R’s looking to down Posh
QPR take on League One side Peterborough in the Carabao Cup first round on Tuesday evening.
Both teams have had contrasting starts to the season with the Posh winning their opening two games and Rangers suffering back-to-back defeats.
Peterborough have made 15 summer signings as Steve Evans looks to win promotion with a side that just missed out on the play-offs last term.
Evans has brought in players from all four divisions from English football as well as recruiting from Scotland. His latest signing was Ivan Toney - a forward from Newcastle who will hope to make his full debut Tuesday evening.
Peterborough will undoubtedly be in confident mood ahead of this game after they came from behind to defeat Rochdale 4-1 at the weekend.
Steve McClaren may see the cup as a good chance to secure that much wanted first victory of the season. His team were unlucky to get nothing from the weekend game against Sheffield United in what was a much-improved performance from the opening game against Preston.
You have to go back eight years to when QPR were last defeated in the first round of the League Cup and that was a 3-1 home defeat to Port Vale. The R’s were 1-0 winners over Northampton last season thanks to a first-half strike from Yeni Ngbakoto.
A reminder that there is no extra time tomorrow evening. The match will go straight to penalties if level after 90 minutes.
Head to Head
QPR wins 9
Peterborough wins 7
PETERBOROUGH 0-2 QPR – January 2003
Queens Park Rangers started the New Year with a win over Peterborough.
Ian Holloway's men went ahead two minutes before the break when Clarke Carlisle beat keeper Lee Harrison to Richard Langley's corner and headed the ball home.
Langley wrapped up the points 12 minutes from time when his wicked corner beat the hapless Harrison.
Man in the Middle
Gavin Ward – Last season gave out 127 yellow cards, four red cards and nine penalties in 45 games.
Steve McClaren: "This is not an easy game. Peterborough United are a play-off favourite, I know Steve Evans well and he always has his teams well organised, competitive and hard to beat. They’ve got one or two very good players and I’ve told our lads that this is not going to be an easy game."
Steve Evans: “It’s a tough game at QPR. They haven’t started great, but they have a top manager in Steve McClaren and they will have good players on the pitch. It’s a good test for my boys and we are looking forward to it. It’s a game we believe we can win.”
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