- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, February 1st 2020
- Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium
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James Crawley reports from Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium
Report: QPR 0-1 Bristol City
Saturday, February 1st 2020
Famara Diédhiou struck his tenth goal of the campaign to fire City to a 1-0 win over QPR at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
It was a top-drawer header in the 16th minute to secure City their fourth-consecutive win and clean sheet in the Sky Bet Championship.
Nahki Wells was well received when he came on as a second-half substitute to feature against his former team, but it was also a match which echoed the solid defensive performance shown against Reading in midweek.
QPR were relentless with their late pressure but they couldn’t break through a well-drilled City backline who again threw bodies on the line and were well positioned to deal with the danger.
City had secured three wins and as many clean sheets in a row heading into the fixture, and building on that success, Lee Johnson opted for a near unchanged side. Only Han-Noah Massengo came into the starting XI in place of the now departed Josh Brownhill, and the French teenager looked to operate further forward than usual. New signing Wells was named on the bench, just two days after completing his move to City.
Diédhiou led the line and all of City’s attacks were going through the powerful the Senegal striker.
He had one good opportunity to score before he actually broke the deadlock, when he forced Rangers keeper Liam Kelly into a parried save.
But City burst forward again when Jack Hunt intercepted a stray QPR ball and the right-back floated a cross towards Diédhiou, who dived to meet the ball and float it beyond Kelly.
Diédhiou looked in the mood and only better composure with a half-volley would have doubled his tally for the day, but the ball flashed over.
Rangers soon started to string passes together but City looked strong as a defensive unit to keep the hosts at bay. QPR captain Grant Hall headed off target before Jordan Hugill fired narrowly wide but it had been City vastly on top in the first 45 minutes.
The Hoops had more about them in the second half though and being a goal down were looking to put the Robins on the backfoot.
They went close within minutes of the restart when Ebere Eze smashed a shot just wide, while Connor Masterson headed wide from close range and both Nathan Baker and Ashley Williams were well positioned to thwart danger in the box.
Johnson made a double change just after the hour with debutant Wells replacing Paterson and Hunt made way for Pedro Pereira. Wells would have a great chance within minutes but he couldn’t keep his header down, though he was facing with his back to goal, before Diédhiou’s acrobatics almost saw the ball squeeze in at the near post but for a good stop from Kelly.
Tommy Rowe’s introduction for Han-Noah Massengo added fresh legs when it mattered, with the home side soon doing all they could to pressurise the Robins.
But as they had done at Reading on Tuesday night, City kept their opponents at bay, first with Williams heading the ball off the line before Hugill was denied at the near post by Bentley.
Diédhiou and Pereira both cleared from dangerous crosses as Rangers threw everything but the kitchen sink at City towards the end, and the grateful sound of the final whistle soon rang out after Olamide Shodipo blazed wide and Rowe swept away one final box into the box.
Next for Johnson’s men is a Friday night encounter under the lights at Ashton Gate (February 7th, 7.45pm).
Queens Park Rangers
- Luke Amos, Ilias Chair, Dominic Ball
- Diédhiou (16')
- Jack Hunt, Han-Noah Massengo, Jamie Paterson