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Queens Park Rangers 0-2 Preston North Finish: Two penalties seal Preston win


Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson scored on his first Championship appearance of the season

Preston North End earned their second win of the season as they beat Queens Park Rangers thanks to a penalty in each half.

Daniel Johnson calmly sent Seny Dieng the wrong way from the spot to give North End the lead midway through the first half after a foul on Scott Sinclair by Lee Wallace.

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Wallace conceded a second penalty after the break, this time bringing down Emil Riis Jakobsen on his full debut, with Sinclair converting from 12 yards.

Albert Adomah hit the post for Rangers in stoppage time as Mark Warburton’s side’s winless run increased to five matches.

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The victory saw Preston move up to 15th in the table, one place above QPR.

Rangers almost took a seventh-minute lead, but Declan Rudd did well to deny Bright Osayi-Samuel as the forward tried to round the keeper

But after that it was Preston who caught the eye, although there was a touch of controversy when the referee appeared to have given a free-kick for the first penalty before changing his mind and pointing to the spot.

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Alex Neil’s side had an appeal for another spot-kick turned down after half an hour when it appeared Jacobsen was pulled back in the box before Brad Potts had an effort saved by Dieng soon after.

The result means Preston’s two wins have both come in west London, this victory adding to a 4-2 success at Brentford 17 days earlier.

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Preston North End boss Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

“It’s difficult to pick one thing. I think the performance across the board was good.

“Clean sheets are really important. We haven’t kept enough and we just needed a win. Defensively we’ve not actually been that bad.

“We need to get the balance better at home now. We’ve lacked a bit of creativity, but the fact is we can only win the next game. We’ve now won two of the last three.”

QPR manager Mark Warburton told BBC Radio London:

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“What was disappointing was the fact that we gave a really soft penalty away and didn’t respond well to it.

“It looked like the wind was out of the sails and suddenly the shoulders dropped a little bit and we looked a very average team after that.

“We got to half-time and we questioned why we’d changed, why the body language was a bit negative. We gave another soft goal away – we let the ball bounce after 80 yards in the air, just head the ball and pick up the second ball and we didn’t do it.

“Albert’s through at the end there and hits the pos. If we came away one-all and go ‘we were poor tonight for the large majority of the game but we got a point’ – but we don’t deserve it. We didn’t do enough.”

Line-ups

QPR

  • 13Dieng
  • 24Kakay
  • 4Dickie
  • 6Barbet
  • 3Wallace
  • 12BallSubstituted forAdomahat 58′minutes
  • 20Cameron
  • 11Osayi-Samuel
  • 10ChairSubstituted forWillockat 71′minutes
  • 22Carroll
  • 7Bonne

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 21Willock
  • 23Masterson
  • 25Hämäläinen
  • 26Bettache
  • 32Kelly
  • 37Adomah

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 15Rafferty
  • 5Bauer
  • 14Storey
  • 16Hughes
  • 8Browne
  • 18LedsonBooked at 15mins
  • 31SinclairSubstituted forStockleyat 90+1′minutes
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 73′minutes
  • 44Potts
  • 19Riis JakobsenSubstituted forMaguireat 84′minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Harrop
  • 12Gallagher
  • 20Stockley
  • 23Huntington
  • 24Maguire
  • 25Ripley
  • 29Barkhuizen

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