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Queens Park Rangers 3-2 Rotherham United: R’s report first win in three

Bright Osayi-Samuel (right) scores for QPR against Rotherham
QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel (right) struck his second goal of the season after a fine solo run

Queens Park Rangers secured a first win in three after beating Rotherham United in a lively encounter at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Ilias Chair fired Rangers ahead via a double deflection but Michael Smith headed in Wes Harding’s cross to equalise seven minutes before the break.

However, Bright Osayi-Samuel struck in first-half stoppage time and then Lyndon Dykes added a penalty to give the hosts a 3-1 lead at the break.

The Millers pulled one back with six minutes remaining when substitute Freddie Ladapo nodded in from close range, but the visitors could not find an equaliser.

Paul Warne’s men have now lost four of their past five matches, and are three points above the relegation zone following Wycombe’s draw with Huddersfield.

Rangers lay platform for victory in first half

Osayi-Samuel was a constant threat in the opening 45 minutes, hitting the post before teeing up Chair for his 20th-minute opener.

Hoops keeper Seny Dieng tipped a Daniel Barlaser strike over the bar before Smith’s leveller, but QPR continued to create chances in a breathless first half.

Chris Willock nodded narrowly wide before Chair tested Jamal Blackman from a narrow angle and Osayi-Samuel saw his follow-up effort deflected off the line and onto the post by Angus MacDonald.

But the winger was not to be denied as he advanced into the area and netted with a powerful angled strike.

Rangers were then awarded a penalty in the third minute of stoppage time when Barlaser handled a free-kick which was lofted into the box.

Dykes made no mistake, drilling the ball low just to the left of centre as Blackman dived to his left, to net his fourth goal for the R’s – all of which have come from the spot.

MacDonald made a couple of vital interceptions in the second half to deny the hosts a fourth goal, and Michael Ihiekwe had an effort ruled out for offside as Rotherham attempted a comeback.

Ladapo set up a lively finale as when netted on the rebound after an Ihiekwe header had hit the post, but Rangers survived four minutes of added time to see out the match.

Line-ups

QPR

  • 13Dieng
  • 24Kakay
  • 23Masterson
  • 6Barbet
  • 25Hämäläinen
  • 12Ball
  • 20CameronSubstituted forCarrollat 66′minutes
  • 11Osayi-SamuelSubstituted forAdomahat 79′minutes
  • 10Chair
  • 21WillockSubstituted forBonneat 60′minutes
  • 9Dykes

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 3Wallace
  • 7Bonne
  • 22Carroll
  • 26Bettache
  • 29Kelman
  • 32Kelly
  • 34Alfa
  • 37Adomah

Rotherham

  • 27Blackman
  • 19HardingSubstituted forHirstat 84′minutes
  • 20IhiekweBooked at 80mins
  • 21MacDonald
  • 3Mattock
  • 28JozefzoonSubstituted forOlosundeat 59′minutes
  • 8WilesBooked at 45mins
  • 26BarlaserSubstituted forCrooksat 45′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18ClarkeSubstituted forLindsayat 45′minutes
  • 7VassellSubstituted forLadapoat 74′minutes
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 1Johansson
  • 2Jones
  • 6Wood
  • 9Hirst
  • 10Ladapo
  • 14Miller
  • 16Lindsay
  • 22Olosunde
  • 25Crooks

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