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In Focus: QPR

15 August 2017

Norwich City will hope to bounce back from their first defeat under Daniel Farke on Wednesday evening when they host Queens Park Rangers at Carrow Road.

Ian Holloway’s squad have made a decent start to the 2017-18 Sky Bet Championship season and here’s what Farke and his team can expect from their west London opponents.

Summer signings
After bringing in four new faces in the January transfer window, Holloway has only added three players to his QPR squad so far this summer.

The first of those to make the transition to Loftus Road was Josh Scowen (pictured below), who joined the Club from Barnsley on a three-year-deal in June.

Scowen made 44 appearances for the Tykes last season and will come up against a familiar face in City’s new man Marley Watkins, with whom he played with at Oakwell.

Experienced defender Alex Baptiste was added to the QPR ranks at the beginning of August, reuniting with Holloway after playing under him at Blackpool.

Holloway’s most recent signing of the summer window was Kazenga LuaLua who joined on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion last week.

Previous meeting
The sides met on the final day of the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship season as City carried on their impressive home form with a comfortable 4-0 victory.

Wes Hoolahan kicked off the scoring when he found the bottom corner from the edge of the area before Alex Pritchard (pictured below) volleyed in a powerful second.

Josh Murphy squeezed a low finish in under QPR goalkeeper Alex Smithies for a third before Hoolahan added his second and City’s fourth in stoppage time.

Form guide
After a disappointing campaign last season when they finished 18th and just two points above the Championship drop zone, QPR have started this year in a positive manner.

They began their campaign with an impressive 2-0 victory over last season’s beaten play-off finalists Reading, thanks to a brace from Conor Washington.

Days later, they made it through to the second round of the Carabao Cup, beating Northampton Town 1-0 at Loftus Road thanks to Yeni Ngbakoto’s first half strike.

And after backing those results up with a draw away at Sheffield Wednesday, it’s been a promising start to the season for Holloway’s men.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: Alex Smithies, Matt Ingram, Joe Lumley.
Defenders: Darnell Furlong, Jake Bidwell, Grant Hall, Nedum Onuoha, Joel Lynch, Steven Caulker, Jack Robinson, Alex Baptiste, James Perch, Osman Kakay, Niko Hamalainen.
Midfielders: Luke Freeman, Jordan Cousins, Josh Scowen, Ryan Manning, Ariel Borysiuk, Sean Goss, Massimo Luongo, Pawel Wszolek, Michael Petrasso, Olamide Shodipo, Kazenga LuaLua.
Forwards: Conor Washington, Jamie Mackie, Matt Smith, Yeni Ngbakoto, Reece Grego-Cox, Eberechi Eze, Idrissa Sylla.

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Match Reports

Oliveira and Reed fire City to victory against QPR

16 August 2017

A stunning goal from Harrison Reed ensured Norwich City picked up their first victory of the 2017-18 Sky Bet Championship season, beating QPR 2-0 at Carrow Road.

Nelson Oliveira gave City the lead early in the second half, finishing neatly after a Mario Vrancic through ball, before Reed made sure of the points with a 25-yard piledriver with 10 minutes to play.

Daniel Farke made five changes from the weekend defeat to Sunderland and altered his starting formation, deciding to go with a 4-1-4-1 setup. Ivo Pinto returned at right-back with Wes Hoolahan on the right side of midfield, Vrancic in the middle and Josh Murphy on the left. Oliveira replaced Cameron Jerome up front.

QPR remained unchanged for the third game in a row and it was their long-serving striker Jamie Mackie who had the game’s first chance, forcing Angus Gunn into action with a curling effort on seven minutes.

City had to be patient in the opening stages as their opponents were happy to keep possession but Oliveira, from a tight angle, could only hit the side netting on 13 minutes.

That sparked the Canaries into action and they dominated the next 25 minutes, first going close with Marcel Franke who had a firm header palmed away by Alex Smithies and then via Murphy, who did well to beat his man but his cross was cleared just yards from the goal line.

Vrancic had a similar opportunity to Murphy on 34 minutes but his low cross was again cleared away well by the QPR defence.

The visitors finished the half strongly without really threatening Gunn’s goal as the teams went into half-time level.

City came out firing in the second half and took the lead four minutes after the whistle. Hoolahan had time on the right to pick out Vrancic on the edge of the box and, out of the corner of his eye, the Bosnian spotted Oliveira to his right. He slid the ball through to the Canaries striker who slotted under Smithies for his second of the season.

QPR responded well to going behind when, moments later, a cross from the right was nodded by Mackie to the feet of Freeman who should have done better as he shot straight at Gunn.

City slowed the burst of QPR pressure though and had a couple of decent openings in the minutes that followed. Oliveira shot over after gaining a yard of space before Murphy slid the ball through to Hoolahan whose touch was too heavy and allowed Smithies to gather at his feet.

QPR’s best chance to level the scores came on the hour mark. Substitute and new signing Kazenga Lua Lua had a stinging effort beaten away by Gunn but only as far as Mackie who cut back to Washington. Luckily for City, Zimmermann did brilliantly to usher the ball back to the City keeper.

Both sides had their share of possession until the 82nd minute when City settled the contest in sensational fashion. He may be a defensive midfielder by trade but Reed showed he has a moment of magic in his boots in the attacking third as well – the Southampton loanee had space around 25 yards from goal and found the top corner with a beautiful strike.

The piece of brilliance from City’s defensive midfielder, coupled with a neat first-half finish by Oliveira ensured the points would be staying in Norfolk as Farke’s men bounced back from Sunday’s defeat in the best possible way. 

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Ticket News

Junior members can claim their free QPR ticket!

24 July 2017

Junior Canaries can claim their free ticket as part of their membership for the home clash against QPR on Wednesday August 16.

The Canaries host Queens Park Rangers for the club's second home league game of the season on the Wednesday evening, with the match kicking off at 7.45pm.

It is the first opportunity for Junior Canaries to claim their free ticket. All they have to do is provide their name and supporter number at the point of booking. To take advantage of this offer please contact the ticket office on 0844 826 1902 or in person at Carrow Road or the Canary Stores at Chapelfield or Castle Mall. This offer is not available online.

For more information about Junior Canaries membership – which is better than ever this season – click HERE

Tickets went on sale to Adult members today, and go on sale to season ticket-holders on Wednesday July 26 (9am) before going on general sale at 9am on Friday July 28.

Prices are from £23 for Adults, £13 for 65 and over, £5 for under-18s and £3 for under-12s.

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