QPR 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Adel Taarabt (pictured) scores his second goal of the season against his old club before being sent off


By Alex Byrom
Deputy Football Editor from Loftus Road

QPR won their fourth home game in a row to increase their chances of survival whilst diminishing Spurs' chances of finishing in the top four.

Not since 2000/01 (Bolton, Fulham and Blackburn has all three promoted stayed in the Premier League and after this result, don’t rule it out.

Adel Taarabt scored the second consecutive home game – while Spurs drew another blank – increasing their awful run: No away win in 2012 and are now behind Newcastle in 4th who overtook them today.

Mark Hughes kept faith with the side that were beaten 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion last weekend. Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp made three changes: Defoe came in for Adebayor who was injured; Sandro replaced Lennon who dropped to the bench and Friedel was back in goal in place of Cudicini.  


Goalkeeper Brad Friedel made his 300th consecutive Premier League appearance in the Spurs goal.

In a typical London derby, both sides began trying to stamp their authority on the match and Jamie Mackie – the Scottish international aroused the crowd with a mazy run that despite ending with a poor finish got the crowd on their feet and the atmosphere going.

The first attempt on target was when Taarabt’s free kick was well held by Friedel and then Diakite shot wide from a decent shooting position.

Paddy Kenny finally saw some action denying a fierce drive from Van der Vaart who was looking menacing.

And from the resulting corner, the Dutchman’s wicked delivery was headed towards goal by Bale and Kenny did brilliantly to keep it out.    

But on 23 minutes, QPR snatched the lead from a superb strike Moroccan forward Adel Taarabt. The forward, who had had the most shots without scoring before his strike against Arsenal last month, expertly curled a free kick over the wall past Friedel and give the hosts something to hold onto.

Shortly afterwards his shot was easily dealt with by the Spurs keeper.

On the half hour, the visitors should have been level: Van Der Vaart’s excellent shot from the edge of the box was palmed away by Kenny, but Defoe could only head over the bar from the rebound.


QPR have won four home games in a row in the Premier League for the first time since 1994. 

Both teams had early chances off target as the second half eeked towards its climax.

QPR were dealt another blow as they went down to 10 men for the 4th time under Mark Hughes’s management. This time it was Taarabt who did something silly. He was booked for a late tackle and his second was just pathetic. The referee had blown for a foul to Spurs and was in the process of booking Clint Hill for the tackle and the Moroccan kicked the ball away. Referee Mark Clattenburg immediately showed him a second yellow, but not the red. It was only after word from the 4th official that he corrected his mistake and sent him off.

QPR were really up against it.

But they played superbly. They defended doggedly. They blocked courageously. They harried Tottenham collectively.

Tottenham never came close to winning.

Apart from Modric’s effort parried by Kenny and then him denying Dos Santos at his near post, Spurs rarely got close to the QPR penalty area, never mind the goal.

In stoppage time, Van der Vaart wasted the last golden chance when he shot straight at Kenny.

QPR have moved three points clear of Blackburn who beat Norwich earlier in the day, and eased their relegation prospects especially with three tough fixtures remaining.

Spurs: one win in nine and their quest for the Champions League is fading; and fast. 


Saturday 21st April 2012

Barclays Premier League

Loftus Road


QPR 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur                          KO 5:30pm                (HT 1-0)

Taarabt 24


QPR:   01. kenny- 7.5/10, 42. Onuoha7/10, 03. Hill- 8.5/10, 35. Ferdinand- 8.5/10, 34. Taiwo- 8/10, 02. Diakite- 8/10 (Buzaky 69- 3.5/10), 04. Derry- 8/10, 17. Barton (C)- 8/10, 12. Mackie- 8/10, 07. Taarabt- 7.5/10, 52. Zamora- 7/10.

Subs not used:  24. Cerny, 06. Gabbidon, 13. Traore, 22. Helguson, 23. Cisse, 32. Wright-Phillips

Booked:     Zamora (21), Taarabt (41), Onouha (74), Hill (78)

Sent Off: Taarabt (79)


Tottenham:   24. Freidel- 8/10, 28. Walker- 6/10, 13. Gallas- 6/10, 26. King (C)- 6.5/10, 32. Assou-Ekotto- 6/10 (Rose 66- 4/10), 30. Sandro- 5/10, 08. Parker- 7.5/10 (Giovani 84- 2/10), 14. Modric- 5.5/10, 11. Van Der Vaart- 7/10, 18. Defoe- 5/10, 03. Bale- 6/10.

Subs not used:  23. Cudicini, 29. Livermore, 36. Khumalo, 51. Smith

Booked:     None



My Man of the Match:      Anton Ferdinand (QPR)- Rating 8.5/10

My Poorest Performer of the Match:     Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur)- Rating 5/10

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne and Wear)- 7/10
Attendance: 75,138

Match Facts

Possession: QPR- 43%           Tottenham Hotspur- 57%

Shots: QPR- 14           Tottenham Hotspur- 17

Shots on target: QPR- 5           Tottenham Hotspur- 8 

Shots off target: QPR- 9           Tottenham Hotspur- 9

Corners: QPR- 4           Tottenham Hotspur- 13

Fouls: QPR- 13           Tottenham Hotspur- 10

Offside: QPR- 5           Tottenham Hotspur- 3

Assists: QPR- None           Tottenham Hotspur- None

Mark Hughes - QPR Manager

"I thought we were worthy winners today absolutely. We allowed Spurs possession in certain areas but that was the game plan. And it worked really well, I thought we were always a threat on the break. Especially and of course in the circumstances going dwon to 10 men again the players showed extreme courage and determination to get the job done."

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Harry Redknapp - Tottenham Hotspur Manager

"We need four wins now. I think we're going to have to win the lot. We need 12 points. It's going to be very tight, but we're very capable of doing that. I am very confident but it's not going to be easy. I don't see Chelsea losing now [for the rest of the season] and Newcastle are doing great. Arsenal [though] still have to go to Stoke and West Brom, so it's not over yet."

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