Date: Saturday 16th May 2015, 3pm.
Admission: £45 to £38 restricted view
(last season n/a)
Queens Park Rangers
2 - 1
A foul well inside the Newcastle half by Clint Hill on Ayoze Perez saw play
resume with a free kick, punted forward by Tim Krul. Emmanuel Riviere
then benefited from a fatal hesitation by alleged marker Steven Caulker, who
followed the flight of the ball but didn't turn and chase.
United's non-striking striker was onside as he collected the clearance on his
left foot around the penalty spot, the ball running a short distance across the
box at the Loftus Road End, but too far away for goalkeeper Robert Green to
Riviere struck the
ball right footed and appeared to dink it right-footed over Green from eight
yards at his left hand post. However it later became evident that he'd somehow
managed to accidentally deflect the ball into the goal via his (left) standing foot.
Had that not happened, then it's possible that the onrushing Richard Dunne may
have intercepted his effort - or perhaps helped it into the net to increase his
record-breaking total of Premier League own goals.
The "strike" bore some similarity to Andy Cole's
effort at Oldham back in November 1993, but hardly warranted the extravagant
celebration that followed - taken from the LuaLua family book of acrobatics.
Still, they all count. 1-0
flipping marvellous? - nowt else was....
Half time: Rs 0 Magpies 1
54 mins A
classic counter-attacking move began with Moussa Sissoko's low centre from the
United right reaching Remy Cabella at the near post. His effort towards goal was
blocked by substitute goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and bounced into the path of
Leroy Fer, who hastily cleared upfield.
Although dropping just outside the R's box, momentum took the ball past a
stumbling Jack Colback and into the path of Matt Philips, who drove forward over
halfway. Pursued by Ryan Taylor - who stopped to appeal for offside when a pass
was played out to Charlie Austin on the right flank - Phillips continued his
Austin twisted and turned on the right hand edge of the area and turned Jonas
Gutierrez inside out before sending over a tempting centre towards the back
post. With Paul Dummett lingering towards his own goal and playing two home
players onside, Phillips converted a simple four yard header, barely leaving the
ground to beat a stranded Daryl Janmaat in the process
Another home attack was stopped by Sissoko's
intervention in the right back slot and his pass back to Krul was cleared
first time. However the kick lacked power and dropped midway in the United
half, with Phillips sliding in to beat Taylor to the loose ball.
That placed the ball at the feet of Fer and after taking a touch he unleashed
a right-footed 25 yard pile-driver that flew into Krul's net, Fabricio
Coloccini crucially turning his back as it passed him
Full time: Rs 2 Magpies 1
"I'm not so sure about 'bottled it'. We had a 10-minute mad spell in
the game. In the first half we were in control not under any threat, but
then we shot ourselves in the foot again in that 10 minutes after half-time.
It was in our hands today and we
could have put it to bed today.
"I thought for a spell when the first goal went in one or two dropped their
heads. Then he (Leroy Fer) hit a raker. I was thinking about changes just
before they scored.
"I thought the way they changed their
system, the two wide guys came in narrower, and they kept on playing it to the
front men. Our two wide guys Cabella and Perez
were too high.
"We dealt with that in the first half
but in the second half QPR kept on picking up second balls and it was
difficult in the midfield to win the ball, so we were talking about changing
"We had a plan to bring Cisse on at
half-time but because we were winning there was no need to do that. We came
again, made changes and had good chances from Dummett and Cisse.
"It could have been a Clint Hill
handball but we donít get them. We didn't give up on it, we had a go
and I can't fault the lads for their effort again in a hot, warm climate.
They were hot conditions and we kept going and going and going, but it
wasn't good enough.
"This (Sunday) is now the biggest game this football club has
had for a long, long time. One of the biggest in the clubís history.
"I want the same atmosphere as against West Bromwich Albion a fortnight
ago because it could be the fans who get us across the line and keep us in
the Premier League. They were in full voice against West Brom and it made a
A lot of people will say: ĎWhy should
they?í Because they want this team in the Premier League. If it gives us
that extra five or 10%, then great. Weíll have our postmortem after that
once we have stayed up.
"Letís not forget itís a huge
football club and you have to have that personality to deal with wearing the
shirt. But only time will tell. At least itís still in our hands, and if
they want it enough, they can do something about it.
"I saw, against West Brom after the
players had had their post-mortem and I had had mine, there was a good
reaction. We need that same reaction next week. We have to manage the
"Iíll try and keep the players away from any press, television or
online this week, try and keep it as low key as we can, and focus on the game.Ē
had a lot of good support from the fans who have been very loyal in what theyíve
done. Last week we didnít perform in a way that befits a club of this stature,
and the travelling fans were embarrassed away from home at Man City.
"We gave away another sloppy goal, but the players came back in the
second-half and really put it in for the fans and the owners on our last home
"It was really important for us to finish well here and show that next
season weíre hoping to redress the situation and make sure that the club is on
an even keel and also trying its best to get back to this division.
"There was no screaming and shouting at half-time, sometimes the players
themselves dig deep and they realised that we didnít want to go away from here
after being relegated with an even worse taste in our mouths. We wanted to make
sure people have positive feelings across the summer.
"All managers know what itís like when things donít go well - John
Carverís a good man and Iím sure heíll get his troops back for the battle
to stay up next week.Ē
season sees United
ending with a haul of just 13 points from 19 games (3 wins, 4 draws,
That's the second lowest total in our Premier League history, equaling the
2012/13 tally and just one more than the 12 recorded in 2008/09.
Carver in charge: Played 18, Lost 13, Drawn 3, Won 2 (scored 15,
The defeat makes it ten consecutive games without
victory, matching a barren sequence between February and May 2009 that
contributed to our relegation.
Only once in 21 seasons of Premier League
football have Newcastle won their final away game - that solitary success was at QPR
in May 2013, a
The final away game of another
Maximum points came at Spurs, West Brom and Hull while points were gathered
draws at Villa, Swansea, Burnley and Palace. Just
three clean sheets were recorded (Villa, West Brom, Hull).
A return of just 14 Premier League goals on the road this season is
the lowest total since the
1997/98. Papiss Cisse scored five of those, Ayoze Perez weighed in with three, Sammy
Ameobi two and Fabricio Coloccini, Yoan Gouffran, Remy Cabella
Emmanuel Riviere scored his first Premier League goal,
becoming the 121st Magpie to do so. It came on his 23rd PL
outing and after 1,083 minutes.
That goal meant United ended
a goal drought away from SJP that stood at 522 minutes since Papiss
Cisse headed in at Palace in February.
Riviere is either the 20th or the 21st French player to score in the PL for
us, after: David Ginola,
Stephane Guivarc'h, Laurent Charvet, Louis Saha, Didier Domi, Alain Goma,
Laurent Robert, Olivier Bernard, Charles N'Zogbia, Antoine Sibierski, Hatem
Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko,
Yoan Gouffran, Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy and Remy Cabella.
(Depending on your methodology, the 21st is French-born Demba Ba, who
The R's recorded victory over United for the first time in ten attempts, since
Les Ferdinand's brace helped them to a 3-0 win at Loftus Road back in February 1995. Les
was present today, in his role as QPR's Director of Football.
Mags v R's @ the Bush - all-time:
2014/15 lost 1-2 Riviere
2012/13 won 2-1 Ben Arfa (pen),
2011/12 drew 0-0
2009/10 won 1-0 Lovenkrands
1995/96 won 3-2 Ferdinand 2, Gillespie
1994/95 lost 0-3
1993/94 won 2-1 Clark, Beardsley
1988/89 lost 0-3
1987/88 drew 1-1 P.Jackson
1986/87 lost 1-2 Goddard
1985/86 lost 1-3 Gascoigne
1984/85 drew 5-5 Waddle 3, Wharton, McDonald
1982/83 lost 0-2
1981/82 lost 0-3
1980/81 won 2-1 Hibbitt, Boam
1979/80 lost 1-2 Ferguson
1977/78 won 1-0 Robinson
1976/77 won 2-1 Barrowclough, Nattrass
1975/76 drew 0-0 (FAC)
1975/76 lost 0-1
1975/76 won 3-1 Macdonald, Burns, Nulty (LC)
1974/75 won 2-1 Tudor, Burns
1974/75 won 4-0 Macdonald 3, Tudor (LC)
1973/74 lost 2-3 Moncur, McDermott
1968/69 drew 1-1 Foggon
Full record v QPR:
Newcastle matched their worst-ever Premier League run of ten games without a
win on Saturday, as yet another opportunity to save their own miserable skins
Hull City's defeat at White Hart Lane the same afternoon meant that United
needed only to turn their half time advantage into a full time victory in
order to send the Tigers down. Breaking an eight hour scoring duck on the road
thanks to a decidedly fortunate strike, the signs looked good against an
already-relegated side who were booed off by a discontented home support at
Playing on a ground where they'd won their last four
matches and facing a side winless in any of their last ten home games since December, what was described by John Carver as a "mad
ten minutes" saw hopes of victory spectacularly dashed however.
Minutes John? months, surely?
United were once again found lacking discipline, endeavour and talent, utterly
powerless to help themselves once falling behind to the only side in the
division who were more woefully out of form and shipped six goals without
reply in their previous outing.
Their apparently meek acceptance of our fate is possibly the worst thing - apart from
the glaring lack of talent on show - and with one game left, it's still in
our own hands. Unfortunately....
A spectacular Leroy Fer strike ultimately gave the home side the win but
Newcastle were fortunate to take a 24th minute lead when Riviere slipped and struck the
ball off his standing foot to register his first Premier League goal of the
Ex-Magpie Joey Barton then dealt a knockout blow to his own goalkeeper Green when
accidentally kneeing him in the head, causing him to leave the field after just 34
minutes - surely another small event in our favour, given that former
Reading 'keeper Alex McCarthy had played just twice for his latest club and conceded three
goals in each game?
No, we barely went near his goal all afternoon. Typical.
Fabricio Coloccini did give McCarthy the chance to save just
before half-time when he should have headed home from point blank range
after Daryl Janmaat's shot had deflected into his path, but
The break gave Rangers a chance to regroup while the
Magpies emerged in a state of confusion - not knowing whether to stick or
twist after enjoying the all-too-rare luxury of an interval lead.
United were given a warning when QPR - who had made their final two
substitutions at the interval - almost scored in the 47th minute but Matt
Phillips's effort at the far post was somehow deflected wide by a well-timed
block from Jonas Gutierrez.
Charlie Austin then went close but Carver's side failed to heed the warning
and allowed Phillips to level, converting an Austin cross with
a close range header. And worse was to follow just seven minutes later when Fer's
rocket beat Krul all ends up
That induced the familiar panic that has seen us tailspin into our current
predicament, Papiss Cisse and Rolando Aarons replacing Riviere and Ryan Taylor -
the latter whose set piece delivery was again lamentable, but who retained his
place due to the apparent untrustworthiness of Mehdi Abeid.
Only Carver will know why Vurnon Anita was relegated back to the bench after
what for him was a reasonable display against West Bromwich Albion, while the
Remy Cabella made way for Sammy Ameobi, who wasn't much better and struggled
with the confines of the Loftus Road pitch.
There were chances to salvage what would still have been a precious point,
Hill clearly manhandling Cabella to the ground and then legally deflecting
effort over the bar. As has so often been the case though, we failed to
build up a head of steam and force something to break - Rangers seeing out the
game with little effort and looking as likely to add a third as concede.
And the day had a fitting conclusion when Cisse lined up a free-kick in a great
position during added time, only to harmlessly chip the ball into McCarthy's arms.
That final chance to prevent a sixth successive away defeat sets up a nervy
last against West Ham at St. James' Park next Sunday.
Anything other than a win would allow Hull to catch us by beating Manchester
United, although two defeats for the mackems at Arsenal (in their game in
hand on Wednesday) and Chelsea could
still mean a point would see us safe, should our current inferior goal
difference of five be expunged.
With Villa and Leicester now assured of their top-flight status for another
season, it comes down to a three-way survival battle on the last day of the
season between us, the mackems and Hull.
familiar? It didn't end well in 2009, when a single goal loss at Villa took
us down, one point behind Hull (who lost 0-1 at home) and two behind the
mackems (beaten 2-3 at home to Chelsea).
The Red Devils return to Humberside on Sunday looking to make it eight wins out of
eight against the Tigers in the Premier League. In a fifteen year managerial
career meanwhile, the Old Trafford old boy in charge of Hull has never beaten his old side.
It was a home loss to West Ham that relegated us in 1989 and Big Sam would
like nothing more than to repeat that feat on his former employers, in what
may yet be his final game in charge of the Hammers. Kevin Nolan may also have
something of a grudge against the current administration....
loss at Loftus Road joins our playoff reverse in 1990, FA Cup Final defeat
by Arsenal eight years later and a disastrous home loss to Fulham in
2009 in making May 16th a definite date to forget. And by the way, this
Sunday's (May 24th) anniversary is Villa away in 2009, 0-1. Gulp.
After repeated disappointments of this season it all comes down to the
final day, when we'll rely on the (non) performance of two more local lads
to save us - Steve Bruce and Steve Harper. The evidence of our own eyes
suggests there's not a single reason to believe we'll beat West Ham.