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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

Loic Remy injured for two months

Blow for QPR's survival hopes as 8m Remy faces TWO MONTHS on the sidelines with groin injury

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

15:22 GMT, 4 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:27 GMT, 4 February 2013

QPR fear that 8million striker Loic Remy could be out for two months with the injury he suffered in training last week which forced him to miss Saturday's 0-0 draw with Norwich.

The France international scored on his QPR debut in the 1-1 draw at West Ham after signing from Marseille during the transfer window.

Headache: Remy's injury leaves Redknapp short of options up front

Headache: Remy's injury leaves Redknapp short of options up front

Headache: Remy's injury leaves Redknapp short of options up front

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp was hoping that Remy could spearhead the club's survival bid as they look to bridge the six-point gap to safety in their remaining 13 games.

But now he faces the prospect of being without Remy for the next six games – including relegation clashes at Aston Villa and Southampton in March and possibly the visit of Wigan in April.

Redknapp initially said the injury was a tear after the Norwich game, but assistant manager Joe Jordan told the BBC it was a 'slight strain'.

Off to a flyer: Remy scored on his debut

Off to a flyer: Remy scored on his debut

'I have no idea how long he will be out. We will have to see how he is on Sunday and Monday,' Redknapp said.

'It was in the last minute of training, and he just struck a ball and felt it go.'

After failing to land Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie on deadline day Remy's injury leaves Bobby Zamora and Jamie Mackie as Redknapp's only fit first-team strikers.

DJ Campbell to return to QPR

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

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UPDATED:

12:23 GMT, 31 December 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bobby Zamora could return from injury a month ahead of schedule

Zamora boost for QPR, but striker will face struggle as Redknapp targets new signings

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UPDATED:

19:45 GMT, 19 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers striker Bobby Zamora is hopeful of a return from injury ahead of schedule and believes he is only 'four to five weeks' away.

The striker suffered a hip injury back in November and had surgery that was expected to keep him out until at least February.

Speaking to the club's official website, www.qpr.co.uk, Zamora said: 'I'd like to think I'll be back available in the next four or five weeks.

Recovery: Bobby Zamora could return from injury 'four or five' weeks earlier than was expected

Recovery: Bobby Zamora could return from injury 'four or five' weeks earlier than was expected

'I had an operation three weeks ago and an now working on getting fit. My fingers are crossed for a smooth recovery.'

The 31-year-old has not featured for QPR since a 1-0 defeat at Stoke City on 10th November.

The hip injury was expected to keep him out until the end of February but he is progressing well and could be back as early as next month.

Window: New QPR boss Harry Redknapp is looking to strengthen in the January transfer window

Window: New QPR boss Harry Redknapp is looking to strengthen in the January transfer window

However, with new boss Harry Redknapp rumoured to be interested in several players in the January window, Zamora may find it hard to regain his place in the team.

Former Chelsea stars Nicolas Anelka and Joe Cole are reported targets, as is Celtic hitman Gary Hooper who already has 13 goals this season.

QPR target Joe Cole

QPR target Gary Hooper

Targets: Harry Redknapp is rumoured to be preparing bids for Liverpool's Joe Cole (left) and Celtic's Gary Hooper as well as ex-Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka

QPR want Robbie Keane on loan from LA Galaxy

Harry targets old pal Keane in loan deal to help boost QPR's goal-shy strikeforce

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 7 December 2012

QPR manager Harry Redknapp wants to bring in Robbie Keane on loan in January to bolster his attack.

Rangers have scored just 11 goals in 15 Premier League games this season and remain bottom of the table without a win.

Long-term injuries to Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson have left Redknapp desperately short of strikers, with only Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie available, and Keane could be available until the start of the American soccer season in March.

American boy: Robbie Keane celebrates MLS Cup glory with David Beckham

American boy: Robbie Keane celebrates MLS Cup glory with David Beckham

The 32-year-old scored three goals in seven games for Aston Villa in a similar arrangement at the beginning of this year.

Keane, whom Redknapp managed at Tottenham, shone in his first full season with LA Galaxy, scoring 22 goals in 34 games and winning his second MLS Cup in David Beckham’s final game in the USA last week.

Redknapp said: ‘I think the MLS is a market we’ve got to look at. Robbie’s a good shout.

‘I haven’t spoken to him yet but he would be an interesting player. He’s a good pro and he would be the ideal type to have around for sure because he would give us something. Goal-scoring’s a knack and Robbie had a good season, scored goals and did well.’

Redknapp, whose side travel to Wigan on Saturday hoping for their first away win in the league for 13 months, will meet QPR chairman Tony Fernandes in person next week for the first time since taking over from Mark Hughes.

The Rangers boss said: ‘I think they are genuinely caring people and they deserve some success. They’ve had a go haven’t they They’ve spent money in the summer and they’ve ended up struggling.

‘If we can find one or two players that can make the difference in January then it could really kick start us and get us going.

‘But we need a couple of results before then. We can’t keep getting cut too far adrift.’

Wayne Rooney must score more – Sir Alex Ferguson

On the Wayne: Rooney needs to increase his goal tally, says Ferguson

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 30 November 2012

Goal-shy: Rooney is facing one of his worst droughts

Goal-shy: Rooney is facing one of his worst droughts

Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Wayne Rooney to rediscover his goalscoring form after one of the striker’s worst starts to a season.

Rooney has scored only three goals in 14 games for United, including a penalty. It is his poorest return at this stage of the campaign in his nine seasons at Old Trafford, except for two years ago when he was distracted by the contract crisis that almost saw him leave the club.

Indeed, by this time last year, Rooney had already racked up 12 goals — the same amount Robin van Persie has scored so far in his first season at United. In fairness to Rooney, Van Persie’s arrival has forced him to play a deeper role and the England striker has responded by contributing six assists in the Premier League. But Ferguson reminded him yesterday that he has to improve his goal return as well.

Challenge: Ferguson has told Rooney to up his game

Challenge: Ferguson has told Rooney to up his game

England's goalden flops

WAYNE ROONEY is not the only England striker struggling for goals. A
look at the list of top English scorers in the Barclays Premier League
proves that some of the biggest names have failed to fire this season.

TOP ENGLISH SCORERS

Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) 7
Rickie Lambert (Southampton) 6
Kevin Nolan (West Ham) 5
Peter Crouch (Stoke) 4
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) 4
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) 4
Grant Holt (Norwich) 3
Frank Lampard (Chelsea) 3
Bobby Zamora (QPR) 3
Nathan Dyer (Swansea) 3
Steve Sidwell (Fulham) 3
Adam Le Fondre (Reading) 3

OTHER STRIKERS CALLED UP BY ENGLAND IN 2012
Darren Bent (Aston Villa) 2
Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) 2
Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea) 1
Andy Carroll (West Ham) 1
Danny Welbeck (Man Utd) 1
Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland) 0

‘I’m happy with that part of his game
and he can contribute to the team’s success, fine, but we would rather
he scored more, obviously,’ said the United boss. ‘I think he’s going
through a period that all strikers do. He’s not scoring and it will
change once he starts to score regularly. Wayne is the type of player
who can’t miss games. He’s missed bits of games and he was off with
tonsillitis. With his frame and the type of person he is, he needs to
play all the time.’

Ferguson revealed that Nani could be
sidelined for up to five weeks with a hamstring injury. Antonio Valencia
is also racing to be fit for next weekend’s Manchester derby with the
hip injury that will force him to miss today’s trip to Reading.

There was better news for United as
captain Nemanja Vidic returned to training this week, earlier than
expected following knee surgery. Vidic could even play in Wednesday’s
final Champions League group game against CFR Cluj, although he is
unlikely to be risked at the Etihad Stadium four days later.

Dutch of class: Van Persie has scored 12 goals already this season

Dutch of class: Van Persie has scored 12 goals already this season

‘I wouldn’t be afraid of playing him in the European game,’ said Ferguson, who has also seen central defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones return from long injury layoffs. ‘It’s amazing that we’ve been beset with defensive injuries for quite a long period and, now we’ve got our defenders back, we’ve got two wide players injured.’

He must also decide whether to pick Anders Lindegaard ahead of David de Gea in goal again. Lindegaard has kept De Gea on the bench for the last two games after the Spaniard returned from dental surgery and Ferguson is wary of rotating his keepers too often.

‘I’m not happy to do it all the time,’ he added. ‘I think that creates consistency and that’s why I’ve kept Anders in. I could easily have changed it again but he has done nothing wrong.

‘Hopefully, David understands that; there is no long-term issue. They are both good keepers.’

QPR boss Harry Redknapp eyes former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka

New QPR boss Redknapp sets sights on January swoop for former Chelsea striker Anelka

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UPDATED:

08:34 GMT, 27 November 2012

New Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is considering a January move for Nicolas Anelka.

Redknapp will be handed up to
10million to spend in the forthcoming transfer window, but will largely
be asked to utilise the loan market.

Loan ranger: QPR want Nicolas Anelka to boost their survival bid

Loan ranger: QPR want Nicolas Anelka to boost their survival bid

The 65-year-old manager knows he needs to bolster his strikeforce with injuries to Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora leaving him with Djibril Cisse as his only recognised centre-forward.

And Redknapp has identified former Chelsea striker Anelka as a serious loan target.

The 33-year-old is contracted to Shanghai Shenua, but could be available on a temporary basis from January given the Chinese Super League season has finished.

Anelka is keen to return to Europe on a full-time basis after privately admitting his move to China was a mistake.

Hot shot: Anelka is keen on return to Europe

Hot shot: Anelka is keen on return to Europe

Redknapp would look to secure a deal to
sign Anelka until the end of the season, though the move would depend on
QPR coming to an agreement with Shanghai over the player's
250,000-per-week wages.

The Chinese side would also need to give the striker permission to join QPR until May, given their season starts in March.

Meanwhile, Tottenham defender Michael Dawson will give serious consideration to a January loan move to Loftus Road.

The central-defender is a primary target for Redknapp as he looks to add steel to his side.

Dawson turned down a switch to QPR in the summer, but the arrival of
Redknapp, who he worked with at Spurs, has forced the 29-year-old into a
rethink.

David Beckham on QPR boss Harry Redknapp"s transfer wishlist

Beckham and striker on Harry's wishlist as new QPR manager says: This is my toughest challenge yet

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UPDATED:

12:13 GMT, 26 November 2012

Harry Redknapp has refused to rule out a move for David Beckham but insisted his priority is to buy a striker during the transfer window.

Queens Park Rangers are rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table after taking just four points from their opening 13 games.

Redknapp watched his side lose at Manchester United on Saturday after taking over the managerial reigns from Mark Hughes who was sacked last week.

In the spotlight: Redknapp was speaking to the assembled media in his first press conference as QPR boss

In the spotlight: Redknapp was speaking to the assembled media in his first press conference as QPR boss

And speaking at his first press
conference as QPR boss on Monday, the former Tottenham manager admitted
Beckham, who will leave LA Galaxy next week, could be an option.

'I
got a text from him wishing me all the best but he is a top
professional,' said Redknapp when asked about the former England
captain.

Centre of attention: Beckham announced he is leaving Galaxy after next week's MLS Cup final

Centre of attention: Beckham announced he is leaving Galaxy after next week's MLS Cup final

'I've never discussed it. He's a top class professional and would be great to have around the place.'

Redknapp
accepted there would be no 'wholesale spending' in the transfer window
after the club recruited extensively during the summer, but admitted
they were very short up front.

Bobby
Zamora and Andy Johnson are both long-term injury victims and the new
boss said: 'We are not overloaded with strikers here. That's certainly
an area we are short in.'

Redknapp insisted there would be no personality clashes with Adel Taarabt, whom he sold while manager of Tottenham.

'He wasn't a player I wanted to sell,' he said. 'He couldn't get in the team at Tottenham.

'I always felt he had the ability to become a top player. I've got to get the best out of him.'

Redknapp has saved Portsmouth from
relegation and took a Tottenham side from bottom of the table to the
Champions League the following season.

But Redknapp has admitted trying to keep QPR in the top flight will be his toughest challenge yet.

'We mustn't kid ourselves, this is much tougher that those two jobs in my opinion, but I'm optimistic we can pull it off. 'I want to be successful here, really badly. I want to keep this team in the Premier League.

'If the players try as hard as I am going to try we'll be successful.'

Drink it in: Redknapp admits keeping QPR in the top flight will be his toughest challenge

Drink it in: Redknapp admits keeping QPR in the top flight will be his toughest challenge

Harry Redknapp

Redknapp confirmed a deal was being done to bring in long-time assistants Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond to assist him. And he warned the players he would not tolerate a lack of effort.

'We've got to do better to give ourselves any chance of getting out of this mess,' he said.

'I need 11 people with ability to put effort in. If they don't they're not going to play and I'll get 11 people who do. I've got no time for people who lose the ball and stand their with hands in the air.'

Under pressure: QPR have taken just four points from their opening 12 games

Under pressure: QPR have taken just four points from their opening 12 games

On the team spirit, he added: 'The lads I met yesterday were all upbeat.

'They've got to realise they are in this position because they haven't really performed to their capabilities and they've got to do better.

'The players have to take responsibility for performances, they've got to up their performance level and get us out of trouble.'

QPR striker Bobby Zamora ruled out for three months

Zamora ruled out for three months with QPR striker set to undergo hip op

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UPDATED:

10:17 GMT, 21 November 2012

QPR striker Bobby Zamora is set to miss the next three months with a hip injury.

Sportsmail revealed on Monday that the 31 year-old striker was set to undergo an exploratory operation following a recent hip injury sustained in training and the club have now confirmed the news.

The injury is likely to see Zamora sidelined until early next year.

Crocked: Bobby Zamora looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines

Crocked: Bobby Zamora looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines

The news comes as a blow to manager Mark Hughes who is still without a win this season and whose side sit at the bottom of the Premier League.

Hughes' own future has been put in doubt after their winless start to the season.

And Sportsmail
understands Hughes was given no assurances over his job by Philip Beard during
the two-hour meeting, with co-owner Tony Fernandes still pondering his
manager's future.

In need of points: Mark Hughes' QPR are rooted to the foot of the table

In need of points: Mark Hughes' QPR are rooted to the foot of the table

The Malaysian was angered by the manner of Saturday's
defeat to Southampton and is refusing to ensure the manager will be in charge this for
the clash against Manchester United this weekend.

Bobby Zamora should quit, says Tony Cascarino

Just quit! Zamora told to hang up his boots after admitting to falling out love with the game

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 5 November 2012

FALLING OUT OF LOVE

Read the interview with Bobby Zamora in which he discuss his feelings for football

Bobby Zamora has been told to quit football after admitting he'd fallen out of love with the game.

The QPR forward has endured a difficult 12 months since leaving Fulham for Loftus Road, and last found the back of the net in the September defeat to Tottenham.

Zamora was a late substitute in Sunday's draw with Reading – a 10th winless game of the season for Rangers – and missed a glorious opportunity to secure the points.

Chance gone: Bobby Zamora has admitted to falling out of love with football

Chance gone: Bobby Zamora has admitted to falling out of love with football

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday on the morning of the match, the former England international admitted that, off the field, he has little interest in football

He said: 'For so many years football has been your life and it’s all everyone wants to talk about, everywhere you go. I don’t like talking about it. I’m not a massive football fan, really. Quite a lot more players than let on are the same.

'I don’t watch games on an evening or anything like that. A lot of people find it strange [that I don’t like football].

'I’m not sure what I want to do after I finish playing but if it means watching football then I don’t want to get involved.'

But reacting to Zamora's surprise comments, former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland star Tony Casacarino believes the is no space in a squad for someone so detached from the game.

Writing in his Times newspaper column, Cascarino said: 'Bobby Zamora shoudl hang up his boots. The QPR forward admits he doesn't watch or even like football much.

'I assure you, players like him are few and far between. If your heart's not in it, Bobby, get out of the game.'