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Sam Lyon
By Sam Lyon
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2230: That's your lot, people. Encouragement, entertainment and frustration in equal measure for both sides tonight I'd wager - but a good crack from you lot nonetheless. Top work. The footy just keeps on giving this week - and as I revert to match report duties tomorrow, Chris Bevan is back in the commentary seat to talk you through the first of the 2011-12 Champions League group stage matches. Happy days. See you then, Sam Lyon out.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "Six players made their club Premier League debut for QPR tonight, the most ever by a side in a single match (excluding first game of season)."

Alistair Magowan reports:
"Shaun Wright-Phillips the shiniest of QPR's debutants but he, and his team, run out of gas in the second half as Newcastle's unbeaten run continues.

summaznufc on Twitter: "Definitely one point gained tonight - we were so lucky - but eight from 12 points doesn't seem so bad. Future's bright Sam, future's bright."

James, Pinner, via text: "Who would have thought that by mid-September QPR would be the second best London team? What a start for them."

2223: Aha! Error at 2208... refresh please my friends.

2222: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "The result was a good one for us. This is a difficult place to come and all the new players gave QPR a buzz tonight. We didn't play as well as we'd have liked - they were better than us - but for us, it was one of those where you think we haven't played well but we've got a point and a clean sheet. You have to be happy with that."

2215: QPR boss Neil Warnock: "I'm delighted with the way we played - to see us perform like that is pleasing. To be honest, I don't think our attackers are used to that sort of quality being delivered into the box! I've waited 30 years for a exciting team and now we have one - the big clubs wont like coming here, that's for sure. It's an exciting time and we are learning all the time. As for Shaun [Wright-Phillips] - I think he can score goals here. I will be dissapointed if his doesn't score 15 goals this season. I think he can be one of the very best I really do."

2208: QPR and former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton: "Clean sheets are different class for us. We had eight new signings out there I think and we should have won the game. We will take the positives out of tonight."

NufcDazzla84 on Twitter: "Bad performance, yes, but its still a great start [for Newcastle] - eight points, still unbeaten, three clean sheets, plenty to smile about."

2205: Shaun Wright-Phillips is given the man of the match - hard to argue with that - and the mood between him and Joey Barton in the post-match interview is a mixture of frustration at the result and joy at the performance. Standards and expectations rising already at Loftus Road.

owenrouse on Twitter: "Picked up a point, and I won't complain with unbeaten run at the start of the season. QPR are a team we should beat mind..."

Dave, Gloucester via text: "Sam, talking of lookalikes, John McEnroe did a great job in the centre of midfield for QPR tonight."

Infostrada Sports: "It is 110 years since Newcastle opened a top flight season with back-to-back clean sheets in away matches. In 1901, they did not concede at Blackburn, at Everton and at Notts County."

2200: So it's four points from four for Premier League new-boys QPR so far this season - which is only half as good as Newcastle, who move up to fourth with that draw. Heady times for the Toon boys.

2157: Do you know what the Newcastle fans are singing? "There's only one Joey Barton". He responds with an emotional clap to the away end. Nice.

Full time
2154: FULL-TIME QPR 0-0 Newcastle

90+2 mins: Move along, nothing to see here folks...

90 mins: Into stoppage time at Loftus Road. Four minutes of it.

Yellow card
88 mins: As Steven Taylor goes into the book for a cynical trip on Paddy Kenny the QPR keeper, Sammy Ameobi comes on for the visitors in place of Gabriel Obertan. Shaun Wright-Phillips, meanwhile, departs to a fine reception to be replaced by Jason Puncheon.

86 mins: ...Ryan Taylor slams it into the wall. Waste.

85 mins: Hold up... Newcastle free-kick, centre of goal, 22 yards out...

83 mins: Ooh... Cheik Tiote loses possession outside the Newcastle area, allowing Shaun Wright-Phillips to ping one at goal from range, the effort swinging narrowly wide of the post.

82 mins: Saying that, the visitors have just replaced frontman Leon Best with Sylvain Marveaux, who is more of a wide man.

82 mins: Are Newcastle set for another late, late show? The Magpies just hinting at stepping up as we enter the last 10 minutes.

80 mins: And, in fact, that's your lot Jay Bothroyd - he is replaced by DJ Campbell.

77 mins: I've been dead impressed by QPR's approach, industry and movement this evening - but I can't help but think how dangerous they would have been if they had had someone up front who could finish. Jay Bothroyd has not had a good night. So far.

75 mins: Half a chance for Newcastle now as Danny Gabbidon's clearance falls to Jonas Gutierrez, but the Argentine's swiped finish skews wide of the QPR upright.

73 mins: Shaun Derry - again - loses his marker Cheik Tiote from a corner easily, but - again - his header is well off target.

70 mins: And that was almost it... Joey Barton releasing Shaun Wright-Phillips in behind the Newcastle defence but, from the angle, the winger's attempted dink at goal is well off target and the Toon defence can clear.

69 mins: Cliche alert - this game could really do with a goal if I'm honest. Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has just launched a defensive clearance over the stands and out of the ground... and only a handful of people noticed.

66 mins: Chance! Adel Taarabt corner... Shaun Derry unmarked 12 yards out... but he heads wide. Small wonder the midfielder hasn't scored a goal in five years with that kind of finishing, huh?

64 mins: Newcastle change - Demba Ba on for Shola Ameobi.

Yellow card
64 mins: All right, who had 64 minutes in the sweepstake? Cheik Tiote has his name taken - surprise surprise - for a foul on Joey Barton.

63 mins: Ooh - Yohan Cabaye's corner has Paddy Kenny flapping in the QPR goal, but the home defence can clear.

61 mins: Man down... man down... Jonas Gutierrez - again - wants treatment on his right ankle, before deciding he'll run it off after Cheik Tiote kicks the ball out of play. Dum de dum.

58 mins: ...Adel Taarabt's delivery does not even beat the first man.

57 mins: Corner to QPR...

54 mins: ...and I'm almost made to eat my words immediately, Alejandro Faurlin's ball over the top finding Shaun Wright-Phillips clear of the Toon defence coming in from the left, but the winger fails to make contact with his volley attempt and Newcastle survive.

53 mins: Newcastle shaping up a touch better at present - is that as a direct result of Joey Barton switching back to the right and Shaun Wright-Phillips moving to the left? It was working so well the other way around...

51 mins: Enforced QPR change - Armand Traore off with what looks like a hamstring injury, Matthew Connolly his replacement.

49 mins: Newcastle chance. Danny Simpson's cross is flicked on by Leon Best and Jonas Gutierrez - six yards out - looks to have been presented with a wonderful chance to volley the opener for Newcastle, but the flick is behind him and he can't direct it goallwards.

47 mins: Half a penalty shout as Shola Ameobi is pulled back by Anton Ferdinand but referee Phil Dowd gives nothing. There was something in that, though, I reckon...

46 mins: And Adel Taarabt and Shaun Wright-Phillips are right back in the thick of the action, the latter's run ending with a chance for Taarabt, his snap-shot held in the Toon goal by Tim Krul. Lessons learned at half time by Newcastle? Not so far.

2105: Right then, QPR get the second half up and running...

Andy in the pub via text: "Jay Bothroyd is now proof Championship strikers are not good enough for the England side."

mrcann on Twitter: "David Beckham would slot into that QPR team nicely."

Will near London via text: "Don't understand how Shola Ameobi still gets games in the Premier League. Woeful."

2059: It's worth noting, by the way, that a move to QPR has far from dulled Joey Barton's ambition, folks. Writing in the match programme he said: "I feel that I have got something to offer England. I'm the eternal optimist - and not without reason. I watched England in Bulgaria the other night and I didn't see any reason why I can't get back into that side." That there be fighting talk.

Sho_Rahman on Twitter: "Very surpised not to see DJ Campbell in the starting lineup. He would have gobbled up the chances QPR have had so far."

CJP, Newcastle via text: "If Newcastle could add another 11 men to their side they still couldn't stop Wright-Phillips and Taarabt. I'm stunned we're not 4 or 5 down. Pardew needs to do something and fast."

kepikeps14 on Twitter: "QPR might be made to rue their missed chances. Newcastle riding their luck here. A characteristic of Alan Pardews teams."

2055: Any chance of your missives being as refreshing as QPR's approach? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Now.

Stuart__Smith on Twitter: "What a very entertaining 0-0 this has been so far."

Jamie in Ruislip via text: "Wow garret127 (below) is not wasting any time being portentous is he!!"

Half time
2050: HALF-TIME QPR 0-0 Newcastle
Alistair Magowan's HT snap-shot:
"Shaun Wright-Phillips looks like he has enough energy to power the Loftus Road floodlights as well as burn a strip down the right wing for Queen's Park Rangers. If only Jay Bothroyd could find a finish."

45+3 mins: The half-time whistle blows.

45+2 mins: Jonas Gutierrez is limping badly on the right. One to keep an eye on, perhaps.

45 mins: Better from Newcastle, Jonas Gutierrez's right-foot cross is met on the stretch by Leon Best but the striker cannot direct his header on target 10 yards out.

43 mins: Newcastle string a few passes together for the first time in a while - though a few poor touches from QPR play more than a small role in them retaining possession for a while - but that killer ball or cross remains as elusive as Shergar for the visitors.

39 mins: Off the Newcastle line again! Adel Taarabt releases Shaun Wright-Phillips, who gets the better of Fabricio Coloccini and then - from wide on the right of the box - dinks a gorgeous chip over Toon keeper Tim Krul, only for Steven Taylor to get back brilliantly and head away from under his own crossbar.

38 mins: Leon Best might be struggling a touch here. Though he's going to try to run it off, by the look of things...

Yellow card
37 mins: Second booking of the match as QPR midfielder Shaun Derry has his name taken for a foul on Leon Best. Joey Barton takes the opportunity to catch up on referee Phil Dowd's health and social agenda, just in a really loud voice.

35 mins: They're not learning their lesson very quickly here, Newcastle, continuing to afford Adel Taarabt the freedom of Loftus Road and being continually picked off by the mercurial Moroccan as a result. It's still goalless, mind.

32 mins: A rare Newcastle attack - nicely worked down the right with Cheik Tiote heavily involved - is ended by Danny Gabbidon's calm clearance.

garratt127 on Twitter: "QPR may rue missing these early chances. Could ultimately cost them a place in the Premier League."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge: "QPR look a lot more comfortable now with Joey Barton on the left, Shaun Wright-Phillips on the right, and Adel Taarabt in behind Jay Bothroyd."

28 mins: And now it's off the Newcastle line! Jay Bothroyd gets his head on the resulting QPR corner but Danny Simpson is in the right place at the right time to turn the effort away from the visitors' goal.

27 mins: Oh so close again, QPR. Adel Taarabt, again, sparks another home surge and when Jay Bothroyd fails to turn in Shaun Wright-Phillips' cross six yards out, Alejandro Faurlin thinks he has a simple finish from the rebound - only for Steven Taylor to clear at last knockings.

26 mins: There's some of what we were expecting - Cheik Tiote and Joey Barton going toe-to-toe in midfield, the latter getting the better of his former team-mate this time. Still a distinct lack of... bite in this match for me, though.

23 mins: Almost brilliant. Adel Taarabt bamboozles Cheik Tiote with a Cruyff-turn nut-meg and then feeds Shaun Wright-Phillips, whose low cross is inches away from being turned in six yards out by the outstretched boot of Jay Bothroyd. Hardly looking a team struggling to gel so far, QPR.

21 mins: Full backs attacking from deep, Joey Barton and Alejandro Faurlin roaming the midfield ahead of competent patroller Shaun Derry, Adel Taarabt doing pretty much just as he pleases anywhere he pleases - Neil Warnock will be liking what he's seeing so far. The hosts have certainly upped the tempo in the last few minutes.

17 mins: Quite an open affair so far, this - and not nearly as much aggression and temper as some of us were expecting, I'd wager. Both teams looking dangerous, both looking occasionally vulnerable.

15 mins: Oh and that's a great chance at the other end, too. Shaun Wright-Phillips - enjoying himself so far tonight - dancing down the right and finding Jay Bothroyd with a pin-point cross, only for the frontman to volley over from eight yards out.

13 mins: Fine save! First glimpse of the danger Leon Best possesses as the Newcastle man spinning well on the edge of the box and unleashes a shot from 16 yards, Paddy Kenny doing brilliantly to get down low to tip around his right-hand post. Close.

12 mins: And get it out wide Newcastle do - twice in quick succession in fact - only for Jonas Gutierrez and then Gabriel Obertan to disappoint with their deliveries. Shame.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge: "Newcastle need to get the ball wide, QPR have four or five players in that central area, so it's congested."

9 mins: Oh, cracking cross. Armand Traore escapes down the left and the Senegal international whips in a terrific cross that is met by the flying figure of Shaun Wright-Phillips, the QPR new boy heading over. Probably not the man QPR will have wanted on the end of that deilivery to be fair.

Yellow card
8 mins: Turns out that Shola Ameobi was booked in those opening minutes, by the way, apparently for dissent. Not sure what happened there.

6 mins: ...wasted by Joey Barton, his delivery flying over everyone's heads and away. Moments later Adel Taarabt has a pop from range, Tim Krul easily down to save to his left in the Newcastle goal.

5 mins: Here's a chance for QPR to create something, though, as Shaun Wright-Phillips is chopped down by the byeline on the right... free-kick given...

3 mins: Joey Barton has actually started this match wide right by the look of things, with Shaun Wright-Phillips in behind frontman Jay Bothroyd. A fluid 4-4-1-1? We shall see. Newcastle on top early doors.

1 min: And there is less than a minute on the clock as we get our first shot on goal - Ryan Taylor's wildly optimistic free-kick from 40-odd yards out zipping low and harmlessly wide.

2000: We are up and running at Loftus Road.

1959: Here we go then...

1958: All hugs and smiles as Joey Barton greets his old team-mates in the Newcastle strip. How long until hostilities return?

georgeamus1 on Twitter: "Newcastle win for me tonight - will take time for QPR's new signings to gel."

1956: Will be interesting to see how the teams - especially the hosts - line up tonight. Newcastle's line-up has 4-4-2 written all over it - pace out wide, two up top, strength and work-rate in the centre of midfield. QPR, though, has the look of a 4-3-3 about it, Alejandro Faurlin and Joey Barton the legs alongside Shaun Derry in midfield, with Adel Taarabt and Shaun Wright-Phillips patrolling the wings.

1952: Atmosphere starting to warm up at Loftus Road now - a ground one of my colleagues rates as the best for atmosphere in London. Thoughts?

Darren via text: "Re: Sam lookalike - in a fading light whilst slightly squinting with ones head at 45 degrees you actually have a passing resemblance to a certain Mr. Djokovic..."

QuesoB150 on Twitter: "Most interested to see how Taarabt reacts to being stripped of the captaincy, he's temperamental at the best of times."

Timmy via text: "Re Rumourist's comment. I think your definatly more Cesc Fabregas."

1948: And from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, too: "For us, it's not about Joey Barton or any individual, it's about us sending a message where, if we win, we are fourth in the division."

1946: More from QPR boss Neil Warnock, then: "I think the older lads that took us up knew we needed help. We are playing in the best league in world so we needed an influx of quality. Tonight is not going to decide where we are going to finish in the league this season but I am excited."

perurunningman on Twitter: "From southern Peru, to Loftus Road, the hype is over, it's time to deliver."

Gareth via text: "Newcastle, a prudent club which focuses on team spirit and togetherness. QPR, money-bags big spenders with outrageously flamboyant owners. Strange times."

1943: QPR v NEWCASTLE (2000)
Alistair Magowan reports:
"Queen's Park Rangers bring in five of their new signings, but retain a spine which includes Paddy Kenny, Danny Gabbidon, Shaun Derry and Jay Bothroyd. Shola Ameobi returns to the Newcastle side after injury to partner Leon Best up front, while new Italian left-back Davide Santon starts on the bench."

Nice2tweetyou on Twitter: "You bear a slight resemblance to Joey Barton Sam."
Ha. I lob 'em up, you knock 'em out the park.

1938: The form book's an interesting read ahead of this match. Plenty of buzz about QPR, of course, but the hosts actually come into this match on a run of four defeats in five, including their last three at home - while Newcastle, enjoying their best start to a Premier League season since 1995, are unbeaten in their last six league games. QPR - work cut out.

1935: QPR v NEWCASTLE (2000)
Alistair Magowan reports:
"Contrasting times between these two clubs where QPR can boast an embarrassment of riches and Newcastle are still to replace their big-name departures. Rangers boss Neil Warnock says the whole place has been "lifted" since deadline day, but Newcastle's Leon Best - who scored twice against Fulham - believes the Magpies have shown how "together" they are this season. "That's what normally happens in life," he said. "When you are backed into a corner, the real you comes out." Let's see..."

Rumourist on Twitter: "Sam, has anyone ever told you that actually, you bear a slight resemblence to Joey Barton? Emphasis on the word slight."

13jm3211 on Twitter: "Eight of 11 in the QPR starting line up are this summer's transfers. That's some major overhauling. Need results now."

1933: Newcastle striker Leon Best, when asked whether he will be putting a "robust" challenge in on former team-mate Joey Barton: "No, that's not really my game... I'll leave that to Cheick Tiote!"

1931: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on Joey Barton: "Joey is a controlled animal now on the football pitch. He's an aggressive player, but he has brought that under control. Obviously, there was a falling-out with the board that wasn't going to be rectified, so Joey has moved on. He's got himself a contract that he has earned through not just his ability, but the way he has conducted himself in the last couple of years especially, and we wish him well."

1928: QPR boss Neil Warnock on Joey Barton: "Everybody always talks about Joey's baggage and I think if you look at myself, we have all said and done things in the past that we probably regret later on. But if you look at what Joey has got to offer, if he didn't have a little bit of baggage then I am sure Queens Park Rangers couldn't be signing him. I think he would be at a top-four club without a shadow of a doubt. You can't tell me he wouldn't enhance at least three of the top four clubs because I think he would."

1926: He's dominated the build-up, all eyes will be on him tonight, so small wonder every man and his dog was asked about Joey Barton this week A few choice quotes on him...

SamAllison99 on Twitter: "Slight surprised at the fact that Shola Ameobi has recovered from a hip injury in time. Personally I would have gone with Ba."

BCDre on Twitter: "Excited to see the new QPR team. Hopefully it will be an exciting game. Not ruling out controversy either."

1924: QPR v NEWCASTLE (2000)
Kenny, Young, Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Traore, Barton, Derry, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Bothroyd, Taarabt. Subs: Murphy, Hall, Campbell, Buzsaky, Connolly, Smith, Puncheon.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Best, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Elliot, Santon, Guthrie, Lovenkrands, Ba, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Saurabh_MUFC on Twitter: "If Barton score tonight then will he celebrate his goal?! I don't think so."

1921: QPR v NEWCASTLE (2000)
Alistair Magowan reports:
"While all the fanfare has surrounded QPR and their phalanx of signings, it is Newcastle who have the real momentum after chalking up their best start to a top-flight season since 1995. Alan Pardew's side are more than capable of spoiling the Shepherd's Bush party and it will be a lot less hostile than their previous away day, when they beat rivals Sunderland."

1920: As we await the full line-ups, here's your match reporter...

Stu_G42_Smith on Twitter: "Wonder what odd you'd get on Barton to score the winner and get sent off."

Dan, Lancaster via text: "Warnock is daft for putting barton as captain. Clutching at straws, 3-0 to the Toon."

boss Neil Warnock hands debuts to five of his summer signings - Luke Young, Anton Ferdinand, Armand Traore, Shaun Wright-Phillips and, of course, Joey Barton. Newcastle start with Shola Ameobi and Leon Best up front, with new signing Davide Santon on the bench.

evanpritchard on Twitter: "If we (Newcastle) win by three, we'd be third in the table! Who saw that coming with all the (sadly too typical) off pitch controversy?"

360NUFC on Twitter: "As an NUFC fan, any ill-feeling about Barton's transfer is directed at the board. I wish Joey luck at QPR... but not tonight."

1914: Well then let's get this party talking, shall we? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). The floor is yours.

1911: And you know the best bit? There's a veritable bounty of other footy-related chat to bounce off one another tonight even outside of the Joey Barton Factor. A taster for you; QPR's late summer spending spree; Newcastle's late summer spending failure; QPR's new owner; Newcastle's long-standing one; David Beckham; and all that's before we even get to matters on the field of play. You ready?

Breaking News
As if to underline the point, news in that Joey Barton will captain QPR tonight. He's a wily ol' fox isn't he Neil Warnock?

1907: Controversy? Check. Point to prove? Check. Bad hair? Triple check. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to QPR v Newcastle: The Joey Barton Edition. Ooh it could be a cracker, this.

1904: Yep, after 84 appearances, eight goals, more newspaper headlines than you can shake a stick at and yet, arguably most importantly, having established himself as one of the heartbeats of Newcastle United FC, Barton was free transferred this summer under a cloud darker than night. Which guarantees one thing, surely. More ill feeling and passion on show this evening than on a late night edition of Jeremy Kyle. You couldn't have scripted it much better.

1900: As a man rarely out of the media spotlight over the years, anyone think Joey Barton will be in the least bit surprised to be the focus of attention again tonight? After four pretty controversial years at Newcastle the midfielder lines up against his old club in a QPR shirt for the first time this evening. Consider the blue touch paper lit...

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12 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 12 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 4 15 12
2 Man City 4 12 12
3 Chelsea 4 4 10
4 Newcastle 4 2 8
5 Stoke 4 2 8
6 Liverpool 4 3 7
7 Wolves 4 1 7
8 Aston Villa 4 2 6
9 Wigan 4 -1 5
10 Everton 3 0 4
11 QPR 4 -5 4
12 Arsenal 4 -7 4
13 West Brom 4 -2 3
14 Bolton 4 -4 3
15 Tottenham 3 -5 3
16 Sunderland 4 -2 2
17 Norwich 4 -3 2
18 Fulham 4 -3 2
19 Swansea 4 -5 2
20 Blackburn 4 -4 1

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