Amo Posted January 6, 2011 Share Posted January 6, 2011 Saturday 8 January 2011 FA CUP 3RD ROUND BLACKBURN ROVERS VS. QUEENS PARK RANGERS EWOOD PARK KO: 15:00 Ladies and gentlemen, now that you've all sobered up over the prospect of signing Ronaldinho and our storming win over Liverpool, there is a little matter of the FA Cup Third Round to attend to. Rovers make their debut in this year's tournament against high-flying QPR, who top the Championship table and look a good bet for promotion to the Premier League. QPR are no strangers to the controversy of new owners, themselves. Co-owned by F1 tycoons Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore, they were also joined in 2007 by steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal (the richest man in Europe, fifth richest in the world), who became the largest shareholder of the club as of Feb 2010. During this time, the club has seen ten managers in four years, but finally they are benefitting from much-needed stability and in Neil Warnock they have a manager who knows the league inside out. He has successfully transformed them from relegation candidates to promotion contenders in under an year. LAST FIVE HEAD-TO-HEADS: QPR 0 ROVERS 0 (Nationwide Division 1) 2 Oct 1999 In a bold move by Rovers' boss Brian Kidd, his side started with the Three Stooges in attack (Ward, Blake & Ostenstad). Less surprising was that Rovers only managed one shot on goal in the first 45, which came courtesy of Per Frandsen's effort. QPR dominated the rest of the match and were livid when John Filan only received yellow for a rash tackle on the last man. Filan then went on to have a blinder, much to QPR's chagrin. ROVERS 0 QPR 2 (Nationwide Division 1) 30 Oct 1999 Brian Kidd's reign at Ewood Park was finally put out of its misery after a crushing 2-0 defeat to QPR. Despite starting out the better side, Rovers conceded to a Stuart Wardley goal five mins before the break, and Hoops striker Kevin Gallen secured the three points in injury time. Kidd was given his marching orders four days later, and Uncle Jack was left to confront his players for failing their former boss. ROVERS 0 QPR 0 (Nationwide Division 1) 9 Dec 2000 Ludek Miklosko, the hero of Rovers' final day title win of 1995, turned to villain as he kept the visitors out with series of superb saves. Rovers were handed a lifeline when awarded an penalty, but with usual taker Dunn suspended, Matt Jansen stepped up to the spot and was thwarted once again by Miklosko to leave Souey seething. QPR 1 ROVERS 3 (Nationwide Division 1) 7 Apr 2001 Rovers kept up their promotion push with a convincing win over relegation-threatened QPR. There was a slight scare when defender Chris Plummer gave QPR the lead, heading home after a mistake by Friedel, however, Rovers soon clicked into gear when Dunn equalized and Jansen put Rovers ahead, before Eyal Berkovic wrapped up the win five minutes from time. ROVERS 3 QPR 0 (FA Cup 3rd Round) 7 Jan 2006 It could be something of an omen that the last time these two sides met one another was in the FA Cup Third Round at Ewood Park. On that day, goals from Andy Todd and a brace from Welsh wonder Craig Bellamy were enough to see us cruise through to the next round. Even a young German winger called Sergio Peter played a key part in every goal. Rovers will be looking for the same luck this time around and could be boosted by talk that Neil Warnock will rest several key players after four games in nine days for the west London side. With an already depleted squad, and some difficult fixtures ahead, Rovers boss Steve Kean could also hand the baton to several of his fringe players (Goulon, Morris, Linganzi, Doran). PLAYERS WHO HAVE PLAYED FOR BOTH CLUBS: Mike Ferguson, Ossie Ardiles, Steven Reid, John Curtis, Darren Peacock, Marcus Bent... and probably many more! A couple of folks over at QPR Report were gracious enough to field some questions in the build-up to Saturday's game: Q1. As I type this, QPR are sitting pretty at the top of the Championship table. How do you rate your chances of promotion this season and is the club prepared for Premiership football? - Being top is beyond our expectations, but not beyond our capabilities this season, I hope we get promoted via the auto spots but if we miss out, It will have been a great season not changing managers all the time and having a good base to build from next season. Most of us want it but will not expect it by right just because we are top now, 20 games to go and all that - We're going to get promoted. And no we're not prepared for the Premiership football. And the big test will be whether the club owners will genuinely put up the resources in the summer. And whether they'll back Warnock or stab him in the back. To a degree who's really in charge at QPR. Q2. In recent times, QPR have had a poor record in the FA Cup and haven't got past the 3rd round in ten years. Do you fancy a cup-run this season or would you rather place all your bets on promotion? - Personally, promotion, last time we lost a cup game this season, we went unbeaten for 19 games, the FA cup is an unwelcome distraction to me. - (My answer in question five.) But I'm impressed that you know about our awful, terrible, horrendous, no good, cup record. Q3. Your club is no stranger to the managerial upheaval caused by new owners. What do you make of Blackburn's new owners decision to sack Sam Allardyce half-way through the season? - With what has been said by your owners this season and what they have done and what they say they will make available for transfers, personally from experience I think they are trying to feed you a ###### sandwich. From the outside it looks like a folly, but I hope I am wrong. - Insanity. Especially since you were doing fine. And your replacement looks to take you to the relegation zone. (You'll probably axe Kean when that occurs) Q4. Aside from Adel Taarabt pulling the strings in midfield, what other QPR players should we keep an eye out for on Saturday? - Faulin and *Walker (if we secure him for the rest of the season) - Kenny or Cerny our goalie. The well-rested defender, Borrowdale. * Kyle Walker has since returned to Spurs (Taarabt, left, Faurlin centre, and Borrowdale, right) Q5. Finally, your prediction for the match? - 1-1 on the day. - We don't want a cup run. We're not trying for a cup run. We're going to play many of our lesser players. And we haven't won in the FA Cup since God knows when (many years)...And yet, it's in the Stars. We're going to win. Thanks for reading and let's look forward to a cup run this season! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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