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The final whistle goes and it's a losing start to Mark Hughes's time in charge of QPR. They stay in the bottom three.
Newcastle looking more likely to score the game's second in the final moments, and they're not even trying.
Ameobi turns his marked well but his heavy touch sees the ball run out of play as he charges into the box.
The fourth official signals three minutes of added time.
Macheda chases down Krul as the keeper has the ball at his feet, but the Dutchman keeps his cool and plays it casually to a team-mate in space.
QPR send their big men forward as a free-kick from deep is hoisted into the Newcastle box. Plenty of hustle and bustle but the visitors are not allowed to get a clean sht away by Newcastle.
Newcastle United's goalkeeper Tim Krul is looking for his eighth clean sheet of this Premier League season, a total which would put him on par with Joe Hart (Manchester City), Pepe Reina (Liverpool) and Brad Friedel (Tottenham Hotspur). The record holder is Michel Vorm (Swansea City) who will be aiming to keep his 10th clean sheet of the season in the other match today.
Another booking for a QPR player, this time Macheda for his clumsy tackle on Guthrie.
Newcastle look both willing and well-equipped to just keep the ball and see this match out now. Very little effect from QPR's attacking substitutions.
Newcastle substitution: Dan Gosling replaces Taylor.
QPR have had 13 attempts on goal in this match, six of which have been on target. Newcastle's goal came from their only effort on target.
QPR have scored just 11% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games, the lowest percentage of any team in the top flight. They have also conceded the lowest proportion of goals in the final 15 minutes this season (also 11%).
Newcastle substitution: James Perch replaces Best.
QPR substitution: Macheda replaces Buzsaky.
QPR struggling to forge much in the way of attacking possession at the moment. Still plenty of time, but as it stands they will end the weekend in the bottom three unless they get on the scoresheet.
Ben Arfa slots the ball through for Best on the elft side of the area. He knocks the ball across goal and somehow QPR scramble it clear!
QPR have picked up points in three matches this season in which they were behind at some stage. They drew 1-1 against Aston Villa and at Swansea City and won 3-2 at Stoke City.
Best lays the ball off Guthrie, whose strikes deflects off a defender. Kenny has to race off his line to clear the ball for a throw. Newcastle take the throw quickly and Gutierrez takes the crowd's instructions to "SHOOT!", but Gabbidon is there to cover for his keeper and heads the attempt clear!
Guthrie and Mackie collide in mid-air. They both appeared to leap in pursuit of the ball but Githrie took a hefty nudge in the back. Play restarts from a drop ball that's sent back to Krul.
Apologies. It was Helguson who Smith replaced for QPR.
Good run down the right from Ben Arfa, but he runs out of pitch and QPR have a goal kick.
QPR substitution: Tommy Smith replaces Helguson.
Replays show that Buzsaky had controlled the ball in the area with his chest, not his hand.
Best heads the corner clear and Newcastle launch a decent counter. Gutierrez's cross is headed back across goal by Guthrie and Buzsaky appears to handle in the area! Big appeals from the home team and their fans, but again referee Foy says play on.
Mackie surges with the ball down the right channel, cuts inside and shoots. His shot is blocked and QPR win a corner.
Santon steps into themidfield to win the ball. The Italian is quietly having a decent game for Newcastle.
Macheda is going for a touchline jog at the moment. We may see the on-loan Manchester united striker soon.
Bolton Wanderers are the only other club to have dropped points just once this season having led. However, Bolton have only led in five PL matches this season whilst Newcastle have led in 11.
Hughes has plenty of attacking options on his bench. Federico Macheda, Hogan Ephraim, Tommy Smith and DJ Campbell are all available to him.
Taylor swings in a corner for Newcastle but Helguson gets a big head on it to clear.
Buzsaky's corner is curling but too much and Krul plucks it from the air comfortably.
Buzsaky slips a ball through to Bothroyd whose shot aimed inside the near post is blocked two-handed by Krul! Corner to QPR.
QPR have lost eight and drawn two of the last 10 Premier League matches in which Bothroyd has played a part. He last appeared in a victory on September 17 against Wolves.
Mackie's strength sees him rampage down the right but his cross is deflected away. Play is switched to the left and Buzsaky's cross is nodded down by Helguson for Bothroyd to strike... Fired over the bar! The ball just sat up a little too high for Bothroyd, but it has to go down as a chance.
Simpson has a go from way out and the ball sails so far wide that it's not even funny. Well, a little bit.
Nice counter from Newcastle as Best feeds Gutierrez on the left but Kenny gathers the Argentine's cross.
Ben Arfa pings a nice ball across the field to Davide Santon. Newcastle setting the tempo early in the second half.
Liverpool are the only club to have taken points from Newcastle United this season after going behind. Liverpool beat them 3-1 on December 30 after conceding the opening goal.
Newcastle get the second half underway!
The half-time whistle goes. Mark Hughes's first half-time team talk will involve asking his players how they are behind after starting of so well.
Helguson looks to get a cross in from the right, but Coloccini hounds him all the way and QPR have to make do with a throw.
Ben Arfa looks a danger ever time he has the ball. QPR have two men on him whenver he is in possession.
We are in the first of four minutes of added time.
Danny Simpson bends in a decent cross but Ryan Taylor is the only Newcastle player int he box and it goes over his head.
Irish football journalist Paul Doyle (@Paul_Doyle) asks a tough question on Twitter: "Ireland fans: which of the following forwards should NOT go to Euro 2012 - Keane, Doyle, Best, Walters, Long, Cox ?"
Good build-up around the Newcastle box from QPR. Mackie gets the ball to feet with his back togoal. His shot on the turn is blocked but it sits up nicely for him to fair lash a volley over the bar at the second attempt.
Ben Arfa weaves his way into the QPR box from the right and he clips in a good cross to the far post that is headed behind for a corner. QPR repel the initial set piece but make a big deal out of clearing their lines.
Thanks to Infostrada for this stat: Seven of Leon Best's 10 Premier League goals have now been scored against London clubs.
Bothroyd is the third QPR player to get a booking for a foul on Ben Arfa in the Newcastle half.
Leon Best's fourth league goal of the season means QPR have now gone 12 Premier League games without a clean sheet.
GOAL!! NEWCASTLE 1-0 QPR!! Lovely goal from Leon Best! Ameobi and Taylor combine to work the ball to Best insdie the box. The striker leaves Young for dead with a skillful turn and calmly side-foots a finish into the far corner!
The Newcastle corner goes over everyone in the box and Wright-Phillips can clear. The home side putting on plenty of pressure now.
Coloccini pulls the ball back to Taylor whose low strike is tipped around the post by Kenny!
Clint Hill books up QPR's second booking. This time Newcastle play the free-kick short but can't work a clear chance.
Buzsaky slips the ball through the eye of a needle to Helguson. The Icelandic striker plays it back to Bothroyd who's strike beats Krul but clips the outside of the far post!
News from the QPR medical team is that Cabaye's ankle was hurt in that tackle with Derry and he was unable to stand on that leg. His withdrawal is a precautionary measure.
Wright-Phillips brings down Gutierrez on the right now. Take two on that set piece... this one results in a QPR goal kick.
Gabbidon concedes a foul on the right wing. Taylor will whip the set piece into the box... It's a good delivery and Gutierrez heads over at the near post. This is a much better showing from Newcastle now.
Derry fouls Gutierrez this time. He just caught him with a trailing leg. Taylor's free-kick is nodded back across goal by Mike Williamson, but there is no team-mate to get on the end of it.
Newcastle substitution: Hatem Ben Arfa replaces the injured Cabaye.
Newcastle - down to 10 men as they prepare a substitute - float the free-kick into the box but QPR defend it well.
The stretcher is coming out. Cabaye leaves the pitch to a warm ovation from the home crowd. Newcastle are now without cabaye, Ba, Tiote and Steven Taylor - four of their best players. Let's hope Cabaye's absence does not extend any longer than this match.
Cabaye is still down and is receiving treatment on the pitch. Derry's challenge caught him on the ankle. Worrying moments for Newcastle here. They don't need another key player out.
Shaun Derry gets the game's first booking for a rough tackle of Cabaye. The Frenchman gets on his feet to have a go at the veteran midfielder, and then goes down seemingly in pain.
Bothroyd takes his turn to have a pop from range, but his left-footed strike skims along the turf and into Krul's arms.
Ameobi thinks he's won a corner for his efforts against Danny Gabbidon, but the linesman flags for a goal kick. The home crowd make the most noise they have done so far as they make their displeasure at that decision known.
A loose pass from Yohan Cabaye gifts possession to Wright-Phillips. Newcastle fail to clear the danger and Wright-Phillips lets fly with a cracking strike from the edge of the box that clips the top of the crossbar!
Ameobi and Jonas Gutierrez try to force the issue in the QPR box but the Londoners hold firm.
Poor control from Danny Guthrie to give QPR a throw-in just inside the Newcastle half. Newcastle need him to deliver in the absence of Cheick Tiote. St James' has been kept quiet by the visitors so far.
Shola Ameobi controls a long ball and spins between two QPR defenders, but he did so with the aid of his hand.
Good tidy play from Ryan Taylor to snuff out a nascent QPR attack. Newcastle struggling to impose themselves as the home side thus far.
Helguson is caught offside as he chases a ball over the top.
Hughes has failed to win his debut PL match in charge of his last two clubs – his Manchester City side losing 4-2 at Aston Villa (August 2008) and Fulham team drawing 0-0 at Bolton (August 2010). His only win came in his first ever PL match – Blackburn’s 1-0 victory at home against Portsmouth in September 2004.
Hilman Hazmi has got in touch on Twitter to ask: "What's with pardew not playing HBA? Is he Expecting HBA to come on 60th min & become a hero, Like what he did recently?!" - Fair point. 'HBA', though?
Already QPR have had five attempts on goal with three on target. They are clearly out to impress their new manager.
Alos Buzsaky lines up a strike from 20 yards that moves in the air and Krul beats it away two-handed! The first player to reach it is a Newcastle defender and they hack the ball clear.
There were shouts for a penalty there for handball against the Newcastle defender, but referee Chris Foy rightly ignores the appeals.
Bright start from Rangers. Paddy Kenny's long punt comes to Bothroyd, who lays the ball off for Helguson to strike but it rebounds off a defender.
QPR have suffered more fouls than any other team in the top flight (261).
Bright start from QPR. Luke Young's square ball across the box comes to Shaun Wright-Phillips. The winger shoots first time but Jay Bothroyd is offside as he tries to guide it past Krul.
Right away Heidar Helguson takes the ball on his chest and shoots on the turn from 30 yards. The low drive goes right to Tim Krul, who gathers comfortably.
QPR - sporting their questionable red-and-white squared away kit - kick off and we're underway!
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Jay Bothroyd starts up front with Heidar Helguson. QPR have lost eight and drawn two of the last 10 Premier League matches in which Bothroyd has played a part. He last appeared in a victory on September 17 against Wolves.
Alan Pardew’s first ever Premier League match as a manager came against Hughes – his West Ham side won 3-1 at home against Blackburn on the opening day of the 2005-06 season. In total, Pardew has lost three of his five league matches against Hughes (two wins) – the last meeting of which was Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat at Fulham on February 2.
Still, QPR have refused to guarantee Hughes will not be sacked if the club are relegated from the Premier League. Chief executive Philip Beard said: "Every football club - and there are probably 12 or 13 of them - have got to contemplate what happens if they don't perform as well as they need to on the pitch."
Hughes has joined QPR claiming that they match his ambition, unlike other offers he has had in the past: "To be at the beginning of that you can have a real influence on that and how they are shaped and that's some kind of legacy. As a player, as a manager, you want to make a mark on the game, and in my view this is a fantastic opportunity to be able to do that. Other situations and other opportunities I have had in the past prior to this role haven't matched that."
Hughes takes over at QPR after leaving the club's neighbours Fulham last summer. He spent a year in charge at Craven Cottage. With QPR in the bottom three following Blackburn's win yesterday, owner Tony Fernandes will be hoping that Sparky can engineer a similar 'bounce' to that which Martin O'Neill has done at Sunderland. The Black Cats have won five of their nine games since O'Neill replaced Steve Bruce.
Head-to-head: In their 39 previous league meetings, Newcastle and QPR have both own 16 each. Newcastle are unbeaten in their last five PL matches against QPR (3 wins). Their only defeat in the last eight was 3-2 at Loftus Road in February 1995 when Les Ferdinand (2) and Simon Barker scored the goals. These clubs drew 0-0 at Loftus Road earlier in the season on September 12.
Mark Hughes makes six changes from the side which drew 1-1 at MK Dons in the FA Cup last weekend, Neil Warnock's last game in charge. Adel Taarabt and Armand Traore are on African Cup of Nations duty, Alejandro Faurlin is out for the season with a knee injury. Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny returns after suffering a hip problem while there are recalls for Heidar Helguson, Akos Buzsaky, Jay Bothroyd, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Anton Ferdinand. Joey Barton is suspended against his former club.
Midfielder Danny Guthrie is back in the Newcastle team after being sidelined by a groin injury since the beginning of December. His returns comes just as Cheick Tiote has left to go to the African Cup of Nations, as has striker and top scorer Demba Ba. Leon Best comes into the team to partner Shola Ameobi. Fellow striker Peter Lovenkrands (calf) is out while Sammy Ameobi (knee), Sylvain Marveaux (groin) and defender Steve Taylor (Achilles) are all long-term absentees.
Newcastle United: Krul, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye, Simpson, Williamson, Guthrie, R. Taylor, Gutierrez, Best, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Elliot, Ben Arfa, Abeid, Perch, Gosling, Obertan, Ferguson /// QPR: Kenny, Hill, Derry, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Mackie, Buzsaky, Young, Helguson, Wright-Phillips, Ferdinand. Subs: Cerny, Orr, Hall, Campbell, Smith, Ephraim, Macheda.
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