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'Managerless Rangers set for first win'

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According to The Times anyway.


October 7, 2007

Managerless Rangers set for first win

Queens Park Rangers should be backed at a top-priced 11-8 (totesport and Ladbrokes) to claim their first league win of the season at home to the similarly struggling Norwich City at Loftus Road on Monday evening. The game is live on Sky.

Rangers prop up the Coca-Cola Championship after claiming just three draws from their opening eight games, a run of form that led to the club firing John Gregory at the start of last week and appointing first-team coach Mick Harford as caretaker manager.

Harford was unable to work any instant miracles with Rangers subsequently losing 4-2 away to his former club, Colchester United, last Wednesday, yet their ability to find the net is in stark contrast to Norwich.

The Canaries, who sit three off the bottom after taking eight points from nine games, dropped into the relegation zone after a frustrating 0-0 draw against Scunthorpe at Carrow Road last Tuesday. They have now gone seven-and-three-quarter hours without scoring a goal, a sequence that has seen manager Peter Grant come under extreme pressure from disaffected fans.

Rangers’ Rowan Vine is in line to make his home debut along with on-loan Preston midfielder Jason Jarrett. However, defender Pat Kanyuka remains sidelined with a groin injury and midfielder Simon Walton is recovering from a broken leg.

The Canaries have doubts over Gary Doherty (groin), Ian Murray (foot), Adam Drury (back) and Jamie Cureton (foot), but skipper Jason Shackell returns from suspension.

Norwich are available at a general 15-8. The draw is best-priced at 5-2 with Bet365.

OTBC - we''d better mind the danger!

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Not sure what you are suggesting about these odds - surprise? We are away from home, on a losing goalless streak, have scored one away goal so far, and still have a load of injury problems; they are at home for the first time under their new manager (ok, a caretaker, but he is probably after the position(?)) and have signed some new loaness in the meantime.  If it was us in those circumstances I would certainly expect a win.

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