Queens Park Rangers vs. Stoke City  0 - 2


Redknapp: Survival ´almost impossible´

20 April 2013 21:01

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp admits his side face an 'almost impossible' task to avoid relegation.

After slumping to a 2-0 loss at home to Stoke City on Saturday, QPR are 10 points from safety with four English Premier League games remaining.

Redknapp has led several teams from the brink of relegation to safety but said his QPR side had little hope of staying in the top flight.

"It looks like that's it," Redknapp said. "It is almost impossible now.

"It is a big disappointment but even today I felt in the first half we were bang in the game. I was disappointed to come in at half-time 1-0 down as I thought we did OK in the first half.

"But we lack a forward ball and without Bobby Zamora it is very difficult. We've got no real target up there.

"Loic Remy needs to play off somebody as he is not a target man and it was just a problem for us."

If Aston Villa can cause an upset and beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday, the fates of QPR and Reading will be decided.

Redknapp said he had given his all to try and keep QPR up but believes it simply has not been enough.

"It is disappointing but I've had other disappointments and I'll have more in the future I am sure," Redknapp said.

"I get as disappointed as anyone when it doesn't go well but you can only do what you can do.

"I can't look back and say I have not worked hard and tried hard because I have. I have given everything and at the end of the day it just hasn't been good enough."

Stoke City assistant manager Dave Kemp said his side needed to build on their win after they moved six points clear of the bottom three.

"We just have to keep going after that," he said.

"We've got four more games and we need to concentrate on our performance and getting more points.

"We're certainly not going to sit back and rest on that now. We've had a bad run and obviously came out of it today with the points so we've got to keep that going in the last four games."


Premier League: Queens Park Rangers 0 Stoke City 2

20 April 2013 18:49

Stoke City all but consigned QPR to Premier League relegation after battling to a hard-earned 2-0 win at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Goals from Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters proved the difference in an uninspiring encounter between the relegation-threatened sides.

The result leaves QPR 10 points from safety with only four matches remaining, while Stoke climb to 15th place in the table and six points clear of the drop zone.

A breathless start to the game saw both sides attack with intent yet it was the recalled pair of Cameron Jerome and Crouch who were the protagonists.

Jerome squandered the two best opportunities in the opening stages, passing up the chance to shoot when put through by Crouch before connecting badly with Ryan Shotton's cross from the right.

Crouch then drew a fine save from Robert Green after he chested down and volleyed from distance with the outside of his right boot, while Loic Remy drew a pair of routine stops from Asmir Begovic at the other end.

As the first half looked to be coming to a goalless end, Stoke seized the initiative as Crouch tucked under Green from close range, after the industry of Marc Wilson and pace of Jerome had exposed the home side down the left.

Remy continued to be QPR's side's most potent, and only, attacking threat, and wriggled into space to force a smart reactionary stop from Begovic, while Charlie Adam fired high and wide at the other end as the game became progressively more scrappy and shy of incident.

As QPR chased an equaliser, Stoke doubled their lead as Walters tucked home at the second time of asking from the penalty spot after Crouch was hauled down chasing a rebound off the post from Robert Huth's header.

From there the game petered out with little incident as Stoke put an end to their abject run of form to effectively force the final nail into the coffin of QPR's Premier League status.


Premier League preview: Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City

18 April 2013 11:00

Winning is the only way out for Queens Park Rangers as they prepare to host a struggling Stoke City outfit at Loftus Road on Saturday.

If QPR won all of their final five matches, that still would not take them to the safe target of 40 points - with relegation likely to spell a sad end to their at times brave battle in the Premier League this season under Harry Redknapp.

However, they at least have an ideal chance for three points to keep their slim hopes alive, as Tony Pulis' men are one of the most out-of-form teams in the league.

Sitting just three points above the drop, Stoke could find themselves in further trouble should they not take something from their trip to London - as they have just one point and two goals to show for their past seven outings.

They have won just once in their past 14 league clashes, prompting thoughts of a potential return to the Championship for the first time since 2008.

Their run-in includes away trips to Sunderland and Southampton, while they are also set to host Norwich City and Tottenham. Stoke's road travels this season have produced just one win, against West Bromwich Albion, and that stat is not good reading for Pulis ahead of the weekend.

Saturday's affair could very well be a preview of what is to come in the Championship in 2013-14.

Alarmingly for Pulis the only two injury concerns in his squad, Matthew Etherington (back) and Marc Wilson (hamstring), could both be fit for QPR, meaning their shortcomings are not down to a lack of cavalry.

QPR's injury issues are also temperate, with Armand Traore (calf) on the brink of a return while Tal Ben Haim, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Luke Young are all unlikely starters.

A lone goal has split the two sides in their past two encounters, with the home side prevailing in each instance.

Djibril Cisse's late winner the difference in their most recent Loftus Road clash.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25