Queens Park Rangers 1 - 2 Newcastle United

Match info: Premier League at Loftus Road Stadium

Date: 12/05/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: L Probert Att: 17,278

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Loic Remy 11 (pen)



Hatem Ben Arfa 18 (pen)
Yoan Gouffran 35

FT (ht: 1-2)

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  • FT: QPR 1 - 2 Newcastle And that's it, one last clearance from Williamson marks the end of a game lacking in attacking quality. Newcastle move to 41 points and that surely is enough to ensure Premier League football next season.

  • If Newcastle do hang on they have their centre-backs to thank. Well, them and QPR's entire back-four. Coloccini wins another header - he and Williamson have kept Remy and Zamora relatively quiet.

  • Debuchy makes an important headed clearance under pressure before Coloccini makes two fine blocks. The second breaks to Townsend who curls a shot just high of the bar.

  • Coloccini slides in to clear as Traore breaks down the left. There will be three added minutes and it seems like Newcastle will do enough to win.

  • QPR move the ball quickly and Fabio's cross finds Zamora, who spins and should do better from 10 yards. His shot is high and wide.

  • All 10 Newcastle players are in their own half. Some neat passing allows Jenas to clip one in to Zamora but again he's offside, as is Remy behind him. It must be infuriating for their team-mates, manager and fans.

  • There are some nervous faces in the away end as Newcastle try to hang on. To QPR's credit, they really are having a go now but the quality just hasn't been there.

  • Coloccini makes another clearing header before Perch steps in to block Townsend's shot. Newcastle break but Cisse's shot from range is weak.

  • Williamson wins an important header and Newcastle can clear. Can QPR find a goal against 10-man Newcastle?

  • Free-kick for Newcastle as Coloccini is adjudged to have handled it. Taarabt replaces Hoilett as Redknapp makes his final change.

  • QPR choose not to whip in a cross, instead teeing up Fabio whose fizzing shot is blocked by Coloccini. Remy then loses out to Coloccini and the danger passes for now.

  • Ben Arfa is the man sacrificed for Harper, whose time at Newcastle will end at the end of this season. Twenty years of service.

  • Elliot gets booked for handling outside of his area and that means red as he was booked earlier. Newcastle are running low on goalkeepers and Steve Harper will be called into duty.

  • Elliot will have lost count of how many free-kicks he's launched forward. The latest edition results in a game of head tennis before Jenas attempts a crossfield ball to Townsend which finds touch.

  • Obertan's first act is to try a flick through to Cisse which fails to find its target. Remy then gives is back to Newcastle - he's not been as his best today. Neither has Zamora, who commits a silly foul.

  • Gouffran makes way for Obertan, who makes his 50th appearance for Newcastle.

  • As I say that, Newcastle prepare to bring on Obertan. Meanwhile, Townsend wastes a good opportunity to cross before Derry gives away a free-kick.

  • No sign of further changes from either manager as we enter the final 15 minutes. Jenas instigates a QPR attack but again Debuchy gets the better of Hoilett.

  • Close for Newcastle, as Ben Arfa ghosts pasts three players and slides it to Gouffran, whose cross almost finds the bottom corner. You feel that if Newcastle upped their tempo they could extend their lead, but they're understandably cautious.

  • Heavy touch from Hoilett on the edge of the box but his side with a throw. However, good pressure from Cisse means QPR have to go backwards before clearing a long punt forward.


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