R's Suffer First Pre Season Defeat...
NK Karlovac 3-1 QPR
Rowan Vine was on target for the R's, but it was not enough to prevent the R's crashing to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of NK Karlovac - in a game that saw Czech keeper Martin Lejsal and Italian striker Alessandro Pellicori take the field in their attempts to win themselves contracts at QPR.
QPR took the lead just before the break, when Faurlin found Vine in the penalty area with a free kick and the striker scored at the second attempt from 6 yards. As like the usual friendly outings, there were substitutions aplenty in the second half and with 20 minutes or so remaining, the R's collapsed and went on to concede 3 goals in 11 minutes.
On his first defeat as Rangers boss, Jim Magilton told the official QPR Website;
'I have learnt a lot more about my players tonight. No-one likes losing, least of all me, but the lads have got some more game time in their tanks and that is the most important thing at this time of year. I’ve learnt a lot throughout the tour and we’ll highlight those things to the lads over the coming days and weeks. Like we have said, everything is geared towards August 8 against Blackpool.'
QPR: Lejsal, Ramage (Connolly 67), Borrowdale, Alberti (Leigertwood 59), Gorkss (Oastler 67), Hall (Brown 67), Ainsworth (Buzsaky 59), Ephraim (Routledge 59), Vine (Helguson 67), Faurlin (Mahon 46), Agyemang (Pellicori 46)
Subs: Cerny, Balanta