QPR kept up the pressure on the Championship's top two thanks to victory at in-form Ipswich.

Niko Kranjcar gave QPR the lead on 52 minutes with a low right-foot finish, before Gary O'Neil pounced on a rebound from Charlie Austin's shot.

Armand Traore added a third six minutes after coming off the bench after some indecisive defending from Tommy Smith.

Momentum broken for Ipswich

Ipswich were nine matches unbeaten prior to the visit of QPR.

Smith scored a stoppage-time consolation for the home side, who fell to their first defeat in 10 games.

The result leaves QPR a point off the automatic promotion places in third, while Ipswich slip three places to ninth.

A goalless first half saw both sides miss chances to take the lead.

Ipswich's Luke Chambers was denied by a smart save from Rob Green, before a goalmouth scramble saw the ball cleared by Joey Barton.

Austin then had two chances to put QPR ahead, the first a close-range header which was tipped over by Dean Gerken before Christophe Berra made a last-ditch tackle inside the area.

The breakthrough did not come until seven minutes into the second half from Croatia midfielder Kranjcar, who calmly slotted home after skipping into the box. And within 22 minutes, they were 3-0 up thanks to O'Neil and Traore.

Smith's late goal was not enough to end Ipswich's recent run as they dropped out of the play-off spots.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"We were excellent first half and I was immensely proud of that performance against a team who are probably still favourites to go up with Leicester.

A much needed away win

After picking up three away wins from four games at the start of the season, QPR have won just two of their last nine matches on the road.

"But we let them off the hook and then slightly gifted the game to them. They had that bit of quality with Niko Kranjcar's first goal before the second goal killed us."

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond:

"It was always going to be a difficult game as they have been on a terrific run. Ipswich started very brightly and had a couple of good opportunities.

"But we came back into the game and we were much better in the second half.

"The goals didn't look like coming in the first half but the first goal eased us a little and meant they had to chase the game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers (Mings - 86' )
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 08 Skuse
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith
  • 11 Anderson (Nouble - 72' )
  • 19 Hyam Booked (Hunt - 72' )
  • 10 McGoldrick
  • 16 Tunnicliffe
  • 26 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 07 Edwards
  • 12 Hunt
  • 15 Mings
  • 18 Tabb
  • 29 Lee
  • 35 Nouble

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto
  • 17 Barton (Henry - 40' )
  • 05 Dunne
  • 06 Hill Booked
  • 36 O'Neil
  • 10 Carroll
  • 09 Austin
  • 19 Kranjcar (Phillips - 85' )
  • 35 Benayoun (Traore - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Traore
  • 07 Phillips
  • 08 Johnson
  • 11 Wright-Phillips
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 20 Henry
  • 26 Murphy
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 18,369

Match Stats

Shots

16 11

On target

4 6

Corners

5 4

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Queens Park Rangers 3.

90:00 +3:33 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Queens Park Rangers 3.

90:00 +3:01

Attempt missed. Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Frank Nouble with a headed pass.

90:00 +0:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Queens Park Rangers 3. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Hunt with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +0:01

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

89:45

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Gary O'Neil.

89:18

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

88:38

Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

86:39

Attempt blocked. Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

85:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tyrone Mings replaces Luke Chambers because of an injury.

85:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

84:50

Delay in match Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

84:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matthew Phillips replaces Niko Kranjcar.

83:38

Attempt blocked. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

78:29

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a headed pass.

77:54

Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:54

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

76:19

Foul by Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town).

76:19

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:11

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

73:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 0, Queens Park Rangers 3. Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

73:04

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

71:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Stephen Hunt replaces Luke Hyam.

71:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble replaces Paul Anderson.

68:40

Offside, Ipswich Town. Aaron Cresswell tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

67:40

Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:40

Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

67:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Armand Traore replaces Yossi Benayoun.

65:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 0, Queens Park Rangers 2. Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

65:04

Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yossi Benayoun.

63:13

Foul by Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town).

63:13

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:57

Offside, Ipswich Town. Luke Chambers tries a through ball, but Paul Taylor is caught offside.

57:29 Booking

Booking Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

57:15

Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:15

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

55:13

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

55:13

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 0, Queens Park Rangers 1. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

49:24

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:24

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

45:40

Attempt saved. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

45:00

Second Half begins Ipswich Town 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 +2:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 +1:54

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town).

45:00 +1:54

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:23

Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:23

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).

45:00 +0:16

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:16

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

43:28

Attempt saved. Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

39:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Karl Henry replaces Joey Barton because of an injury.

38:39

Delay in match Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

37:20

Attempt blocked. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

36:32

Foul by Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town).

36:32

Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:49

Foul by Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town).

35:49

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:33

Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

33:40

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

33:36

Attempt blocked. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

32:40

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

32:38

Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary O'Neil with a cross.

30:31

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Danny Simpson.

30:29

Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Taylor.

29:18

Attempt missed. Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

28:37

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

26:27

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Joey Barton tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.

23:59

Attempt missed. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

23:39

Attempt saved. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

22:37 Booking

Booking Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22:26

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

22:26

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:35

Attempt blocked. Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cole Skuse with a headed pass.

20:29

Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:29

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

18:37

Attempt blocked. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

16:50

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luke Chambers.

14:58

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

13:26

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Paul Taylor.

11:58

Attempt missed. Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

10:19

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:19

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

2:36

Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers).

2:36

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:06

Attempt missed. Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Carroll with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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