FT: QPR 1 Newcastle 2

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Newcastle are getting their act together, inspired perhaps by the paucity of the QPR defence. Again, the tempo of the game slows noticeably.

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Newcastle's second corner of the game causes chaos in the QPR box again. The ball is remarkably allowed to bounce around a yard from goal and is very nearly diverted in by Hill. In the end, Derry does well to clear under pressure.

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Derry has one goal in almost seven years so perhaps next time the crowd yell 'shoot' they should reconsider. Perch finds space at the other end and Townsend does well to concede a corner.

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Yellow for Elliot for kicking the ball away. QPR pack the box for a free-kick which breaks to Derry, who can only slash wide from 25 yards.

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Fortunately for QPR, Ben Arfa's effort is blocked by Hoilett. He was rather more close to the ball than would appear physically possible but the danger has gone for now.

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More chaos at the back as Traore, in an act of total stupidity, taps the ball back to Green who is just a yard from him when no further contact was needed. Green picks it up and Newcastle half an indirect free-kick inside the QPR box.

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QPR's brief spell of fluency has ended for now with Derry aiming a hopeful ball forward, one which goes all the way through to Elliot.

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Another offside for QPR, this time Remy the culprit. Elliot's free-kick results in a throw in to his side.

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Norwich are now 2-0 up at Carrow Road and as things stand it doesn't look good for FA Cup winners Wigan. Back on the pitch, QPR continue to assert and Newcastle seem determined only to hang on for a 2-1 win.

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Much, much better from QPR as Townsend dances infield to find Hoilett, who beats Coloccini before dragging just wide of the post. A warning shot for Newcastle.

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Townsend now bursts down the right as finally the second-half kicks into gear. His cross towards Zamora is collected by Elliot but QPR quickly get it back, only for Remy to give it away again on the edge of the box.

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Ben Arfa leaves Derry behind with a burst of acceleration but when cutting back to shoot on his left foot succeeds only in hitting it straight at Hill.

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Jenas shows some initiative with a gallant run down the right and his pull back towards Zamora is excellent. The striker can't quite beat Debuchy to the ball though and the chance is gone.

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Another long ball is easily dealt with by Newcastle's defence. The ball is spending a lot more time in the air than on the ground and I can't see any QPR player bar perhaps Derry who looks desperate to salvage some pride from this final home game of the season.

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Zamora doesn't realise how much space he has in the box and his attempted pass to Remy is intercepted. He could've laid in Traore or gone himself, but chose the wrong option.

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That free-kick is once again aimed at Williamson but he can't get on the end of it and Green has a chance to clear.

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Onuoha's long ball looks like it might free Zamora but Coloccini stretches to win the headr. Jenas just catches Perch but the two former Forest players share a handshake and the game continues with Elliot's free-kick.

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Williamson is caught late by Hoilett but Probert plays advantage to allow Gouffran to break down the left. However, Derry tracks him and makes a good tackle.

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Cabaye is the one who looks like he could cause some damage but his play to free up Cisse goes to waste as the latter can't get the ball under control.

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Better stuff from Newcastle as Cabaye sets the play well before just delaying a pass to Cisse too long, which allows Green to collect. This game is seriously lacking in intensity now.

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Tiote's first-half knock is one he can't shake off and on comes Perch to replace him.

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Good interception from Onuoha but Hoilett then wastes a chance to break through on the Newcastle defence in losing out to Cabaye, whose long-ball is aimless and goes all the way through to Green. Scrappy at best.

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Hoilett looks lively and almost exchanges passes with Zamora, only to see Coloccini step in and intercept. Yanga-Mbiwa wins a throw for the visitors.

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Newcastle haven't yet arrived in earnest for the second half and Hoilett's through-ball is just too strong for Zamora.

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Throw for QPR deep inside the Newcastle half as Cabaye blocks a cross. Traore gets the ball back from Derry but his attempt at a cross is wild and into the stands for a goal kick.

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Both linesmen have been busy today and another offside, this time from Remy, breaks up the play. It appears QPR's changes are like-for-like while Newcastle remain unchanged.

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QPR get the second period under way and Redknapp has rightly and ruthlessly made a double change, bringing on Derry and Fabio for Mbia and Bosingwa.

We should be getting under way again shortly but while we await the return of both sides, I urge you to catch the highlights on Football First for two reasons. One, the comedy defending, but more important the spot kick from Ben Arfa. They don't come better.

HT: QPR 1 - 2 Newcastle And that's half-time. We've seen 45 minutes of remarkably poor defending but to an extent Alan Pardew won't care as his side have done well to fight back from being a goal down to lead 2-1. It's hard to see QPR raising the effort required to win from here but we'll find out if Redknapp can get something out of them after the break.

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Ben Arfa wins his side a throw but Jenas cleans up before launching a ball forward. It eventually results in a cross towards Zamora but he's again offside.

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More chaotic defending from QPR, the exception being Onuoha who looks relatively calm. His clearance falls to Hoilett who threatens before falling over of his own accord.

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Onuoha does well but Mbia gives the ball away again in midfield, allowing Cabaye to break and fire a shot wide from fully 35 yards. Three minutes are added on.

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A fittingly scrappy end to a half which has provided three goals, each of which shouldn't have happened. Townsend briefly threatens down the right but his cross is blocked.

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If QPR are to get back into this, Zamora could be key. He's doing well to win more than his share of high balls but needs support - and to stay onside, of course.

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There could be plenty of stoppage time coming up after the earlier injury to Tiote as well as two penalties.

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Sloppy stuff from Mbia and Ben Arfa breaks before giving it back to Remy. Traore then breaks down the left but his cross is blocked by Ben Arfa, who tracked back well.

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Half-chance for Gutierrez after a loose clearance. The ball breaks to him 20 yards out but his left-footed half-volley flies well above Green's crossbar.

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QPR are being bettered by Newcastle all over the pitch now and Zamora now gets caught offside needlessly.

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Mbia was booked for the second of those transgressions and it had been coming.

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It looks as though both Elliot and Tiote are fine for now. The former takes the free-kick after a lengthy delay but it goes out for a throw.

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Tiote goes down under a robust challenge from Mbia. He got kicked right in the heel there and is down for some time as Elliot also receives treatment having been caught, also by Mbia, when punching clear.

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GOAL! Gouffran! Well that's just terrible and it's another example of QPR's self-destructive habits. Green rolls to Bosingwa, who passes back to Green. Gutierrez closes him down and Green's rushed clearance falls to Gouffran, who does well to side-foot into an empty net from 25 yards. Comedy stuff.

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Traore helps win his side a corner with an enterprising run down the left. Elliot comes out to punch clear and Newcastle break, but Gouffran loses out to Bosingwa.

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Newcastle waste a chance to put some pressure on QPR as Elliot's free-kick, given for offside, flies all the way through to opposite number Green.

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Lovely move from QPR and Elliot is forced to dive to his right to save Hoilett's shot after some intricate build-up play.

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Williamson joins Cabaye in the book after an aggressive challenge on Mbia. From the free-kick, Jenas crosses but Zamora's flick on fails to find Remy.

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A big goal in the context of the relegation at Carrow Road as Norwich take the lead there. Newcastle's need becomes more urgent now.

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Better from QPR as the lively Townsend works hard to win them a throw before Coloccini steps in to tidy up. In the same passage of play, Mbia goes in hard on Cabaye and is lucky to escape unpunished.

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Traore gives away a cheap throw from which Newcastle again look to build. Cisse loses out though and eventually fouls Mbia.

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Gouffran uses his strength to win a throw deep inside the QPR half and Newcastle again create pressure before Debuchy is caught offside.

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Newcastle have conceded 67 Premier League goals now, which is the joint-worst total in the Premier League. I think that explains why a side with Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Cisse in it is in this situation.

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Mbia has made a couple of fouls and needs to be careful. The latest sees Elliot throw a long ball forward but Williamson can't get on the end of it.

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Ben Arfa is really using the full width of the pitch here, cutting in from the right and left to cause all sorts of problems. This time, Bosingwa defends well to keep him at bay.

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DISALLOWED! Cisse gets on the end of a Debuchy cross to score but the linesman quickly flags for offside. It's a great decision as that was really, really tight, but Cisse was just off. It's all Newcastle.

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Newcastle are dominant now, with Cabaye and Ben Arfa pulling the strings and QPR's defence struggling to cope.

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It must be said, though, that Newcastle's response to going behind was excellent, not that of a side who believe they're in trouble. It'll be fascinating to see if they can build from here and take all three points.

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Just before the penalty, Bosingwa had slid in for a quite brilliant block. Sublime to ridiculous in seconds and Harry Redknapp won't be happy with that.

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GOAL! Ben Arfa (pen)! Well, you don't save those. Ben Arfa blasts into the roof of the net and what a goal that could prove to be in the context of Newcastle's season.

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PENALTY TO NEWCASTLE! Bosignwa returns the favour, pulling Ben Arfa's shirt. Incredible stuff.

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Newcastle have responded brightly and Cabaye has half a chance to draw them level, only to see his half-volley fly high and wide. That came as the result of their first corner of the game.

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Yohan Cabaye was booked in all the excitement there. He was not at all happy with Probert's decision to award the home side a penalty.

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GOAL! Remy (pen)! Remy, who nearly signed for Newcastle in January, makes no mistake to put QPR 1-0 up.

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PENALTY TO QPR! And it's controversial as Debuchy gets done for shirt pulling on Hoilett. It looked suspiciously outside the box to me...

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Gutierrez goes down theatrically after a challenge from Jenas, who has been sharp so far against his former club. He's up and alright though.

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Newcastle have really struggled for goals of late and it's showing. Their creative influences, so far at least, have had no real impact on the game.

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First real chance for QPR as Townsend is fouled around 25 yards out. Zamora steps up to take the free-kick but blasts it over the bar.

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Newcastle are marginally the more assertive early on but are lacking a little in the final third.

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Gouffran is caught offside early on in what's been a scrappy enough start to the game. Neither side looks full of confidence at the moment.

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We're under way at Loftus Road and the next 90 minutes may tell us whether Newcastle will be a Premier League side next season.

Sky Bet reckon Newcastle have the edge here making Alan Pardew's side their 11/8 favourites, with QPR 21/10 and the draw 12/5.

Ben writes: "QPR have nothing left to play for whereas the lads can secure safety today with 3 points. Willo will do fine with Colo beside him, Marveaux to come on in the second half and shake things up. Wishful thinking maybe, but 1-0 toon army!" I hear you Ben, but remember Swansea had 'nothing to play for' at Wigan earlier this week. I quite fancy QPR after their solid effort against Newcastle.

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And now, Newcastle: Elliot, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Gouffran. Subs: Harper, Simpson, Anita, Perch, Marveaux, Obertan, Campbell.

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I'll come to the odds shortly but first, the teams. QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Hill, Onuoha, Traore, Townsend, Jenas, Mbia, Hoilett, Remy, Zamora. Subs: Murphy, Derry, Park, Taarabt, Mackie, Granero, Fabio.

Sky Bet's Jamie Casey thinks we could be in for a quiet afternoon. He says: "Alan Pardew's side are on a dry spell having failed to score in 262 minutes of Premier League football, while they haven't won in four games. However, that may not concern them too much, as Sunday's opponents QPR are on an even worse goalscoring run as they have failed to bag in their last 365 minutes of football. On that basis, 0-0 looks a solid value bet at 10/1."

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Good afternoon and welcome along to live coverage of QPR v Newcastle at Loftus Road. Already relegated QPR are bottom of the Premier League, but does that mean Newcastle can get the victory they need? Join in the debate by emailing your views to benjamin.coley@bskyb.com.

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