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Loftus Road Stadium (ATT 18,021) 21st April 2012 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: M Clattenburg

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham


A Taarabt (24, S/O 78)


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Last Updated at 7:28 pm, April 21st 2012

  1. FT

    And that's it! QPR hold on for the victory, which sees them go three points clear of the relegation zone. Spurs, meanwhile, take a big knock to their top-four ambitions, with Harry Redknapp's men finishing proceedings in fifth. Well, I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. I'm Ryan Gordon, and here's wishing you a great rest of your weekend. Cheers all!

  2. 90+6

    We've had the five minutes of added time, and QPR are just seconds away from a massive three points.

  3. 90+5

    QPR win possession in their own half before the ball is played on to Zamora, who heads for the corner flag and eventually wins a throw-in.

  4. 90+3

    Really dangerous ball into the area by Bale, but Anton Ferdinand is well positioned and can head clear.

  5. 90+2

    Spurs really piling the pressure on now, but they're leaving big gaps at the back and the hosts almost exploit it, breaking up field on the counter before winning a corner, which they're in no hurry to take, as you would imagine.

  6. 90

    Kenny has just kept QPR in the lead now as he dives to his right to just paw away Van der Vaart's goal-bound effort. Meanwhile, there will be five minutes of time added on for Spurs to find a way back.

  7. 88

    Real chance for Spurs now as Dos Santos wiggles free inside the area before seeing two efforts well saved by Kenny, but it wouldn't have counted anyway as the substitute had been flagged up for off-side.

  8. 87

    Bale gets in behind the defence again and delivers a good ball into the area, but Gallas does well to head clear.

  9. 86

    The first piece of pressure comes in the form of a free-kick, which Van der Vaart takes, but the ball is headed behind for a corner, which is then completely wasted and allows QPR to regain possession and break up the field.

  10. 85

    Five minutes of normal time left here for Spurs to find an equaliser, and with a one-man advantage you expect the QPR goal is about to come under an intense spell of pressure.

  11. 84

    Third and final change of the night for Spurs, with Giovanni dos Santos coming on for Scot Parker.

  12. 83

    Brilliant from Modric who drops his shoulder befores skipping past his marker, but Kenny does superbly to get down and thwart the midfielder's effort.

  13. 82

    Spurs are looking to turn the screw in the final 10 minutes and they patiently pass the ball back and forth in front of the QPR area, but Van der Vaart's attempted cross is straight at a defender, and the play comes to nothing.

  14. 80

    Van der Vaart is limping gingerly at the moment, but he shakes off whatever is bothering him to swing in another corner,. The ball is cleared out for a corner at the other end, and Bale gets himself in a good position to try a header, but the ball is just a fraction too high and he can only flick his effort out for a throw-in.

  15. 78

    QPR's work has just been made that much harder as Taarabt is shown a second yellow card for arguing with the referee. Hero to villain for the former Spurs man, who feels more than slightly aggrieved to have been sent off.

  16. 77

    Onuoha amd Parker get into a mini shoving match after the QPR man is again guilty of a reckless challenge, but the referee opts not to produce a second yellow card.

  17. 75

    Bale really has been in the wars today, and he's hacked down from behind by Nedum Onuoha, who earns himself a yellow card.

  18. 73

    Taarabt breaks down the middle before smashing a shot goalwards, but Friedel is more than equal to it and makes a comfortable save.

  19. 72

    Buzsaky looks to make his mark on the game with a 25-yard strike, but he can't get the proper connection and the ball rolls out harmlessly for a goal-kick.

  20. 71

    Good chance for Spurs now as Bale finally is able to get clear of his marker out wide before crossing a really good ball into the area, but Van der Vaart can only slash his shot wide of the top corner.

  21. 70

    First change of the evening for QPR as Samba Diakite is replaced by Akos Buzsaky.

  22. 68

    An extended spell of pressure from the hosts just at the moment, but the Spurs defence manage to hang on and eventually win back possession. They try to break up the field from there, but Rangers win back the ball in the middle of the park.

  23. 66

    Another change for Spurs now, with Assou-Ekotto coming off, Danny Rose the man to replace him.

  24. 64

    Once again the Dutchman takes the set piece, but it's far too deep and the home defence goes untroubled.

  25. 63

    They've won a free-kick in a promising position out wide though, and Van der Vaart's dangerous ball into the area, is deflected just wide of the post and out for a corner.

  26. 62

    Spurs are looking a bit predictable at the moment, and a promising move comes to an end after Bale is robbed of possession out wide.

  27. 61

    It comes to nothing though as Bale's eventual shot is blocked and goes out for a throw-in.

  28. 60

    Bale gets past two QPR defenders far too easily before blazing the ball back across the face of goal, but it evades everyone inside the area, although the ball is eventually cleared out for a corner.

  29. 59

    One, two, three step overs from Taarabt who then tries to curl his effort into the top corner, but he slips at the crucial moment and the ball sails out for a goal-kick.

  30. 57

    Difficult chance for Defoe now as the ball comes over his shoulder inside the area, but his overhead kick is lacking in accuracy and the ball bounces out for a goal-kick.

  31. 56

    Equally disappointing shot at the other end now as Scott Parker blazes his effort miles over the crossbar.

  32. 55

    Diakite tries to go for a spectacular long ranger, but he completely fluffs his shot which tumbles well wide of the mark.

  33. 54

    Rangers applying pressure to the Spurs defence just at the moment, but Assou-Ekotto does well to hold off his man before hoofing the ball clear.

  34. 51

    Kyle Walker is behind this one, but the ball is too close to Kenny who can punch well clear.

  35. 50

    Five minutes into the second half, and Lennon gets his first touch. He plays a neat one-two before breaking down the line, and eventually wins a corner.

  36. 49

    He's able to limp off for treatment though, so maybe it wasn't as bad as it first appeared.

  37. 48

    Worrying signs for Spurs here as Bale lands awkwardly after jumping for the ball, and he looks to be in a considerable amount of pain.

  38. 47

    One change at the break, with Spurs bringing Aaron Lennon on in place of Sandro.

  39. 46

    We're back under way for the second-half at Loftus Road!

  40. HT

    That moment proves to be the last piece of action for the half as referee Mark Clattenburg blows his whistle and sends the players down the tunnel. It's QPR 1-0 Spurs at the break, so join me shortly for the second 45 minutes at Loftus Road.

  41. 45+3

    Spurs patiently pass the ball around from right to left and back again, but Van der Vaart's attempted slide-rule pass is to no-one in particular and Kenny scoops up possession.

  42. 45+1

    Mackie is causing all sorts of problems for Assou-Ekotto and the Rangers man again gets away from his marker in the area before squaring the ball back across goal, but Zamora's shot is well blocked and Spurs can clear.

  43. 45

    Barton trieds to find a way through to goal, but his shot is well blocked before bouncing off the QPR man and going out for a goal-kick. Meanwhile, the fourth official shows we will have three minutes of time added on before the break.

  44. 44

    Scott Parker goes down now clutching his right shin, but QPR play on anyway, although they're in their own half and play is eventually brought to a halt for another foul on the wing.

  45. 42

    Walker breaks down the wing before cutting in and winning a free-kick on the angle between the big box and the by-line, but again the delivery is disappointing and Kenny's goal remains largely unthreatened.

  46. 40

    Five minutes to go until half-time, and it looks like Rangers will be taking the lead with them into the dressing room as Spurs struggle to find a way past the well-organised home defence.

  47. 37

    Assou-Ekotto goes down and stays down after attempting to challenge Mackie for the ball in the middle of the park, and the physio will need to come on to the field to attend to the defender. It looks like a shoulder injury, but the player's back on his feet and will be fine to play on.

  48. 36

    Van der Vaart looks to pick out a cross after some good build-up play from the visitors, but his delivery has too much pace on it and carries through to the goalkeeper.

  49. 34

    A break in play now as Joey Barton needs some treatment on the sidelines. He's okay to carry on though, as you would expect from the hard-hitting midfielder.

  50. 32

    Defoe does well through the middle of the park, but all his hard work is for nought as he blindly plays the ball out wide, expecting Kyle Walker to be running on, but there's no-one there in a Spurs shirt and the ball goes out for a throw-in.

  51. 30

    Spurs look for a quick response to going down and Van der Vaart brings out a decent save from Kenny with a powerful shot from the edge of the area, while Defoe can only head the rebound onto the roof of the net.

  52. 28

    Here come Spurs though, and Bale looks to chip the ball over the backline for Defoe, but the defence is on top of the situation and the danger is cleared up field.

  53. 27

    Rangers looked really buoyed by that goal, and they're pressing hard in the final third, keeping the visiting defenders sharply on their toes.

  54. 25

    Its come against the run of play, but Rangers take the lead. Adel Taarabt lines up his free-kick before curling his effort up and over the wall, leaving Friedel scrambling across, but unable to keep the ball from sneaking in at the near-post.

  55. 24

    GOAL! QPR 1-0 Tottenham! Adel Taarabt!

  56. 23

    Rangers enjoying an extended spell of pressure at the moment and they win a free-kick in a promising area...

  57. 22

    First yellow card of the evening goes to Bobby Zamora, who wrestles King to the ground after losing possession on the edge of the area.

  58. 21

    The resulting corner is played short this time, with Van der Vaart getting the ball back before having a dig from 25 yards out, but Kenny is well positioned and makes a comfortable save at the far-post.

  59. 20

    Another corner to Spurs, and this time it's much better, with Van der Vaart whipping it in to pick out Bale, but his header is straight at the keeper who can tip the ball over the crossbar.

  60. 19

    Luka Modric is played through in the area, but his attempted cut-back is blocked and goes out for a corner. The delivery is woeful though and does not even clear the first man.

  61. 18

    Spurs have started to dominate possession in the last five minutes, but they haven't really threatened the hosts' goal as of yet.

  62. 16

    Kyle Walker looks to have won Spurs a corner after flicking the ball off Onuoha, but the linesman signals a goal-kick, much to the player's obvious frustration.

  63. 15

    Spurs string together a good passing movement down the middle of the park, but a sloppy touch from Sandro sees the visitors lose possession. Harry Redknapp's not too happy about that down on the touchline.

  64. 13

    Gareth Bale looks to test Paddy Kenny in the QPR goal, but the Welshman gets his shot all wrong and drags the ball well wide of the goal, sparking sarcastic cheers from the home fans.

  65. 12

    Spurs look good coming down the right wing, but the final ball into the area has not been good enough, and again a good chance goes begging.

  66. 10

    Rangers are starting to pile on the pressure, and Modric is guilty of giving the ball away on the edge of his own area, but the cross into the box is just beyond Mackie and bounces out for a goal-kick.

  67. 9

    Taye Taiw launches a free-kick into the area, but its over everyone and Brad Friedel comfortably collects unchallenged.

  68. 8

    The Londoners do finally win possession back, and Luka Modrid tries to thread through for Jemaine Defoe, but the Croatia international gets too much purchase on his pass and the ball rolls through to the goalkeeper.

  69. 7

    QPR have been well on top of this one so far, and Spurs are struggling to get hold of the ball.

  70. 5

    Mackie's at it again and dinks his way through the midfield before playing on to Adel Taarabt, but the defenders are quick to come across and cover, before winning a free-kick in their own area.

  71. 3

    Great chance for QPR as Jamie Mackie shows brilliant quick feet to get round Benoit Assou-Ekotto, but he lashes his shot just wide of the mark.

  72. 2

    Spurs enjoying all the possession in the opening minute or so, and have just won a free-kick out wide. Rafael van der Vaart drills it in, but he can't pick out a team-mate and the defence can clear.

  73. 1

    And we're off!

  74. To answer Ricky's question, Emmanuel Adebayor is out with a hamstring injury, although I have been unable to get confirmation on Saha's absence, but will endeavour to bring more light on that situation during proceedings.

  75. We're less than 10 minutes away from the kick off now, and the players are busy lining up in the tunnel. Mark Clattenburg is in charge of this one today, with the referee sure to be in for a busy day at the office.

  76. Nick is right about Spurs' shaky form of late, with the north London outfit having won just one of their last seven matches. QPR have performed only marginally better in that time, with Mark Hughes' men having won three of seven, which included wins over Arsenal and Liverpool.

  77. Tottenham, meanwhile, must do without Younes Kaboul and Niko Kranjcar who are out of action with knee injuries, the latter ruled out for the remainder of the season. Ledley King passed a late fitness test on his knee and starts, but Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson remain long-term ankle injury absentees.

  78. So, QPR welcome Djibril Cisse back to the fray after he missed the last four matches through suspension, although the striker starts this one from the bench. Shaun Wright-Phillips is also back but he too is named amongst the substitutions, but Alejandro Faurlin and Kieron Dyer are out with injury.

  79. QPR: Kenny, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo, Mackie, Barton, Derry, Diakite, Taarabt, Zamora Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Traore, Buzsaky, Helguson, Cisse, Wright-Phillips

  80. Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, King, Assou-Ekotto, Sandro, Modric, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Defoe Subs: Cudicini, Lennon, Giovani, Rose, Livermore, Khumalo, Smith

  81. As promised, the teams...

  82. Plenty to play for then, but why not make it a little bit more interesting? Our friends at Sky Bet have put QPR at 5/2 to snatch the points today, while Tottenham are even-money for victory.

  83. Spurs, meanwhile, will be desperate to take full advantage of their two games in hand over third-placed Arsenal, who drew 0-0 with fellow Champions League hopefuls Chelsea earlier today. The Gunners now sit six points ahead of the White Hart Lane outfit, who kick off proceedings today in fifth following Newcastle's victory over Stoke.

  84. Both sides will be desperate to collect all the points today, albeit for very different reasons. Rangers are currently right in the thick of the relegation battle, and are only outside the bottom three thanks to a superior goal difference over Blackburn, who beat Norwich 2-0 in one of today's earlier encounters.

  85. Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I'm Ryan Gordon and I'll be taking you through all the action as Queens Park Rangers host Tottenham at Loftus Road.



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Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 4 12
2 Aston Villa 4 10
3 Swansea City 4 9
4 Southampton 4 7
5 Manchester City 4 7
6 Tottenham Hotspur 4 7
7 Arsenal 4 6
8 Liverpool 4 6
9 Manchester United 4 5
10 Hull City 4 5
11 Everton 4 5
12 Leicester City 4 5
13 West Ham United 4 4
14 Stoke City 4 4
15 Sunderland 4 3
16 Queens Park Rangers 4 3
17 Crystal Palace 4 2
18 Burnley 4 2
19 West Bromwich Albion 4 2
20 Newcastle United 4 2