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Blackpool 0-2 Queens Park Rangers

QPR midfielder Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips scored one and created the other against his former club to help QPR move top of the Championship with a win against Blackpool.

The ex-Seasiders forward put the London club ahead when he fired in from outside of the area in the second half.

Charlie Austin sealed the three points soon after when he headed into the top corner from Phillips' cross.

After Burnley were held to a draw at Leicester earlier on Saturday, QPR moved to top of the division.

Defeat for Blackpool leaves Paul Ince's side two points off the play-off positions, but they had a promising start at Bloomfield Road.

QPR keeper Rob Green had to be alert to push away Steve Davies' header, before Barry Ferguson's free-kick caused havoc in the area until Craig Cathcart's effort was tipped over.

It was not until after the break that QPR tested Matt Gilks, with the Blackpool keeper stopping Phillips' 35-yard effort.

Tom Ince then forced Green into another save to keep out his half-volley before the visitors took the lead in the 61st minute.

Phillips, who joined QPR from Blackpool during the summer, beat Gilks from 25 yards with a deflected effort and almost got a second soon after when the Seasiders keeper had to tip a shot wide.

But Austin rounded off the win from six yards out in the 73rd minute as Harry Redknapp's side secured their first victory away from home since September.

Blackpool assistant manager Steve Thompson:

"We maybe lacked a bit of quality in attack in the first half, but we still created three or four good goalscoring opportunities.

"We were punished for that in the second half. We know how good they are and how good their squad is but Harry Redknapp has just told us we should have been 2-0 up in the first half.

"The goals were a combination of errors. The deflection for the first goal after we gave the ball away and perhaps the second was just a quality goal - a one-two and a cross and a good header."

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond:

"Matt Phillips did well, his first goal took a deflection but his cross for the second was brilliant.

"Charlie Austin hasn't had enough of those chances this season, but the delivery was perfect.

"Blackpool know what Matt has to offer and in the second half he was a big threat. He'll be very keen to do well for us in a side that wants to do things this season."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 17Basham
  • 3Robinson
  • 16Ferguson
  • 6Broadfoot
  • 20Cathcart
  • 4Gosling
  • 18OsbourneSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 72'minutes
  • 9DaviesSubstituted forChopraat 68'minutes
  • 11Ince
  • 14DelfounesoSubstituted forGrantat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Chopra
  • 10Grant
  • 13Warner
  • 15Dobbie
  • 25Blackett
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 33Harris

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 2Simpson
  • 39Assou-Ekotto
  • 17Barton
  • 5Dunne
  • 6HillSubstituted forOnuohaat 45'minutes
  • 36O'NeilSubstituted forKranjcarat 54'minutes
  • 10Carroll
  • 9Austin
  • 16JenasSubstituted forHenryat 84'minutes
  • 7Phillips

Substitutes

  • 3Traore
  • 15Onuoha
  • 18Chevantón
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 20Henry
  • 23Hoilett
  • 26Murphy
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
13,822

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).
Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Attempt saved. Robert Grant (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kirk Broadfoot.
Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).
Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Karl Henry replaces Jermaine Jenas.
Attempt missed. Jack Robinson (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.
Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).
Michael Chopra (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).
Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).
Robert Grant (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Robert Grant replaces Nathan Delfouneso.
Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Chopra.
Attempt saved. Thomas Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.
Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Ince.
Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).
Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Offside, Blackpool. Chris Basham tries a through ball, but Michael Chopra is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 2. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Matthew Phillips with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Isaiah Osbourne.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.
Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Jenas.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Michael Chopra replaces Steve Davies.
Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.
Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joey Barton.
Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Steve Davies (Blackpool).

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 1. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jermaine Jenas.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jack Robinson.
Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Niko Kranjcar replaces Gary O'Neil.
Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.
Attempt saved. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Nedum Onuoha replaces Clint Hill.

Half Time

First Half ends, Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.
Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Joey Barton tries a through ball, but Danny Simpson is caught offside.
Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).
Hand ball by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).
Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Richard Dunne.
Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Davies.
Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).
Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary O'Neil with a cross.
Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
goal

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