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Birmingham City 0-2 Queens Park Rangers

Ravel Morrison
Ravel Morrison

Ravel Morrison scored twice as Queens Park Rangers secured a first win in six to move within six points of second-placed Burnley.

On-loan West Ham midfielder Morrison, who had a loan spell at Birmingham last season, curled in an early free-kick for his first Rangers goal.

QPR goalkeeper Robert Green maintained the lead with a save from Emyr Huws.

Lee Clark

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Post-match: Birmingham boss Clark

Morrison then had an easy finish from a Jermaine Jenas cross with 18 minutes left at St Andrew's.

Birmingham had nothing to show for their early dominance but, after Paul Robinson fouled Kevin Doyle on the edge of the area, Morrison put the visitors ahead with a strike of real quality.

Green denied on-loan Manchester City midfielder Huws with a great block.

Rangers defender Clint Hill's header from Joey Barton's cross came back off the bar for the visitors just before the interval.

However, Harry Redknapp's side did double their lead when Morrison turned in from a Jenas cross to give Rangers a first win since 28 January.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:"We had a few good spells but didn't make most of them and paid the ultimate penalty when Rangers killed off the game with two fantastic goals."

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond:

"We are delighted with the win on the back of a difficult time we have had recently.

"Keeping a clean sheet was pleasing and Morrison's two goals was a terrific performance as he created all sorts of problems.

"No-one doubts his talents and what he can give to a team. It would appear that he has had other issues which have prevented from showing what he is capable of."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31CaddisBooked at 45mins
  • 27FergusonSubstituted forBlackettat 73'minutes
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 13mins
  • 14Packwood
  • 23Spector
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 36Huws
  • 19ZigicSubstituted forMachedaat 58'minutes
  • 7C Burke
  • 8IbeSubstituted forNovakat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Martin
  • 9Macheda
  • 12Novak
  • 13Doyle
  • 20Lee
  • 22Shinnie
  • 37Blackett

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 15Onuoha
  • 39Assou-Ekotto
  • 16Jenas
  • 5Dunne
  • 6Hill
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forO'Neilat 70'minutes
  • 17Barton
  • 14DoyleSubstituted forKeaneat 84'minutes
  • 4MorrisonSubstituted forCarrollat 87'minutes
  • 3Traore

Substitutes

  • 10Carroll
  • 12Keane
  • 18Hughes
  • 20Henry
  • 26Murphy
  • 35Benayoun
  • 36O'Neil
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
14,500

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.

Attempt missed. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

Attempt saved. William Keane (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jermaine Jenas.

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

Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Tom Carroll replaces Ravel Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. William Keane replaces Kevin Doyle because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kevin Doyle (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

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

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Emyr Huws following a set piece situation.

Foul by Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers).

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Tyler Blackett replaces Shane Ferguson because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Queens Park Rangers 2. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jermaine Jenas.

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

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Gary O'Neil replaces Junior Hoilett.

Attempt missed. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lee Novak replaces Jordon Ibe.

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

Offside, Birmingham City. Jonathan Spector tries a through ball, but Chris Burke is caught offside.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joey Barton.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Federico Macheda replaces Nikola Zigic.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Ravel Morrison tries a through ball, but Jermaine Jenas is caught offside.

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Attempt blocked. Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Kevin Doyle (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leicester3323553074
2Burnley33181232666
3Derby3418791761
4QPR3317971460
5Nottm Forest34141371455
6Reading341410101352
7Wigan32157101152
8Brighton3313119750
9Ipswich34121210548
10Blackburn32121010-146
11Watford33111210945
12Leeds3312813044
13Middlesbrough34101311643
14Huddersfield3412715-143
15Bournemouth3311913-842
16Sheff Wed3391212-139
17Bolton3491213-439
18Birmingham349916-536
19Blackpool3481115-2035
20Doncaster348917-2333
21Millwall3471017-2931
22Yeovil337818-1829
23Barnsley3361116-2529
24Charlton306915-1727
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