QPR Club Focus – New boys have positives to take from Bolton thrash
After a 15 year absence from the Premier League, Queens Park Rangers’ 4-0 defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers was not the welcome return they were hoping for. The R’s will find it hard not to be disheartened from the rout but have a lot of positives to take from the match.
The home side were dealt a significant blow early on in the match when summer signing Kieron Dyer was stretchered off the field after just seven minutes to add to his ongoing injury woes. He was replaced by Bradley Orr who resided in the fullback position for much of last season. The score line does no justice to QPR’s first half display having had chances of their own to take the lead, but Gary Cahill’s thunderous strike from 25-yards on the stroke of half time was just a taste of what was to come for the home side after the break. The Trotter’s three other goals came within 12 minutes of each other, providing the Hoops with a hurtful reminder of theunforgiving nature of Premier League football.QPR’s misery concluded with the sending off of Clint Hill who was given his marching orders by referee Martin Atkinson for a second bookable offense in the dying embers of the game.
Manager Neil Warnock gave summer signings Danny Gabbidon, Dyer, DJ Campbell and Jay Bothroyd their league debuts for the club and with the exception of the injured Dyer,they showed glimpses of what they can offer to QPR’s Premiership survival this season. Indeed, the R’s almost got off the perfect start when Campbell found the back of the net, just two minutes into the match but the goal was correctly disallowed for offside. Gabbidon will not want his league debut to live long in the memory after he turned the ball into his own net on 67 minutes in the attempt to clear a Chris Eagles free kick.
The R’s could have broken the deadlock a number of times in the first half with lone striker Bothroyd had what was arguably their best chance of the afternoon when his effort from 10 yards out was cleared off the line by Paul Robinson. The score line does Rangers’ shot stopper Paddy Kenny no favours either but the Republic of Ireland international was called into action to stop a powerful effort from Ivan Klasnic just after the interval.Adel Taarabt was invaluable to QPR’s promotion from the Championship last season and exhibited moments of excellence on Saturday when he ripped open Bolton’s line of defence on a number of occasions.
It was feared Dyer may have broken his metatarsal when he went down unopposed, but Warnock has told QPR’s official website that the injury is not as bad as first thought:“There's no break as such, so we've just got to cross our fingers until he's had another scan on it.”
The R’s travel to Merseyside on Saturday for their Premier League clash with Everton, who are yet to get their campaign underway after their match with Tottenham was postponed because of the riots in London.