28 November, 2012 - 13:48

Premier League Results: Sunderland vs QPR, Villa vs Reading

Premier League Results: Sunderland vs QPR, Villa vs Reading

Before his resignation as the QPR manager Mark Hughes has repeatedly argued that the club has been struggling this season due to the huge changes to the squad during their summer transfer campaign. Indeed Hughes seemed to be unfamiliar with the concept of ‘reasonable transfer policy’, as he has offloaded seventeen players and signed twelve new faces. Such clueless actions led to the split of the QPR squad into three groups – the old guard, high-paid newcomers and those players not needed by the club.

Consequently Redknapp’s main task at the moment – to try and repair divided dressing room and unite the three groups of players into one team. The new coach has sent his players clear message as to what principle he is going to commit when rebuilding the squad. “Football is all about hard work and I’m not interested in the player who loses the ball and then raises his hands, or just stands there with his hands by the side,” Redknapp told the reporters. “It is the players who must do the work and you can always find eleven players who want to do it.”

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Sunderland 0 - 0 Queens Park Rangers

That is why main intrigue of Redknapp’s coaching debut in the match against Sunderland was his choice of starting eleven. Yet Harry did not make dramatic changes from the side which has lost to Man Utd on Sunday. Samba Diakité, José Bosingwa and Esteban Granero were included in the starting eleven, while Kieron Dyer was left out of the first team due to the lack of fitness.
In fact that was a poor game played between two bleak sides in poor weather conditions. The result is a scoreless draw which says it all. The game brought several reasons for optimism – QPR have not conceded a goal for the second time this season, also they were the better team in terms of possession and number of chances created. However QPR are yet to secure their first win finding themselves rooted to the bottom of the table with just five points. On the 1st of December Harry Redknapp’s team will play crucial match against Aston Villa. Hopefully Harry’s much-admired man-management skills will favor the troubled Rangers and rescue the team from the relegation.

The Black Cats at the moment lie just above the relegation zone with 13 points from 13 games. The team remains heavily dependent on the scoring ability of their forward Steven Fletcher who netted 6 goals this season. At the same time Sunderland’s injury crisis deepened with their first-choice players John O’Shea and Lee Cattermole suffering injuries during the 4-2 defeat to WBA on Saturday.

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Aston Villa 1 – 0 Reading

In another Premier League game played on Tuesday Aston Villa battled to a deserved 1-0 victory over Reading. Belgian forward Christian Benteke scored the winning goal in the dying stages of the game and secured three points for his struggling side in the relegation six-pointer. The result allowed Aston Villa jumping out of the relegation zone. If they secure the victory over desperate QPR then they consider themselves home and dry. Reading at this moment are on the last-but-one place with nine points.

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Photos: sportinglife.com

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Author: Basil Naumov

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