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Match Previews

Match Preview: QPR vs. Cardiff City

The Bluebirds are on the road for their first game of 2018…

31 December 2017

Cardiff City travel to Loftus Road on New Year’s Day to face Queens Park Rangers in their opening match of 2018.

QPR return home following their 1-0 defeat against Millwall on Friday evening – extending their winless run to three games.

What to expect from the R’s…

With just one win in their last 10 games, the R’s have dropped to 18th in the Sky Bet Championship. That win came away at Birmingham City a fortnight ago, with Jack Robinson scoring the first two goals of his professional career to win 2-1.

However, they did secure a recent 1-1 draw with Bristol City, and claimed successive victories over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United back in October.

Striker Matt Smith has been one of the R’s standout performers thus far, with five goals and two assists in the 21 matches he has appeared in – missing just four league games.

His forward partner Jamie Mackie has also found form for the West London side – netting on four occasions this season. The 32 year-old hasn’t featured since his red card against Preston at the beginning of December, but has made 20 appearances so far this season.

In the hot seat…

Holloway has enjoyed a lenthy managerial career, taking charge of eight different EFL clubs. Now in his second spell with the R’s, the 54 year-old first started out in 1996 with Bristol Rovers.

A particular highlight for the West Countryman was guiding Blackpool to the Premier League after nine months at the club in 2009. He then had spells with Crystal Palace and Millwall before returning to Loftus Road in 2016.

Previous meetings…

The Bluebirds were victorious in the reverse fixture in August, with Junior Hoilett and Sol Bamba scoring to complete the comeback and secure a 2-1 victory.

The largest victory that City have inflicted on Monday’s opponents came back in 2002, as a Robert Earnshaw hat-trick and an Andy Campbell strike earned the Bluebirds a 4-0 win at Loftus Road.

Campbell also fired City into the second tier back in 2003 as his strike in extra-time won the Division Two Play-Off final for the Bluebirds in the Welsh capital.

Club connections…

Current Bluebirds Hoilett, Matthew Connolly, Brian Murphy and Lee Camp have all had stints in West London, with City bringing Connolly and Hoilett straight from Loftus Road.

Neil Warnock has also had two spells with the Hoops - the first of those being back in 2010 as he led them to the Premier League in his first full season at the helm. He then returned as Caretaker boss in 2015 following the departure of Chris Ramsey.

Other players to play for both clubs include Jay Bothroyd, Danny Gabbidon, Jordon Mutch, Fabio Da Silva and Steven Caulker.

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Match Reports

Match Report: QPR 2-1 Cardiff City

1 January 2018

Cardiff City slipped to an unfortunate defeat away to QPR in their first match of 2018, with a late Junior Hoilett effort contentiously ruled out at Loftus Road.

Neil Warnock made five changes to his Bluebirds side, with Brian Murphy, Joe Bennett, Matthew Connolly, Rhys Healey and Hoilett all coming in to the starting line-up in West London.

City started brightly, with Hoilett and Healey providing ample support for Kenneth Zohore at the top of the Bluebirds’ attack. The direct running of Healey was causing the home side problems; Alex Smithies saved a powerful strike from the 23-year-old, before the referee waved away protests for a penalty when he went down in the box.

Kenneth Zohore rifled an effort over Smithies’ bar as City continued their search for an opener, while Nedum Onuoha and Matt Smith both spurned headers for the hosts - the latter’s bouncing back off the foot of the post.

After the interval, the Bluebirds had a gilt-edged chance to take the lead, as a flowing counter-attack involving Hoilett and Callum Paterson resulted in Zohore placing a deflected effort inches wide of goal.

Then, with less than ten minutes of the second half played, City broke the deadlock. After a lofted cross, Jake Bidwell impeded Callum Paterson in the area, leaving the referee with no option but to point to the spot. Joe Ralls showed his composure to send Smithies the wrong way and dispatch his penalty in front of the travelling Bluebirds fans.

Luke Freeman almost hit an instant equaliser when his strike was turned onto the bar by Bruno Ecuele Manga. But the hosts would be level just a minute later when Smith was afforded too much space to head a long-throw past Murphy.

With the wind in their sails, QPR turned the game around as young forward Paul Smyth showed a burst of pace on the left and saw his shot deflect into the back of the net.

A brilliantly improvised turn and shot from Sol Bamba then went just wide of goal, before City thought they had found their leveller ten minutes from time.

After Hoilett combined with Zohore, the ball came back to the winger in an offside position, but seemingly off a QPR boot. Hoilett calmly slotted the ball through Smithies’ legs but, after a lengthy discussion with his assistant, the referee ruled the goal out.

City continued to press for an equaliser into five minutes of additional time, but it wasn’t to come, leaving the Bluebirds two points off second-placed Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship table.

QPR: Smithies; Baptiste, Onuoha, Robinson, Bildwell (Lynch 84); Cousins, Scowen, Luongo, Freeman; Smyth (Oteh 77), Smith.

Subs not used: Lumley, Wszolek, Chair, Osayi-Samuel, Sylla.

Cardiff City: Murphy; Connolly, Bamba, Manga; Paterson, Peltier (Damour 58), Ralls, Bennett; Healey (Mendez-Laing 67), Zohore, Hoilett.

Subs not used: Etheridge, Richards, Halford, Tomlin, Pilkington.

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Ticket News

Away Days - Ticket News: QPR vs. Cardiff City

8 December 2017

Monday, 1st January 2018 @ Loftus Road. KO: 3pm

Tickets available to current Season Ticket Holders and Gold Members.

Allocation 1
School End Upper Tier Gold:
Adults: £33.00
Senior Citizens Over 60: £23.00
Young Adult 18-21: £23.00 (proof of age required at the turnstiles)
Juniors U18: £16.00

School End Upper Tier Silver:
(Limited Availability)
Adults: £28.00
Senior Citizens Over 60: £19.00
Young Adult 18-21: £19.00 (proof of age required at the turnstiles)
Juniors U18: £13.00
Kids U8 accompanied by an Adult: FREE (prior to matchday only)

Disabled Ticket Allocations:
(Limited Availability)
Tickets priced: £19.00 & Carer free of charge
Supporters are advised - in the Upper Tier, there is no lift access, and no availability for relocation on the day.

Tickets on sale:

10am on Tuesday, 12th December 2017

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