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OPPOSITION FOCUS: QUEENS PARK RANGERS

21 June 2015



With Brighton & Hove Albion’s opponents for the 2015/16 Championship season now confirmed, the club’s media team will take a look at the Seagulls’ 23 opponents for the next campaign.
 
The 19th team to feature in our opposition focus series is Queens Park Rangers.


LAST SEASON
 
LEAGUE POSITION: 20th (Premier League)
 
FA CUP: Third round
 
LEAGUE CUP: Second round
 
TOP GOALSCORER: Charlie Austin (18)


2014/15 SEASON REVIEW
 
Queens Park Rangers are back in the Championship after spending the past three seasons leapfrogging between the top two tiers of English football.
 
It was a thoroughly disappointing campaign for the big-spending Hoops, who finished bottom of the Premier League with just 30 points from their 38 games.
 
The club also had two largely forgettable runs in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, after being knocked out of both competitions by lower-league opposition - Sheffield United and Burton Albion respectively.
 
Harry Redknapp left Loftus Road in February due to health reasons, with the side sitting bottom of the table following 11 consecutive away defeats. He was replaced by former Albion player Chris Ramsey.
 
Ramsey led QPR to their only two wins on the road last season, 2-0 and 4-1 victories over Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion, but could not prevent the team’s seemingly inevitable relegation.
 
Their fate was sealed after a heavy 6-0 defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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LAST TIME WE MET:


ALBION 2
Ulloa ‘77
Ward ‘86


QPR 0
 
Albion secured an impressive 2-0 win over automatic promotion chasers Queens Park Rangers at the Amex.
 
The visitors created the better of the few chances on the night, as Tomasz Kuszczak kept out efforts from Armand Traore, Junior Hoilett and Ravel Morrison, but the Seagulls stole the points late on.
 
Bruno made a darting run forward and his low cross the box was slid into an empty net by Leonardo Ulloa to give Albion the lead in the 77th minute.
 
The points were secured with four minutes of normal time remaining when Stephen Ward scored a tap-in from Kazenga LuaLua’s corner.

Albion line-up: Kuszczak; Bruno, Dunk, Upson, Ward; Ince, Andrews, Forster-Caskey (LuaLua 75); Buckley (Stephens 90), Ulloa, Lingard.

Subs not used: Ankergren (GK), Calderon, March, Lopez, Rodriguez.
 
QPR line-up: Green; Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto (Maiga 79); Barton, Jenas; Hoilett, Morrison, Traore; Keane.
 
Subs not used: Murphy (GK), Hughes, Henry, O'Neil, Benayoun, Kranjcar.


THE MANAGER


 
After a playing career which included spells at the Albion, Swindon Town and Southend United, Chris Ramsey took his first steps into coaching with the Naaxar Lions in Malta before moving to The FA.
 
He went on to coach the England under-20 side and was also a scout for Kevin Keegan during his time as England manager.
 
The 53-year-old then managed American side Charleston Battery before working at Tottenham Hotspur for 10 years as their head of player development for the reserves and academy.
 
Ramsey moved to QPR as head of player development in November 2014 and eventually took over from Harry Redknapp as manager, initially on a caretaker basis, before being offered the job permanently last month.
 

2015/16 AMBITIONS
 
Ramsey has a big rebuilding job to undertake in the Championship next season, following the release of big-name players, including Rio Ferdinand, Joey Barton and Bobby Zamora and the club’s need to rely less on expensive transfers.
 
Rangers will have to get back to the tradition of bringing players through the club’s academy and add some much-needed stability to the side.
 
The fans will demand a minimum of a top-six finish in the new campaign, but it promises to be a season of adjustment.

See Albion v Queens Park Rangers at the Amex plus 22 other opponents from as low as £20.22 per game by purchasing a season ticket for 2015/16.

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