Saturday April 20, 2013 Day 34 Finished Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers 0 - 2 Stoke City

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    Premier League - QPR facing life in Championship after defeat

    QPR were all but relegated after crashing to a 2-0 defeat at home at the hands of Stoke City. More

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    Time:90'
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • Stoke City
    • FULL TIME: QPR 0-2 Stoke City. And it’s all over for QPR. Life in the Championship beckons.
    • 90+3' One last attack from QPR but Derry hacks down N’Zonzi. Free kick and time almost up.
    • 90+2' The body language has really dropped and Stoke have been put under no pressure this second half. Flag up for a Stoke offside.
    • 90+1' Stoke come clear again and are playing keep ball. All but over now.
    • 90' Stoke sub Crouch goes off for Geoff Cameron and the QPR fans sportingly applaud their former player. Four added minutes.
    • 89' This is a 100th Premier League appearance from Begovic and it looks like being a clean sheet.
    • 88' QPR win a free kick and it’s played into the near post. It comes through a load of bodies but Begovic grabs it gratefully.
    • 87' About a third of the ground have already gone. An early exit into the SW London sunshine.
    • 86' A well timed challenge from Wilkinson on Hoilett and it’s out for a goal kick.
    • 85' A strange afternoon for Rob Green. Aside from conceding those goals he’s had little to do!
    • 84' Stoke really have taken the sting out of the game. QPR really creating nothing now.
    • 82' This win would be massive for Stoke and will go a long way to guaranteeing them survival in the top flight. Bothroyd concedes a free kick.
    • 81' POSSESSION: QPR 48% 52% Stoke. The visitors win a corner.
    • 80' Well you feel now that QPR will need three goals in the last ten minutes. And that’s not really going to happen.
    • 79' Bothroyd takes and it’s straight into the wall. Derry blasts over the resultant volley. Another into the top tier of the stand.
    • 78' N’Zonzi raises a left leg and goes into the book after bringing down Hoilett.
    • 77' It was a cracking penalty. Well both of them were actually...
    • 76' GOAL Stoke! Walters makes no mistake again and plants it into the bottom left corner. Surely no coming back now.
    • 75' It’s a re-take as Walters lashes it home...
    • 74' Another silly foul in the final third and Stoke have another free kick. Whelan takes and the header from Huth clatters against the bar. Crouch is pulled back from Hill and Stoke have a penalty!
    • 72' Remy goes down in the box with nobody near him and quickly and sheepishly gets up. Wasn’t even a good enough dive to merit a card!
    • 71' GOAL ATTEMPTS QPR 23-9 Stoke
    • 70' Jerome brings down Bothroyd needlessly. Silly free kick and a good ball needed now... the header comes in from samba but it’s easy for Begovic.
    • 69' Stoke sub: Whitehead on for Adam.
    • 69' Hoilett shoots from outside the box but again the execution isn’t there and he balloons it over the bar.
    • 68' Stoke force another corner and QPR appear to be flagging visibly now.
    • 66' The more money QPR have spent, the worse they’ve done. Not the way it’s supposed to work... Bothroyd fires over. The shooting has been awful. Row z effort.
    • 65' Great chance for Adam but he fires his volley over. Well that should have been 2-0.
    • 64' Good turn and a decent ball in from Whelan but Whelan does well to intercept and Green grabs it.
    • 63' Mackie in space in the box. He tries to cut inside Crouch but the big man does well and it’s a goal kick to Stoke.
    • 62' Wilkinson straight into the action and he concedes a corner.
    • 61' And that is indeed the end for Wilson who is helped from the pitch. Wilkinson comes on.
    • 60' Adam swings it in himself but QPR clear and break through Remy. Wilson has a problem with his hamstring by the looks...
    • 59' A banner in the crowd says ‘God save QPR’. Not even sure that divine intervention can save them now. Adam wins a free kick.
    • 58' A very optimistic shot from Charlie Adam and it balloons well over the bar for a goal kick. Wild lash.
    • 57' Another case of what if there for QPR. Hill nods away Shotton’s long throw.
    • 56' A magnificent save from Begovic to deny Samba but Mbia is offside anyway.
    • 55' QPR sub: Taarabt off for Bothroyd
    • 54' A great turn and shot from Remy who is clear but it’s a really good save from Begovic and it’s smuggled away for a corner by Shawcross.
    • 53' Crouch sets Adam away through the middle but it’s a great foot in by Ben Haim to win it back.
    • 52' Bosingwa in space and his cross is deflected out for a corner by Walters.
    • 51' Well Stoke have started this half the better and you feel another goal would take any wind that they still have out of QPR’s sails.
    • 50' Crouch took a throw with both feet still on the pitch and it’s given the other way. Bizarre but he probably can’t see his feet from that height.
    • 49' Shawcross in acres of space in the box and he floats it over the bar when a cross was required. Caught in two minds.
    • 48' Walters gets away from Derry and wins a corner off Bosingwa.
    • 47' An early touch for Mackie who surges into the box but Wilson holds firm.
    • 46' Early free kick for Stoke and Crouch is almost in but he uses his shoulder to take it around Samba and concedes a free kick.
    • 45' QPR sub: Mackie on for Townsend.
    • 45' We’re back underway here at Loftus Road and you don’t need me to say it. QPR need something special!
    • Well he was clearly caught but the free kick goes the other way and that’s half time. QPR 0-1 Stoke.
    • 45+2' QPR finishing the half on a high. Townsend wins a free kick and grabs his hamstring after a challenge from N’Zonzi. One last chance...
    • 45+1' Two added minutes here.
    • 45' Derry swings it in and Samba flicks it just wide but the flag was up for offside. Close again though.
    • 44' Townsend wins a free kick and a last chance to try and get that goal they deserve.
    • 43' Well in truth QPR have had enough chances to be out of sight but you have to take them and that could be terminal for Harry’s side. Green did his best but couldn’t keep it out.
    • 42' GOAL Stoke! And Peter Crouch scores against the run of play. Wilson set Jerome away who crossed for Crouch and the big man couldn’t miss.
    • 41' POSSESSION: QPR 45%-55% Stoke
    • 40' It’s another woeful effort dragged wide and a goal kick to Stoke.
    • 39' QPR with almost all the chances but nothing to show for it with 5 minutes remaining of the half.
    • 38' Charlie Adam does well to win the ball off Remy who goes down wanting a free kick. Nothing given.
    • 36' Remy blasts it into the wall. It falls back to Taarabt and he hoofs it over. Another great chance blown.
    • 35' Adam loses out, Taarabt plays a 1-2 with Remy on the edge of the box and Whelan brings him down! Close to a penalty but another great chance.
    • 34' Great work from Hoilett but with two wide players he snatches at a shot and drags it wide.
    • 33' GOAL ATTEMPTS: QPR 11-3 Stoke
    • 32' So chances aplenty in this one but somehow it’s still 0-0. QPR win another free kick.
    • 31' Taarabt takes and it’s a good save from Begovic to his right to keep it at 0-0!
    • 30' Remy wins a free kick right on the edge of the box. Great chance now...
    • 29' Mbia looks for Remy over the top with an early ball but there’s just too much on it. Crouch with a dipping volley from the outside of the right boot and it’s a good save from Green! Memories of that cracker against man City for a moment.
    • 28' Remy hits it first time from the edge of the box and it flashes wide! Great effort and he’s on form.
    • 27' Townsend has a go from outside the box but drags it harmlessly wide. Goal kick.
    • 26' Jerome turns Samba and is awarded the free kick. Back come Stoke in bright sunshine now. Good game.
    • 25' Walters hits a speculative shot that moves and dips and nearly catches Rob Green by surprise but he palms it down behind him and catches it.
    • 24' Again a left footed shot from Remy on the edge of the box and again Begovic is down to save.
    • 23' Great touch from Remy to pull it down and get the shot away and Begovic is down quickly to save.
    • 22' POSSESION: QPR 46% - 54% Stoke
    • 21' You get the feeling that the first goal in this game could be crucial. Jerome drives a ball across the face of goal but QPR clear and win a free kick. Charlie Adam goes into the book for fouling Hoilett.
    • 20' Wilson crosses to the far post and Adam can’t get over his header. Goal kick.
    • 19' Hoilett runs into the box and crosses. Again appeals for a hand ball but nothing given.
    • 18' A really good spell from QPR and they could easily be ahead. They look flakey at the back though and that’s been their problem.
    • 17' The corner swings in and there’s a free header for Remy which appears to come off Shotton’s arm but the free kick goes the other way for Clint Hill blocking.
    • 16' Taarabt drives towards the box and looks for Remy. It deflects away for a corner.
    • 15' Foul by Crouch for a high boot in the QPR box. Looked a little harsh.
    • 14' Hoilett turns his man and tries to bend it into the top corner but it’s well wide. Optimistic.
    • 13' So a bright start here at Loftus Road in bright sunshine Hill forced to cover across and concede a throw.
    • 12' Taarabt crosses it in for Remy but he swings and misses. Stoke break through Shawcross but it goes out for a goal kick.
    • 11' Bosingwa whips it in and Huth nods it behind for a corner. Good pressure from QPR.
    • 10' Harry Redknapp a bundle of energy already urging his troops on from the touchline. They win another free kick in a dangerous area for a foul by Huth on Taarabt.
    • 9' It opens up for Adam to cross left footed but it’s out for a throw on the left hand side of the pitch.
    • 8' A minute passes without a chance on goal!
    • 7' Six minutes gone and some great chances already. A great flick from Taarabt almost puts Remy in the clear!
    • 6' Taarabt fouled in a dangerous area. Free kick and a good chance. Taarabt takes himself and it’s just over the top. Not far away but Begovic had it covered.
    • 5' Walters comes forward again in space but Samba tracks across well. Plenty of space in the game already. Surely goals in this one.
    • 4' The QPR defence were carved open far too easily by Charlie Adam and they must beware when they attack. Great cross from Shotton and Jerome has another great chance to score from a header but he glances it wide!
    • 3' Adam puts Jerome free in the box and it’s a great chance but he tries to get it onto his right foot and dallies too long. Chance gone!
    • 2' A strong challenge from Shaun Derry to win the ball back and QPR are up for this.
    • 1' Tarabt lets fly within the opening 30 seconds and it whistles just over the angle of Begovic’s goal. Not a bad effort!
    • 1' Referee Chris Foy blows the whistle to get us underway here at Loftus Road. Quite simply, it’s a must win for QPR and even then it would require a Houdini act to stay up. Both teams starting 4-4-2.
    • 14.55 Five minutes to kick off. MATCH ODDS: QPR 5/4 Stoke 13/5 Draw 12/5.
    • 14.50 Loic Remy, who starts up front for QPR, is already QPR’s joint-top scorer this season with five goals despite playing only nine Premier League games. Blog: spendthrift QPR should look to Swansea model
    • 14.45 Harry Redknapp has won just four of his 20 Premier League games in charge of QPR, meaning that he has exactly the same win percentage as both Mark Hughes and Neil Warnock as QPR boss in the competition (20%).
    • 14.40 Stoke have lost six successive Premier League games away from home. If they lose this match, they’ll equal their worst ever run of seven away defeats (Jan 2011-Apr 2011).
    • 14.35 Tony Pulis: "We have got five games, five throws of the dice to get the six points we need. There are 15 points there, so that is what we have got to do and stay focused and positive. We need everybody around, it is a call to arms for everybody in Stoke-on-Trent. We have been having a difficult run and minorities get a lot of publicity in this country. The majority of supporters have been brilliant. We have needed to score more goals. We have got to keep the players bright and positive."
    • 14.30 A shred of hope for QPR fans. Stoke have won fewer points than any other Premier League side in 2013 (5) and have collected just a single point in their last seven games.
    • 14.25 Harry Redknapp: "We’re still not down. We can still reach 37 points – it could still keep us up. We have to keep going. There’s the dream. It’s still alive. It’s not dead yet. We need four wins and a draw from the final five [matches] to have a chance. We’re not giving up yet, we’ve still got a chance. The club has struggled to get the right balance over the course of the season. [But] if we stay up, it will be up there for sure [in my list of achievements]."
    • 14.20 Queens Park Rangers have won three of their last four league fixtures with Stoke, but lost their Barclays Premier League meeting earlier this season at the Britannia Stadium (0-1).
    • 14.15 Matthew Etherington misses out for Stoke after suffering a back injury in the loss to Aston Villa.
    • 14.10 TEAMS: QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Ben Haim, Townsend, Mbia, Derry, Hoilett, Taarabt, Remy. Subs: Cesar, Diakite, Park, Mackie, Granero, Onuoha, Bothroyd /// Stoke: Begovic, Huth, Whelan, Wilson, N’Zonzi, Adam, Shawcross, Walters, Crouch, Shotton, Jerome.
    • 14.05 To add to Redknapp’s troubles, Bobby Zamora is serving the second of his three-match ban after being sent off against Wigan. Shaun Wright-Phillips is out after undergoing ankle surgery, while Andrew Johnson is sidelined with a knee problem.
    • 14.00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE match coverage of QPR versus Stoke City from Loftus Road in a must win game for Harry Redknapp’s men. Premier League - Matchpack: QPR v Stoke City
  • Summary

    • 76' GOAL Stoke! Walters makes no mistake again and plants it into the bottom left corner. Surely no coming back now.
    • 75' It’s a re-take as Walters lashes it home...
    • 74' Another silly foul in the final third and Stoke have another free kick. Whelan takes and the header from Huth clatters against the bar. Crouch is pulled back from Hill and Stoke have a penalty!
    • 65' Great chance for Adam but he fires his volley over. Well that should have been 2-0.
    • 56' A magnificent save from Begovic to deny Samba but Mbia is offside anyway.
    • 54' A great turn and shot from Remy who is clear but it’s a really good save from Begovic and it’s smuggled away for a corner by Shawcross.
    • 49' Shawcross in acres of space in the box and he floats it over the bar when a cross was required. Caught in two minds.
    • 45' Derry swings it in and Samba flicks it just wide but the flag was up for offside. Close again though.
    • 42' GOAL Stoke! And Peter Crouch scores against the run of play. Wilson set Jerome away who crossed for Crouch and the big man couldn’t miss.
    • 36' Remy blasts it into the wall. It falls back to Taarabt and he hoofs it over. Another great chance blown.
    • 35' Adam loses out, Taarabt plays a 1-2 with Remy on the edge of the box and Whelan brings him down! Close to a penalty but another great chance.
    • 31' Taarabt takes and it’s a good save from Begovic to his right to keep it at 0-0!
    • 29' Mbia looks for Remy over the top with an early ball but there’s just too much on it. Crouch with a dipping volley from the outside of the right boot and it’s a good save from Green! Memories of that cracker against man City for a moment.
    • 28' Remy hits it first time from the edge of the box and it flashes wide! Great effort and he’s on form.
    • 25' Walters hits a speculative shot that moves and dips and nearly catches Rob Green by surprise but he palms it down behind him and catches it.
    • 23' Great touch from Remy to pull it down and get the shot away and Begovic is down quickly to save.
    • 17' The corner swings in and there’s a free header for Remy which appears to come off Shotton’s arm but the free kick goes the other way for Clint Hill blocking.
    • 6' Taarabt fouled in a dangerous area. Free kick and a good chance. Taarabt takes himself and it’s just over the top. Not far away but Begovic had it covered.
    • 4' The QPR defence were carved open far too easily by Charlie Adam and they must beware when they attack. Great cross from Shotton and Jerome has another great chance to score from a header but he glances it wide!
    • 3' Adam puts Jerome free in the box and it’s a great chance but he tries to get it onto his right foot and dallies too long. Chance gone!
    • 1' Tarabt lets fly within the opening 30 seconds and it whistles just over the angle of Begovic’s goal. Not a bad effort!
    • 14.10 TEAMS: QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Ben Haim, Townsend, Mbia, Derry, Hoilett, Taarabt, Remy. Subs: Cesar, Diakite, Park, Mackie, Granero, Onuoha, Bothroyd /// Stoke: Begovic, Huth, Whelan, Wilson, N’Zonzi, Adam, Shawcross, Walters, Crouch, Shotton, Jerome.
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