QPR 0 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Survive – Just


Newcastle were second best tonight at Loftus Road, and QPR must be wondering how they missed so many clear cut chances in this game.

In the first half alone QPR must have created six good chances but they squandered all of  them,  and Jay Bothroyd was the main culprit and Shawn Wright Phillips on the right wing gave Ryan Taylor a torrid time with his speed, as he was a constant danger for the London side.

Newcastle have still conceded only one league goal in their first four games and have three clean sheets, but we don’t know if that’s because Lady Luck seems always on their side, or else they know what they are doing.

But you cannot fault the fortitude of this Newcastle team, as they continued to fight throughout the game, when most teams under such constant pressure would have wilted, and they took a valuable point from The Hoops.

That’s the positive to take out of this game, although in one of these games soon, if Newcastle start like they did again tonight, an opponent will take their chances,  and Newcastle could be walloped – before half time.

Newcastle kicked off and as has happened in all their previous games this season,  the opposition went right onto the attack.  QPR were moving forward all the time and we wonder why Newcastle make such a slow start to these games?

But after 13 minutes Leon Best made a super turn just outside the penalty box and his shot was put around the post smartly by goalkeeper Kenny. A terrific shot from Best.

Then on 15 minutes QPR had a golden chance that they somehow missed, when Wright Phillips made good progress down the wing and his cross should have been converted by Jay Bothroyd, who somehow managed to hit the  ball over the bar.

Then a minute later Wright Phillips put in a good shot, but it was put around the post by goalkeeper Tim  Krul, but the referee gave a goal kick.

On 22 minutes wonderful play by Adel  Taarabt put Wright Phillips through on the right wing, and his cross again should have been converted by Bothroyd, but he shot wide. Another let off for Newcastle.

Wright Phillips was giving Ryan Taylor the runaround in the first half, and the former Manchester City and Chelsea winger was having a great game on his debut – he was the danger man for QPR.

After 39 minutes, QPR had yet another chance and the ball was chipped into goal by Wright Phillips, and it was going into the goal until Steven Taylor got back  and brilliantly headed the ball off the line.

The first half was all QPR, but Newcastle were somehow still level at the break at 0-0, although on the balance of play the Magpies could easily been two or three goals down, and probably should have been.

But Newcastle have been in poor form in all their games in the first 45 minutes this season, so they will have to improve big time if they have any chance in this game.

There were no changes made at half time and the game proceeded how it had ended in the first half with QPR attacking, and on 48 minutes Young had a half chance in on the right, but he put his shot over the bar.

After 51 minutes Armand Traore had to go off with a hamstring injury and Matthew Connolly was his replacement.  On 63 minutes Tiote brought down Joey Barton badly, and he got his customary yellow card – it’s a big weakness that the Ivorian will have to correct soon.

And then a minute later Demba Ba was brought on in place of Shola Ameobi.  From a corner on 66 minutes QPR again go close as a header bounces just wide of the upright. Then on 82 minutes Newcastle replaced striker Leon Best with Frenchman Sylvain Marveaux.

Then on 83 minutes Checik Tiote lost possession and allowed Wright Phillips through, and Shawn had a shot at goal, but the ball flew narrowly wide of the post.

The game continued to be QPR trying to get the winning goal, but in the last 10 minutes or so, Newcastle started to show more, but this would have been a real smash and grab raid if Newcastle had got the winning goal.

But of course we would have taken it in a NY minute.  Newcastle survived somehow tonight, and it’s another good away point and Newcastle move up to 4th top of the league with 8 points from their first four league games.

That cannot be bad, and they are one place above Liverpool.

But Newcastle will have to play a lot better than this, if they are to get anything at all at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

Full marks to the lads for hanging on and sticking to their task, but they were second best tonight.

Teams:

QPR: Kenny, Derry, Gabbidon, Taarabt, Bothroyd, Faurlin, Traore, Barton, Young, Wright-Phillips. Ferdinand.
Substitutes:Murphy, Hall, Campbell, Buzsaky, Connolly, Smith, Puncheon.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, Taylor (S), Coloccini (c), Taylor (R); Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez Best, Ameobi
Substitutes: Elliot, Santon, Guthrie, Marveaux, Ba, Ameobi (Sa), Lovenkrands,



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117 comments so far

  • Andy

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #1

    A point is a point. We were poor today. V poor. Couldn’t keep the ball. Defence all over 1st half. Simo and tayls saved us. Having said that did krul have a save to make? Best was v unlucky. Wingers rubbish. Tiote turning in our half losing possession too much. Needed an extra cm in their. Marv to start in place of jonas or obertan. Personally think jonas did least out the 2 tonight. Santon lb next week. Shola not to start v villa. Either Best up top by him self or Ba alongside him

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  • brownrob

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #2

    A point is a point, still unbeaten this season.

    We will get better, Tiote is still off the pace and Cabaye is getting used to the pace.

    Best is still our best striker, we arent getting up and supporting him enough, he is feeding off scraps.

    Jonas is coming back to cover raylor and we are out of shape, will be much better when Santon comes in and gets up to speed, raylor was source of all their attacks

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #3

    4th in the table!! hwtl

    i’ll start worrying when our luck runs out. till then enjoy!

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  • niafron

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Well, the team will struggle like that probably for the next two months.

    Later, well…

    So, if we can stay like that on the standings until that, not so bad i guess.

    At least, we got a good central defense, a good GK, and a good physical condition.

    So we got the basis.

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  • Thump

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Repost from last article:

    Right. One thing seriously concerns me about today’s performance. Keep note that I play football, have captained a side and have even played assistant manager so take from that what you will:

    Where was our shape?

    We were playing 4-4-2 for most of the game but we were fairly open and trying to play total football (really fluid game, everybody covering everybody else). I guarantee that if we held our shape we would have seen a very different result.

    Also have to give respect to Barton for how he held himself today.

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  • Kazablan

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #6

    ameobi has nothing to offer
    nufc looks terrible in attack
    and why krul all the time kick long balls
    future doesnt looks bright we were very lucky all games till now

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  • brownrob

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Santon has to start against Villa as Raylor wont be able to cope with the pace of Agbonlahor et al, and Villa have bent who is 10x the player Bothroyd is, Had Leon been playing for QPR he could have bagged a hatrick.

    They had a lot of the ball but I hadnt any real worry that we were going to concede, bar Tims mistake. Think Raylor is the real weak link, we were never exploited there last year with Jose.

    Still have trust in Pards, he has us well organised now all we need to do is create chances to keep the other teams on the back foot

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  • tommyL

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Raylor had such a poor game. Shola poor as well. Best and Ba to start next game. Ba looked a little sharper when he came on. Don’t know what the f is going on with Tiote. Cabaye didn’t half put a shift in tonight. If we had kept the ball tonight he could of controlled the game, he is very good on the ball. Marv looked good as well.

    Poor performance but away from home, i’d take the point.

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  • nufc90

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #9

    think it was a mistake going 4-4-2 today, qpr always had an extra man over in midfield.
    rtaylor poor imo the amount of space swp was getting he must’ve thought he was dreaming.

    good point though in the fact that we held on away from home. wouldn’t mind seeing ba start the next game showed some flashes when he came on

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  • soap

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #10

    @Thump from the last article…

    I couldn’t agree with you more.

    Where on earth was the shape to the team. Tiote gave the ball away far too much, but there was no support 4 out of 5 times someone received the ball. Everyone was so static there was never a free pass, no fluidity at all.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #11

    We need to go 433….its the modern way and we are.getting.dominated in the middle as we are outnumbered.

    This meant Problem we played long ball after long ball that shola wasnt winning.

    When we had some proper footballers in ba and marveux we managed get up the pitcn

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  • toonoholic

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #12

    we have played worse and lost games, i did rather take this point. due credit to QPR , they played really well

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  • Eyeball81

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #13

    found out at left-back…no pace and failed to deliver this time ry\n lad…however he cant do it all on his own…shola was shocking and suprised at how we couldnt get the ball down and play…gutted but hey Ill take a point!!

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  • tommyL

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Oh and Simmo had a good game. Wish he would play like that all the time lol

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  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #15

    That was 90 minutes over in what seemed like 20 minutes. I had a really awful gut feeling today that we would get our come up tense. I also have to say respect to Joey applauding the Toon fans before and after the game. And bloody hell we’re 4th.

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  • nufc90

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #16

    thought simpson was very good btw not sure how many will agree as he seems to get constantly slated. staylor probably our man of the match

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  • tommyL

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Raylor had such a poor game. Shola poor as well. Best and Ba to start next game. Ba looked a little sharper when he came on. Don’t know what the f**k is going on with Tiote. Cabaye didn’t half put a shift in tonight. If we had kept the ball tonight he could of controlled the game, he is very good on the ball. Marv looked good as well.

    Poor performance but away from home, i’d take the point.

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  • tom tomb

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #18

    It obviously is not going well in midfield for us, we have papered over the cracks again. The defence is great apart from raylor out of position. The gaps in the midfield is a disgrace again! We need to get Cabaye and Tiote playing together, they are too far apart. Until that time an extra offensive central midfielder, should be put in!

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  • tom tomb

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Marveaux!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Qpr were pumped up for this though and compacted us on a small pitch. At least we got a result from it.

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  • soap

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #21

    @11

    Agreed, QPR impressed considering 5 debutants.

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  • Toon-Norway9

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Shola “LAZY” Ameobi for the resevers!!! My god we really need a striker.. Ba is helpless and best only scores on clean sheets… Lets hope Ben Arfa can keep fit ATLEAST to january..

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  • woodsee

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Ameobi is a complete liability,not Sammy by the way.
    Only at the toon could such a gormless lump forge a career

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  • Andy

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Other than the 2 off the line did qpr make krul make a save?

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  • kevymartins

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #25

    That was a complete utter fcuking joke and i 100% blame pardew on this the fcuking grey haird muppet

    raylor got completely murderd by swp an still pardew doesnt thing about putting on santon….Shola is a complete fcuking donkey hes 100x worst than arlton cole …ba played well better and shoulda started …jonas was soooo pooor tonight it was unreal …best player on the pitch for us was obertan

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #26

    Krul – 7 – had conviction in his decisions, which meant the defence could react eg Saylor retreating to the line.

    Simpson – 8 – did his job well, can’t remember them breaching his side, cleared one off the line.

    Saylor – 8 – Cleared one off the line and took command, positionally excellent.

    Colo – 6 – too many missed tackles, kept going.

    Raylor – 5 – simply bum raped.

    Obertan – 5 – did the simple things ok, but we’re looking for more than that from him. Vanished in the second-half

    Cabaye – 7- a few demonstrations of his vision, dogged as ever.

    Tiote – 4 – Hesitant, clumsy, little protection of the defence and a mandatory yellow card.

    Guti – 6 – huff-puff, didn’t hide. Just not his night.

    Best – 7 – feeding on scraps, but showed with the ball at his feet, around the area, he is dangerous. Workrate was great.

    Ameobi – 4 – plod, plod, plodding along.

    Can’t be bothered with the subs.

    Last season we gained 7 from our first 7, now we have 8 from 4, I’m taking solace in that fact, from what was a dour offensive display.

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #27

    The only reason we got the point is because Bothyoth(sp?) missed all his golden chances

    Tiote keep the ball too long – opponents knew his style and try to pressure him

    Obertan – a fan of him but i do agree that he got confident issues

    Cabaye – quiet night

    Raylor – poor tonite. definitely not left back

    If we were to play against Man Utd with that performance, we could easily lose by 10-0 by half time

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  • niffnoff

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #28

    A result is a result a point away from home is better than a loss away from home. Remember that and where we are in the league. Villa away. Let’s see how we do on saturday boys might see if I can get a ticket for that game not to far from me. 🙂

    HWTL

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  • JAMSHA

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #29

    Would prefer best an sammy against villa

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  • nufc90

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #30

    ba will come good, especially when ben arfa’s back.
    i think pardew will wait to give santon his debut against forest tbh even though rtaylor was poor, not sure whether that would be good or bad with agbonlahor and nzog on the wings for villa

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  • kevymartins

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #31

    I bet 99.9% of qpr’s chances came trough are left back ffs….and we were getting walked all over 1st n second half n pardew decides to change it when there’s 10mins left…an when he did put it 433 we acc looked like we were gona score …shoulda done that at half time the clown

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  • tommyL

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #32

    You couldn’t of thrown Santoon into the game tonight, it wouldn’t be fair on him. He’s now seen a PL game up close and be better for it. I think Pards will probably play him against Villa or wait for the CC game.

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  • warwick

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #33

    I await the doom and gloom.
    Bad performance, never really looked threatening.
    Shola was way off the pace, am baffled as to why Ba didn’t start, looked mobile when he came on.
    Best started well got clattered then went quiet.
    Don’t get why pardew didn’t change 442 earlier but he recognised in the sky interview afterwards.
    A good point for a bad performance, 4th in the league, unbeaten, 3 clean sheets…..doom away!

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Santon will start at LB against Villa, I reckon. He’d have started tonight, but has barely trained with the team, having being on international duty.

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  • TOONARMY4LIFE

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #35

    should play 4-3-3 next match with marveux cabaye and tiote in midfeild marvo looked lively when he came on also santon needs to replace raylor , we have cabaye and marvo for free kickss anyway… 4th in the leauge tho wheyyyyyyyyy hwtl!!

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  • warwick

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #36

    You know shola wasn’t fuly fit though 75%, unsure why he started but his hold up play was way off today.

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  • tommyL

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Krul
    Simmo Saylor Colo Santoon/Raylor
    Cabaye Tiote Jonas
    Obertoon Best/Ba Marv

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  • kevymartins

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #38

    @tommy we hafta fire him in…cuz if raylor keeps on playing like that are goal difference will end up like -20

    as for jonas poooooooop . .. .marveaux should get his chance vs villa

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  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #39

    What’s up with Tiote????????????????????????

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  • rfcready

    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #40

    I agree a pretty sad performance but,We are undefeated with another clean sheet behind us.At the start of the season we would all jump for joy at that.So,chins up guys,from what we have been through supporting this club this is not bad.

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