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Goal-shy QPR in need of formation revamp?

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Alistair Magowan - BBC Sport | 13:06 UK time, Monday, 26 September 2011

As the game moved deep into injury time at Loftus Road on Sunday, Queens Park Rangers were moments away from failing to score in four consecutive home games.

Fortunately for Neil Warnock's side, up stepped the Premier League's record own-goal scorer, Aston Villa's Richard Dunne, to make it 1-1 and send QPR fans home a little happier on an otherwise frustrating afternoon in the late summer sunshine.

It is not as if Rangers have been playing badly - they romped to a resounding victory at Wolves last weekend.

Yet, despite a couple of disputed penalty appeals and some decent saves from Villa keeper Shay Given, there are indications that for all the spending under new owner Tony Fernandes, Rangers are still short where it counts most - goals.

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Norwich learn harsh lessons of Premier League

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Alistair Magowan - BBC Sport | 10:06 UK time, Monday, 12 September 2011

Most football experts agree that if promoted teams are to avoid relegation from the Premier League then they need to beat other sides whose main aim is to avoid the drop.

That is why, after an encouraging start against Wigan, Stoke and Chelsea, Norwich's 1-0 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion on Sunday is a setback for the Canaries.

They may have edged possession and dominated territorial advantage but, for all their good build-up play, Paul Lambert's side managed only three shots on target.

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Is Walcott destined to play up front?

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Alistair Magowan - BBC Sport | 09:22 UK time, Thursday, 8 September 2011

Has the time come for Theo Walcott to be regarded as a striker rather than a winger?

His display during England's win against Bulgaria last Friday was the latest chapter in an increasingly persuasive argument that the 22-year-old has more value given a freer role rather than one which is limited to the right flank.

It is clear where Walcott would prefer to play - and he believes his time at Arsenal has aided his development in taking up a different position.

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