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Loftus Road Stadium (ATT 16,211) 12th September 2011 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: P Dowd

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Hoops frustrated by Magpies

Rangers debutants produce a display to leave their fans happy

Last Updated: 12/09/11 11:23pm

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Wright-Phillips: Named man of the match after a thrilling debut display

Wright-Phillips: Named man of the match after a thrilling debut display

Neil Warnock and his Queens Park Rangers endured a frustrating evening as they were held to goalless draw by Newcastle at Loftus Road.

Man of the match: Shaun Wright-Phillips was the toast of the Rangers debutants with an exhilarating display of wing play. The England flyer has endured a frustrating few years at Manchester City as he has had to watch from the sidelines. But he looked revitalised by his switch to Loftus Road and the only thing missing from his performance was a goal. As usual with the player, his energy, commitment and drive were without question. Allied to his skill and speed down the right and his intelligent movement, it was an all-round vibrant debut. Save of the match: Paddy Kenny was for so long considered one of the best goalkeepers outside the Premier League. Now he has a chance to prove that he is able to hold his own in the best league in the world. Leon Best manufactured some space for himself inside the box and fired a low drive to the Republic of Ireland international's right. But he was down as quick as a panther to make a one-handed save low down to keep the ball out. Skill of the match: Adel Taarabt will surely be the recipient of this award every week. It's said that he can be frustrating, an enigma and some managers' nightmare. Yet, against Newcastle his sumptuous ability was allowed to come to the fore. He produced several moments that took your breath away. But his piece of skill when he bamboozled Fabricio Coloccini and then nutmegged Cheik Tiote before spraying the ball to Shaun Wright-Phillips was worth the entrance fee alone. Shot of the match: Shaun Wright-Phillips was played in countless times by Adel Taarabt and on this occasion he managed to get to the ball before Newcastle keeper Tim Krul. Wright-Phillips produced a deft chip that had dipped underneath the crossbar only to be cleared off the line by a Newcastle defender.

Joey Barton was named captain before the game and was one of five Rangers debutants in their starting line-up.

Rangers created numerous chances in both the first and second half but were unable to break the deadlock in an entertaining match.

It was not the explosive encounter that the home fans would have wanted, but there were encouraging signs that the London side will be able to secure safety thanks to their raft of signings that followed Tony Fernandes' takeover.

The home fans were particularly impressed with Shaun Wright-Phillips, who proved to be a constant thorn in the visitors' side, while Armand Traore settled in comfortably before coming off with an injury in the first half.

Newcastle barely showed any attacking intent and still sorely lacked a goalscoring threat following the departure of Andy Carroll, but their unbeaten run remains intact four matches into the season.

All the pre-match hype surrounded Barton, making his debut against his former team, and Warnock upped the ante by naming him as skipper.

Wright-Phillips, signed from Manchester City on deadline day, proved to be the liveliest of the new signings in the opening half.

Traore impressed early on too, sweeping down the left before floating in an excellent cross that Wright-Phillips could only guide in to Tim Krul's hands.

Diving Save

Leon Best drew a good diving save from Paddy Kenny in the visitors' only opportunity of the opening period before the Hoops went on to stamp their authority on the game.

Wright-Phillips found Jay Bothroyd with a cross from the right wing, but the former Cardiff striker spooned a volley over from six yards.

Growing in confidence with every minute, Wright-Phillips skipped past his marker and fired a low shot into Krul's side-netting as the keeper scrambled across his line.

Another chance went by minutes later, with Wright-Phillips involved again. Adel Taarabt spun on the ball to lose his marker, released the former Chelsea man and he whipped a low ball across the box but Bothroyd slid in just too late to make contact.

Alejandro Faurlin's deflected shot flew just over after some good work down the right by Wright-Phillips.

The Magpies were then forced to clear off the line twice within the space of 11 minutes.

First, Bothroyd saw his powerful header cleared by the back-tracking Danny Simpson and Wright-Phillips then squirmed free from Fabricio Coloccini's sliding tackle before chipping over Krul, but Steven Taylor came to Newcastle's rescue, with a last-ditch clearance .

Newcastle began the second half much better, with Best providing a flick-on that just evaded a tap-in from Jonas Gutierrez at the back post.

Traore then suddenly pulled up with what looked like a thigh problem and was replaced by Matthew Connolly.

Golden Chance

Wright-Phillips had a golden to chance to put the Rs ahead eight minutes after the break when he broke loose in the area but he completely missed a volley at the back post from Faurlin's cross.

Gutierrez went down clutching his ankle after being caught by Shaun Derry's studs and needed treatment before returning to action.

Cheik Tiote clattered into Barton to earn a booking, much to the amusement of the travelling support.

Toon boss Alan Pardew decided to replace Ameobi with Demba Ba in the 64th minute as his side struggled to gain a foothold in the game.

QPR were still not producing the kind of attacking football they displayed in the first half though and their passing was sloppy at times.

Wright-Phillips then suddenly burst into life once more in the 70th minute, racing past his marker to cross for Bothroyd, but Steven Taylor dived in to clear with an important challenge.

Derry then wasted a glorious chance to head the home side in front when he nodded well wide from 12 yards when free in the box.

Gutierrez crashed a volley wide 15 minutes from time and the home crowd began to get restless at their side's fading performance.

Warnock looked to remedy the situation by bringing on DJ Campbell for Bothroyd with just over 10 minutes left while Pardew brought on Sylvain Marveaux for Best.

Wright-Phillips remained the hosts' biggest threat but could only smash a 25-yard shot just wide of Krul's goal as the clocked ticked towards 90 minutes.

More substitutions came from both sides but neither could break the deadlock and the game petered out in to a draw.

Queens Park RangersTeam StatisticsNewcastle United
01st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target1
9Shots off Target5
3Blocked Shots2
1Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
76.1Passing Success72.7
60.6Tackles Success66.7
54.2Territorial Advantage45.8

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