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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. QPR

City host The Rs at CCS on Saturday afternoon…

25 August 2017

Neil Warnock’s men welcome QPR to the Welsh capital as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

The Bluebirds host Ian Holloway’s side at Cardiff City Stadium as their busy start to the season continues. The away side travel to South Wales after their 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Brentford in midweek.

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What to expect from the Hoops…

Currently occupying sixth in the Sky Bet Championship table, QPR will consider the start of their season a successful one. Their most recent win came at Loftus Road against recently relegated Hull City, a 2-1 victory saw Holloway’s men move into the play-off spots.

However, their exploits on Tuesday evening saw them concede four at home against a Brentford side that are yet to taste victory in a league game so far this campaign.

One player that has impressed in the opening four games is striker Matt Smith. Signed by Holloway in his first transfer window at Loftus Road, Smith has made 18 appearances after his move from Fulham on deadline day in January of this year. With five goals in a QPR shirt so far, the 28 year-old is known for his strength and aerial ability.

Jamie Mackie (pictured above) has also started this campaign in good form. In his second spell with the Rs, the 31 year-old has already opened his account for the season after he scored QPR’s only goal in their 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.

Signed from Barnsley this summer, Josh Scowen has started all four Championship fixtures this season. The 24 year-old’s exciting midfield play is what interested potential suitors after Barnsley’s impressive campaign last year, and the former Wycombe man looks to be living up to expectation thus far for Holloway’s men.

The visitor’s transfer window so far…

QPR have been one of the quieter sides in this summer’s transfer window so far, with Holloway making just three signings since the window opened.

With Scowen (pictured above) joining on a free transfer from fellow Championship side Barnsley, the Hoops have also brought in Alex Baptiste on a free after his contract with Middlesbrough expired. Winger Kazenga LuaLua has also rejoined for a second loan spell from recently promoted Brighton & Hove Albion.

Previous meetings…

Cardiff City’s last victory against Saturday opponents came in 2010. A goal from Joe Ledley fired City to a 1-0 win at Loftus Road, which subsequently moved City into the play-off spots.

Since then, it has been difficult to separate the two sides with there being three draws – two at CCS and one in West London.

It is hard to mention Cardiff City & QPR together without referencing the 2003 Division Two play-off final. Hosted in the Welsh capital, the Bluebirds defeated the Hoops to secure their spot in the second tier thanks to Andy Campbell's exceptional effort in extra time.

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Club connections…

Current City players Lee Camp, Junior Hoilett, Brian Murphy and Matthew Connolly have all had their names associated with both clubs. City signed Connolly from QPR back in 2012, while Hoilett also made the move to south Wales from West London as one of Warnock’s first signings when he arrived in October 2016.

The Gaffer also managed the Rs back in 2010 for two years and even signed City striker Jay Bothroyd in the summer of 2011 after his contract in the Welsh capital expired.

Other players to appear for both clubs include the likes of Bluebirds legend Danny Gabbidon, Fabio Da Silva, Jordon Mutch, Steven Caulker & Richard Langley. 

You can read more about Richard Langley's time at QPR & Cardiff City in this weekend's edition of The Bluebird - Official Cardiff City matchday programme.

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Match Reports

Match Report | Cardiff City 2-1 QPR

The Bluebirds maintain their 100% record to stay top of the league...

26 August 2017

Cardiff City fought back against QPR to secure their fifth win from five league matches, with former Rs winger Junior Hoilett and Sol Bamba both on the score sheet.

Cardiff City's 100% record in the Sky Bet Championship puts them three points clear at the top of the table.

City went into their fifth game of the season looking to preserve their remarkable record so far this season. Neil Warnock made one change from last weekend’s victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, as Joe Bennett made his return from injury, replacing Jazz Richards.

The Bluebirds started the stronger side, but it was Ian Holloway’s side that took the lead against the run of play. Matt Smith turned in Luke Freeman’s cross from the left hand side with fifteen minutes on the clock.

City responded well though, and Bennett’s cross from the left hand side was expertly chested down by Hoilett, but his turn and shot was held by Alex Smithies in the QPR goal.

Hoilett got his goal six minutes later after wonderful work from Kenneth Zohore. The Dane’s tireless work rate caused a mix-up between former Bluebird Steven Caulker and Nedum Onuoha, before Onuoha’s back pass was charged down by Hoilett and the Canadian international’s block from Smithies’ attempted clearance rebounded into an empty net.

Hoilett and Zohore both had chances to give City the lead a few minutes later. First, Hoilett’s cut-in from the left hand side was deflected just wide of the far post, before Zohore had a goal disallowed for a foul on a QPR defender. 

Two minutes before half time Nathaniel Mendez-Laing almost scored his sixth goal of the season. Cutting in from the right and going past two defenders before Smithies did well to tip his powerful effort behind.

But City didn't have to wait for their second - fresh from signing his new deal on Friday, Bamba expertly headed the resulting in-swinging corner in from a tight angle.

Just after the half-time whistle, City should have had a third. Brilliant work once again from Zohore and Mendez-Laing saw Hoilett tap in from close range, only for it to be disallowed once again for an alleged foul on Darnell Furlong.

Mendez-Laing again almost added a third as the ball fell to the 25 year-old on the edge of the six yard box, and his powerful effort cannoned off the crossbar before Hoilett had yet another attempt tipped over by Smithies.

QPR’s ‘keeper kept his side in the game during the second half, as he saved strong attempts from both Joe Ralls and Sean Morrison, before Hoilett found space on the edge of the box and his curling effort was deflected wide.

Zohore was the next to try his luck for City. Smithies saved two attempts in quick succession, one at point blank range after good work from Loïc Damour, and then the 23 year-old curled a right-footed effort a fraction just over the bar.

The Bluebirds dominated the closing stages; with substitute Danny Ward inches away from making it 3-1 and scoring his first competitive goal, but his sliding effort was cleared off the line.

Bruno Ecuele Manga came on to solidify the City back line in added time, as Neil Warnock’s side claimed their fifth win of the season and remain top of the Sky Bet Championship table.

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