QPR battered in opening game

On a fairly drab opening day's Premier League football, one result stood out among the rest: newly promoted Queens Park Rangers getting a thorough hiding at the hands of remorseless long ball machine Bolton Wanderers.

It was a cruel way to begin life at the top table for QPR, who elected not to spend much money in the summer, but it wasn't all bad: the London club started brightly, and could have scored a couple themselves, but once the Trotters took the lead right on half-time, there was no way back for them. Trying to chase the equaliser they only left more space at the back, and they were punished for it.

'I thought we did well up to a point but it's a cruel league,' said the QPR gaffer Neil Warnock. 'I thought (Bolton striker) Kevin Davies bossed the place. Seven free-kicks and no booking, he's a clever lad. I can't blame the players we just need to learn quickly. We should have scored in the first half, but we capitulated in the second.'

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