Team Review: Queens Park Rangers in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 15, 2014
Queens Park Rangers in the 2013-14 Season

Championship Finish: Fourth (play-off winners)

Match Results: W23-D11-L12

(Featured image: Queens Park Rangers | Source: BBC)

 

Following a highly successful stint in the Championship—England’s second-tier league—Queens Park Rangers are back to the top-flight football. Although they only ranked fourth in the table, the Hoops earned berth in the Premier League after winning the play-offs. They denied third placers Derby County from advancing through England’s most important domestic tournament. They will be joined by Burnley and Leicester City who earned promotions after ending the season as runners up and champions, respectively. QPR will surely make an impact on spectators, analysts, and even online bookies.

 

QPR earned a total of 80 points from the Championship in 46 fixtures. The have won 23 times, seized stalemates 11 times, and lost a dozen times. Charlie Austin emerged as the team’s best scorer with 17 league goals. Ravel Morrison trailed behind with six. Midfielder Junior Hoilett provided the most assists (six).

 

Harry Redknapp’s men have won 19 times in the second-tier league, of which their most impressive victory was the one against Nottingham Forest on 12 April 2014 when they scored five goals and conceded only two. They have also earned several clean sheets, with the most important being their three-goal triumphs over Bournemouth, Yeovil Town, and Sheffield Wednesday. Ironically, it is also from the last-mentioned team whom they incurred their worst defeat last season, conceding three goals while netting zero on 18 March 2014 at the Hillsborough Stadium.

 

A total of 11 new players signed with QPR last season. The list included Danny Simpson from Newcastle United, Richard Dunne from Aston Villa, Gary O’Neil from West Ham, and Aaron Hughes from Fulham. Meanwhile, thirteen players were released from club. Forward Djibril Cisse, goalkeeper Radek Cerny, midfielder Anton Ferdinand, and defender Oguchi Onyewu were among those who transferred to other clubs.