Queens Park Rangers vs. Bolton Wanderers  0 - 4


QPR to go to school after Bolton loss

13 August 2011 21:52

Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock says his team will learn from their capitulation in their 4-0 loss to Bolton on Saturday.

A Daniel Gabbidon own goal and strikes from Gary Cahill, Ivan Klasnic and Fabrice Muamba saw Bolton cruise to the top of the English Premier League at Loftus Road.

Warnock said he hoped his team would take lessons from the loss, which saw them concede three goals in 13 minutes in the second half.

"I'm disappointed with how we capitulated at 2-0, but we were always going to get lessons and we need to learn them quickly," he said.

"The first goal (from Cahill) is probably the first proper shot, although it's a great finish and you can't fault that."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle heaped praise on Cahill, whose opener was a 20-yard strike into the top corner that looked like it had come from a forward, not a centre-back.

The defender has been linked with a move away from Bolton this transfer window and Coyle said he 'could play for anybody'.

"Gary Cahill has put himself in the shop window year after year. He could play for anybody, and I mean anybody," Coyle said.

"He's got feet that belong to a centre-forward, even though he plays at centre-back. He's got pace, timing in the air and I mean that."

"I've said it from day one, five or six weeks ago, there was interest with Gary but there hasn't been one firm offer."

"If there is, then Gary will be the first to know. He knows that and he's relaxed about it, that's why you've seen the performance he put in today."

Bolton could finish the opening weekend of the Premier League on top, ahead of welcoming Manchester City in their next outing.

The tasks get even more difficult for QPR, who travel to Everton.


Premier League: QPR 0 Bolton 4

13 August 2011 18:41

Queen's Park Rangers endured a nightmare return to English football's top-flight after a 15-year absence with a 4-0 drubbing from Bolton at Loftus Road.

Gary Cahill’s superb curled effort on the stroke of half-time gave Bolton an undeserved lead after QPR dominated possession, but Neil Warnock’s men found themselves three behind after 70 minutes, all through granting their opponents too much space in and around the box.

What Warnock is heavily reliant on this season is the performances of Adel Taarabt, whose 19 goals and 16 assists guided QPR to the Championship trophy last season.

The Moroccan began on a positive note, busily securing possession and dribbling with purpose but after 30 minutes, shades of the forward’s other side crept through as a series of failed tricks was greeted with groans from the home support.

QPR started brightly and after two minutes the Loftus Road PA system was blaring as new signing DJ Campbell swept the ball in the back of the net but celebrations were rightly short lived as the former Blackpool man was offside.

Another of Warnock’s summer arrivals, Kieron Dyer, was handed a surprise start at right-back but lasted all of three minutes of his debut after a challenge by Martin Petrov left him clutching his ankle on the ground, and shades of his injury woes at West Ham resurfaced as he was stretchered off.

The hosts continued their strong start and as Bolton struggled for creativity in midfield with the absence of Chung-Yong Lee and Stuart Holden, QPR were able to bring their front three of Campbell, Jay Bothroyd and Tarrabt frequently into play, with the Morocco international in particular influencing in a free role behind the former Cardiff City striker.

The hosts’ possession paid off as the first opening came for Campbell, who after a strong piece of attacking play by right-back Bradley Orr, saw his deflected shot whistle over Jussi Jaaskelainen’s crossbar.

Bolton continued to look lost for ideas, and with Owen Coyle looking to improve his side’s away record, which was the worst in the Premier League last season, the Scot’s challenge looked a difficult one as a series of long balls were pumped long for Kevin Davies to chase and hold up.

But defensive naivety from QPR presented Bolton with the lead in added time before the break. Chris Eagles, who had for the majority of the match been restricted in his advances forward, jinked inside from the right flank and found Cahill, who coolly bent his effort high past Paddy Kenny into the top-left corner.

Much like the start of the first half, QPR resumed the match with promise, but defensive negligence soon took over and Warnock’s men soon fell further behind.

The first of Bolton’s three goals in the second half came through another debutant, Danny Gabbidon as Eagles’ low drive of a free-kick crept through a sea of players before reaching the former West Ham defender, who did little more than prod the ball into his own net.

Two minutes later Bolton were three up. This time Ivan Klasnic, who had been quiet in linking up with Davies throughout the match, was granted too much space in the penalty area, and his effort with help from a Orr deflection made it a mountain to climb for QPR.

The hosts’ misery was further compounded by another negligent display at the back which allowed Klasnic to turn provider, who slipped in

Fabrice Muamba to effortlessly slot home. To add insult to injury for Rangers, Clint Hill was sent off before the final whistle for a swipe at Petrov.


Cancelling games a ´bad message´, says Ecclestone

10 August 2011 16:10

Formula One supremo and Queens Park Rangers owner Bernie Ecclestone said the English Premier League should not cancel its opening fixtures.

Riots across England since Friday have threatened to postpone the beginning of the illustrious Premier League season, with seven matches due to kick off on Saturday.

Ecclestone's QPR - one of four teams based in London where the violence was at its worst - are due to host Bolton at Loftus Road on Saturday, and the 80-year-old said he was confident the match would go ahead, despite police numbers being stretched to the limit in the capital.

"I don't think there'll be a threat to QPR. I've spoken to people at the club who seemed quite confident it will go ahead," Ecclestone said.

"The police seem to have managed to contain the things that have been going on. But there's not much stuff that people can loot at a match so it won't attract the kind of people that have been active in the last few days."

Ecclestone said cancelling matches would be a bad look for England, particularly with the 2012 London Olympics less than a year away.

"The Premier League is watched everywhere I travel. I always see Manchester United on the TV wherever I am. So it's a very bad message for England, and we're going to have the Olympics soon," Ecclestone said.

"You imagine if this happened when the Games started. It would be terrible."

Ecclestone's comments come just months after the F1 boss was forced to cancel the Bahrain Grand Prix, following the deaths of more than 30 people in pro-democracy protests in the Gulf nation.

The F1 attempted to reschedule the race for later in the year, but teams opposed the new date of October 30 for logistical reasons.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +64 89
2 38 +56 89
3 38 +25 70
4 38 +25 69
5 38 +5 65
6 38 +19 64
7 38 +10 56
8 38 +7 52
9 38 -3 52
10 38 -7 47
11 38 -7 47
12 38 -14 47
13 38 -1 45
14 38 -17 45
15 38 -20 43
16 38 -16 38
17 38 -23 37
18 38 -31 36
19 38 -30 31
20 38 -42 25
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