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Header on goal by Kenwyne Jones from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, Glenn Whelan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Glenn Whelan fouled by Heidar Helguson, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
Andy Wilkinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clint Hill. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the box by Glenn Whelan goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Heidar Helguson on Andy Wilkinson. Heidar Helguson goes into the referee's book. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Kenwyne Jones. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Gabbidon.
Matthew Etherington sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the box by Danny Higginbotham misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Alejandro Faurlin manages to make a clearance.
Rory Delap gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton. Rory Delap booked. Glenn Whelan is brought on as a substitute for Dean Whitehead. Ricardo Fuller is cautioned. Indirect free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Dean Whitehead challenges Alejandro Faurlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
Ryan Shawcross fouled by Heidar Helguson, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Delap on Luke Young. Bradley Orr comes on in place of Luke Young. Joey Barton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Danny Higginbotham.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller by Shaun Wright-Phillips. Direct free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.
Shot by Robert Huth from outside the box goes over the net.
Clint Hill is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Matthew Etherington, A cross is delivered by Anton Ferdinand.
The ball is delivered by Matthew Etherington.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Young by Kenwyne Jones. Ricardo Fuller comes on in place of Jermaine Pennant. Luke Young restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Kenwyne Jones coming on for Peter Crouch.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Ryan Shawcross finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Stoke 2-3 QPR.Assist by Peter Crouch.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jermaine Pennant, Rory Delap takes a shot. Clint Hill gets a block in.
Jermaine Pennant decides to take a short corner.
Matthew Etherington sends in a cross, Anton Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. Anton Ferdinand takes the free kick.
Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Alejandro Faurlin. Daniel Gabbidon takes the free kick.
Shaun Wright-Phillips has an effort at goal from deep inside the penalty box that bounces off the post. Heidar Helguson is ruled offside. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
Clint Hill concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Pennant. Free kick crossed by Jermaine Pennant.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Etherington, save by Patrick Kenny.
Joey Barton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rory Delap. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from right channel, clearance made by Joey Barton.
Heidar Helguson grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 1-3 QPR.Assist on the goal came from Alejandro Faurlin.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, save by Thomas Sorensen.
Dean Whitehead has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Joey Barton takes a shot. Dean Whitehead gets a block in.
Armand Traore takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Joey Barton is adjudged to have handled the ball. The referee shows Joey Barton a yellow card. Jermaine Pennant produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Jonathan Walters sends in a cross, clearance made by Alejandro Faurlin.
A goal is scored by Luke Young from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Stoke 1-2 QPR.Jamie Mackie provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Ryan Shawcross. The referee books Ryan Shawcross for unsporting behaviour. Daniel Gabbidon takes the free kick.
Matthew Etherington crosses the ball, clearance made by Daniel Gabbidon.
The ball is swung over by Shaun Wright-Phillips, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Armand Traore produces a cross, clearance made by Danny Higginbotham.
The ball is crossed by Jermaine Pennant, Anton Ferdinand manages to make a clearance. Effort from outside the area by Rory Delap goes wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Peter Crouch. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jamie Mackie manages to make a clearance.
Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Mackie. Daniel Gabbidon takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jermaine Pennant, Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, clearance made by Clint Hill.
Clint Hill concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from right wing, clearance by Joey Barton.
Effort from the edge of the box by Matthew Etherington goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Danny Higginbotham challenges Jamie Mackie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Armand Traore fouled by Andy Wilkinson, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Andy Wilkinson. Joey Barton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Peter Crouch.
Rory Delap challenges Alejandro Faurlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
Jermaine Pennant takes the inswinging corner, Header from deep inside the area by Robert Huth goes over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, comfortable save by Thomas Sorensen.
Heidar Helguson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Stoke 1-1 QPR.Armand Traore provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.
Foul by Rory Delap on Alejandro Faurlin, free kick awarded. Joey Barton takes the indirect free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Heidar Helguson. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny.
Foul by Anton Ferdinand on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Matthew Etherington has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Patrick Kenny.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Anton Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick Kenny.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Whitehead on Alejandro Faurlin. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Unfair challenge on Jamie Mackie by Danny Higginbotham results in a free kick. Anton Ferdinand takes the free kick.
Alejandro Faurlin takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Clint Hill results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
Centre by Shaun Wright-Phillips, clearance by Andy Wilkinson.
Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Mackie. Anton Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
Jonathan Walters gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 1-0 QPR.Assist by Peter Crouch.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.
The referee blows for offside against Jamie Mackie. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Peter Crouch offside. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, clearance made by Luke Young.
Danny Higginbotham challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Joey Barton, Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Jermaine Pennant produces a cross, Luke Young makes a clearance.
Pulis calls for unity to stop Stoke slump
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has called on everyone connected with the club to pull together as the Potters look to come through their first really sticky patch of the season.
The Staffordshire outfit's rapid rise over the last few years has reached a new level this term with their participation in the Europa League, which came as a result of their FA Cup final appearance in May.
They had appeared to be coping well with the more congested fixture schedule that has entailed, but after losing just twice in their opening 16 games of the campaign they head into their Barclays Premier League clash with QPR at the Britannia Stadium having been beaten in four of their last five matches in all competitions.
Pulis has always been keen to emphasise that his team are on a steep learning curve in terms of adapting to the demands upon them this season, and the Welshman feels that if Stoke are to ensure their recent dip in form does not develop into a major slump, it is vital the club remains united.
"We have gone from what we were to what we are now and the transition has been enormous," Pulis said.
"We've got to adjust and deal with it and the only way we will do that is with everyone pulling together and having a go.
"That includes our great supporters, as well as the players responding. Everyone needs to be a part of it."
Pulis is anticipating a stern test from Neil Warnock's QPR, who are currently level on points with them in mid-table having made a solid start to life back in the top flight after winning the npower Championship last season.
"If you look at most of the British managers in the Premier League, they have had to bring clubs up through the Championship," Pulis said.
"There are only one or two who have been lucky enough to get jobs without doing that.
"Neil has done it, and has been a very, very successful manager over the years.
"We've locked horns a few times at different clubs and it is always a difficult game against Neil.
"You always know his teams will be competitive and we are expecting a really tough game."
Pulis is hoping to be boosted by the return of defenders Ryan Shawcross and Marc Wilson and winger Matthew Etherington, all of whom missed the 5-0 defeat at Bolton on November 6 through injury.
He has also been encouraged by the efforts in training of midfielder Wilson Palacios, who has been working to build up his fitness since joining Stoke from Tottenham in the summer.
Warnock admitted he would drive Adel Taarabt to France himself if Paris St Germain offered #20million for the maverick forward.
Taraabt, who has been linked with a move away from Loftus Road, is set to miss the trip to Stoke after spending the week away on international duty.
The 22-year-old was brought off at half-time in QPR's 3-1 defeat at Tottenham and was then left out of the starting line-up for the home defeat by Manchester City.
Warnock admitted Taarabt has not fitted in as well this season as QPR adapted to cope with the heightened demands of Barclays Premier League football.
Asked specifically whether QPR would sell if PSG hardened their reported interest in Taarabt, Warnock said: "I would drive him over if they offered us #20million.
"You are never going to change Adel. I don't think we have ever been hunky-dory in our relationship. It is just a different culture that some players have.
"You have to try and fit it into the team situation. We did that quite well last year. It has not worked as well this year because we are playing at a different level.
"We have had to adjust the system that we play so it has been very difficult to get Adel into our system at the moment."
Warnock does have midfielder Akos Buzsaky (Achilles) available while Bradley Orr (Achilles) and defender Matt Connolly (ankle) are close to a return from injury and could feature.
Defender Fitz Hall (hamstring) is set to miss out but there was positive news for midfielder Kieron Dyer, who started running in training this week.
Striker DJ Campbell is two to three weeks away from full-time training after having a protective boot removed from his foot.
Rangers too strong for Potters
QPR emerged victorious from a five-goal thriller at the Britannia Stadium as Stoke's troubles in the Barclays Premier League continued with a 3-2 loss.
The Potters went ahead early on through Jon Walters, but Heidar Helguson equalised in the 22nd minute and Luke Young then struck at the end of a flowing move before the interval.
Helguson made it 3-1 in the 54th minute - his fifth goal in five games - from Joey Barton's cross, and although Ryan Shawcross's header 10 minutes later reduced the deficit, the hosts were unable to prevent a fourth straight defeat in the league.
QPR, meanwhile, can celebrate a third away win of the season in an impressive return to the top flight so far.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis made five changes, the most notable seeing goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen replacing Asmir Begovic, who had been at fault for two goals in the 5-0 defeat at Bolton on November 6.
Fit-again pair Matthew Etherington and skipper Shawcross were restored to the side, while Danny Higginbotham also made his first league start of the campaign.
QPR made just change from the 3-2 loss to Manchester City, with striker Jay Bothroyd not even named as a substitute and former Stoke defender Clint Hill the man promoted to the team.
The home side had appeals for a penalty waved away by referee Mike Jones in the seventh minute after Jermaine Pennant went down in the box under the attentions of QPR captain Barton.
Seconds later Stoke took the lead, though, as QPR lost possession and the ball came to Crouch, who slid in a pass for Walters to finish.
At the other end Alejandro Faurlin hit a tame shot at Sorensen before Crouch came close to doubling Stoke's advantage, pouncing on a moment of hesitancy between Anton Ferdinand and Paddy Kenny but seeing the Rangers goalkeeper block his first attempt and then his second cleared away by Hill.
Kenny was having a torrid time, fumbling an Etherington free-kick before smothering the ball at the second attempt.
But against the run of play QPR then drew level, Helguson being allowed the space to head past Sorensen from Armand Traore's cross.
Stoke kept pressing, with Robert Huth heading a Pennant corner over the bar and Etherington striking wide after a mazy dribble into the area.
Rory Delap sent a shot off target and it looked as if QPR would do well to hang on until half-time.
But they made it 2-1 in the 44th minute, good link-up play leading to Jamie Mackie's cut-back for Young, who lashed the ball in.
Stoke came out for the second half looking to make a swift response, but within nine minutes of the restart QPR had another goal.
Barton crossed after the hosts had failed to properly clear a corner and Helguson was on hand to prod the ball in from close range.
Helguson then thought he had completed his hat-trick when Shaun Wright-Phillips hit the post and the Icelander scrambled the rebound over the line, but the assistant referee's flag was raised for offside.
Stoke rallied and pulled one back in the 64th minute when Crouch flicked a corner to Shawcross, who headed beyond Kenny.
Hoping to seize the initiative, Pulis refreshed his attack by bringing on Kenwyne Jones and Ricardo Fuller - the Jamaican's first appearance since sustaining an Achilles injury in April - for Crouch and Pennant.
Huth fired an ambitious attempt over the bar from the corner of the box with around 20 minutes to go as the Potters went in search of a leveller.
The German was then felled in the area by Barton's tackle, but once again the referee waved play on and Stoke's frustration was apparent when Delap picked up a booking for a wild lunge on Barton and one of Stoke's backroom staff appeared to be sent off.
Stoke went close late on with substitute Glenn Whelan sending a drive whistling wide and Kenwyne Jones heading over in stoppage time, but QPR survived to claim all three points.
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