Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers go into Tuesday night’s game with impressive starts under their belts. Let’s take a look back at the past five meetings between these two sides.
Mark Hughes’ first game as QPR manager ended in defeat, after a brilliant finish from Leon Best sealed a win for the Magpies. Newcastle were missing key players Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote, who were away at the African Cup of Nations, and to secure a victory with their only shot on target. The win saw Alan Pardew’s Newcastle side move up to sixth place in the league.
Newcastle 1-0 QPR (Premier League – 22nd December, 2012)
This time it was Harry Redknapp’s turn to face Newcastle in his first game as QPR boss. Redknapp’s reign got off to a losing start – in this closely fought contest. Substitute Shola Ameobi’s scored the decisive goal and ended a poor run of form for the Magpies. The result left QPR in the bottom three at Christmas.
QPR 1-2 Newcastle (Premier League – 12th May, 2013)
Newcastle came away from Loftus Road with their Premier League safety guaranteed, thanks to goals from Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran. They had to do it with ten men after goalkeeper Rob Elliot was sent-off late on for a second yellow card. Rob Green’s mistake only piled the misery on an already relegated QPR side.
Newcastle 1-0 QPR (Premier League – 22nd November, 2014)
Newcastle won their fifth game on the bounce, as Alan Pardew’s winning streak against QPR continued. Moussa Sissoko’s strike took Newcastle up to fifth in the Premier League and marked another impressive performance for the Frenchman. Meanwhile, QPR dropped to the bottom of the league, losing their sixth away game in-a-row.
QPR 2-1 Newcastle (Premier League – 15th May, 2015)
QPR fought back from a goal down to heap the pressure on relegation threatened Newcastle. Matt Phillips’ cancelled out an early Emmanuel Riviere goal, before Leroy Fer hammered home the winner in the 61st minute. The result was Newcastle’s first defeat against QPR since 1995 and meant they went into the final game of the season two points above 18th placed Hull City.
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