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Alejandro Faurlin challenges David Luiz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Florent Malouda, save made by Patrick Kenny.
Jamie Mackie challenges Ashley Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Florent Malouda. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Centre by Florent Malouda.
The ball is delivered by Shaun Wright-Phillips, save by Petr Cech.
John Terry receives a caution.
Shaun Wright-Phillips is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
David Luiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Clint Hill. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.
Shaun Wright-Phillips produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. David Luiz gets a block in.
Foul by John Terry on Anton Ferdinand, free kick awarded. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Nicolas Anelka, Shot by David Luiz. Frank Lampard gets a block in.
Shaun Derry goes off and Jamie Mackie comes on.
The ball is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny.
Clint Hill concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicolas Anelka. Florent Malouda delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Anton Ferdinand.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Ashley Cole. Ashley Cole is booked. A cross is delivered by Joey Barton, Close range shot by Heidar Helguson clears the bar.
A cross is delivered by Luke Young, David Luiz makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Joey Barton misses to the left of the target. Booking for Raul Meireles for unsporting behaviour. (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Florent Malouda coming on for Raul Meireles.
John Terry takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Mikel. Free kick taken by David Luiz.
David Luiz challenges Anton Ferdinand unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows David Luiz a yellow card. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joey Barton from left wing, Petr Cech makes a save.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Tommy Smith. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
Shot by Nicolas Anelka. Anton Ferdinand gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Alejandro Faurlin results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Raul Meireles from right channel, Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Tommy Smith. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
Tommy Smith on for Adel Taarabt.
Short corner taken by Ashley Cole, The ball is swung over by Raul Meireles.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Terry by Joey Barton. Joey Barton shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by David Luiz.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Shaun Wright-Phillips. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Branislav Ivanovic. Branislav Ivanovic receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
John Terry has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Effort from inside the area by Luke Young misses to the left of the target.
Shaun Wright-Phillips is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Luiz takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Shaun Derry results in a free kick. Shaun Derry is cautioned. Booking for Frank Lampard for unsporting behaviour. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on Adel Taarabt. Booking for Mikel for unsporting behaviour. Alejandro Faurlin produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Anton Ferdinand gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Raul Meireles, Alejandro Faurlin manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, Patrick Kenny makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Clint Hill by David Luiz results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Clint Hill.
The ball is sent over by Raul Meireles, Frank Lampard takes a shot. Anton Ferdinand gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, clearance by Heidar Helguson.
Nicolas Anelka on for Juan Mata.
The offside flag is raised against Shaun Wright-Phillips. David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Joey Barton results in a free kick. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Heidar Helguson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Luiz. David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.
Didier Drogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Adel Taarabt. Didier Drogba is sent off. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from a long way out by Raul Meireles goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Shaun Derry. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
Daniel Sturridge goes off and Branislav Ivanovic comes on.
Joey Barton concedes a free kick for a foul on Petr Cech. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Shaun Wright-Phillips fouled by Jose Bosingwa, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Jose Bosingwa a red card. Adel Taarabt produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Petr Cech.
Shaun Wright-Phillips produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Foul by Mikel on Adel Taarabt, free kick awarded. Adel Taarabt restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Frank Lampard results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Joey Barton, clearance by Didier Drogba.
The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa, Patrick Kenny makes a save.
Daniel Sturridge fouled by Clint Hill, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Bosingwa takes the free kick.
Raul Meireles is adjudged to have handled the ball. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.
Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Alejandro Faurlin. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
Jose Bosingwa produces a cross, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand. Frank Lampard takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Header from close in by David Luiz misses to the right of the target.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by David Luiz.
Ashley Cole has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
Mikel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Adel Taarabt crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Petr Cech.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Didier Drogba on Fitz Hall. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line. Effort on goal by Frank Lampard from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Clint Hill gets a block in.
Joey Barton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Cole on Fitz Hall. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
Penalty awarded for a foul by David Luiz on Heidar Helguson. Penalty taken right-footed by Heidar Helguson and scored. QPR 1-0 Chelsea.
Adel Taarabt fouled by Mikel, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Joey Barton, save by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Derry on Didier Drogba. Free kick crossed right-footed by Frank Lampard.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Anton Ferdinand. Direct free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
Effort from the edge of the area by Daniel Sturridge goes wide of the right-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Clint Hill results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Luiz.
AVB always prepared for defeat
Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he is a "very negative person", despite the unprecedented success he has enjoyed since becoming a manager.
Villas-Boas has made a prodigious impact in the game in the past two years, emerging from the shadow of former mentor Jose Mourinho to transform the fortunes of Academica and win a remarkable quadruple with Porto before being headhunted by Chelsea this summer.
The past eight days have seen Villas-Boas celebrate three major milestones which highlight just how quickly his star has risen - the second anniversary of his first club job, his 34th birthday, and his 100th game as a manager.
But despite having won so much, so young, the Portuguese has revealed he lacks self-belief and is forever fretting about the prospect of defeat.
"I'm a very negative person," he said. "It's just a way of being. Everyone reacts differently to competition. That's the way I react.
"Before any competition, everyone is stressed in a different way. You have to think about all the perspectives: winning, losing or drawing. I think through them and the effect they'll have.
"'Normal' people think about winning. I don't go pessimistic, but I go through every one. I like to be ready. That's the way I am."
Defeat has been a rare experience for Villas-Boas, who went an incredible 17 months without losing a league game until last month's Barclays Premier League loss at Manchester United.
His start to life at Stamford Bridge has been otherwise largely blemish-free but it is no surprise that the United result is the first thing to come to mind when he considers the highs and lows of his first four months in charge.
"We wanted to win the Old Trafford game, which we didn't," said Villas-Boas, whose side have bounced back to cut the gap to the champions from five points to one in the past month.
Victory at QPR will see them leapfrog Sir Alex Ferguson's men into second place, providing United do not win the Manchester derby earlier that day.
"We want to continue to compete to try and overtake them as soon as possible," Villas-Boas said. "We have to get on with it. We just want to be top at the end of the season."
Ramires has failed to recover in time for the game. The midfielder is still missing with the knee injury picked up in Saturday's win over Everton but could be back for the Carling Cup tie against the same opponents next week.
John Terry, Didier Drogba and Juan Mata look set to return after being rested for Wednesday night's Champions League thrashing of Genk.
QPR manager Neil Warnock believes Andre Villas-Boas will go on to become Chelsea's version of Sir Alex Ferguson.
At 34 years old, Villas-Boas is comfortably the youngest manager in the Barclays Premier League, but he as already amassed a wealth of trophies during his time in football.
Villas-Boas looks set to continue his successful run at Chelsea. He has guided the London club to within touching distance of leaders Manchester City despite losing at second-placed Manchester United last month.
Chelsea have a history of firing managers who do not win trophies, but Warnock reckons that in Villas-Boas the Blues have a boss who will stay at the club long term like Ferguson - who has been in the Old Trafford hot seat for the last 25 years - has done.
"He is very articulate, a nice lad with a great sense of humour. He's got all the attributes really, and a great team," Warnock said.
"I think they've looked at the mistakes they've made over the years and thought 'let's go for somebody now'.
"I know people say he'll get the sack if they don't win the Premier League or Champions League, but I don't think he will.
"I think they've seen what Ferguson has done and seen what stability has done with Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
"I think Chelsea need that and where better to get it than the best young manager in the world. He can be their version of Sir Alex.
"That stability is the only thing missing from Chelsea. They are going to have good players and he's shown he's not worried about reputations."
QPR defender Danny Gabbidon has still not recovered from a knee injury and will miss out. Adel Taarabt has been suffering from a mild virus but is likely to be fit.
QPR edge fiery derby
Chelsea completely lost their discipline as two sending offs, seven yellow cards and a penalty handed QPR a 1-0 win - their first victory over their arch-rivals for 16 years.
Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba both saw red in the Barclays Premier League clash at Loftus Road, while Ashley Cole also picked up a suspension for his fifth booking of the season.
The rot set in when David Luiz needlessly conceded an eighth-minute penalty which Heidar Helguson scored, but the nine men wasted more than one chance to level, most notably when Nicolas Anelka headed straight at Paddy Kenny.
The defeat saw Chelsea blow the chance to capitalise on Manchester United's derby humiliation and move second in the Barclays Premier League, while also leaving them six points adrift of Manchester City.
That merely added to the jubilation for the home fans as they celebrated their side's first home victory since promotion.
Captain Joey Barton's personal attack on opposite number John Terry six days earlier did not prevent the pair shaking hands before kick-off but there was no love lost between the rival fans in what was a cracking atmosphere at Loftus Road.
Daniel Sturridge and Luiz threatened early on but the latter's habit of making daft challenges cost Chelsea dear in the eighth minute when they failed to deal with a long clearance and the defender nudged Helguson over in the box.
Referee Chris Foy pointed to the spot and Helguson snatched the ball from a far-from impressed Adel Taraabt and sent the penalty into the top corner via Petr Cech's fingertips.
The were bossing possession without creating anything of note and their afternoon took another turn for the worse in the 32nd minute when Bosingwa was controversially sent off.
Bosingwa hauled down Shaun Wright-Phillips when the winger threatened to burst clear, with Foy deeming the right-back to be last man and brandishing red.
Chelsea were livid with the decision, which was followed by Taraabt curling the resultant free-kick too close to Cech.
Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas sacrificed Sturridge for Branislav Ivanovic but his misery was far from over, with Drogba getting himself sent off four minutes before half-time.
The striker lunged in two footed on Taraabt and - unlike his other two major decisions - left Foy with little option.
Villas-Boas took action again in first-half stoppage-time, withdrawing Mata for Nicolas Anelka.
It looked a lost cause for the nine men, who were sent out a full two minutes before their opponents after the break.
Incredibly, they went close to levelling straight away when Lampard was just beaten to Raul Meireles' brilliant cross.
Kenny also flapped at a dangerous Ivanovic ball but they were soon hit on the break and John Obi Mikel was booked for upending Taraabt.
Lampard and Shaun Derry had to be dragged away from each other following a penalty-box scramble, with Foy booking both.
Luke Young screwed a great chance wide as Rangers finally began to make their advantage tell, while Ivanovic became the latest man cautioned for clattering Taraabt.
Barton picked up a customary yellow for going in late on Terry before Taraabt was withdrawn for Tommy Smith on the hour mark, the Moroccan also living up to his reputation for storming down the tunnel.
Young got in behind again five minutes later but he drilled his cross straight at Cech.
Lampard was furious midway through the half when he felt Fitz Hall had bundled him over in the box only to see the officials unmoved.
Luiz was booked for another poor challenge before seeing a penalty appeal turned down when he hit the deck under challenge from Helguson.
Barton almost scored on the break, and Meireles was booked for dissent before being immediately withdrawn for Florent Malouda.
But there was no stopping the yellow tide, Cole almost made to pay for his booking when Helguson volleyed over from point-blank range.
Chelsea should have capitalised with just over 10 minutes left when Ivanovic put the ball on a plate for Anelka, who somehow headed the ball straight at Kenny from four yards.
Jamie Mackie replaced Derry but Chelsea wasted another great chance to level when Lampard deflected Luiz's overhead kick over the crossbar.
With time running out, Villas-Boas made his feelings clear to the fourth official, while tempers flared late on when Terry closed down Kenny and the pair squared up on the six-yard line.
There was still time for Cole to nod a weak header at Kenny and Cech - of all people - nearly to get his head on the end of a free-kick.
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