.

Wenger yesterday answered questions on the possibility of finishing second in the Barclays Premier League after the Gunners' excellent recent form, but they were brought crashing back to earth by a stronger and hungrier home side.

Frustration: Arsene Wenger's side blew a chance to go six points clear of Spurs

Frustration: Arsene Wenger's side blew a chance to go six points clear of Spurs

Former Tottenham midfielder Adel Taarabt opened the scoring for QPR in the first half before Samba Diakite wrapped up a 2-1 for the west Londoners following Theo Walcott's equaliser.

Rangers looked nothing like the team that crumbled against Sunderland last weekend and Arsenal were a shadow of the team that had gone unbeaten since February 18.

'Our performance was not good enough to win this kind of game,' Wenger said. 'QPR had a little bit of extra special commitment.

'Overall we can only congratulate QPR for their attitude and be unhappy with our own performance. What we produced on the day was not good enough.

'Subconsciously something was missing today. In the Premier League if you miss something on the commitment front you are beaten. That is what happened today.'

Asked if complacency had been a factor, Wenger added: 'It is difficult to single out one reason, but why not

'We played against a team who play for survival. We prepared properly but we missed something today and you could see that.'

Second best: Thomas Vermaelen (left) had a poor performance

Second best: Thomas Vermaelen (left) had a poor performance

Thomas Vermaelen was largely responsible for conceding both goals.

Taarabt easily turned the Belgian before firing home after 22 minutes and he was beaten again in the second period by Jamie Mackie, who squared for Diakite to slam home the winner from 12 yards.

Bolton's victory at Wolves meant QPR remained in the bottom three, but manager Mark Hughes feels the manner of the win against such high-calibre opposition will give his team renewed confidence in their battle against relegation.

Bouncing back: Mark Hughes praised Joey Barton's improved display in QPR's 2-1 win

Bouncing back: Mark Hughes praised Joey Barton's improved display in QPR's 2-1 win

'We have played really well in our last three home games against some big teams, but I thought this one topped the lot,' said the Welshman, whose team still have to face Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham.

'I thought we were exceptional. We kept our discipline, our shape, and for us to put in the performance and get the result was important.

'We played excellent throughout and deserved the win.

'If we play at that level from now until the end of the season, we will win more games.'

Hughes reserved special praise for captain Joey Barton, who was recalled to the starting XI after being dropped for a poor performance against Liverpool.

Barton criticised the Rangers fans who booed him off against the Reds in his programme notes today and Hughes was pleased by the controversial midfielder's energetic performance.

'I thought Joey was different class today,' Hughes said. 'He got a lot of stick last time out because his performance level wasn't high enough and he acknowledged that.

'I thought the crowd was great today in terms of how they encouraged him and they willed him to a top-class performance and that's what we got from him today.'

The performance of Taarabt, who marked his first Premier League goal by donning a fez handed down to him from the crowd in the celebrations, also delighted Hughes.

'I was really pleased with him,' Hughes said. 'That will do him the world of good.'

The game ended on a disappointing note with one of the linesmen appearing to be hit with a small object in injury-time as Robin Van Persie walked over to take a free-kick in the corner.

QPR said his evening that they will wait until Monday, when the referee's report is due to be filed, before commenting on the incident.

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QPR 2 Arsenal 1: Diakite winner provides massive boost in relegation fight

QPR 2 Arsenal 1: Diakite winner provides massive boost in relegation fight

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17:09 GMT, 31 March 2012

QPR breathed new life into their
relegation battle with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Arsenal at Loftus
Road to end the Gunners' Barclays Premier League winning streak.

Former Tottenham midfielder Adel
Taarabt had fired the hosts into the lead on 22 minutes with his first
Premier League goal, but Arsenal levelled through Theo Walcott.

Rangers, though, snatched what could
prove a priceless victory when Samba Diakite crashed in midway through
the second half, but remain in the bottom three after Bolton won at Wolves.

Flying high: Adel Taarabt celebrates scoring the opening goal

Flying high: Adel Taarabt celebrates scoring the opening goal

MATCH FACTS

QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Barton, Diakite, Derry, Taarabt, Mackie, Zamora. Unused subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Campbell, Bothroyd, Buzsaky, Young, Wright-Phillips.

Goals: Taarabt 22, Diakite 66

Booked: Taarabt, Mackie

ARSENAL: Szczensny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs (Chamackh 81), Song, Arteta (Oxlade-Chamberlain (81), Ramsey (Gervinho 69), Walcott, Rosicky, Van Persie. Unused subs: Fabianski, Santos, Djourou, Benayoun.

Goals: Walcott 37

Booked: Vermaelen, Song

Referee: Mike Dean

QPR captain Joey Barton had used his pre-match programme notes to call for the Rs fans to get behind him after being booed off the pitch while being substituted during the win over Liverpool 10 days ago.

However, the controversial midfielder received a mixed reception when his name was read out ahead of kick off.

Walcott made early progress down the right channel, forcing a corner which was eventually hacked clear. Arsenal continued to press without stretching the home side.

On seven minutes, Clint Hill bundled Walcott over to concede a free-kick just right of centre, 25 yards out. Robin van Persie struck a low, curled effort goalwards, which Paddy Kenny gathered at the second attempt, with Walcott looking to pounce on the loose ball.

Rangers were soon on the offensive, with Alex Song needing to make a couple of important blocks as Bobby Zamora threatened.

Well taken: Taarabt slides home Rangers' opener

Well taken: Taarabt slides home Rangers' opener

The home side continued to push
Arsenal back, and Zamora sent a free header over from 10 yards after a
deep free-kick into the area.

The hosts had the lead on 22 minutes.

Taarabt collected a pass from the
halfway line, before turning Thomas Vermaelen on the edge of the penalty
area and dispatching the ball into the bottom corner.

Hoop dreams: Taarabt side-foots the hosts in front in the London derby

Hoop dreams: Taarabt side-foots the hosts in front in the London derby

Moroccan Taarabt marked his first
Premier League goal by donning a fez that he then threw into the crowd,
but referee Mike Dean took a dim view of his actions and brandished a
yellow card.

Arsenal needed to regroup, but had been in this situation more than once recently and recovered to secure victory.

QPR, however, remained full of
energy, with Taarabt enjoying plenty of the ball. Arsenal were level on
37 minutes with their first real chance.

Crunch: Joey Barton (right) and Arsenal's Mikel Arteta tangle

Crunch: Joey Barton (right) and Arsenal's Mikel Arteta tangle

Van Persie made space on the edge of the area and stabbed the ball to Walcott.

The England winger cracked a
first-time effort off the base of the far post, and was quickest to the
rebound, hooking in his seventh Premier League goal of the season.

Arsenal now passed the ball around with confidence, Aaron Ramsey dragging a low shot from 20 yards across goal and wide.

Ouch: Jamie Mackie (left) gets a boot in the face from Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs

Ouch: Jamie Mackie (left) gets a boot in the face from Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs

Leveller: Theo Walcott (right) put Arsenal on terms

Leveller: Theo Walcott (right) put Arsenal on terms

The visitors pressed again at the
start of the second half, as Bacary Sagna floated over a deep cross from
the right which fellow full-back Kieran Gibbs nodded just wide.

QPR were now finding it difficult to retain much possession, and then gave the ball away when looking to build a break.

On 57 minutes, Kenny punched away an
angled free-kick from Van Persie. The Dutchman was denied again by the
QPR keeper after spinning off his marker and racing into the penalty
area.

On terms: Walcott (14) scores in front of the visiting Arsenal fans at Loftus Road

On terms: Walcott (14) scores in front of the visiting Arsenal fans at Loftus Road

QPR went ahead for the second time on
66 minutes. Vermaelen slipped again, allowing Jamie Mackie to skip into
the penalty and pulled the ball back for Diakite to slam home.

Arsenal needed another response and
on 69 minutes, Gervinho replaced Ramsey. QPR soaked up plenty of
pressure, but also looked dangerous on the break as Arsenal committed
men forwards.

Lucky thirteen: Arsenal's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny beats Mackie to the ball

Lucky thirteen: Arsenal's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny beats Mackie to the ball

With 10 minutes left, Mikel Arteta was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Marouane Chamakh came on for Gibbs.

Barton almost sealed it when his
effort was tipped over by Wojciech Szczesny after another break by
Mackie down the right. The late Arsenal fightback never
materialised as Rangers closed out four minutes of stoppage time to
boost their hopes of staying up.

Fez a jolly good fella: Taarabt didn't score a 'hat'-trick but he was delighted with his goal

Fez a jolly good fella: Taarabt didn't score a 'hat'-trick but he was delighted with his goal

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QPR 1 Everton 1: Bobby Zamora secures point for Rangers

QPR 1 Everton 1: Luckless Rangers secure precious point after Zamora bundles home

QPR were unable to eke out a winner against Everton as the struggling west Londoners yet again failed to make the most of home advantage.

The Hoops have now won just two of their 14 Barclays Premier League matches at Loftus Road and teeter dangerously over the drop zone with a tough-looking batch of fixtures remaining.

QPR came into the match on a run of six defeats from their past eight matches and almost got off to the worst possible start, with a Tim Cahill half-volley hitting the crossbar early on.

Heading home: Bobby Zamora nods Rangers level level at Loftus Road

Heading home: Bobby Zamora nods Rangers level level at Loftus Road

MATCH FACTS

QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Traore, Derry, Barton, Wright-Phillips, Buzsaky, Taarabt (Mackie 80), Zamora. Subs not used: Cerny, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Young, Smith, Taiwo.

Goal: Zamora 36.

Booked: Derry.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Drenthe (Jelavic 63), Fellaini, Neville, Pienaar, Cahill (Osman 63), Stracqualursi (Coleman 88). Subs not used: Mucha, Jagielka, Gueye, Barkley.

Goal: Drenth 31

Booked: Drenth, Pienaar.

Referee: Kevin Friend.

Everton were playing like a side
unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions and that confidence was
epitomised by Royston Drenthe, who broke the deadlock with an exquisite
30-yard effort.

The lead lasted just five minutes,
though, as QPR showed a fighting spirit often lacking this season, with
Bobby Zamora bundling home a Akos Buzsaky free-kick off goalkeeper Tim
Howard.

Buzsaky inexplicably hit the post
after an Adel Taarabt effort had done the same as half-time approached,
although they could not force a second-half winner.

There was a tense atmosphere around Loftus Road as the game began with the visitors on the front foot.

Cahill came close to turning
Everton's strong start into the opening goal inside four minutes, when a
superbly-struck effort rattled the crossbar.

Thump: Royston Drenthe (right) fired the opener for Everton

Thump: Royston Drenthe (right) fired the opener for Everton

The strike seemed to jolt QPR into
life and they came close themselves six minutes later, with a hopeful
Buzsaky drive from the edge of the box flicked just wide by Clint Hill.

The centre-back had another
opportunity moments later, although he could not keep his header down
from a neatly-delivered Buzsaky free-kick.

With QPR enjoying a spell in the
ascendancy, referee Kevin Friend frustrated home supporters by not
allowing play to continue when Shaun Wright-Phillips was fouled on the
edge of the box.

Only Howard's quick reactions
prevented Buzsaky's resulting free-kick sneaking in, before Zamora saw a
run into the box thwarted by the Everton defence.

Cock-a-hoop: Zamora (centre of huddle) gets a pat on the head for scoring

Cock-a-hoop: Zamora (centre of huddle) gets a pat on the head for scoring

Drenthe was looking the Toffees'
most dangerous player going forward and, after seeing an audacious drive
saved by Paddy Kenny, delivered a free-kick that was almost directed
home.

QPR fought back with a Wright-Phillips diving header that went just wide, before Drenthe broke the deadlock in the 31st minute.

Taarabt lost the ball in the middle
of the park and when the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder secured
possession his fizzing left-foot drive flew in from 30 yards.

However, it was 1-1 five minutes
later. Drenthe brought down Taarabt and Buzsaky whipped the free-kick in
for Zamora to bundle home from close range off goalkeeper Howard.

On its way: Drenthe powers home to give Everton the lead in the first half

On its way: Drenthe powers home to give Everton the lead in the first half

The Dutchman was booked for his
challenge and was followed into the referee's notebook by team-mate
Steven Pienaar shortly afterwards.

Everton were enjoying the lion's
share of possession as half-time approached, although both sets of fans
seemed more excited by a squirrel that was running around the pitch.

Attention turned back to the football as QPR somehow failed to net on the stroke of half-time.

Taarabt fired a shot from the edge of
the box that rebounded off the post, Zamora collected the loose ball
and squared it for Buzsaky, who hit the post inside the six-yard box and
then scuffed the rebound.

On the run: Rangers' Joey Barton hunts down Leighton Baines (right)

On the run: Rangers' Joey Barton hunts down Leighton Baines (right)

QPR started the second period in the
same vein and would have taken the lead shortly after the restart had
Nedum Onuoha managed to divert a Shaun Derry effort goalwards.

The second half was a scrappier
affair, though, and Everton boss David Moyes brought on Leon Osman and
Nikica Jelavic in a bid to change things.

Rangers were still having
opportunities and a rasping Buzsaky drive was followed by some good play
from Taarabt, who burst into the box to strike just across the face of
the Everton goal.

Tensions were beginning to rise
inside Loftus Road as QPR pressed for a much-needed winner. Buzsaky
stung the palms of Howard as the Hungarian once again took it upon
himself to find a way through, before QPR manager Mark Hughes replaced
Taarabt with 10 minutes remaining.

Crunch: Barton clashes with Steven Pienaar as Rangers' boss Mark Hughes looks on (left)

Crunch: Barton clashes with Steven Pienaar as Rangers' boss Mark Hughes looks on (left)

Crunch: Barton clashes with Steven Pienaar as Rangers' boss Mark Hughes looks on (left)

Jamie Mackie was the man that came on in his place as QPR went more direct, although that move could not force a winner.

Things could have got worse for QPR
as the visitors dominated the four minutes of stoppage time, although
the match ended in a draw.

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QPR 0 Fulham 1: Match Zone

Zamora yet to find his feet but 'the Pog' is fitting in just fine at Fulham

Fulham fans have already made up their minds. 'Who needs Zamora, when we've got the Pog' they chanted with some justification after Pavel Pogrebnyak made it two goals in as many games, finding the net with the match less than seven minutes old.

Having signed from Stuttgart, initially until the end of the season, the Russian has already adjusted to playing with Fulham while Bobby Zamora is still struggling to find his feet just four miles up the road from Craven Cottage at Loftus Road.

Instant impact: Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the winner

Instant impact: Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the winner

Pogrebnyak, his wonderfully taken goal aside, already seems just as at home as his predecessor when it comes to linking up with the likes of Clint Dempsey, Andy Johnson and Moussa Dembele – the latter's back-heel responsible for teeing-up his new teammate.

Fulham manager Martin Jol is clearly delighted that Pogrebnyak has acclimatised so quickly.

'My experience is these players from abroad, they always need weeks sometimes months,' said Jol.

'To see Pavel doing what he is doing is very good. I told him he will play games. That is what he needs.'

What QPR need is for Zamora to start turning in the kind of performances that made him a Fulham favourite. But after spending an afternoon in isolation, it may be dawning on Zamora that the likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips, Adel Taarabt and Jamie Mackie are not as strong a support cast as that which he benefitted from at Fulham.

Hard work: Bobby Zamora has struggled since his move across west London

Hard work: Bobby Zamora has struggled since his move across west London

The absence of the suspended Djibril Cisse has not helped but QPR manager Mark Hughes is confident Zamora will come good.

'He is at a new club and it is a new challenge for him and for everyone. He will come through because he is a quality player.'

Having played with Zamora and Pogrebnyak, Johnson is well qualified to pass comment. 'Pavel is a good player, big and strong and he works hard,' said the Fulham striker.

'He has fitted in straight away. It was important that we replaced Bobby with some quality and we have done that.'

As for his good mate Zamora, Johnson was emphatic. 'There is no doubt in my mind that QPR have made a great signing and if there is anyone that can keep them up it is Bob,' he insisted.

Fulham might not need Zamora, but relegation threatened QPR most certainly do.

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Adel Taarabt set to stay at QPR as PSG cool interest

Taarabt set to stay at QPR as 15m price tag scares off PSG

Neil Warnock may be left with wantaway Adel Taarabt for the rest of the season with Queens Park Rangers struggling to find a buyer for the Moroccan.

Taarabt, rated at 15m, can leave Loftus Road next month after falling out of favour but intermediaries are struggling to drum up solid interest.

Share price: Spurs are entitled to 40 per cent of Taarabt fee

Share price: Spurs are entitled to 40 per cent of Taarabt fee

PSG still carry tentative interest but QPR’s high asking price is understood to be a stumbling a block.

But QPR must hand over 40 per cent of Taarabt’s next transfer fee to his former club Tottenham due to a sell on clause in his contract.