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Report: QPR 0-2 Spurs

Posted on 5 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Les Ferdinand made a happy return to Loftus Road - by scoring in his mate Danny Maddix's Testimonial on Saturday. Ferdinand scored 90 goals for QPR between 1987-1995 and made no mistake when an early chance presented itself in this rare return to Shepherd's Bush.

After a sustained period of pressure Stuart Wardley failed to clear his lines, Tim Sherwood helped the loose ball into Ferdinand's path and the ex-England star lashed home with his left foot on the half-volley to leave goalkeeper Lee Harper clutching at air. Regular goalscorer Sherwood later bagged his second of pre-season to make it 2-0 on the hour as we dominated.

The goal came after 22 minutes and was no less than our possession deserved. Darren Anderton unleashed the first shot after six minutes, comfortably saved by Harper and the home stopper also fielded efforts from Steffen Iversen and Stephen Clemence.

Ramon Vega shot wide on one of his forward forays after 16 minutes and Iversen narrowly failed to connect with Oyvind Leonhardsen's cross. Ferdinand's fine strike soon made it 1-0 but QPR hit back when former Spurs youngster Peter Crouch - signed by Gerry Francis this summer - headed just wide.

Stephen Carr's superb through ball left Leonhardsen through one-on-one but the Norwegian's attempt was smothered by Harper before Sherwood blasted his pull back wide. Carr was in the action again just before the break, running 30 yards before shooting over with his left foot.

Ben Thatcher (for Mauricio Taricco), Chris Perry (for Vega), Simon Davies (for Leonhardsen) and Sergei Rebrov (for Ferdinand) all came on after half-time but it didn't break our rhythm and Davies - his first taste of first-team action in pre-season after a hand injury - dragged his shot wide from Anderton's pass in the first minute of the second half.

Rangers hit back to force Neil Sullivan into action for the first time, diving low to save Wardley's 18-yard effort before easily taking Crouch's snapshot.

The balance of play swung back to the end and Sherwood made it 2-0 as his half-volley from Clemence's corner found the back of the net by virtue of a hefty deflection. Rebrov flashed wide from 20 yards after 65 minutes and the game became somewhat scrappy as more substitutions were made - Chris Armstrong and Luke Young replaced Iversen and Sherwood.

Chris Armstrong's poke towards goal from Anderton's cross went straight at Harper and the keeper reacted well again to pluck Anderton's 25-yarder out of the air in the last minute. The result made it six pre-season friendlies undefeated and we have still to concede a goal. Next up are Peterborough United at London Road on Tuesday night.

Spurs: Sullivan, Carr, Taricco (Thatcher 45), Campbell, Vega (Perry 45), Leonhardsen (Davies 45), Sherwood (Young 77), Clemence, Anderton, Ferdinand (Rebrov 45), Iversen (Armstrong 77).

QPR: Harper, Heinola, Darlington, Carlisle, Ready, Morrow (Barraclough 45), Wardley (Grieves 77), Rowland (Connolly 45), Crouch, Langley (Kulscar 77), Kiwomya.

Attendance: 12,042.