Queens Park Rangers

Queens Park Rangers

Player News - Queens Park Rangers

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Combined with a win by Burnley this afternoon, Queens Park Rangers 1-0 loss to Newcastle United sees them dead last in the Premier League.

Rangers have just 9 points through the first dozen gameweeks and it appears clear that whatever ideas Harry Redknapp has in mind clearly are not working. He has several players good enough to play in this league but there seems to be no direction in their attacking or defending. It will be an interesting transfer window for QPR. Unless they show signs of righting the ship by the end of the festival season, it may be time to hold a fire sale. Hosting Leicester next week, it could be do or die for Harry at Loftus Road.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 22 - 12:23 PM

Queens Park Rangers turned in a gritty performance against defending champions Manchester City and were able to earn a worthy point in a 2-2 draw.

The point does not lift Rangers out of the relegation zone, but it should provide a positive lift for them going forward. There was a sense of continuity in their attack seldom seen so far this season, and Austin was the key figure. In a span of about 5 minutes, he scored a hat trick...problem was only the third one counted. One was offside and another was a bizarre double touch by Joe Hart that disallowed Austin's strike when Hart sent the ball right to him. Regardless, for fantasy managers, it was a clear statement that Austin can occasionally provide a decent budget option. QPR have a favorable schedule that takes them through the holidays and there are bound to be some productive inexpensive options to use in fantasy during that time.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 8 - 3:01 PM

Harry Redknapp with have the luxury of a fully fit squad when Queens Park Rangers welcome the stuttering Manchester City to Loftus Road with the Hoops coach hoping to cash-in on the Citizens indifferent form which has seen them beaten three times in their last four outings.

Back into the fold come midfield duo Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch – the pair have struggled for the past month with niggling hamstring problems while Redknapp may also include Adel Taarabt who completed 90 minutes for the development team this week following illness, injury and his public spat with the manager. Bobby Zamora should partner Charlie Austin up top with the pair gelling well in recent games while defender Nedum Onuoha [hamstring] returns – Suk Young Yoon the player that could make way. A win on Saturday could lift Rangers out of the relegation zone ahead of the international break while defeat for City will add to already mounting pressure on Manual Pellegrini.
Nov 6 - 9:22 AM

Charlie Austin's 62nd minute equalizer vs Chelsea was one of the nicest goals of the weekend.

Although Austin's superb back heel finish to tie things up gave QPR fans something to cheer about, the day belonged to Chelsea. Austin's goal was literally the only shot on target for his side. With three goals and an assist in his last three games Austin remains one of the only bright spots on a team destined to be in the relegation zone for most of the season.
Nov 1 - 3:54 PM

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches and fined £25,000 by the Football Association for comments he made on Twitter.

This isn't the first time Ferdinand has got himself in trouble via the medium of Twitter and it won't be the last. The ex-England man sent a tweet in reply to some criticism, which the FA deemed "abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper", and has now been hit with a three match ban. This may not have too much impact on QPR, who have performed better since Ferdinand was dropped for Richard Dunne back in Week 8.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 30 - 9:53 AM

Opportunities for goalkeeper Alex McCarthy have been limited since the summer signing arrived from Reading in August but the reserve stopper was afforded his first Premier League start against Liverpool in game week eight with Rob Green side-lined because of illness.

After a solid performance between the sticks Harry Redknapp was faced with a potential tricky decision on whether to stick with his number two keeper or revert back to Rob Green. However a training ground injury ruled Alex McCarthy [thigh] out of game against Aston Villa match paving the way for Rob Green to make a quick return having missed one match due to tonsillitis. During the interim period Brian Murphy is likely to take his place in the match-day squad.
Oct 30 - 8:26 AM

Harry Redknapp provided a team news update on Thursday ahead of Saturdays’ trip to Stamford Bridge with the Hoops expecting to retain the same squad which took three points in the victory over Aston Villa at Loftus Road on Monday Night Football.

Redknapp remains "hopeful" Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch [both hamstring] will return to training next week – meaning game week 11 is a realistic target - but the big news is that Adel Taarabt is back in contention following his recent public spat with the manager. Despite lacking match-fitness Redknapp "wouldn’t hesitate" to include the attacking midfielder and with a point to prove the player is worth some serious consideration over the coming weeks. Rio Ferdinand serves the first of a three game domestic ban while Nedum Onuoha [hamstring] and Alex McCarthy [thigh] remain out.
Source: Daily Mirror
Oct 30 - 7:58 AM

Charlie Austin scored a brace despite his team's inability to pass to secure a huge three home points.

QPR weren't very good but they scored against the run of play with two Charlie Austin goals to secure three points and get themselves out of 20th place. They still have big problems given the way they played but that can wait until tomorrow after celebrating a rare win.
Oct 27 - 6:17 PM

Harry Redknapp has a number of injury concerns ahead of Monday nights’ crucial Premier League game against Aston Villa at Loftus Road with up to six midfield players at risk of missing out.

Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch [both hamstring] are confirmed absentees while Sandro [groin] will face a late fitness test. Adel Taarabt won’t be considered although his well-documented fall out with Harry Redknapp is now water under the bridge with the player in line for a recall once he can prove his fitness. Alejandro Faurlin and Jermain Jenas are both long-term absentees with Niko Kranjcar becoming the latest player at risk of missing out. The Croatian was an unused substitute last weekend despite having a pain-killing injection [broken toe] but on Thursday the player was also struck down with the same bug which has affected a number of first team players including goalkeeper Rob Green. Nedum Onuoha [hamstring] and Rio Ferdinand [groin] will be assessed over the weekend.
Oct 25 - 5:41 PM

QPR forward Adel Taarabt has hit back at manager Harry Redknapp over claims that he is overweight and unfit to play.

Redknapp criticised Taarabt after QPR's defeat to Liverpool, claiming the midfielder was not named in his squad because he was "three-stone overweight", but Taarabt has refuted the claims in a scathing interview. The Morocco international stated that Redknapp does not regularly take training sessions, and slammed the way the QPR team was set up for matches, with no clear game-plan for the players to follow. Don't expect to see Taarabt back in the QPR squad any time soon.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 21 - 4:32 AM

Eduardo Vargas scored twice after coming off the bench against Liverpool.

QPR dominated the majority of the match with Liverpool but were guilty of missing a host of chances, in the first half in particular, and it wasn't until the introduction of Vargas with just 11 minutes remaining that they were able to breach Simon Mignolet's net. The Chilean striker scored with two instinctive finishes (reminiscent of former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez) and it was only a crazy lapse of concentration in the 94th minute that prevented Harry Redknapp's side from taking a point from the fixture. Vargas showed enough in this brief cameo to secure a starting spot for QPR's Week 9 home match against Aston Villa, and he could prove an interesting option for your fantasy team if you're looking to do something a bit different.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 21 - 4:18 AM

Queens Park Rangers are not only losing points but players as well with midfielder Sandro adding his name to the ever-growing list of first team squad members currently unavailable.

The talented acquisition signed during the close season has the potential to play at the very highest level but keeping Sandro fit is becoming a near impossible task after a groin injury forced his early withdrawal on Sunday – the latest in a long line of niggling problems [calf / knee / hip]. Redknapp bought wisely in the summer and with a limited budget he needed his big money buys to hit the ground running but injury is threatening to derail his season. The QPR coach has seen the likes of Jordon Mutch [hamstring] and Leroy Fer struggle to maintain fitness as well as influential skipper Joey Barton. In addition consider Kranjcar [toe], Green [tonsillitis], Onuoha [hamstring] as well as long-term victims Faurlin and Jenas [both ACL] and it’s easy to see why Redknapp is already facing an uphill task to keep his side in the division.
Oct 19 - 7:30 PM

Harry Redknapp cut a forlorn figure post-match as his Queens Park Rangers team were left rueing a number of missed goal scoring opportunities to leave his side firmly planted to the bottom of the Premier League.

Having dominated the opening proceedings QPR failed to capitalise on their first half dominance and while the game remained level a misfiring Liverpool side were always in with a chance. Leroy Fer was culpable of at least two glorious chances – hitting the woodwork when it appeared easier to score – misses which ultimately condemned the Hoops to their sixth defeat in eight games. Redknapp was left distraught following what he described as "their best performance" under his stewardship with the manner of their loss [two injury time goals conceded] being a particularly bitter pill to swallow. However with Aston Villa at home next weekend QPR must dust themselves down and hope injuries to Nedum Onuoha [hamstring], Rio Ferdinand [groin] and Niko Kranjcar [toe] are not severe enough to keep them out of the crucial six-pointer.
Oct 19 - 6:47 PM

Queens Park Rangers suffered a cruel defeat to the hands of Liverpool as two own goals would make the difference in a 2-3 loss to the Reds.

Rangers put in arguably their best performance of the season and were the better side for the vast majority of the match, but with the game still scoreless after the hour mark, Liverpool employed a bit of trickery by taking a quick free kick near the QPR box and Dunne helplessly tried to clear a low pass across the front of goal and guided it in. Rangers would manage to rebound not once, but twice, as substitute Eduardo Vargas notched his first two Premier League goals in short time, and it looked like a draw was on the horizon. Pool had one final breakaway though, and Steven Caulker was the goat in the second own goal that would leave Rangers with nary a point. The loss is so devastating, one has to wonder if there will be a shakeup at Loftus Road soon, they are firmly situated at the bottom of the table and relegation looks unavoidable without a significant change.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 19 - 11:08 AM

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following a comment he posted on Twitter.

This isn't the first time Ferdinand has got himself in trouble via the medium of Twitter and it won't be the last. The ex-England man sent a tweet in reply to some criticism, which the FA deemed "abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper." Ferdinand now has until Tuesday 21 October 2014 to respond to the charge, which could result in a fine or a short ban.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 15 - 4:16 AM



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