Playing Premiership opposition will provide timely test

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Happy New Year Hoop fans, and thanks to some great football there is still reason to celebrate. QPR currently sit top of the table five points clear of Cardiff having already played all the chasers over the holiday period, some good results some a bit worrying but all the same sitting in a great place.

So enjoy a little taste of the premiership on Saturday when they entertain Blackburn fresh off the back of Wednesday night's thrashing of Liverpool where they won 3-1 Wednesday night, QPR entertain them in the FA Cup.

It will be a good guide of how they will fair when/if they grab promotion this year, Blackburn have been a solid mid table team in the Premiership for a number of years now.

They have great form in the cup competitions to date but something to keep in mind is that in the cup it’s a level playing field, its all about how you are on the day and isn’t a great reflection on who is the better side overall.

Some good news for QPR as Tommy Smith has recently signed a two and a half year deal to keep him at Loftus Road which is great news for the strike force, he is a very talented player.

Petter Moen has joined the club in the midfield playing his first game against Bristol City but he only had 3 minutes coming on for Adel Taarabt, a nice touch to be introduced to the Hoop fans.

Here are a couple of stats about the new guy:-

Petter Vaagen Moen Born 5th Feb 1984 in Hamer, Norway.

Plays as a winger or in the midfield, in 2010 he was Brann FC top scorer and voted player of the season.

Season 2001-05 … 98 appearances with 13 goals playing for Hamkan FC

2005-10 … 123 appearances with 31 goals playing for Brann FC

2010 – to date …. 3 minutes on pitch for QPR.

Unfortunately temporary Hoop defender Kyle Walker played his last game for QPR last week, the on-loan player from Spurs has been recalled and the extension asked for by Mr Warnock was denied amidst rumours that Aston Villa want to put an offer in for him, he will be missed by fans and followers alike.

Neil Warnock was full of praise for the youngster who helped keep the Hoops were they are and went on record as saying he wishes him well for the future.

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