Saturday April 21, 2012 Day 35 Finished Loftus Road

  1. QPR pile misery on Spurs

    QPR pile misery on Spurs

    Queens Park Rangers did their hopes of staying up a world of good with a hard-earned 1-0 win over slumping Tottenham Hotspur at Loftus Road. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • Tottenham Hotspur
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    • 90+6 That's it! QPR win and move three points clear of the drop zone! Spurs slide to fifth, behind Newcastle, and it's all in the mixer at both ends of the table!
    • 90+5 A poor first touch from Defoe lets Taiwo bring it clear, he races away and Zamora is screaming for it free on the right but the pass is overhit. Zamora doesn't care, he just runs it into the corner and wins a throw.
    • 90+4 A Bale cross is headed clear by Ferdinand. 'Arry looks fraught.
    • 90+3 Taken short as QPR look to wind down the clock. A few tasty challenges fly in too.
    • 90+2 A Modric shot is deflected wide off Ferdinand. The corner is cleared and Mackie breaks, now Barton and he sends Zamora through, lovely ball but Zamora's first touch is poor and Walker scrambles it behind!
    • 90+1 Van der Vaart fires a superb swinging drive that almost fools Kenny but is tipped behind for another corner! That results in a QPR free-kick though as Kenny was fouled.
    • 90' FIVE minutes time added on. Yikes!
    • 89' Taken short as Zamora and co look to run it into the corner. But Zamora sees some space, cuts inside and whistles a rising drive high and wide.
    • 88' QPR have a free-kick on the right wing which Zamora will take his time with.
    • 87' Giovani drills in a low shot that Kenny tips behind but the flag was up for offside.
    • 86' Another corner to Spurs, their 11th of the match. On the right, but a poor one from VdV into the first man.
    • 85' Van der Vaart takes this latest set piece as QPR fans mouth off from about a yard away. King meets it far post but the ball is Kenny's. He goes long but straight to Friedel.
    • 84' SPURS SUB: Giovani Dos Santos on for Parker as Van der Vaart's corner is headed behind by Zamora.
    • 83' Still Spurs laying camp on the edge of the QPR box but the hosts have everyone back. Now Modric with a screaming shot from range but Kenny tips it away and Buzsaky puts behind, no risks there.
    • 82' Walker on the right, he cuts inside and finds Lennon, back to Gallas who is some way forward, wide to Van der Vaart and for some reason there is no width and VdV's ball in is blocked.
    • 81' Okay I see what happens - Hill did commit the foul, for which he was booked, but Taraabt kicked the ball away and was booked too. Clattenburg appeared unaware he had already booked the Moroccan, but soon realised and showed the red.
    • 80' Bale goes into the crowd to retrieve the ball after the QPR fans refuse to return it! Surely he should be booked for that?
    • 79' Taarabt is called over now. And he's off! Hill with the foul, not sure what Taarabt did but he's been sent off! A second yellow. I have no idea what happened there!
    • 78' Clattenburg does reach to the book this time as Hill is carded for a foul on the right.
    • 77' The referee Mark Clattenburg agrees that Parker made the most of that and has a strong word with him. Very out of character for Parker - Onuoha stuck out a boot but withdrew it and Parker left his.
    • 76' Barton has strong words with Parker after he goes down a bit easily following a challenge by Onuoha, who has just been booked.
    • 75' Almost a great ball from Zamora to Mackie but it curls just a bit too soon for him! Friedel gathers.
    • 74' Bale rolls around a bit after a foul by Onuoha, who is booked.
    • 73' QPR have a throw on the right after a surging run by Onuoha. He takes it to Mackie, who juggles the ball a bit before it's cleared. Barton picks it up, trading passes with Onuoha, now in for Taarabt who shoots on the half-volley but straight to Friedel.
    • 72' Goal kick to Spurs after a promising QPR move stalls.
    • 71' Bale's cross in makes Ferdinand slip and Van der Vaart swings a boot at it but he fires wide! Should have scored!
    • 70' Buzsaky's first act is to misplace a pass during a promising QPR move.
    • 69' QPR SUB: Diakite off for Buzsaky.
    • 68' Gallas does his job this time, facing the ball as he heads clear. I need to see that Zamora chance again to get a handle on it.
    • 67' Zamora on the run, he beats one man, then another and Gallas goes walkabout but the finish hits King and spins away!
    • 66' Derry leaves Van der Vaart in a heap but no foul says the ref. The replay hints that VdV thought the challenge was coming: it didn't, he went down anyway.
    • 65' QPR SUB: Rose comes on for Assou-Ekotto.
    • 63' Great ball to the far post as Gallas and Bale fly in but the ball flicks off Kenny and Hill I think and it bounces wide. Corner.
    • 62' Spurs now have a free-kick on the right wing, which Van der Vaart again will curl in.
    • 61' Taarabt with some great skill again but, after Taiwo went long, Zamora can't keep it in play on the left wing.
    • 60' Taken short to Lennon, who loks back to Walker, low ball in for Bale who can't shoot so lays it off for Modric, whose shot is blocked.
    • 59' Hill blocks a cross from Bale, Walker gets hold of it but Taiwo intercepts his ball. Corner Spurs though!
    • 58' Taarabt surges forward down the left, holding it up before cutting inside. But he slips as he shoots and sends it well wide.
    • 57' Defoe pokes an acrobatic volley well wide after Walker's low ball into the box deflected off Van der Vaart into his path.
    • 56' Jeers from the home fans as, after finally getting into the QPR final third, Parker disappointingly smacks a shot well over.
    • 55' Diakite with a low drive but, for all its pace, it is well off target.
    • 54' QPR with a spell of possession that should worry Spurs, who really have not started the half well.
    • 53' QPR come again as Zamora holds it up well, now Mackie back to Diakite but King clears the cross. Still with QPR though as Diakite wins a throw.
    • 52' Taarabt earns his side a throw on the right which Onuoha will take. Spurs have not really set the second half alight it has to be said.
    • 50' Taarabt is back operating as a sweeper to snuff out a Spurs attack, he looks a different player these days. Lennon was getting forward - he replaced Sandro at half time, sorry I missed that one.
    • 49' Just a jar it seems, Bale is up and walking and should be okay to continue.
    • 48' Bale is rolling around in agony in the middle of the park... He landed heavily on his ankle after rising for a header.
    • 47' Diakite with a driving run down the left after taking on the whole Spurs defence, but his flicked finish is into the side netting! After his horrorshow debut he has really improved.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • - STATS: Spurs have had 53% possession, much of which came after conceding. Shots on target: QPR 3-4 Spurs; Off target: QPR 2-5 Spurs; Corners: 3-3; Yellows: QPR 2-0 Spurs
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    • 45+3 That spell of Spurs possession does not impact on the QPR goal and, at half-time, it is the relegation-struggling hosts who lead 1-0.
    • 45+2 Mackie on the right pings in a low cross that Zamora tries to poke towards goal but blocked and cleared by Spurs. Van der Vaart on the ball now, he finds Walker, back to Modric, he feeds Defoe as Spurs keep it short.
    • 45+1 In the first of three minutes added time. Derry fouls Parker in midfield.
    • 45' Ferdinand lofts it in, Zamora holds it up and BARTON WITH THE SHOT but Parker blocks, sending it back against Barton and over a stranded Friedel's goal!
    • 44' Parker is all right and then fouls Diakite, the ref having a word.
    • 43' Modric with a clever reverse ball and almost a backheel in from Van der Vaart arriving but QPR clear. Parker is hurt... Great play VdV.
    • 42' Van der Vaart curls it in but headed away from the edge of the six-yard box.
    • 41' Free-kick to Spurs right on the edge of the penalty area as Taarabt cynically takes down Walker.
    • 40' Great work from Taarabt to win a corner off Walker after chasing a lost cause. Cheers from the home fans.
    • 39' Assou-Ekotto appears to have landed awkwardly on his arm. Possibly a sprain.
    • 38' Assou-Ekotto eases Barton off the ball, both hitting the deck and crying foul but the ref waving play on. Don't know what Assou-Ekotto is upset about, unless Barton mocked his haircut. Both look faintly absurd, by the way.
    • 37' Zamora almost flicks it in for Taarabt but King is able to guide it away. Now the Moroccan with some nifty skills on the left wing as QPR play keep ball.
    • 36' Walker on the right finds Van der Vaart but his lofted ball into the box is straight down Kenny's throat. Strangely one-dimensional from Spurs.
    • 35' Barton is taken off for a second or two but he will continue.
    • 34' Barton has a head injury and is getting some ice on it. Reduce the swelling.
    • 33' Defoe has a pop from range after buying some space with a turn, his usual trick: this time it's well off target.
    • 32' Defoe on the ball now as Spurs start to look more likely. But Sandro loses possession, Taarabt following it out for a throw.
    • 30' Spurs somehow fail to score! Van der Vaart's free-kick is half-cleared, the Dutchman exploiting a slip by Barton to ram a vicious drive back in that Kenny bats away. It drops for little Defoe who, not the greatest in the air, gets too under it and heads over!
    • 29' Mackie gives away a free-kick after colliding with Assou-Ekotto. He looks perplexed. Van der Vaart to take.
    • 28' Diakite brings the ball clear after a brief Spurs surge, but Walker intercepts and plays it to Friedel. The veteran keeper kicks straight to touch, QPR's fans enjoying that.
    • 27' Taarabt has his confidence back and drills a low one, deflected though and easy for Friedel.
    • 26' Taarabt with a useful corner that Spurs scramble clear. The counter is on but Walker overhits a ball for Bale.
    • 25' Outrageous backheel from Barton on the right to play Mackie in but his cross is blocked for a corner.
    • 24' GOAL QPR! TAARABT WITH A SCREAMER AGAINST HIS FORMER CLUB! Free-kick from 25 yards or more, curled up and over the wall and inside the left-hand post. That was a bit Beckham, Friedel blaming his wall but he left a nice gap for him.
    • 23' Taarabt with a heavy first touch from Zamora's lay-off but Sandro is adjudged to have tripped him and a soft free-kick goes QPR's way.
    • 22' Zamora is booked for a pull on Sandro after he appealed for a handball.
    • 21' Van der Vaart with a long-range strike after a short corner, lovely shot but Kenny reads it and plucks the ball from the top left corner.
    • 20' GOOD SAVE KENNY! Bale with a flying header from what was an excellent corner but too close to the keeper, who tips it over!
    • 19' The corner is well cleared, all the way back with Assou-Ekotto now. Modric swings over another high ball and Taiwo has to put behind for a corner.
    • 18' Parker with a fine through-ball to Modric, who is onside with QPR convinced otherwise: his low cross shot is blocked though, corner.
    • 17' Walker in space wide right but his cross is blocked for a throw, which is taken quickly.
    • 16' Ferdinand can only put it out for a throw under pressure from Modric. Spurs now looking more comfortable in possession.
    • 15' Walker strays offside on the right wing for Spurs. At least he's getting forward with regularity.
    • 14' Sandro handles around 30 yards out from the QPR goal. Spurs struggling to find their rhythm.
    • 13' Bale with an effort from some way out but nowhere near the target.
    • 12' Spurs finally with a spell of possession as they hold on to the ball for a good minute or so - however they move back to the defence, not as confident as the side of earlier in the campaign.
    • 11' Surging run from Diakite but, after beating three men, he pings a low shot across goal and wide. Great skill and strength.
    • 10' Spurs finally bring it clear but Modric gives it away now. Really scrappy from Spurs, Mackie is able to cross from wide as Zamora flies in but King gets it clear.
    • 9' Mackie gets around Assou-Ekotto before a miscommunication between Walker and Friedel, but they do get it clear. Gallas ball watching, again.
    • 8' King fouls Zamora as the ex-Spurs striker backs in, free-kick QPR just inside the Spurs half.
    • 7' Spurs give it away again and QPR can build from their own half.
    • 6' QPR have settled after a nervy start and Spurs are hemmed back into their final third now.
    • 5' Spurs free-kick, taken short. They have been hurt on the break twice now so need to be less cavalier.
    • 4' Assou-Ekotto is down holding his knee but he was left for dead again by Mackie. He was clipped by Barton.
    • 3' Mackie with a zippy run down the right after weak defending by Modric and Bale, he leaves Assou-Ekotto for dead too but smashes the shot from wide beyond the far post!
    • 2' Van der Vaart will take this, almost a corner positionally but enough inside to warrant an inswinger... which is what it is, but headed clear at the near post. Assou-Ekotto shoots from range but well over.
    • 1' Walker tricks Taarabt before drawing the foul on the right wing. Good start Tottenham.
    • 1' The first half is underway. Mark Clattenburg is the ref today.
    • 17:25 As ever, Tweet me @Reda_Eurosport with comments, predictions and the like. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 17:25 QPR (13/5), Tottenham (EVENS), Draw (5/2)
    • 17:20 FACT: Mark Hughes's side have won their last three home league games. They last won four in a row in the top-flight in December 1994.
    • 17:20 FACT: Tottenham have failed to score in three successive away league games. If they fail to net at Loftus Road, they will equal their Premier League record of four without a goal on the road. Spurs have failed to win any of their last seven away games, their worst run since November 2007.
    • 17:15 FACT: Both sides have found the net in eight of the previous nine Premier League meetings between QPR and Spurs. QPR’s last seven games have alternated between an away defeat and a home win. For this run to continue, they must win this game.
    • 17:15 FACT: QPR have only won 14 of their previous 48 Premier League London derbies (D15, L19). The R’s have, however, won three of their last four top-flight games at Loftus Road against fellow sides from the capital (1L).
    • 17:10 Harry Redknapp (Spurs) on Gareth Bale being linked with a move to Barcelona: "No one has been in touch with us. He is happy here with us at the moment. He is a fantastic player. He will be linked with every club because he is such a great player."
    • 17:05 Mark Hughes (QPR): "Our home form has been excellent. We have to replicate that. If we match the levels that we’ve hit at home then coupled with the ability we have and the support of the home crowd we can give anybody a game."
    • 17:00 For Spurs, Gallas-King partnership continues despite some shaky performances recently, while Brad Friedel returns between the sticks for Cudicini. Jermain Defoe gets a start with Emmanuel Adebayor not even in the squad. Younes Kaboul and Niko Kranjcar (knee) are out, as are Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone (ankle).
    • 16:55 For QPR Djibril Cisse is back from suspension but he is only on the bench as the Zamora-Mackie-Taarabt trio continues.
    • 16:50 TEAMS - QPR: Kenny, Diakite, Hill, Derry, Taarabt, Mackie, Barton, Taiwo, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Zamora; Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Traore, Buzsaky, Helguson, Cisse, Wright-Phillips /// TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, King, Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Sandro, Modric, Van der Vaart, Bale, Defoe; Subs: Cudicini, Bongani Khumalo, Rose, Adam Smith, Lennon, Livermore, Giovani
    • 16:45 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League game between QPR and Tottenham Hotspur from Loftus Road.
  • Summary

    • 90+2 A Modric shot is deflected wide off Ferdinand. The corner is cleared and Mackie breaks, now Barton and he sends Zamora through, lovely ball but Zamora's first touch is poor and Walker scrambles it behind!
    • 90+1 Van der Vaart fires a superb swinging drive that almost fools Kenny but is tipped behind for another corner! That results in a QPR free-kick though as Kenny was fouled.
    • 83' Still Spurs laying camp on the edge of the QPR box but the hosts have everyone back. Now Modric with a screaming shot from range but Kenny tips it away and Buzsaky puts behind, no risks there.
    • 80' Bale goes into the crowd to retrieve the ball after the QPR fans refuse to return it! Surely he should be booked for that?
    • 79' Taarabt is called over now. And he's off! Hill with the foul, not sure what Taarabt did but he's been sent off! A second yellow. I have no idea what happened there!
    • 71' Bale's cross in makes Ferdinand slip and Van der Vaart swings a boot at it but he fires wide! Should have scored!
    • 67' Zamora on the run, he beats one man, then another and Gallas goes walkabout but the finish hits King and spins away!
    • 63' Great ball to the far post as Gallas and Bale fly in but the ball flicks off Kenny and Hill I think and it bounces wide. Corner.
    • 47' Diakite with a driving run down the left after taking on the whole Spurs defence, but his flicked finish is into the side netting! After his horrorshow debut he has really improved.
    • 45' Ferdinand lofts it in, Zamora holds it up and BARTON WITH THE SHOT but Parker blocks, sending it back against Barton and over a stranded Friedel's goal!
    • 43' Modric with a clever reverse ball and almost a backheel in from Van der Vaart arriving but QPR clear. Parker is hurt... Great play VdV.
    • 30' Spurs somehow fail to score! Van der Vaart's free-kick is half-cleared, the Dutchman exploiting a slip by Barton to ram a vicious drive back in that Kenny bats away. It drops for little Defoe who, not the greatest in the air, gets too under it and heads over!
    • 24' GOAL QPR! TAARABT WITH A SCREAMER AGAINST HIS FORMER CLUB! Free-kick from 25 yards or more, curled up and over the wall and inside the left-hand post. That was a bit Beckham, Friedel blaming his wall but he left a nice gap for him.
    • 21' Van der Vaart with a long-range strike after a short corner, lovely shot but Kenny reads it and plucks the ball from the top left corner.
    • 20' GOOD SAVE KENNY! Bale with a flying header from what was an excellent corner but too close to the keeper, who tips it over!
    • 11' Surging run from Diakite but, after beating three men, he pings a low shot across goal and wide. Great skill and strength.
    • 3' Mackie with a zippy run down the right after weak defending by Modric and Bale, he leaves Assou-Ekotto for dead too but smashes the shot from wide beyond the far post!
    • 16:50 TEAMS - QPR: Kenny, Diakite, Hill, Derry, Taarabt, Mackie, Barton, Taiwo, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Zamora; Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Traore, Buzsaky, Helguson, Cisse, Wright-Phillips /// TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, King, Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Sandro, Modric, Van der Vaart, Bale, Defoe; Subs: Cudicini, Bongani Khumalo, Rose, Adam Smith, Lennon, Livermore, Giovani

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