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Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Newcastle United

Leroy Fer
Leroy Fer scored with a wonderful strike
  • Magpies need final game win to ensure survival
  • QPR beat Newcastle for first time since 1995
  • Pitch invasion follows Hoops last home game

Newcastle's survival hopes remain in the balance after relegated QPR fought back from a goal down to win their final home game.

The Magpies stay two points clear of 18th-place Hull with a game remaining.

The visitors took the lead when striker Emmanuel Riviere dinked in after collecting keeper Tim Krul's long punt.

QPR's Matt Phillips nodded in the equaliser from Charlie Austin's cross before Leroy Fer smashed in a superb winner from 25 yards.

Relegation run-in
HullNewcastleSunderland
18th (34 points)17th (36 points)16th (37 points)
24 May: Man Utd (a)24 May: West Ham (h)20 May: Arsenal (a)
24 May: Chelsea (a)

A pitch invasion followed the full-time whistle as the home fans took to celebrate a first home win in 10 games and wave goodbye to Premier League football at Loftus Road for the time being.

As for Newcastle, there might be the pitch invasions to end all pitch invasions at St James' Park next week if they secure their top-flight status. However, they cannot afford to let their level slip during the 90 minutes, like they did today.

Rangers enjoyed most of the early possession, but it was Newcastle who took the lead through Riviere.

The French summer signing came into the game without a goal in the Premier League, but tore off that unwanted tag with a mishit finish which flew over the reach of keeper Robert Green.

At long last...
Emmanuel Riviere has scored his first Premier League goal after 1084 minutes, more than 18 hours.

The QPR number one was replaced moments later by Alex McCarthy because of a head injury picked up from a collision with team-mate Joey Barton.

The basement side were far brighter after the break and equalised when Phillips rose highest at the far post to head in Austin's cross. Moments earlier, the goalscorer had an effort blocked by Jonas Gutierrez.

QPR then seized the advantage with the goal of the game. Dutchman Fer, who was impressive throughout, picked up the loose ball in midfield and struck a vicious effort past the reach of Krul.

Newcastle looked desperate in their search for an equaliser and went closest when substitute Papiss Cisse saw his shot from a couple of yards deflected wide.

Survival remains in their hands, but it will be a very tense occasion on Tyneside next Sunday.

QPR coach Chris Ramsey:

"The fans have been absolutely fantastic all season. It's important we got those two goals. It's gets us back to thinking good things in the summer.

"There was plenty of effort in the first half, but lacked that bit of quality. Leroy Fer has got that in his locker - he brings a little bit of extra flavour to our team.

"I think fans can see we will try our best and that we will try to put the club on an even footing. It's not up to me who stays and who doesn't stay."

Newcastle coach John Carver:

"It was a mad 10 minutes in the second half and that was hugely disappointing. I thought in first half we were in control. They weren't a threat, we were organised.

"We knew the result we tried to get today and had to get. We had to go for the win.

"Having lost, this is the best scenario with Hull losing. There's one game left and it's a do or die situation.

"We have to manage the pressure this week, focus and keep out of media spotlight. We've talked about some games in the last three, four weeks being the biggest and next week against West Ham is one of them."

Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere
Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere had gone 18 hours without scoring in the Premier League
QPR's Matt Phillips
QPR's Matt Phillips went close before equalising to the home fans' delight
QPR
A good natured pitch invasion followed as QPR - in their final game at Loftus Road for at least a season - won their first home game in 10

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1GreenSubstituted forMcCarthyat 34'minutes
  • 15Onuoha
  • 22Dunne
  • 4CaulkerSubstituted forYun Suk-youngat 45'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 6Hill
  • 7Phillips
  • 8BartonBooked at 50mins
  • 20Henry
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forGrego-Coxat 45'minutes
  • 10Fer
  • 9Austin

Substitutes

  • 11Wright-Phillips
  • 12McCarthy
  • 13Yun Suk-young
  • 36Doughty
  • 38Furlong
  • 39Grego-Cox
  • 41Comley

Newcastle

  • 1Krul
  • 22Janmaat
  • 2Coloccini
  • 36Dummett
  • 18Gutiérrez
  • 4TaylorSubstituted forAaronsat 64'minutes
  • 14Colback
  • 17Pérez
  • 7Sissoko
  • 20CabellaSubstituted forAmeobiat 73'minutes
  • 29RiviereSubstituted forCisséat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Anita
  • 9Cissé
  • 11Gouffran
  • 16Aarons
  • 28Ameobi
  • 30Abeid
  • 41Woodman
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
17,608

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away22
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away12
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Newcastle United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Newcastle United 1.

Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Clint Hill.

Attempt blocked. Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi with a cross.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Clint Hill.

Attempt blocked. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Booking

Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rolando Aarons.

Foul by Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United).

Reece Grego-Cox (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jonás Gutiérrez.

Attempt missed. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Sammy Ameobi replaces Rémy Cabella.

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rolando Aarons.

Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Leroy Fer with a cross.

Attempt saved. Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Rolando Aarons (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Yun Suk-Young tries a through ball, but Reece Grego-Cox is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Rolando Aarons replaces Ryan Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Papiss Demba Cissé replaces Emmanuel Rivière.

Attempt missed. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Matthew Phillips.

Attempt missed. Ryan Taylor (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Colback.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Newcastle United 1. Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

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

goal

As It Stood

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2Man City36227777364173
3Arsenal35217766343270
4Man Utd36208861362568
5Liverpool37188115142962
6Tottenham37187125753461
7Southampton371861354312360
8Swansea36168124444056
9Stoke37149144244-251
10Everton371211144849-147
11West Ham371211144445-147
12Crystal Palace37129164651-545
13West Brom361011153447-1341
14Leicester37108194154-1338
15Aston Villa37108193156-2538
16Sunderland36716133050-2037
17Newcastle3799193863-2536
18Hull37810193351-1834
19Burnley37612192753-2630
20QPR3786234168-2730
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