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5 May 2017

Our guide to The Hoops

NORWICH City host Queens Park Rangers on Sunday (12pm) in their final game of the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship.

Here we take a look at what City come up against in this weekend's fixture at Carrow Road.

QPR's Young Player of the Year Ryan Manning is looking forward to going into Sunday's match with a relaxed manner after a testing few months for the Hoops.

Ian Holloway's side guaranteed Sky Bet Championship survival with a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest last weekend, relieving the pressure ahead of their final-day trip to Carrow Road.

"We shouldn't be in the position we're in but we want to finish positively," the midfielder told earlier this week.

"We can go to Norwich and look to express ourselves, with no added pressure on us after getting such a positive result on Saturday. We want to finish with back-to-back wins.

"That's certainly what we'll be aiming to do. It's been a breakthrough season for me, I just want to kick on next season now and help QPR move forward."

Norwich City faced an uphill battle from minute one when they travelled to Loftus Road in November.

The Canaries saw Martin Olsson dismissed for a handball on the line within 60 seconds, leaving them with ten men for the remainder of the match.

Although Tjaronn Chery sent the resulting spot-kick wide, Rangers's numerical advantage bore fruit twice within the space of six first half minutes as they took control of the contest.

Conor Washington struck first to put the hosts in front, before Sebastien Polter added a second at the end of a swift counter soon after.

Alex Neil's men rallied, most notably in the second period, and deservedly pulled one back through Steven Naismith with a dozen minutes remaining.

However, they were unable to salvage anything from the match, the Rs holding on to take all three points.

QPR became a professional team in 1899 and remarkably played their home games in nearly 20 different stadia, a league record, before settling at Loftus Road in 1917.

In 1967 they became the first Third Division club to win the League Cup, beating West Bromwich Albion 3-2 having initially been two goals behind.

They earned promoted to the top-flight a year later for the first time in their history, but were relegated after just one season.

Rangers ended the 1975-76 season as runners-up in Division One under the guidance of Dave Sexton, having topped the table after completing their own 42-game campaign only to be leapfrogged at the last by Liverpool.

The squad number of 31 has been retired by the club in memory of Academy graduate Ray Jones, who was tragically killed in a car crash in August 2007.

Goalkeepers: Alex Smithies, Matt Ingram.

Defenders: Jake Bidwell, Grant Hall, Nedum Onouha (c), Joel Lynch, Jack Robinson, Steven Caulker, James Perch, Darnell Furlong.

Midfielders: Luke Freeman, Jordan Cousins, Sean Goss, Pawel Wszolek, Michael Doughty, Karl Henry, Massimo Luongo, Michael Petrasso, Kazenga LuaLua, Niko Hamalainen, Ryan Manning, Ravel Morrison.

Forwards: Conor Washington, Jamie Mackie, Matt Smith, Yeni Ngbakoto, Idrissa Sylla.

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