Norwich v QPR preview
Hughton and Hughes out to act quickly after bad start to the campaign
Last Updated: 24/08/12 12:54pm
Chris Hughton: Hoping for home improvement after away day misery
Both Norwich and Queens Park Rangers will be keen to make amends after 5-0 thrashings on the opening day of the season.
- Norwich have won four and lost none of the last five league meetings with QPR.
- There have been red cards in four of the last seven league matches between QPR and Norwich, all for Rangers players.
- Rangers have gone 16 Premier League games away from home without a clean sheet and shipped 39 goals in that run, including nine in the last two.
Chris Hughton endured a day to forget at Craven Cottage in his first competitive game since taking charge of Norwich in the summer.
The Canaries looked all at sea at times, and not even a tactical change when two down at half-time could spare their blushes as Fulham ran riot on their way to a 5-0 win.
Hughton has moved to bolster his defensive options since that opening day horror show, with former Manchester City left-back Javier Garrido's loan move getting the rubber stamp while Sebastien Bassong has signed from Spurs.
Norwich allowed more shots on target - nine - than any other Premier League side last weekend and will not want keeper John Ruddy to be as busy when they take on another west London club at home this time around.
A clean sheet would be a good start, but they have been a rare feat for Norwich, with just one in their last 15 league games.
Hughton's opposite number, Mark Hughes, had a similarly miserable start to the season when his side conceded five without troubling the scorers themselves at home to Swansea City.
After a busy summer in the transfer market, hope were high at Loftus Road that QPR would get onto the front foot early after their relegation struggle last term.
But Michu's eighth-minute opener was the prelude to a disastrous afternoon for Hughes, who labelled his side "exceptionally poor" in public and is likely to have said much stronger words in private.
The Welshman has looked to shore things up by taking an interest in defenders Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Dawson, as well as goalkeeper Julio Cesar, but there have been no new arrivals since the defeat to Swansea.
The omens are not good as QPR hit the road, with Rangers having taken just two points from a possible previous 39 away from home. However Djibril Cisse may provide some hope, having scored four goals in their previous five away games.
A knee problem has ruled out winger Elliott Bennett.
Bassong and Garrido are in contention after arriving at Carrow Road this week, with Garrido's last Premier League outing coming in Man City's 5-1 win over Birmingham City in April 2010.
Steven Whittaker (ankle), Jacob Butterfield (knee), David Fox (knee) and defender Elliott Ward (ankle) are all still out with their respective injuries.
Jose Bosingwa could make his QPR debut after arriving on a free transfer the day before the start of the season.
Several experienced players sat out at the start of last Saturday's defeat to Swansea, but Hughes could ring the changes as he looks to beef his side up.
Ryan Nelsen and Shaun Derry could add steel in defence and midfield, while Andy Johnson may come into Hughes' thinking up front
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 1 John Ruddy
- 2 Whittaker
- 5 Martin R
- 30 Bassong
- 23 Martin Olsson
- 8 Howson
- 27 Tettey
- 41 Dorrans
- 4 Johnson B
- 14 Hoolahan
- 10 Jerome
Team taken from Norwich City vs Middlesbrough (Sky Bet Championship) on Friday 17th April 2015
- 1 Green
- 14 Isla
- 15 Onuoha
- 4 Caulker
- 6 Hill
- 7 Phillips M
- 8 Barton
- 30 Sandro
- 20 Henry
- 9 Austin
- 25 Zamora
Team taken from Queens Park Rangers vs Chelsea (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 12th April 2015
Barclays Premier League
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Norwich v QPR
Junior Hoilett wants QPR to push on after earning their first point of the season at Norwich.
Goal hero Simeon Jackson wants the positives from Saturday's 1-1 draw with QPR to erase Norwich City's memories of the opening day.
Djibril Cisse believes Queens Park Rangers are heading in the right direction after collecting their first point of the new season at Norwich.