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2 February 2013
• Loftus Road Stadium, London
Referee: J. Moss
• Attendance: 17543
Queens Park Rangers
That's all from me today. Stick with Goal.com for all six of the 1500GMT kick-offs!
Here is Joe Doyle's full-time results: "Referee doen't seem to know what he's doing there. Seems to be pointing for a corner for a good while after Zamora's header went wide, but ends up giving a goal kick, to the annoyance of both sets of fans."
So QPR stay bottom of the table, three points behind Reading, Wigan and Aston Villa having played a game more. Norwich move above West Ham into 13th place, but the Hammers face Swansea at Upton Park at 1500GMT.
90' + 6'
And that's it! It ends 0-0! QPR will naturally rue the penalty miss, but I wouild argue that is a fair result due to the hosts' poor finishing.
90' + 4'
Norwich manage a respite after a silly foul by Mackie and the visitors take their time over the delivery before winning a throw in aroudn 30 yards from goal. This is heading towards a 0-0 draw, if you hadn't guessed.
90' + 2'
QPR are continue to fling balls into the area by hand and foot (legally, of course) as Norwich drop deeper and deeper back.
There will be FIVE minutes of added time, which we have just entered.
Taarabt has been all over the pitch today, but ends up near his own byline that Samba is needed to clear up.
Here comes Norwich new boy Becchio for his Premier League debut, replacing Hoolahan.
Three minutes left to play and I am at a loss as to how QPR have not scored. Delivery after delivery after delivery into the box is followed by near-miss, after near-miss after near-miss from the hosts.
Yellow Card S. Bassong
Needless booking for Bassong as he just stands his ground to impede Mackie's run forward.
Mr Doyle checks in: "Referee doen't seem to know what he's doing there. Seems to be pointing for a corner for a good while after Zamora's header went wide, but ends up giving a goal kick, to the annoyance of both sets of fans."
CLOSE! Again it looks easier to score than miss as Zamora heads a Taarabt delivery to the back post mere inches the wrong side of the upright. The referee signals for a corner, but Bunn was nowhere near it.
Yellow Card Michael Turner
More fine work from Snodgrass, more disappointing movement from his team-mates as a great low drive into the area is missed by everyone, somehow. Holt looks guilty.
CLOSE! Another Taarabt corner delivery, another centre-back goes close as Hill out-jumps Garrido, but he can only head narrowly wide. QPR are getting closer and closer.
Zamora has been quiet since his introduction, but he forces a throw-in off Garrido (who has not impressed me at all today). The striker takes a quick throw, but Johnson is on hand to intercept and regain possession for Norwich.
Fabio Da Silva
Tal Ben Haim
I wouldn't be surprised if Fabio has worn himself out judging on the last 20 minutes. He is replaced by Tal Ben Haim.
And now here now Norwich hrough the impressive Snodgrass. The midfielder darts through the centre before trying to find Holt, who is in an offside position. Frustrating for the visitors, that.
Yellow Card Clint Hill
Talking of being improved in the second half, Townsend puts Bennett under pressure with a neat darting run down the left than the Norwich defender fails to deal with as QPR keep possession in the centre of the park.
Jenas comes on for his QPR debut, replacing Mbia.
OFF THE LINE!! Taarabt sends in a fine free kick - his deliveries have been far better in this half - which Samba connects with, only for Holt to stop a debut goal for the centre-back with a last-ditch block on the line.
Yellow Card Alexander Tettey
Fabio is finding more and more of the ball as the attack-minded full-back sprints up and down the left flank but gives away a free kick after an over-eager challenge on Bennett. Harsh decision, perhaps.
More breathless, end-to-end action as, first, Hoolahan finds a pocket of space to sting the palms of Julio Cesar, before Taarabt does similar to Bunn up the other end. Under 30 minutes to play. There is a goal in this, at least one.
Here is Mr Doyle: "Loftus Road has come alive! Loud applause from both sets of fans." Pretty much, Joe, pretty much.
...Taarabt aims for the far left-hand corner, but only manages to find the fans behind the goal. Close.
Wow, again! Turner brings down Mackie as QPR look to keep up their momentum, and it is a nasty-looking challenge. No card, though. Taarabt is standing over the ball...
Wow, crazy few minutes as bottom-of-the-table QPR miss the chance to take a vital lead.
Penalty save Mark Bunn
Missed Penalty Adel Taarabt
PENALTY SAVED! Bunn redeems himself after felling Mackie inside the area. Question marks over the amount of contact, but the hosts fail to take advantage.
Yellow Card Mark Bunn
PENALTY TO QPR!
QPR make their first change of the game, bringing on striker Zamora for Wright-Phillips.
Yellow Card Javier Garrido
First booking for Norwich as Garrido brings down Wright-Phillips.
The tempo and rhythm of the game seems to have picked up where the first half let off, end-to-end but poor finishing from both sides.
CLOSE! Best chance of the game right at the start of the second half as Taarabt sends in a glorious low cross across the six-yard box that Samba and Mbia are inches away from converting. Looked easier to score there. Very unfortunate.
And Norwich get us back underway!
Right then, the teams are back out. The second half is coming right up.
So that was fairly entertaining, but the quality in the final third is definitely lacking. Here is Joe Doyle, our man at Loftus Road, with his thoughts: "Half-time at Loftus Road, and it's been a pretty poor first 45. Adel Taarabt showed flashes of brilliance, but never really tested Mark Bunn in goal, while the visitors had the occasional effort that required a simple stop from Julio Cesar. An improvement from both will be needed to stop this game being last on the highlights reel."
45' + 2'
And that's it, the referee brings the first half to a close.
There will be one minute of added time.
CLOSE! Just as we approach first half injury-time, Taarabt nearly breaks the deadlock for QPR in fortunate fashion as his first successful set-piece delivery nearly catches Bunn off guard and sneaks under the bar, only for the goalkeeper to push away the danger in the nick of time.
Neither side have been particularly impressive in the final third, but Snodgrass is the standout for Norwich so far and he again carves open a chance with a fine near-post delivery, but Holt cannot react quick enough.
Yellow Card Stéphane M'Bia
Mbia is handed the first booking of the game for persistent fouling, some 30 yards from Norwich's goal.
Oh dear, Hill was very lucky with that! He slips over when trying to clear the delivery and almost gifts Norwich a chance on goal before Townsend hacks clear.
And now it is Norwich's turn to threaten, as Fabio hauls down Bennett some 30 yards out to win a free kick. Not the best football on show, but it is entertaining.
This game is fairly end-to-end, and it is QPR's turn to venture forward through Wright-Phillips who does brilliantly to skip past the attentions of Garrido before slipping at the vital moment to send his shot five yards wide.
...and Julio Cesar claims with ease.
Norwich win another corner that Snodgrass delivers well into the area that forces Hill into conceding another...
That is again disappointing from Holt as slack concentration hands possession straight back to QPR, forcing Tettey to jump immediately into action to halt Taarabt from advancing on goal.
CLOSE! Norwich produce the best chance of the game, against the run of play, and Holt really should have scored. Snodgrass does very well down the right to get past the disappointing Traore and send in a cross towards the striker, but he can only head straight at Julio Cesar.
...and the delivery is straight at Turner, who clears with ease.
Here come QPR again as Wright-Phillips wins a corner off Turner. Taarabt trots over to take...
And Pilkington is finally withdrawn, about five or so minutes too late, with Bennett his replacement.
That's frustrating for Norwich. After a few minutes of possession, their first in a while, Holt is deemed to have backed into Samba when the visitors were pressing, and QPR are awarded a free kick. It seemed soft, that.
Townsend is seeing a lot of the ball today, but his lack of match action is starting to tell as he sends an attempted pass forward straight out of play.
Pilkington looks to be struggling. He has signalled to the bench twice and now trots over, only to be told to get straight back out there.
Norwich are struggling to get their foot on the ball but, luckily for them, the referee falls for Holt's dive near the halfway line so hand them a free kick. Snodgrass send it in, but QPR clear at the first attempt.
...and the young Moroccan lofts a delivery from the left-hand side in towards the penalty area but Bunn claims confidently.
Townsend wins a free kick for QPR after being felled by Martin. Taarabt, who else, is standing over it...
Tettey and Turner are seeing a lot of the ball at the moment and, while they are coping adequately at the moment, it is worrying for Norwich.
Townsend and Taarabt are linking up well on the left-hand side for QPR, and the pair combine again to feed Mackie inside the area for a shot on the turn from six yards that he pulls wide of Bunn. QPR are improving, and quickly
Joe Doyle, ladies and gents: "That run and shot from Taarabt has livened up the home support a bit. Norwich fans respond with a song about Peter Odemwingie's failed move to Loftus Road."
Taarabt is already working his socks off in the hole behind Mackie and he creates the best chance of the game by bustling through the attentions of three Norwich players to pop off a shot across Bunn from the edge of the area that whistles wide.
Finally QPR get some respite and it's through loanee Townsend down the left, but his low cross into the area is behind the lurking Mackie and the chance is gone.
Here is Mr Doyle's thoughts on the opening minutes: "All Norwich in the opening minutes. Snodgrass turned Traore far too easily there, and Hoolahan should have done much better, even though he was offside."
Good chance for Norwich as Snodgrass turns Traore with ease to free Hoolahan 20 yards out for an attempt on goal, only to be flagged offside.
Norwich have got their foot on the ball and are controlling proceedings now, playing 'keep ball' as they settle into the game.
QPR are straight on the attack through Taarabt, who skips past one challenge in his usual Aaron Lennon-esque style before sending a high high and wide of Bunn's goal.
And we are underway at Loftus Road!
The teams are out, with all eyes (mostly) on new boy Christopher Samba, who joined for a club-record fee of £12.5m and is reportedly on £100,000 a week. Mere are mere moments from kick-off.
Right, we are five minutes away from kick-off. Predictions everyone? I'm going for a score draw, 1-1 most probably.
Here is Mr Doyle again: "Just over 10 minutes to kick off here. The last time these two met at Loftus Road, Monsieur Barton was ejected from the field of play for a 'tete-a-tete' with Bradley Johnson."
I am intrigued to see how Andros Townsend gets on today. Tottenham have high hopes for the kid, and Harry Redknapp has thrown him straight into the starting line-up.
And providing reaction to that team news is our man at Loftus Road, Joe Doyle: "Good morning from Loftus Road. There are two debutants for the hosts today, with record-signing Chris Samba starting alongside Clint Hill in the centre of defence, while Andros Townsend heads straight into the starting line-up and will play on the left wing."
Norwich City: Bunn; Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido; Tettey, Johnson; Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Pilkington; Holt. Subs: Camp, Whittaker, Howson, Jackson, E.Bennett, Becchio, R.Bennett.
QPR: Cesar; Fabio, Samba, Hill, Traore; Wright-Phillips, Derry, Mbia, Townsend, Mackie; Taarabt. Subs: Green, Park, Granero, Jenas, Ben Haim, Zamora, Bothroyd.
Right, first things first, those all-important line-ups...
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between QPR and Norwich City. My name is Alex Young and I will be guiding you through the game's events.
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