DEFENDERS NEEDED

The manager of Queens Park Rangers, Harry Redknapp, seems to be lacking defensive choices before an important championship clash against Bolton Wanderers.

Danny Simpson, the man on whom he has relied so often in the ongoing season, is suffering from injury and similar is the case with Nedum Onuoha who would have been the ideal player to replace Simpson at the right back position.

However, Onuoha has not been completely ruled out of the game yet. His condition would be analyzed on the morning of the game before the medical team makes the final call.
There is still about a week left before the mid season transfer window gets closed. So, Redknapp can think about signing a couple of guys may be on loan to make his defence a bit stronger because the upcoming few months are going to be crucial for him and his team. If they crumble at this stage of the season, they might end up failing in their bid to get promoted to the top flight.

The Rangers are positioned second presently in the Npower Championship table, but, the three teams below them i.e. Burnley, Derby County and Nottingham Forest are pretty close to them in terms of points. So, the margin of error is not that much for them from here onwards.

Next month, QPR has to face both Burnley and Derby County in a space of 10 days and the outcomes of those two games would be very important. If the Rangers get desired results against both these teams, they would certainly start feeling that they are not too far away from their target.

The match against Burnley will be the home game for QPR, but, the match against Derby will be played away i.e. at the iPro Stadium.

JELAVIC THE RIGHT MAN

Nedum Onuoha believes that it will be the right thing for his manager Harry Redknapp to go for Nikica Jelavic during the mid season transfer window.

Jelavic is not well settled at his current club Everton at all and Redknapp is planning to place a bid of about 5 million Pounds for him in January.

The 28 years old forward was included in the starting XI of Everton for the FA Cup 3rd round match against QPR the other day. That was the first starting opportunity given to him in the last 3 months and he used that opportunity to the fullest to showcase his skills. He found the back of the net twice and guided his team to a huge 4-0 win. That performance by the Croatian international would certainly have impressed Redknapp a lot.

QPR had been relegated to the second tier in the last season, but, they have bounced back well this season and have given themselves a very good chance of getting back into the Premier League.

The Rangers have so far played 24 championship matches this season out of which they have won 13, have lost 4 and have shared points in 7 matches. They are currently at the third position in the points table with 46 points.
When Onuoha was asked about Jelavic being on the radar of his club, he said, “It would be great to play alongside him. He has got a lot of potential and a tremendous attitude.”

“The thing which I like about him the most is the way he finishes. He looks hungry for goals all the time and you want such guys in your side.”

Jelavic has so far made 59 league appearances for Everton and has scored 16 goals.

Onuoha feels Sunderland must find a way to win

Former Sunderland defender Nedum Onuoha believes that the Black Cats need to find a way to win ugly if that is what it takes to get them to safety in the Premier League.

The Wearside club currently sits second from bottom in the Premier League standings, just above Crystal Palace, having taken just one win and one draw from their nine encounters so far. Gus Poyet took charge of the club after the sacking of controversial Italian manager Paolo di Canio and he suffered a heavy defeat in his very first match in charge when Swansea City thrashed them 4-0.

But the club showed great character as they bounced back from that defeat and beat fierce rivals Newcastle United 2-1 in their next match, chalking up their first win of the season to move off the bottom. And Nedum Onuoha believes that the players at the club need to find their confidence quickly otherwise they are doomed for relegation.

Speaking from his own experiences of suffering relegation to the Championship with Queens Park Rangers last season, the former Manchester City player stated that it is imperative that Sunderland find a way to win their matches, adding that it doesn’t matter if they win by playing ugly football. Just getting the three points adds a lot of confidence to the players and once they have got a few wins on the board, they can start playing beautiful football if they want to.

Nedum Onuoha went on to add that there were moments with Rangers last season that whenever they went a goal down, they would feel there was no way to get back and that cost them a place in the Premier League and he mentioned that the Sunderland players cannot afford to do that. Otherwise, they will meet the same fate.

Onuoha thrilled to play alongside Richard Dunne

Queens Park Rangers Nedum Onuoha is relishing the prospect of linking up with Richard Dunne in a new look defensive partnership at the club as they look to bounce back from relegation and target a swift return to the Premier League.

Harry Redknapp has been looking all summer to reshuffle his defensive options after the sale of Christopher Samba to Anzhi Makhachkala and the imminent departure of former Arsenal defensive starlet Armand Traore. Dunne, a Republic of Ireland international and a former Manchester City and Aston Villa centre back, is one of the players brought in by the former Portsmouth manager to plug the gap in defense.

And Nedum Onuoha admits he is immensely excited at the chance of lining up with his former Manchester City team mate at the heart of the R’s defense this season.

According to Onuoha, Dunne was a regular at centre back at Manchester City when he came through the ranks before going on to add that he is looking forward to playing with him. He mentioned that Dunne is a player of immense quality and he wouldn’t be in the position that he is in at the moment without players like him.

He went on to add that a young player needs players like Dunne and Sylvan Distin, who was also at the club at that time to help in a young player’s transition from the academy and into the first team. He mentioned Dunne is a very commanding player and added that Rangers already have a good side and having people like him in the side is only good for the team.

Nedum Onuoha further mentioned that seeing him in training every day also teaches a lot things because he is a very experienced player and young players can learn from people like him.

Tony Fernandez has no Queens Park Rangers regrets

Air Asia owner and majority stake holder of Championship club Queens Park Rangers Tony Fernandez has insisted that he has no regrets whatsoever for buying the club despite it being relegated from the Premier League last season and still harbors hopes of turning into something very special.

Fernandez who pumped millions of pounds into the struggling club since taking over just after its promotion to the Premier League two seasons back in a bid to stave off relegation also added that being owner of clubs like Arsenal or Liverpool does not interest him at all because that would just mean inheriting someone else’s success.

Speaking to journalists in Singapore where he announced a new sponsorship deal between his budget air line Air Asia and the Singapore national team, Fernandez stated that he bought into Queens Park Rangers and it has been documented that the club had a poor season last time around and when asked whether he would take the plunge again, he made no hesitation in saying yes.

The Malaysian billionaire also stated that many people had asked him after his acquisition of the club why he didn’t buy into the likes of Liverpool or Arsenal but buying into those clubs will be like buying into someone else’s success and the club will never truly be his. He mentioned he wouldn’t have been the one who made Liverpool such a great club – Bill Shankly and the previous owner of the club did.

Tony has also given him a timeline of 10 to 12 years during which time he hopes to turn Queens Park Rangers into something special and if he does manage to achieve that he could stand back and say that they achieved what they set out to do and that is what Tony Fernandez is hopeful of doing.

PLAYERS CRITICISED

The chairman of QPR holdings Limited, Tony Fernandes, has criticized the players of his team for their indifferent attitude, but, he has made it quite clear that Harry Redknapp will continue as the manager.

QPR will surely finish this Premier League season in the relegation zone and Mr. Fernandes didn’t look amused at all with how his team has played this season.

Fernandes said, “I want that sort of guys in the team who feel proud playing in QPR jersey and give their 100% every time. I want guys who feel gutted after defeats just like me. I want guys who want to be the champions.”

“Whenever, QPR loses a game, I don’t feel good at all. I remain upset for quite a while and that’s what I expect from the players as well. They should be even more disappointed because it’s their job. I was shocked to see the reactions of a couple of players the other day.”

Talking about Harry Redknapp, Fernandes said, “Harry has done his job quite well I think and we have convinced him to stay at the club as the manager. He will be there in the next season as well.”

“There will not be any kind of pressure on Harry during the pre season transfer window. If he wants a particular player in the side, we will not force him to put that player on sale. We have already talked about this.”

Harry Redknapp was also there with Fernandes in the press conference. He said, “What happened in this season was really disappointing. We let the supporters down in a lot of matches, but, we need to move on now and focus on the next season. Hopefully, the next season will be a lot better than this one.”

PERFORMANCES IMPROVING

The centre-back of Queens Park Rangers, Nedum Onuoha, has said that he is delighted with the performance of his team recently.

The QPR team hasn’t lost any match in 2013 so far. QPR has played 3 matches this year so far out of which it has won one match, while, the remaining couple of matches have finished in the form of draws. That one victory of QPR came against a very strong Chelsea side. QPR will now face West Bromwich Albion in a FA Cup clash on Tuesday.

Talking to the reporters ahead of the match against West Bromwich Albion, Onuoha said, “We struggled a lot in the matches that we played last year, but, we have started this year brilliantly. We have faced a couple of very strong teams in the form of Chelsea and Tottenham recently and we have performed very well against both of them. When you perform well against the top teams, it gives you a lot of self belief.”

“We will have to back ourselves and try to get points out of every match. We have already lost a lot of matches and if we have to make up for that, we will have to win almost each and every game that we will play from now on. This is really difficult, but, at least, we can try and give our best.”

“Our recent performances have been very good, but, there is no place for complacency at this level. We need to carry on our good form in the further matches.”

When asked about the new manager of QPR, Harry Redknapp, Onuoha said, “He is doing a fantastic job. He has come with fresh strategies and those strategies have really worked for us. The results have started going in our favour since his arrival which is great.”

ALL EVEN AT LOFTUS ROAD

The Premier League match played between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa at Loftus Road Stadium on Saturday has ended in a draw. Both the teams scored one goal each and had to share points. This was the second consecutive draw for QPR. QPR had to share points in its previous match against Sunderland as well.

The result of this match didn’t change the position of QPR in the points table. QPR was at the bottom of the table before the start of the match and it is still at the same position. This was the 15th match for QPR in the competition. QPR has not won even a single match in the ongoing League so far. It has lost 9 matches and the remaining 6 matches have ended in the form of draws.

On the other hand, this draw helped Aston Villa in moving up in the points table. Villa is now at no. 16 in the points table. They have also played the same number of matches as QPR. They have won three matches and have lost 7.In the remaining three matches, they have shared points.

In Saturday’s match, both the goals were scored in the first half. Aston Villa took the lead in the 8th minute of the match. That goal was clearly against the run of play. Ashley Westwood set up the goal and Brett Holman finished it with a powerful strike from a distance of 22 yards.

But, Villa’s lead didn’t last long. The scores were levelled just after 10 minutes. Jamie Mackie was the one who scored the equalizer for QPR. Mackie took advantage of the cross from Samba Diakite and headed the ball into the top corner of the goal post.
QPR will play its next match against Wigan Athletic on 8th of December at DW Stadium.

QPR BEAT READING

Queens Park Rangers has been defeated by Reading FC in a Capital One Cup match played on Wednesday at the Loftus Road Stadium. It was a close match and Reading won it by 3-2. QPR got ahead twice in the match, but, Reading managed to score the equaliser on both the occasions and finally, scored the decider in the 81st minute to pull off the victory. With this victory, Reading cruised into the final 16.

Junior Hoilett took QPR ahead in the match in the 14th minute. It was a wonderful effort by the Canadian winger. He beat two Reading defenders before blasting the ball into the far corner of the net. But, Mark Hughes’ boys lost the advantage just after two minutes. Reading earned a free kick in the 16th minute. Nicky Shorey took the free kick and his shot was deflected into the net with a terrific header by Kaspar Gorkss. These were the only two goals scored in the first half.

QPR got ahead for the second time in the match in the 71st minute with the goal of Djibril Cisse. It was a flat drive from a distance of 25 yards which went past the Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy in no time. But, Reading again managed to level the score just after 5 minutes. That goal came off a free kick. Nicky Shorey smashed it into the top corner of the net.

In the 81st minute, Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the third goal for Reading. That goal eventually proved to be the match winning one. QPR failed to find the net for the third time in the remaining nine minutes and Reading won the match.

In the post match press conference, Mark Hughes praised Cisse who scored his first goal in the ongoing season. Hughes said, “Cisse was superb today. He hadn’t been going that well before this match, but, he made a mark today for sure.”

When asked about team’s performance, Hughes said, “It was disappointing to lose the game after taking lead twice. We gave them too many chances towards the end and they made full use of those chances.”

QPR’s next match is a Premier League encounter against West Ham United on the 1st of October at the Loftus Road Stadium.

ATMOSPHERE IS GREAT

The former Manchester city defender Nedum Onuoha has said that the atmosphere within the QPR squad at the moment is the best he has ever experienced.

The 25-year-old defender has also said that the atmosphere of the fans inside the Gelora Bung Tomo stadium was also surprising. QPR were playing against Persebaya Surabaya at the Gelora Bung Tomo stadium on Monday. The Premier league club managed to win the match 2-1. Speaking after the match, Nedum Onuha has said that he is very much looking forward to the start of the new season with his new club QPR.

He recently made the move to the London club permanent after failing to make it into the first-team regularly at Manchester City. He had spent the last few seasons on loan deals at clubs like Sunderland. He has said that he cannot wait to start the new season as a QPR player. The club managed to survive in the Premier league against all the odds. Not many gave them a chance when they were promoted to the Premier league, but with the addition of crucial signings in the January transfer window, they managed to survive. Once again, manager Mark Hughes – backed by the ambitious owner Tony Fernandes – has made some important signings.

"It was incredible from the moment we left the hotel to make our way to the ground, but the atmosphere inside the stadium itself was unreal. That's the best atmosphere I've ever played in. It wasn't intimidating, because they were friendly in their manner and just really wanted to support their team. It wasn't really hostile, just incredibly loud, passionate and exciting. I won't forget this trip for a long, long while. Some of the things I've seen and heard will stay with me forever," said the defender on the official website of the club.