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Saturday, September 15, 2007

QPR Draw 1-1 at Leicester (Remain Unbeaten in the League Away!)

QPR travelled to Leicester. At half-time, the score was 0-0. Leicester went ahead before new 800,000 pound- signing, Mikele Leigertwood equalized a few minutes from time. QPR have lost both their home games and drawn both their away games! QPR are one off the bottom, and six points (with a game in hand) from a playoff spot! Live League Table


John Gregory - QPR Official Site GOOD VALUE

John Gregory believes Rangers were good value for their 1-1 draw at The Walkers Stadium.
The R's gaffer spoke with pride, after watching his side come from behind to grab a point against Leicester City.
"There was a lot more good things about our display today," Gregory told www.qpr.co.uk.
"It was nice to have Danny Cullip back at the heart of our defence. He made a big difference and will continue to do so throughout the season.
"We could have folded at 1-0, but the players stuck to their task and we were good value for the point."
Gregory refused to heap praise of goalscorer Mikele Leigertwood though, commenting: "He owed us one!
"He gave the ball away in the build-up to the penalty and he's admitted he owed us that one.
"Nevertheless, it was a great strike, but I think he's only scored a few throughout his career, so we can't expect him to do that every week."
Gregory added: "We should have gone on and won the game in the last ten minutes or so.
"I think Leicester were happy to hear the final whistle, because we really started to cause them problems. Hogan made a huge difference and we really put them on to the back foot.
"I saw a few heads drop at 1-0, but credit to the players, they re-grouped and deserved the point." QPR


New Manager, Gary Megson - Boss Gives Frank Assessment
Leicester City manager Gary Megson gave an honest and frank assessment of his side's performance following their 1-1 draw with QPR at the Walkers Stadium on Saturday.
Megson, who only took over as boss on Thursday afternoon, saw his side take the lead through an Iain Hume penalty on 63 minutes - only for the visitors to equalise with just 10 minutes of the game remaining.
And speaking afterwards, Megson admitted that although he could not fault the desire of his players, he had been left disappointed by their inability to keep the lead on the day.
He said: "I don't think we could have done much better in terms of the effort, work and application that we put in today.
"But some of the decisions and the intelligence that we showed after we scored needs to be worked on.
"We did everything right to take the lead, but when we did that it was as if someone had written another script. We did some crazy things after that.
"I thought that we did really well in the first half, but for the first 25 minutes of the second half I thought that we did even better. We were passing the ball well and causing them a lot of problems.
"But we made some silly decisions - both individually and collectively. It just seemed as soon as we scored that we thought that was enough. There has got to be a realisation that once you score against the opposition they are quite naturally going to try and come back and equalise.
"QPR defended pretty well, but we let them off. The amount of chances we had was incredible.
"There were a lot of young players out there who are good players, but they don't know the game. They don't know how to go and win. This club has been flirting with relegation for the last four seasons. What we have got to do is get a team out there that knows how to win.
"Once they scored a few heads went down and one or two people felt a bit sorry for themselves. In the end it wouldn't have been beyond the realms of reason that they could have beaten us because they had some really good chances late on."
Megson also hinted that he may take the opportunity to bring some fresh faces to the club.
He added: "Even though the transfer window has closed you can still bring players in on loan. You can them maybe draw up an agreement to take the players permanently in January." Leicester

Hume Rues Missed Chances
Iain Hume could not his frustrations after seeing his side only come away with a point from Saturday's game with Queens Park Rangers at the Walkers Stadium.
The Canadian international's 63rd minute penalty looked to have secured City all three points but Mikele Leigertwood's 30-yard equaliser late on meant Gary Megson's first game in charge of the Foxes ended in a draw.
Hume said: "It was a frustrating afternoon really and I think we all see it as two points dropped rather than a point gained.
"Anyone who watched the game knows that we dominated but a world class goal has got them a point.
"It was a great finish from their lad and you have to hold your hands up and s ay 'good goal' but we should have been out of sight before that happened.
"We created quite a few chances and drove forward and even controversially had a goal disallowed.
"It could have been 2-0 then and their heads would have gone down and it would have been game over. We overran them but couldn't get that all important second goal.
"However, we must take the result on the chin, dust ourselves down and get ready for the game against Forest on Tuesday night."
It was Hume's second of the campaign following his stunner against Watford - both goals coming whilst playing on the right hand side of midfield.
"Everyone knows I would prefer to play up front but I'm in the team and that's the main thing," he added.
"If all the strikers are scoring goals then I'm more than happy to play on the right.
"But the new manager has come in - I've only been with him for a day and a half due to international duty but he knows his stuff and has a proven track record - and it's a clean slate again.
"He will have his own ideas and thoughts and I must make sure I'm in his plans. I felt as though I couldn't do any more today."
Hume is now relishing Tuesday night's rearranged Carling Cup second round clash against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
"We want to do well for Clarkey. He came into the dressing room before kick-off today and wished us well.
"He'd be a bit angry if he knew we were going into the game worrying about him. We must put what happened to him that night to the back of our minds and go out and play football which is what we are paid to do." Leicester Official
QPR: Camp, Cullip, Stewart, Rehman, Barker, Rowlands, Leigertwood, Bolder, Moore, Blackstock, Sahar - Subs: Cole, Bignot, Nardiello, Curtis, Ephraim

Leicester: Fulop, N'Gotty, Kisnorbo, McAuley, Sheehan, Hume, Clemence, Wesolowski, Porter, Campbell, Cort - Subs: Henderson, Chambers, Kishishev, De Vries, Newton

QPR OFficial Site Match Report
Mikele Leigertwood bagged an early contender for goal of the season, as the R's came from behind to clinch a deserved point at the Walkers Stadium.
With the clock showing 82 minutes, the former Sheffield United ace let fly from fully 28-yards, giving Foxes custodian Marton Fulop absolutely no chance as the ball nestled into the far corner.
Earlier, Iain Hume's 63rd minute spot-kick looked like giving Leicester the points.
The diminutive attacker made no mistake from the spot, after Damion Stewart was adjudged to have sent DJ Campbell spiralling to ground inside the box.
John Gregory was minus the services of Michael Mancienne, while John Curtis and Hogan Ephraim dropped to the bench.
Zesh Rehman, Danny Cullip and Stefan Moore were all recalled to the starting XI.
Leicester's new boss Gary Megson also made a couple of changes, with Levi Porter and Carl Cort returning to the fray at the expense of Joe Mattock and Mark De Vries.
Campbell fired an early warning shot, when he capitalised on a Cullip slip to head straight into the hands of Lee Camp as early as the fourth minute.
The Foxes had an effort chalked for offside in the 15th minute, when Campbell was adjudged to have tugged Camp, as he knocked the ball home from a long throw-in.
Rangers' first effort arrived two minutes later, with Martin Rowlands volleying over from the edge of the 18-yard box, after Dexter Blackstock teed him up.
The R's grew in confidence as the half approached its halfway point and when Gareth McAuley dragged down Ben Sahar as the Chelsea loanee threatened to coast through unchallenged, Rowlands' resultant 20-yard free-kick was deflected wide by a trailing Foxes foot.
McAuley picked up a yellow card for his troubles, despite vocal appeals from the R's players for a card of a different colour.
Rangers were denied by the woodwork five minutes before the break.
The lively Rowlands played provider, sending an inviting free-kick into the front post, which Sahar glanced onto Fulop's left hand post.
At the other end, Cullip was in the right place at the right time to clear Campbell's effort off the line, after he seized on a Damion Stewart error before rounding Camp with ease.
Gregory introduced Danny Nardiello at the expense of Sahar at the break, with the former Barnsley man immediately joining Blackstock in attack.
The R's new-look front pairing caused Patrick Kisnorbo all sorts of problems early on, with the Aussie defender forced to drag Blackstock to ground in the 47th minute.
Rowlands stepped up to take the resultant free-kick, only to see his goal-bound effort diverted to safety off the Foxes wall.
Camp had to be at his agile best to save low down at his right, after James Wesolowski cut in from the right flank, before Campbell nipped in behind Cullip, only to drag his 53rd minute shot well wide.
But there was nothing Camp could do to prevent the Foxes taking a 63rd minute lead, courtesy of a Hume penalty.
Stewart was punished for a mistimed tackle on livewire Campbell and Hume stepped up to send Camp the wrong way from the spot.
The home faithful thought they'd seen their side double their lead four minutes later, only for the assistant referee's flag to deny Cort his first goal in Leicester colours, as he headed home unmarked at the back post.
The points were seemingly heading the way of the Foxes, until Leigertwood stepped up to cap his R's away debut in style, firing an unstoppable 28-yard drive into the far corner.
It was only the fourth goal of his career and what a way to mark his first for his new Club.
Nardiello very nearly opened his account in the time that remained, but after he got goal-side of the otherwise outstanding Kisnorbo, Fulop dived full-stretch to his right to save.
And there was yet more drama, when substitute Ephraim left three Foxes defenders trailing in his wake, before crossing for Blackstock, who saw his close range effort scrambled away at the front post.
In a grandstand finish, Clemence struck the crossbar from 25-yards, before Nardiello was inches away from giving Rangers maximum points, when he failed to make contact with Leigertwood's enticing cross.
Leicester City: Fulop, Kisnorbo, N'Gotty, McAuley, Clemence, Hume, Cort (De Vries 90), Campbell (Chambers 73), Wesolowski, Sheehan, Porter (Kishishev 79). Subs: Henderson, Newton.
Scorers: Hume 63 (pen) Bookings: McAuley 25
QPR: Camp, Barker, Cullip, Stewart, Bolder (Ephraim 72), Blackstock, Rowlands, Sahar (Nardiello 46), Moore, Rehman, Leigertwood. Subs: Bignot, Cole, Curtis.
Scorers: Leigertwood 82 - Bookings: Leigertwood 79
Referee: Mr L Mason Attendance: 21, 893 QPR Official Site
Sporting Life Match Report

Leicester City began life under Gary Megson with a 1-1 draw against Queens Park Rangers at the Walkers Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Iain Hume's 63rd minute penalty - his second of the season - handed the hosts the initiative but Mikele Leigertwood's long distance special nine minutes from time earned his side a share of the spoils.
Carl Cort, Stephen Clemence, DJ Campbell and James Wesolowski came close for the home side while Ben Sahar hit the woodwork for Rangers.
However, the point was enough to extend City's unbeaten run to five matches.
Inside three minutes, Cort flicked on Bruno N'Gotty's long throw-in from the right, but Lee Camp raced off his line to collect.
Camp was again called into action two minutes later when he had to be alert to save DJ Campbell's header after the striker had latched on to Alan Sheehan's hanging cross from the left.
Camp comfortably gathered Clemence's free-kick on eight minutes before Cort let fly from 20-yards but his shot flew just over the bar.
Cort was in the thick of the action moments later but he narrowly failed to connect with Levi Porter's deep cross.
The Foxes had a goal ruled out on 14 minutes when Campbell was penalised for a foul on Camp, with the loose ball rolling into the vacant net.
Sheehan was cautioned for a foul on former Fox Stefan Moore two minutes later then Camp had to punch clear under pressure following Hume's corner.
Gareth McAuley was booked after bringing down Dexter Blackstock on the edge of the area on 25 minutes then from the resulting free-kick Martin Rowlands' effort was deflected behind for a corner.
Clemence's teasing free-kick just needed a touch in the 28th minute before Sheehan's pile-driver was turned behind for a corner on 33 minutes.
The Foxes were handed a let-off in the 39th minute when Sahar's glancing header from Rowlands' free-kick ricocheted back off the post and away to safety.
Blackstock fired high and wide a minute later before Campbell saw his shot blocked behind for a corner by Danny Cullip.
Rangers again had Cullip to thank on the stroke of half-time when he somehow managed to block Campbell's goal-bound shot on the line after the pacy striker had carved open an opening.
But the game remained goalless at the interval.
For the start of the second half, Daniel Nardiello replaced Sahar.
The Foxes created the first chance of the second half on 52 minutes but Porter could only place his close range shot into the side-netting from Hume's cross.
Camp got down well to deny James Wesolowski a minute later then Campbell fired across goal but it proved just too strong for the advancing Porter.
Cort's looping header was cleared off the line by Damion Stewart on the hour.
However, it was the hosts who took the lead on 63 minutes.
Campbell was fouled in the area by Stewart and referee Lee Mason had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Up stepped Hume and he sent Camp the wrong way for the opener.
City were denied a second in the 67th minute when Cort's header was ruled out for offside.
On 71 minutes Adam Bolder made way for Hogan Ephraim while James Chambers replaced Campbell two minutes later.
Camp saved from Chambers in the 77th minute before Hume tried his luck from distance moments later.
Radostin Kishishev came on for Porter on 78 minutes then Mikele Leigertwood was booked for a foul on Wesolowski.
However, the visitors equalised in the 81st minute thanks to a great strike by Leigertwood, beating Marton Fulop from 30-yards out.
Fulop got down brilliantly to deny Nardiello on 86 minutes then Mark de Vries came on for Cort in stoppage time.
The Foxes were denied a winner in injury time when Clemence saw his shot hit the crossbar and drop behind for a goal-kick." Leicester

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