Queens Park Rangers vs. Everton  1 - 1


Premier League: QPR 1 Everton 1

21 October 2012 19:13

QPR put in an unwavering display to share the points with Everton in a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road on Sunday.

The hosts were full of commitment and attacking verve, largely inspired by the enigmatic Adel Taarabt and the mercurial Esteban Granero, in a first half that simply overwhelmed a strangely flat Everton.

If this was a sign of life without Marouane Fellaini, who missed the game through injury, David Moyes will need all his transfer market acumen to pick up a suitable replacement.

However, before Samba Diakite, Park Ji-Sung, Taarabt and Granero found their groove and imposed their game, Mark Hughes' side had the lead.

With two attack-minded line-ups on display, no-one would guess the opening goal would be created by QPR's Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar. The shot-stopper punched a corner clear inside four minutes and sparked a counter-attack led by Junior Hoilett.

The Canadian whippet carried the ball under pressure over the halfway line, used Taarabt's intelligent dummy run to find space, before hitting a decent shot from 20 yards that was ultimately deflected past Tim Howard by Leighton Baines.

Minutes later, Howard's slip allowed Hoilett to pressure him into a poor clearance and after some neat interplay on the edge of the box, Hughes was unlucky not to see his side double their lead as a back-post cross sailed just out of reach.

Everton responded with a Nikica Jelavic free-kick but Cesar was more than equal to the Croat's effort, turning it wide. Though Granero and co. found a rhythm sorely missed under Hughes this season, QPR were undone after a major lapse in concentration.

A deep Steven Pienaar free-kick should be routine for a defence containing Ryan Nelsen and Stephane Mbia, but inexplicably, Sylvain Distin found himself unmarked just yards out. His low header at the far post rebounded back into play and was turned in by Cesar in an unfortunate twist to a solid 45 minutes.

It nearly got worse for the hosts as firstly the imposing Mbia tangled with Jelavic in the box, before Phil Jagielka powered a free header onto the crossbar.

QPR may have had the better of the half but Moyes would go into the break aggrieved that his side didn't hold the lead.

Park almost connected with Diakite's centre after a lung busting run, only to see his prod denied by a superb lunging block from Jagielka before two separate incidents turned the game on its head.

Pienaar, who had been unusually subdued, collected two bookings in 10 minutes for tackles that looked relatively innocuous.

With the onus on QPR, still chasing that elusive first Premier League victory, Hughes introduced Djibril Cisse for the frustrating Bobby Zamora, but not before Cesar denied Jagielka with a fine point-blank save and Mbia deflected Kevin Mirallas' goal-bound effort over the bar.

On 80 minutes, QPR appeared to be denied a stonewall penalty when Seamus Coleman's loose touch led to him tripping Hoilett but referee Jon Moss waved play on. This only increased the drama though, and Hoilett drew a splendid save from Everton's American shot-stopper.

Cisse worked hard to create the one chance he needed but by the time he found room for a shot, he was too wide to trouble Howard's goal.

It wasn't the three points Hughes and QPR desired, but the signs were promising, whereas Everton will feel proud to come away with a result after Pienaar's red card.


Winning feeling is all QPR needs, says Faurlin

21 October 2012 10:16

Alejandro Faurlin has insisted his QPR team-mates are only one win away from finding their form in the Premier League.

The midfielder returned to the team earlier this season following an injury in January that had kept him out until the new campaign.

But Faurlin believes that QPR will soon turn things around.

He told the Daily Star: "We have players who have come in who have won things.

"It might be different for them at the moment, but we are professionals.

"The mood is good. We just need that first win. We are disappointed and frustrated. We know the pressure is coming but we can handle it.

"A lot of players have arrived. We have taken time to gel and, of course, no one likes these negative runs. But we have to be brave and try to get this win as soon as possible.

"We are disappointed and working really hard. We have let down the manager a little bit. But we have a strong group and we are working really hard.

"Mark is a really good manager and I think he will improve QPR a lot.

"The first win will have a massive impact. We know that. We need that. We want that.

"We have had some good performances and we have got nothing. We have had some difficult fixtures. We know that something is missing and we need to focus even more.

"It will be difficult for me coming back after the injury, but I just want to do my best for the team and for the manager."

QPR face Everton on Sunday seeking their first win this season, having only managed to gain two points from seven games so far.


Premier League preview: QPR v Everton

18 October 2012 11:27

Everton hopes its depleted line-up will be restored in time for their Premier League clash with QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday.

Darron Gibson has been sidelined for a month with a thigh injury but a recent scan revealed he could line up for Everton against Rangers.

The midfielder injured himself in a 2-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on September 1, and was expected to miss only three weeks but is expected to be fit for the weekend.

Everton most recently drew against Wigan Athletic 2-2 on the back of a late strike from Leighton Baines.

The side also recorded wins in their previous two games including a 3-1 defeat of Southampton and a 3-0 win over Swansea City.

In both matches Everton have capitalized in the first half scoring a combined five goals and will look to a similar performance against QPR to help them keep the pace with the top four in the early stages of the season.

They sit in fourth position on the table, tied with WBA and Tottenham.

Midfielder Maroune Fellaini is expected to return for Everton after missing a World Cup qualifier for Belgium earlier this week with a knee complaint.

Injury concerns also circle around Kevin Mirallas - the forward strained his hamstring on international duty also with Belgium, but will make the trip to QPR and remains in contention to start.

The last-placed QPR have lost their past three league matches, going down to WBA 3-2, West Ham 2-1 and Tottenham 2-1.

Off-season recruits Esteban Granero and Stephane Mbia have taken time to adjust to play within the English top-flight, and QPR will hope their continual improvement will help produce more successful results in Sunday's match-up.

Full-back Fabio, on loan from Manchester United, is expected to return for the match from a hamstring injury and would help to strengthen QPR's backline.

Midfielder Adel Taarabt has provided an attacking presence for QPR scoring a goal in each of the sides last two matches.

QPR is yet to record a win in the Premier League season and will be looking to their home field advantage to help them secure the allusive victory.

Manager Mark Hughes has been under pressure because of the side's 2012 performance so far but a win would see QPR move out of the bottom three and provide a needed stress release for the side.

The last time these teams met it ended in a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road last season, with Royston Drenthe's opener cancelled out by a Bobby Zamora strike.

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
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