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Stoke City - Queens Park Rangers
Premier League - 11 November 2012
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That's it from Stoke. QPR's search for that elusive first win goes on as Stoke pull away from the relegation zone.
Stoke play the free-kick short but Jones contrives to be offside. Cesar punts it forward but nothing comes of it.
Jones wins a free-kick deep in QPR territory as the clock ticks down.
Four minutes of added time for Stoke to hold out.
Jones works some space down the left and cuts back for Kightly. The winger takes a touch, steadies himself before drawing a smart save from Cesar. That was the chance to clinch it.
Bosingwa strides forward, cuts inside but his effort is wild. Again that pretty much sums up a frustrating half for the visitors. Zamora hasn’t really had a kick since coming on.
That ball from Diakite, which harmlessly runs through to Begovic sums up QPR’s day. They just haven’t been clinical enough in the areas that really matter.
QPR dominating here but Jones leads a rare break forward but his cross is too close to Cesar.
And that’s Faurlin’s last action as he is replaced by Zamora.
Granero finds Faurlin in the middle of midfield but the Argentine’s attempted ball to Hoilett is errant. Needs to be better there.
Hoilett ignores the run of Traore but his cross is too long and goes out for a goal kick. QPR are running out of steam now.
Crouch is replaced by Jones for Stoke.
Jones, who made a big impact after coming off the bench last weekend, looks ready to come on for Stoke. QPR can’t really believe that their behind.
QPR really putting the pressure on now. It just not going for them though. Bosingwa’s cross is collected by Begovic with no QPR player in sight.
Taarabt wriggles free down the right and finds Granero inside the box. His effort is well struck but it is saved by Begovic.
Traore is late on Adam and Adam clips the free-kick to the far post but Traore makes up for the foul by clearing the kick.
Granero gets the kick – from about 25 yards out – up and over the wall but it wide.
Taarabt has been superb this half. He draws a foul from Nzonzi and the midfielder is in the book for the foul.
Shawcross goes long but Crouch can’t find a teammate – Cesar responds in kind and launches the kick long.
So much space out there. It is getting a little frantic out there.
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This game is so much more open this half.
Much, much more intensity out there now.
Another big chance falls to Taarabt. He collects a blocked effort on the edge of the box, drops his shoulder and beats his man but toe pokes his effort wide.
The home faithful are in full voice now and Stoke are responding - Crouch looks to get in behind but the ball has too much on it.
Good response from QPR. Taarabt's effort is always rising though.
GOOOOAL!! Huth lofts a free-kick into the back post and Nzonzi flicks it to Crouch. The big striker miss-controls the ball and it falls to Adam who remains composed to slot the ball past Cesar. 1-0.
Stoke are really offering very little here.
Very similar start to the second half here. All QPR.
And we're back underway.
Indeed, the referee blows up for half-time.
Having hauled down Adam as he looked to break, Diakite is in the book. Stoke’s free-kick is into the arms of Cesar. And that’s almost it from the first half.
Hoilett intercepts a sloppy pass from Whelan and exchanges passes with Cisse before opening up the Stoke defence with a slide rule pass but Taarabt elects to chip the keeper when he really should have just got it on target. Poor. It glides over the bar.
We have a slight hiatus for a head injury to Walters.
Traore is just there it time to block a Crouch volley at the back post. Big chance there after a scramble. Chance.
Granero taps it short but Cisse fires it straight at the wall.
Nzonzi skips past Faurlin and finds Crouch in and around the penalty spot. His effort is on target but Nelsen blocks for a corner. QPR clear the corner and break at pace. Granero is hauled down just outside the box. Cisse and Granero over it.
QPR have lost their early fluency and are on the back foot.
Walters rises at the back post but his header skips past the post.
Stoke, since that tactical switch, have looked far more threatening and they are building momentum but have yet to really threaten the goal of Cesar. Hoilett leads a break for QPR but the ball is behind Cisse.
With options left and right, Taarabt elects to shoot from the edge of the box. Poor decision and Hoilett is not shy in telling him.
Diakite gives away a silly free-kick by his own corner flag as he fouls Wilkinson. Whelan delivers but Cesar comes to punch and gets a good solid hand to it.
Granero gives away a free-kick for a late challenge on Adam just inside the Stoke half. Begovic goes long again but Crouch can only flick the ball on and out for a goal kick. Stoke have been desperately poor.
Bosingwa finds Granero in behind the Stoke defence but Begovic is alert to the danger to block at his feet as looks to find a QPR shirt. Corner. Stoke deal with the threat relatively easily.
Taarabt delays releasing the ball to Cisse and when he does it is a bad pass. Cisse vents his frustration at his colleague to the jeers of the crowd.
That tactical switch almost pays immediate dividends as Walters latches on to a Crouch flick but, on the turn, his volley is wayward.
Walters has been moved up alongside Crouch now as the hosts look to get more men in and around the big striker.
Better from Crouch as he links the play. He gets the return but his cross is far too deep. Goal kick.
Crouch fouls Bosingwa as he looks to get to a punt up field.
Faurlin collects a loose Shawcross header and feeds Granero but the ball is slightly behind him. The former Real Madrid man has to take a touch before crossing but Stoke regroup and clear.
QPR really need to convert their early dominance into a threat on the goal of Begovic.
Diakite does very well to cover Bosingwa after the full-back had lost the ball high up the pitch.
Granero wins an important challenge as Stoke look to break. The Stoke throw is flung into the box but the hosts aren’t getting enough players into the box to support Crouch.
QPR making great use of their full-backs early on and are really stretching the play but tthey begin to run out of ideas as they approach the 18 yard box.
Hoillet is late and gives away a free-kick near the halfway line. Begovic looks for Crouch but it carries all the way to Cesar.
Interesting game this one. QPR are very neat but Stoke have had more of a threat.
Nelsen, wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of Park, reads a ball over the top and clears for a throw.
Adam tests the reflexes of Cesar from outside the box, but the former Inter Milan man is alert to tip it around the post.
Traore beats two men with a simple drop of the shoulder and finds Cisse at the back post but he can’t time his volley right and the chance has gone.
Etherington looks to exchange passes with Cameron but the return ball doesn’t find its target.
Cisse has started out wide and easily beats Wilkinson down the right but his cross has too much on it.
QPR keep the ball pretty well through their midfiled three but Stoke are putting decent pressure on the ball.
With a minute's silence for Remembrance Sunday completed, QPR get us underway.
MATCH ODDS: Stoke City (10/11) QPR (16/5), Draw (12/5)
The quality that Mark Hughes has at his disposal has seen interest from Arsenal in Adel Taarabt, who started the season as a substitute. He said of the speculation: "It doesn't surprise me. I think he's in a really good place now in terms of his attitude and what he's been able to produce on the pitch. I wouldn't be surprised if clubs are looking at him, but I know for a fact he's happy here. It would be best for him to stay."
In the build up to this fixture, Tony Pulis spoke of his surprise at his counter-parts struggles, saying: "I don't think anybody would have said at the start of the season QPR would be down there with the players Mark has brought in. But there is still a long way to go, a lot of games for them to pick up points. I'm saying now that I'll be very surprised if they are down there come the end of the season."
QPR are the only team in the Premier League this season to not have a single player who has played in every game so far, which, the argument can be made, has fed into their wildly inconsistent start to the season.
In fact, Mark Hughes has failed to win all 14 Premier League away matches as QPR manager, losing 12 times, but his side's last win on their travels came at the Britannia - a 3-2 victory in November 2011: Neil Warnock's last win as manager before a run of eight games without a win saw him get the sack.
However, Tony Pulis's men themselves only have a solitary Premier League win this season and were comprehensively out-played last time out at Norwich. A win for QPR, second from bottom, would put them two points behind their hosts but the Rs have recorded just one win in their last 18 away games.
QPR are a side brimming with talent but remain winless after ten Premier League matches, and they travel to the Britannia in the knowledge that it has been more than nine months since the hosts were beaten on their own patch.
This game comes under the banner of "must win" for both sides:
Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Huth, Shawcross (c), Wilkinson; Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Etherington; Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Jones, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Jerome /// QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Traore, Granero, Faurlin, Diakite, Hoilett, Taarabt, Cisse. Subs: Green, Derry, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Onuoha, Zamora.
Stephane M'Bia, serving the second of his three game ban, is kept company in the stands by Fabio, who is struggling with a hamstring strain, and Andy Jonhson, who is nursing a knee injury. A knee injury also keeps captain Ji-sung Park out of the QPR side.
Team news: Michael Owen joins Rory Delap and long-term absentee Marc Wilson on the sidelines for the visit of winless QPR, but Glenn Whelan makes a return to the starting eleven having only been fit enough for the bench last time out.
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- P. Crouch(75': K. Jones)