A lucky escape! QPR vs Newcastle United match report, highlights and interviews

Posted on September 13th, 2011 | 10 Comments |

Joey Barton - QPR vs Newcastle United.
It's that man again.
Venue: Loftus Road, London.
Date: Monday, Sept 12th, 2011.
Kick-off: 8:00pm.
Referee: Phil Dowd.

I don’t think it would be unfair to say that Newcastle United were very, very lucky to pick up a point here, in a match which saw Quuen’s Park Ramgers utterly dominant in the first half, and still on top in the second half too.

Before kick off, the news was that ex Toon Twittergate refugee, Joey Barton, would be the new QPR captain. In a team which was bristling with new arrivals, the West London club were remarkably fluent considering the lack of time their new players have had to ‘gel’ with the rest of the squad before being thrown into the thick of it. This was especially the case with ex Manchester City benchwarmer, Shaun Wright Phillips, who gave a ‘Man of the Match’ performance. He scared the Magpies with some great crosses from the flank, along with a few chances on goal for himself too. QPR’s much vaunted player of the season from their promtion year, Adel Taraabt, was also a signifcant threat from the other flank too, however thankfully for us, Jay Bothroyd’s finishing was not quite on the same level. If a first class finisher was in his place, we might have been done for!

However, this is a Newcastle United ‘blog after all, so I should look at some aspects of Newcastle’s performance. Newcastle’s first shot on goal came very early on, though somewhat predictably from a Ryan Taylor free kick, an audacious effort from almost half way down the pitch which went well wide.

A much better chance was fashioned by Cabaye and Best around 12 minutes into the game. The Frenchman laid on a great pass to the feet of Best, who controlled the ball well to make a great turn with the ball, slightly dodging the traffic to make space for himself and get in a very respectable on target shot. This forced Paddy Kenny to tip the ball around the post in what was a very good save, possibly the best of the match. It was back to business as usual with the resulting corner though, which was about as bad as Best’s effort was good. Chances were few and far between for the Magpies overall and the action was nearly all at the other end as the Hoops fashioned chance after chance.

Fortunely for us though, although both the afurementioned Wright Phillips and Taarabt were excellent at feeding striker, Jay Bothroyd, with some quality passes, he was quite so adept at finishing them off. It was another saving grace for us that the defence held firm with some decent performances in what was a lacklustre display overall. After a beautiful Wright Phoillps pass only resultind in Bothroyd spooning his volley over the net, Taarabt took his turn to feed Bothroyd with another good low pass, with the hapless Bothroyd too late this time to make proper contact as he slid over the ball.

Next, a powerful Bothroyd header was cleared off the line by Danny Simpson. Wright Phillips then had a crack himself, chipping over Krul to see his effort once again cleared off the line, this time by Steven Taylor as the Magpies looked somewhat shellhocked. Half time didn’t come too soon.

Half time: QPR 0-0 Newcastle United.

Not for the first time this season, most notably against Scunthorpe, Newcastle started the seconf half much better than they did the first, however QPR once again domnated overall eventually, though perhaps not in such a pronouced fashion as they did the first. A Leon Best flick almost provided Spiderman with a simple tap in goal but it was not to be.

It was at this stage of the game when Tiote picked up his almost obligatory yellow card, by clattering into Joey Barton of all people, which seemed to amuse the Geordie section of the crowd somewhat. It wasn’t the best game for Tiote overall, and it certainly wasn’t for Shola Ameobi either, and he was replaced by Demba Ba after aorund 65 minutes.

QPR’s passing wasn’t quite what it was in the opening half, but the chances were still coming for them. Wright Phillips was once again in the centre of the action, using pace to lose his marker, catch out Krul off his line and put in yet another cross for Bothroyd. Luckily for Newcastle, Steven Taylor was on hand as Geordie royalty in the shape of ‘Ant and Dec’ looked on from the posh seats. There were more chances for QPR, more than I care to mention, so I won’t.

In the last ten minutes of normal time, Newcastle eventually had soome goalmouth action, but this was due to two shanked clearences from QPR, with one finding Obertan’s head, but I’m clutching at straws really. QPR did fade somewhat as the game drew to a close. possibly with the feeling that it just wasn;t their day after failing to capitalise on so many chances.

Overall, despite the Magpies’ great start to the season, it wasn’t the first time our midfield four were swamped by the opposition. But, going back to the beginning of this report, our defence held firm and we were lucky that QPR’s finishing wasn’t of quite the same standard as their build up play.

Full time: QPR 0-0 Newcastle United.

Howay the lads!

QPR: Patrick Kenny (G), Luke Young, Anton Ferdinand, Daniel Gabbidon, Armand Traore, Joey Barton, Shaun Terry, Alejandro Faurlin, Shaun Wright Phillips, Jay Bothroyd, Adel Taarabt.

Subs: Akos Buuzsaky, DJ Campbell, Jason Puncheon, Fitz Hall, Matthew Connolly, Tommy Smith, Brian Murphy.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Ryan Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi.

Subs: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, Danny Guthrie, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Demba Ba.

QPR vs Newcastle United video highlights and post match interviews

Post match interview with Alan Pardew.

Post match interview with Neil Warnock.

Post match interview with Joey Barton and Shaun Wright Phillips.

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10 Responses

  1. Tiote had a stinker last night but to be honest he has`nt turned up this season so far. The game also passed Cabaye by, he was not involved and chased shadows. I think Pardew would have been better off playing one up front and flooding the midfield. Give the defense their due they put in a shift and a half and the spirit throughout the team was good. Wright Phillips tortured Raylor but that`s nothing to be ashamed of because he will do that to many defenders this season. Making the point that youth is not always the total way forward. A mixture of youth and experience is what is needed. But I forgot a player like Wright Phillips does`nt fit into ashley`s plans he `s too old, what a shame!

  2. It may have escaped all you doom merchants but we are 4th in the league!.Something must be working!. Yes we were lucky but so what itts nice to look down not up.

  3. Dreadfull passing which have been the story of our season so far, we cant handle pressure on the ball at all. (Werent we supposed to play passing football easier on the eyes according to AP this season?) Our attacking play is none existant and i really cant see where the goals will come from when we play and last but not least, Tiote needs to be placed on the bench till he gets his act together, the fact that he can play that bad and keep his place simply makes him think he can get away with anything and stop trying.

  4. it’s early doors just now but it could well be that the player replacements that they’ve managed to get – over the line – for the 7 or 8 million quid spent just arnt as good as the one’s that they flogged & gave away! time will tell tho.

    as a confidence booster i think it would be a good idea if AP set – Demba Ba – the task of trying to trap a few bags of wet cement during training for the rest of this week.

    wickes are doing a canny deal – if you buy 5+ bags they’ll give you a 20% discount – i reckon 2 artic lorry loads would do him the world of good.


    “It may have escaped all you doom merchants but we are 4th in the league!.Something must be working!. Yes we were lucky but so what itts nice to look down not up”

    I said that you’d say that Joe :). Yup fourth top is a darn sight better than the other thing. However think how much better it could be if we had a manager/coach/go to guy who knew what he was doing ?

    “I’m not disappointed with the point – we didn’t deserve any more. We went with two strikers today and perhaps in hindsight, with the exuberance and the new players they have brought in, maybe I should have helped my central midfield pairing out a little bit more.”

    Credit goes to Jimbob for telling us that Pardwho would go 4-4-2. One of the key aims when playing two strikers is to get them playing as a unit, feeding each other with flick ons, one two’s etc but Best and Shirley could have been on separate pitches yesterday :(

  6. We didn’t deserve a point and were lucky to get it. That’s in everybody’s mind so much that we’re forgetting that we should have had at least one penalty (when Ferdinand pulled Shola over in the box) and maybe even two (earlier foul on Shola). Strange how the mind works; somehow we don’t feel hard done by this time.
    I thought Demba actually did alright but the one highlight of the evening for me was Marveaux’ short spell on the pitch. He showed some good touches, neat turns and good speed.
    I thought Tiote was our weakest link. Misplacing just about every other pass, 4 yards, 10 yards or whatever, and constantly turning into trouble and loosing the ball. I hope he soon gets back to the form he showed last season, we need him.

  7. Agreed Dutch, think Mr Tiote needs a bench visit, give Gosling a go, he deserves it after a year out and his impressive pre-season.

  8. Agreed! That’s the one part of Tiote’s game (minus the constant yellows) that I can’t stand. He’s in love with that turn, and he almost always turns into trouble and loses the ball. Much easier to lay it off to someone else

  9. Interesting stat I heard earlier, it’s the first time we’ve managed to keep clean sheets in our first two away games for 110 years.

  10. There was nowt wrong with Cabaye’s shift, he only misplaced one pass that i noticed like.
    Defo shoulda had at least one pen as Dutch Geordie points out.
    Tiote’s starting to piss about with the ball in dumb ass places on the pitch, stop it man. He needs to get back to keeping it simple & stop ‘over-playing’.
    qpr just arn’t good enough either, they carved out some decent chances at home but have no killer instinct. Which helped.
    We lacked urgency & shoulda changed our tack much earlier in the game, cos when we eventually added Marveaux we comfortably ran the clock down.
    451 or something away please, we lacked a midfielder most of the game.
    That made swp look good as he had so much space plus he has speed, he’ll fade though, he always does.
    a good away point & clean sheet.