No case for the defence as QPR squeak to Bolton victory


Queens Park Rangers came from 2-0 down to snatch a 94th-minute winner against Bolton Wanderers in one of the most exciting but lowest quality games of football you are likely to see this season.

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Hoops boss has big rebuilding job

Leicester City's Andy King gets the better of QPR midfielder Joey Barton and Yun Suk-young. (Image | Ben Hoskins/Getty Images Europe)
Leicester City’s Andy King gets the better of QPR midfielder Joey Barton and Yun Suk-young. (Image | Ben Hoskins/Getty Images Europe)

Queens Park Rangers handed Chris Ramsey a three-year contract as head coach, and the task of steadying a ship on a rough sea with a couple of holes in its side, just in time to watch his team go down 5-1 to Leicester City.

His first job had been to finish a season that has been a miserable pit of despair at times on some sort of a high, but comically bad defending and general ineptitude put paid to this plan at the King Power Stadium.

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QPR need change from top to bottom

Clint Hill, right, looks on in despair as Queens Park Rangers exit the Premier League. (Image | Getty)
Clint Hill, right, looks on in despair as Queens Park Rangers exit the Premier League. (Image | Getty)

QPR exited the Premier League on Sunday, putting in a display of rank incompetence as they lost 6-0 to Manchester City at the Etihad stadium.

In many ways, it was a fitting end to another disastrous top flight campaign in which, once again, a shambolic collection of men wearing blue and white found their level.

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Decision making has cost Rangers

Charlie Austin sees his penalty saved by the West Ham United goalkeeper Adrián. (Image | Evening Standard)
Charlie Austin sees his penalty saved by the West Ham United goalkeeper Adrián. (Image | Evening Standard)

Queens Park Rangers are staring down the barrel of relegation after they failed to beat West Ham United and Hull City pulled away from the abyss with two successive wins to pile pressure on the bottom three.

Charlie Austin, without whose goals the Rs would perhaps already be down, had a penalty saved by the goalkeeper Adrián, who also kept out Matt Phillips in an unhelpful 0-0 draw.

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Doomed Hoops face uncertain future

Seamus Coleman fires the ball past Robert Green to give Everton the lead over QPR. (Image | Joe Toth/BPI)
Seamus Coleman fires the ball past Robert Green to give Everton the lead over QPR. (Image | Joe Toth/BPI)

For Queens Park Rangers, the war is surely over: there is no way the Rs can avoid relegation to the Championship with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool still to play.

This will probably not stop Chris Ramsey being found in a jungle at some point during the summer, refusing to admit that Rangers have dropped out of the Premier League.

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QPR should follow Southampton blueprint

Kane in the head | Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane outjumps Nedum Onuoha to beat Robert Green. (Image | BBC)
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane outjumps Nedum Onuoha to beat Robert Green. (Image | BBC)

Queens Park Rangers squandered a perfect opportunity to close the gap on Aston Villa and pull clear of the relegation zone by losing twice in a week to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Spirit, endeavour and commitment were no match for quality in either encounter, with bright opening periods giving way to defensive lapses that helped the away sides take control.

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QPR moving in right direction with Ramsey

Fresh start | QPR manager Chris Ramsey has already stopped the rot away from home. (Image | Daily Express)
QPR manager Chris Ramsey has already stopped the rot away from home. (Image | Daily Express)

QPR ended a run of 11 straight away defeats with a 2-0 win against Sunderland, which led to caretaker manager Chris Ramsey being given the job until the end of the season.

Goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora, both supplied by superb crosses from Matt Phillips, sunk the Black Cats, who are on a dreadful run themselves with just two wins at home so far.

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New Year’s Rs-olutions for Harry and co

QPR FanZoner Chris King outlines the five New Year’s resolutions the club should be setting themselves after starting 2015 with an FA Cup exit.


Queens Park Rangers dropped out of the FA Cup with a whimper on Sunday, losing 3-0 at home to Sheffield United, but remain in the thick of the Premier League survival battle.

Sharp Blade | Jamal Campbell-Ryce scores to take Sheffield United into the FA Cup fourth round. (Image | Yorkshire Post)
Sharp Blade | Jamal Campbell-Ryce scores to take Sheffield United into the FA Cup fourth round. (Image | Yorkshire Post)

The Rs slumped to defeat in yet another cup match after being comprehensively outplayed by the Blades, who are no strangers to upsetting supposed bigger teams.

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Luckless QPR have raised their game

QPR FanZoner Chris King thinks the club’s recent performances have shown plenty of promise and believes the Rs have hope of avoiding the drop.


Man of the moment | Charlie Austin slots home the opening goal against Manchester City. (Image | La Footyettes)
Man of the moment | Charlie Austin slots home the opening goal against Manchester City. (Image | La Footyettes)

Queens Park Rangers have experienced a transformation so drastic and absolute over the past few weeks that it has seen them go from nailed-on for relegation to hopeful of finishing in the promised land of 17th and above.

It is just a shame that the Rs’ luck has not undergone a similar change, as Harry Redknapp’s team are still not getting what their performances deserve.

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