A new look QPR side were held 0-0 by Newcastle at Loftus Road on Monday evening. Neil Warnock handed five players their R’s debut including former Magpies midfielder Joey Barton who also captained the Premier League new boys.
Armand Traore, Luke Young, Anton Ferdinand and Shaun Wright Phillips all started and nearly helped their new club to their first home win this season but a determined and well organised Newcastle, who are now unbeaten, stood in their way. QPR had the majority of the chances as they looked to score their first Premier League goal at home but they couldn’t take their chances though with Wright-Phillips being a constant threat on the wing.
Warnock’s men would have lead at least 2-0 at the break if it was not for goal line clearances by Danny Simpson and Steven Taylor but Newcastle remained a threat themselves throughout the game with Gabriel Obertan and Leon Best providing the biggest headaches for the new look QPR back four.
Wright-Phillips was by far the most impressive debutant but should of done better with a one on one chance in the second half but failed to connect with the cross. Newcastle’s failure to create a clear goals coring chance once again emphasises their need for a playmaker. Strikers Leon Best and Demba Ba hardly touched the ball during the game and the departures of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and indeed Joey Barton could be having a bigger effect then previous thought on their attacking capabilities. Despite this, Alan Pardew’s men remain unbeaten and a defensive performance is another building block. Things are looking good for Newcastle and they could be in for a good season.
It was not the game or the result that the home fans would have wanted but a point is a step in the right direction but you feel they will need to win their home games in order to retain their Premier League survival next season.
Full time at Loftus Road, QPR 0-0 Newcastle.
By Ryan Bailey, @ryanbaileysport