Queens Park Rangers did a great job last year by cementing their place in England`s top flight for another year and now manager Mark Hughes looks to bolster his squad options during the summer. The club have been linked with many players since the end of the season with many players heading in and out of Loftus Road.
One departure which will not be shock for anyone is the proposed switch of Joey Barton to Sheffield United as manager Dave Jones is said to be extremely keen on bringing Barton into his squad for the upcoming season. Barton has been in the middle of much controversy during the course of last season none more so than the horrible scenes at Eastlands on the last day of the season where he was sent off for a flailing arm which hit Carlos Tevez and then his knee to the back on Sergio Aguero. Mark Hughes is thought to have had enough of his former captain and now wishes to offload the player with the likely destination being with the blades.
Hughes has done great work so far this season with none so astounding as him bringing in former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji Sung after the player had found opportunities for first team football few and far between at Old Trafford. Park who had been at Old Trafford ever since he signed back in 2005 had a great run at united winning eleven trophies during his time with the former champions but as he found it hard to nail down a place in the starting eleven Hughes quickly swooped in and managed to secure the players services for the upcoming season.
QPR fans will again be boosted by the commitment of the Moroccan international Adel Taarbat as the player has now ended all speculation of him leaving the club by choosing to sign a new one year extension to his current contract. Many clubs including mega rich Paris St Germain had been interested in signing the player as his future was not certain but now with this new contract he looks all set to remain at Loftus Road for the foreseeable future.
On the way out of the club is Paddy Kenny who has been QPR`s outstanding goal keeper for many years after the player enjoyed interest from Leeds United who he has just signed a new three year contract with. Hughes is said to have grown less confident in the keepers abilities as of late and this has prompted the keeper to search for a regular place elsewhere.
Stuart Dallas saves Leeds from defeat against bottom side Luton
Brentford keep pressure on top two with fourth successive win
The Championship leaders Leeds needed a Stuart Dallas equaliser to earn a point against the division’s bottom side Luton. Harry Cornick gave the visitors the lead early in the second half with a superb strike to spark hope of a shock victory at Elland Road.
However, 13 minutes later Dallas calmly slotted past Simon Sluga in the Luton goal to secure a draw that extends Leeds’ lead over West Brom at the top to four points – Albion face Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday.
Helder Costa has a golden opportunity to head in a winner in the sixth minute of stoppage-time but leaders Leeds have to make do with a point. Marcelo Bielsa’s side move four points clear of West Brom, five clear of Brentford. Luton, meanwhile, drop to the foot of the division but are just two points from safety with six enormous matches to play. They have a fighting chance!
Leeds are pushing for a winner at Elland Road! Jamie Shackleton has replaced goalscorer Dallas, who appeared to be clutching his hamstring as he left the field. Can Luton hold on for a point?
A humbling defeat for Stoke and Michael O’Neill, with two Jack Butland errors and screamer from Kal Naismith earning Wigan a sixth win in seven matches, a quite extraordinary run of form that has hoisted them eight points clear of the relegation zone. Stoke teeter a point above the relegation zone with six games to play.
Dallas goes close to doubling his and Leeds’ tally – and here comes Ian Poveda, who will be given a run-out off the bench. Can he find a winner? Six added minutes at Elland Road.
Five minutes to go at Elland Road, and even less at Wigan, who are cruising to victory against a Stoke team in all sorts of trouble. Luton are having to contend with waves of Leeds’ attacks.
“Butland has been responsible for a staggering amount of goals this season,” emails Joshua Reynolds. “Maybe Joe Hart is available? ... ” Indeed, here’s what Hart had to say to the BBC this week. “I am under no illusions that Real Madrid are [not] going to knock my door down, get [Thibaut] Courtois out and bring me in. But there is plenty more to come from me,” Hart said. “I just need someone to believe in me and I will repay that faith.”
Leeds go close – but Patrick Bamford brushes the side-netting! Alioski crossed from the left, Bamford took it on first time and almost pounced. Might we see Poveda?
Leeds are gunning for victory but Luton, too, haven’t given up hope of taking victory away from Elland Road, with striker and top scorer James Collins introduced a few moments ago. Elsewhere, Stoke have made a raft of changes, with Michael O’Neill presumably fuming at his side’s defending. Nathan Collins, Ryan Shawcross and Stephen Ward have been hauled off. James Chester, Tommy Smith and Bruno Martins Indi enter. Just as well no Stoke fans are there to see it ... an abysmal performance, littered with individual errors, none more so than those by Butland.
A worldie in every sense of the word. The substitute drives inside on to his left foot and then lets fly ... and it zooms into the corner.
From bad to worse for Stoke and Michael O’Neill. And it is another blooper from Jack Butland, who fails to deal with a hanging cross. England goalkeepers have form for high-profile errors but his fall from grace rivals the best of them.
Ah, hang on a minute ... Leeds level. The substitute Pablo Hernández, two minutes after coming on, works the ball to Alioski and he feeds Dallas, who calmly slots home.
Nathan Jones has certainly breathed life into Luton, whose chief executive, Gary Sweet, warned they needed “to hit the ground sprinting” if they had any chance of staying up. If they eke out another victory at Elland Road this evening, they would have taken seven points from the last available nine:
Well, then: bottom-of-the-table Luton lead top-of-the-table Leeds. It can only be the Championship ... meanwhile Wigan still lead Stoke with half-hour to play but Michael O’Neill has made changes. Lee Gregory and Tyrese Campbell came on a few minutes ago, in place of Jordan Thompson and Tom Ince.
Half-time sub Harry Cornick makes an instant impact. A wonderful strike by the former Bournemouth man, who curls a beauty into the corner. As a pointless aside, Cornick, who attended Poole Grammar school, got the better of on-loan Ben White, who went to Queen Elizabeth’s school up the road in Wimborne.
Leeds are back under way at Elland Road! And Marcelo Bielsa has tweaked things at the interval, with the substitute Gaetano Berardi replaced by Ezgjan Alioski, who celebrated victory over Fulham last weekend by thanking the 15,000 ‘crowdies’.
Stoke are in a real hole at half-time. They made six changes this evening – but Michael O’Neill must be tempted to ring the changes at the interval. They trail to Wigan and are in grave danger of being sucked into the relegation zone. “There was a brief period of hope when O’Neill took over but that has evaporated,” emails Joshua Reynolds. “We are Sunderland without the TV series.”
Leeds 0-0 Luton Wigan 1-0 Stoke
Some soundbites from earlier results. “In every department Brentford were stronger than us,” says Reading’s manager, Mark Bowen. “We didn’t lay a glove on them all night.” Elsewhere, the Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber is feeling understandably chirpy. “We are still in the relegation zone, but the change is our very good mindset,” he says. And in the top flight, Manchester United lead ...
Stoke are in real trouble, aren’t they? For Jack Butland that was, what they call in the business, an almighty clanger:
Cyrus Christie’s screamer from distance settles it.
Kieran Dowell shoots from the byline and – somehow – drills it beyond the Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, who will not want to see that again. Ever. “As a Stoke fan I’m not sure what stage of the five stages of grief I’m in right now but it’s not acceptance, sadly,” emails Joshua Reynolds. “Probably denial.”
QPR rattle the crossbar! Ryan Mannings heads against the bar from a corner. Rodak had no chance with it but it cannons off the woodwork. We are into second-half stoppage-time at Loftus Road but elsewhere, Kal Naismith has replaced Michael Jacobs, whose had to go off injured for Wigan v Stoke.
Up at Leeds, Bielsa is barking at his players and the drinks break provides another opportunity to get instructions on. Luton had a header at goal saved. Meanwhile Barnsley’s form should be of real concern to those around them, having won five of their past seven. Their next three games? Stoke, Luton and Wigan.
A rocket from Cyrus Christie. After a fairly underwhelming team performance, Christie lights up the game at Loftus Road by hammering in from distance. A big goal that might just keep Fulham in the hunt for automatic promotion.
Helder Costa volleys over for Leeds at Elland Road! Tyler Roberts also went close a moment ago and Leeds have had a couple of early half-chances but Nathan Jones’s Luton, who drop to bottom after Barnsley’s win, are looking pretty compact.
Another cracking result for Lee Bowyer’s Charlton. Elsewhere, a blow for Leeds, whose captain, Liam Cooper, has been forced off 13 minutes in against Luton. He has been replaced by Gaetano Berardi after failing to shake off a back injury.
A priceless win in Barnsley’s fight for survival, with Chaplin and Brown striking to condemn Blackburn to a disappointing defeat.
Mbeumo, Dasilva and Valencia strike as Thomas Frank’s free-scoring side cruise to a fourth successive victory. They move within two points of West Brom, who take on Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow before hosting Hull on Sunday.
Game over. Joel Valencia lashes in from 20 yards.
Peeeeeeeeeeep! They’re under way at Leeds, where Marcelo Bielsa’s side host Luton, and Wigan, where Stoke are the visitors. Barnsley’s form continues to wreak havoc for Stoke and co.
That second Barnsley goal is very bad news for a number of clubs in the muck, notably Hull, Huddersfield, Stoke and Middlesbrough, even if Neil Warnock will surely work his magic there ...
An extraordinary few minutes at Oakwell and an outrageously composed finish by Jacob Brown. Barnsley are heading for three h-u-g-e points! Blackburn are heading for successive defeats.
Ben Brereton has made an immediate impact: the Blackburn forward has been sent off within a couple of minutes of coming on. It’s not clear why – a possible stamp – but, purely by coincidence, the referee is Tony Harrington, who failed to spot Aleksandar Mitrovic’s elbow on Ben White last weekend ...
Er, Blackburn have just made a
quadruple change at Oakwell, where they trail 1-0. Ben Brereton, Danny Graham, Jacob Davenport and Sam Gallagher replace Dominic Samuel, Adam Armstrong, Joe Rothwell and Lewis Holtby. Elsewhere, Charlton’s Dillon Phillips saves well to prevent Albert Adomah from nudging Cardiff in front. Hang on a minute, more drama at Barnsley ...
Brentford are breathing down West Brom’s necks now – victory would take them to within two points of Slaven Bilic’s side. Neither Cardiff or Charlton have registered a shot on target in south Wales with half-hour left to play. A late change for Luton at Elland Road. Glen Rea misses out having been named as a starter. Martin Cranie steps in and Jacob Butterfield comes on to the bench.
Josh Dasilva, who was brilliant without scoring in victory over West Brom on Friday, doubles Brentford’s advantage at the Madejski.
Chaplin has been mustard since Struber took charge in November; that’s his 13th goal of the season and his 12th since the Austrian’s arrival. There is a reason the 23-year-old made the below list:
That is a huge goal, and one that keeps the great escape alive for a Barnsley team rejuvenated under Gerhard Struber. Chaplin has particularly blossomed under Struber and, within seconds of stepping off the bench, the former Portsmouth forward heads home to open the scoring. That goal takes them to within one point of safety. Elsewhere, it’s QPR 1-1 Fulham at half-time.
Rhian Brewster speaks after helping Swansea to a point:
I’m disappointed we didn’t come away with the three points but we take the one and we move on to Sheffield Wednesday [on Sunday]. Against Luton we were very, very poor and that set the mood for the whole weekend. We worked a lot harder today, we ran a lot harder and we take the point and move on. I want to hopefully get promoted, that’s the aim, I don’t know if I’m going to be here next year, or with Liverpool next year, but I just want to finish the season strong. Big congratulations to the boys – they fully deserved it – and I know they are not going to dwell on being champions and they will try to win every game between now and the end of the season. I know what they are like.”
Stoke travel to Wigan tonight in what is a massive game. They head into it a point above the relegation zone, while Wigan could not be in better form, having won five of their past six matches, as well as keeping clean sheets in all of those. “There is a lot at stake for both teams,” said manager Michael O’Neill, who has made six changes. Nathan Collins, Ryan Shawcross, Stephen Ward, Jordan Cousins, Tom Ince and Sam Vokes come into the side, while Nick Powell is suspended against his former club. “They will be coming into the game knowing they are a victory, or a couple of victories away from securing their own Championship future.”
Rhian Brewster’s free-kick – officially a Bartosz Bialkowski own goal – cancels out Mason Bennett’s opener. That result doesn’t do a lot for either side. Millwall – winless since the restart – stay in mid-table, while Swansea are three points off the play-offs, though Cardiff could stretch that gap with victory over Charlton.
Scott Parker’s side level things up. Arter, the manager’s brother-in-law, wallops a left-footed effort at goal from 20 yards and it squeezes beyond Liam Kelly at the near post. The QPR goalkeeper will not want to see it again. That’s Arter’s first league goal since he scored for Bournemouth against Huddersfield in November 2017.
Millwall rattle a post! With less than a couple of minutes to go, Murray Wallace sends a header against a post. Millwall are asking questions of Swansea as stoppage-time approaches. Matt Smith is also on for Gary Rowett’s side. Can they find a winner?
Team news at Elland Road: Leeds are unchanged, with Pablo Hernández again on the bench after injury. Robbie Gotts also returns to the bench for Marcelo Bielsa’s side. Meanwhile Luton make four changes, with Danny Hylton among those to start. Callum McManaman, James Bree and Ryan Tunnicliffe replace James Collins, Elliot Lee, Harry Cornick and Jacob Butterfield.
Concern for Swansea and Ben Wilmot, the Watford defender who went to ground smacking the pitch in agony. After a period of treatment, Wilmot was back up and moving but has since hobbled off. His knee seemed to be buckle in an innocuous coming together. Swansea, manager Steve Cooper confirmed, are already likely to be without Wales defender Joe Rodon for the rest of the season. Marc Guehi, the Chelsea loanee, is on in Wilmot’s place.
Millwall go close to taking the lead! Murray Wallace arrives unmarked at the back post but heads just wide. Swansea get off the hook. Elsewhere, the QPR goal will doubtless have been gladly received by West Brom, and Leeds, who kick-off against Luton in an hour’s time. Fulham are sliding down the table as it stands ...
QPR are piping crowd noise into the stadium and, within 50 seconds, it had the desired effect, with Hugill rising above Tim Ream to nod in. Elsewhere, Cabango collides with Tom Bradshaw on the edge of the box and Millwall are adamant it’s a foul. They are incensed but, even if it was given, it would have been a free-kick.
A blistering start at Loftus Road. Not what Fulham had planned.
That is Brewster’s seventh strike since joining on loan from Liverpool in January – and what a priceless goal it could prove. Saying that, a draw does neither Millwall or Swansea too many favours in their pursuit of the play-offs. Elsewhere, Cardiff are being kept at bay by Lee Bowyer’s Charlton, who have won their past two matches. Robert Glatzel has been promoted to the starting lineup after scoring in his last two matches. Marlon Pack and Mendez-Laing are also in from the off.
A beautiful free-kick! Stunning strike. The Liverpool loanee takes aim from 20 yards and curls a right-footed shot beyond Bartosz Bialkowski, who couldn’t keep it out. It was not in the very corner but the power took it past the Millwall goalkeeper.
A corner is kept alive and Mbeumo heads in from close range! Brentford are back at full strength, with Mbeumo returning to the starting lineup to complete their exhilarating “BMW” attack, which also comprises Ollie Watkins and Saïd Benrahma:
Not an awful lot to report around the grounds, as Millwall continue to keep Swansea at arm’s length. Bersant Celina, who was left out last weekend, has replaced Yan Dhanda, once of Liverpool, approaching the hour mark. The Queen is in attendance at the Den:
Let’s get stuck straight in, with Swansea already trailing at Millwall in the (even eerier) 5pm kick-off courtesy of a Mason Bennett goal on the counter-attack. Swansea came close to an equaliser through Rhian Brewster, only for Jake Cooper to clear off the line, but they need to turn things around in the second half if they are to stay in the mix for the play-offs. As for Millwall, that three points would be most welcome after a fairly disappointing restart for Gary Rowett and co. And yes, there are another six matches – including league leaders Leeds v Luton – to come this evening. Reading warmed up for their match with Brentford with a poignant tribute to those who lost their lives in the Forbury Gardens terror attack 10 days ago. We will be keeping an eye on the following matches:
After 10 years in Europe that took in seven clubs, a lot of ups and more than his fair share of downs, Sandro is back in Brazil. Still only 31, he has fuel left to burn. The coronavirus crisis has given him time to mull over his time on the other side of the Atlantic, bask in what was and ruminate on what might have been. Having spent lockdown at his parents’ farm – where he was busy looking after his young children, riding his horse and strumming his guitar – he is in a reflective mood.
Now back at his home in Goiânia, where he plays for Série A club Goiás, he describes Tottenham and English football in glowing terms, calling the club “sensational” and the Premier League “the best in the world”. He laughs as he recalls the good times under Harry Redknapp and André Villas-Boas. Yet there is discernible melancholy in his voice as he discusses the injuries – psychological blows as much as physical ones, he says – and the move to QPR, which he calls the “biggest regret” of his career.
EFL accused of failing to consult clubs or their doctors
Luton and Stoke also blindsided by the proposal
Several Championship clubs have angrily opposed the English Football League’s planned 20 June restart because of concerns that players will be more likely to sustain injuries as full-contact training has not yet resumed.
The Queens Park Rangers chief executive, Lee Hoos, raised the issue with the EFL chairman, Rick Parry, and accused the league of failing to canvas the opinion of its doctors’ working group or the clubs before it announced a provisional return date. Some teams requested at least four weeks’ training before the restart. The EFL has said it will continue dialogue with clubs this week.
Ten players from the Championship, League One and League Two who shot to prominence before matches stopped
The latest Brentford player to make a seamless transition from Ligue 2 to the English second tier, following a path trodden by Saïd Benrahma and Neal Maupay after a club-record £5.5m move from Troyes last summer. Benrahma and Ollie Watkins, who has been reborn as a No 9, have stolen the headlines but Mbeumo has been remarkably consistent in his debut season in the Championship, contributing 14 goals and six assists and, in some quarters, is considered to possess the most potential. Another Brentford forward, Marcus Forss, proved prolific on loan at AFC Wimbledon, scoring 11 goals in 19 appearances before a hamstring injury curtailed his progress in January.
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