- English Football League - Championship
- Tuesday, August 21st 2018
- Loftus Road Stadium
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James Crawley reports from Loftus Road Stadium
LIVE: QPR v Bristol City (18/19)
Tuesday, August 21st 2018
Matty Taylor and Andreas Weimann scored to secure City their first league win at Loftus Road for 41 years.
Quick goals either side of half time dealt the damage as Taylor drilled a low shot to give City the lead four minutes before the break.
The away side had soaked up some QPR pressure but soon took control of the fixture as they proved their ability to respond to last weekend’s defeat.
And Weimann doubled the advantage shortly after the interval, as he converted Niclas Eliasson’s superb cross. He then tapped in his fourth goal in a City shirt as he made the most of Josh Brownhill’s cross, to put to bed any doubt of an historic win.
The result confirmed City’s first three points of the 2018/19 season and their first league victory at QPR since 1977.
Two changes were made to Lee Johnson’s starting XI with Taylor, who impressed throughout pre-season, handed his first start of 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship campaign while Niclas Eliasson returned in the place of the injured Korey Smith.
The home side were almost gifted an early lead though when Niki Mäenpää launched a weak kick up field. The ball fell to Massimo Luongo who picked out Ebere Eze but the City keeper got down to catch the strike and make up for his initial error.
EXPLOITING THE FLANKS
City wanted to exploit QPR’s left side and they almost opened the scoring by doing just that when Eros Pisano spun the ball wide to Matty Taylor. From the right-wing, he swung a deep cross towards the back post where Eliasson was waiting but the young Swede's volley fizzed wide.
Brownhill then had to be alert when Pawel Wszolek exchanged passes with former City man Luke Freeman, who would have had a clear shot on Maenpaa’s goal but for Brownhill’s challenge in the box.
And the City midfielder was the first to really trouble Matt Ingram in the R’s goal when he hit a 25-yard effort but the keeper palmed the ball away.
But moments later, it was Brownhill who conceded a free kick when he caught Luongo. Up stepped Josh Scowen to strike the set piece but Mäenpää was equal to it. The keeper was called into action shortly after as the R’s piled on the pressure, but he denied Conor Washington in a one-on-one.
By now it was clear QPR’s game plan was to look for the long ball but City stood up to the task well. But it was a pass through the middle which almost led to a goal for the hosts after Adam Webster was dispossessed when he surged forward. Freeman came out with the ball as QPR countered, he spread ball to Wszolek but Pisano read the shot and timed a sliding block to perfection in the penalty area.
CITY STRIKE LATE INTO THE HALF
But City pounced to take a half-time lead, courtesy of Taylor. Again finding space down the right-wing, he latched on to a delightful pass from Brownhill before dribbling towards goal. He cut inside, leaving his marker on the floor before drilling a low left-footed shot into the far corner.
It was certainly a great way to end the half but just six minutes into the second period, it was 2-0. Taylor was again involved as his disguised pass picked out the overlapping Eliasson on the left, and his cross was headed home by Weimann.
Now City were in control and captain Marlon Pack played in Weimann with a disguised pass similar to that seen at Bolton Wanderers, but this time Ingram forced the City striker wide. The Austrian did well to keep the move alive though and he picked out Pack on the edge of the area but the midfielder skied the shot.
MINIMAL THREAT FROM QPR
The visitors did survive a scare not long after the hour-mark though when Washington beat City’s keeper to the ball. He took it past the Finnish shotstopper before squaring a pass to Eze, however Webster recovered to block on the line for what would have been a certain goal.
The hosts had little to threat a comeback though, only a Matt Smith header glanced over the bar and Jordan Cousins hit the side netting before Weimann added the icing on the cake.
WEIMANN ADDS THE THIRD
It came from a poor kick from Ingram as Taylor intercepted the pass before picking out Brownhill. He forced a good save from the QPR keeper but the ball rebounded into his path and he did well to square it across goal where Weimann was on hand to make it 3-0 on the night.
The bouncing away fans were all cheers as the final whistle confirmed the historic result just four minutes later, also putting an end to City’s away voodoo too as it sealed their first victory away from Ashton Gate since December 8th 2017.
The Sky Bet Championship returns when City travel to take on Swansea City on Saturday (August 25th, 3pm). City have already sold their ticket allocation for the trip to South Wales.
Queens Park Rangers
- Angel Rangel, Massimo Luongo, Pawel Wszolek
- Taylor (41') , Weimann (50') , Weimann (90')
- Marley Watkins, Matty Taylor