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Queens Park Rangers 2-3 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes gets past QPR keeper Alex Smithies
Jordan Rhodes's goal against QPR was his first since 9 February

Middlesbrough moved to second in the Championship as they held on for an enthralling win at QPR.

Boro's Jordan Rhodes bobbled the opening goal over QPR keeper Alex Smithies, only for Jamie Mackie to level with a superb effort off the bar.

Grant Leadbitter had a penalty saved by Smithies before the Boro captain found Gaston Ramirez with the ensuing corner to nod home a second.

Ben Gibson made it 3-1 before QPR's Tjaronn Chery set up a tense finish.

Relive Middlesbrough's win over QPR

After the full-time whistle, Boro coach Aitor Karanka and his QPR counterpart Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had a heated discussion at the side of the pitch, a product perhaps of the late drama at Loftus Road as Chery reduced the arrears with five minutes of normal time remaining after Sebastian Polter had an earlier effort ruled out for the hosts.

Victory for Boro - edging the Teessiders above Brighton in the table before the Seagulls' match against leaders Burnley on Saturday - ends a miserable run of three successive defeats on the road.

QPR's first loss in four games leaves them 11th in the table.

Boro started brightly and Rhodes did enough to put the visitors ahead, beating Smithies with a scuffed finish to trickle the ball over the line after pouncing on a misjudged header from Grant Hall.

Mackie then punished Boro for failing to clear a free-kick into the box, showing great skill to swivel on the edge of the area and cannon the ball off the underside of the bar and over the line.

Smithies made a fine one-handed save to keep Leadbitter out after Alejandro Faurlin brought Albert Adomah down, only for Ramirez to beat the QPR goalkeeper to the corner to put Boro ahead again.

Gibson added a third, again meeting a Leadbitter corner, as the visitors took control, but after Poulter had an effort ruled out in the 71st minute - Hoilett's cut-back pass was judged to have gone over the byeline - QPR looked increasingly menacing.

Chery beat Dimi Konstantopoulos with a powerful effort with five minutes remaining, but Boro held on.

Queens Park Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink:

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Hasselbaink on QPR v Middlesbrough

"I think in the first half we controlled the game, but they are a very good side and that is why they are where they are.

"They scored because of a mistake and then in the second half I was disappointed with how we started.

"Their first 10 minutes of the second half was better than ours and we couldn't keep the ball, which we had been doing really well.

"But the most disappointing thing was that we got two goals against us from set-pieces. We know these moments in games are very important."

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka:

"It's another massive three points and it was another typical Championship game.

"We were playing a team in mid-table but they wanted every single ball and were fighting, but my team were really good.

"In the first 25 minutes of the second half we played really well. They caused us some problems but we are a consistent team and we won another three points that are really important for us.

"We made a few mistakes to be in the position we are now in - in January we were in a really good position. Now we can't make any more mistakes. We have to keep going."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 25Smithies
  • 5Onuoha
  • 4Hall
  • 26Angella
  • 24PerchBooked at 77mins
  • 12MackieSubstituted forEl Khayatiat 69'minutes
  • 20Henry
  • 18FaurlinSubstituted forWashingtonat 79'minutes
  • 7PhillipsSubstituted forHoilettat 62'minutes
  • 8Chery
  • 33Polter

Substitutes

  • 9Washington
  • 19El Khayati
  • 21Luongo
  • 23Hoilett
  • 29Ingram
  • 34Petrasso
  • 40Robinson

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 24Nsue
  • 26Kalas
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 8Clayton
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 27Adomah
  • 21RamírezSubstituted forForshawat 67'minutes
  • 19DowningSubstituted forAyalaat 84'minutes
  • 9RhodesSubstituted forNugentat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Ayala
  • 5de Laet
  • 10De Pena
  • 16de Sart
  • 25Agazzi
  • 34Forshaw
  • 35Nugent
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
16,058

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Middlesbrough 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Middlesbrough 3.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Karl Henry.

Foul by James Perch (Queens Park Rangers).

David Nugent (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nsue following a fast break.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Albert Adomah tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

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

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Middlesbrough 3. Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sebastian Polter.

Attempt blocked. Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent.

Foul by Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers).

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Daniel Ayala replaces Stewart Downing.

Foul by Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers).

Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Grant Hall.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Conor Washington replaces Alejandro Faurlin.

Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Nugent (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. David Nugent replaces Jordan Rhodes.

Booking

James Perch (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Perch (Queens Park Rangers).

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

Attempt saved. Abdenasser El Khayati (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Perch.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Abdenasser El Khayati replaces Jamie Mackie because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sebastian Polter with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw replaces Gastón Ramírez.

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

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Junior Hoilett replaces Matthew Phillips.

Attempt missed. Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sebastian Polter.

Attempt missed. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Middlesbrough 3. Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley382112561313075
2Middlesbrough38227951252673
3Brighton381914552351771
4Hull37199950232766
5Derby381713851351664
6Sheff Wed381614856362062
7Cardiff38151494941859
8Ipswich381610124644258
9Birmingham371511114135656
10Preston381314113635153
11QPR391215124946351
12Wolves381212144651-548
13Leeds371114123745-847
14Blackburn381113143736146
15Nottm Forest381113143436-246
16Huddersfield38129175253-145
17Reading371112144243-145
18Brentford37127184859-1143
19Bristol City381110174058-1843
20Rotherham38116214462-1839
21Fulham38814165764-738
22MK Dons38910193251-1937
23Charlton38711203469-3532
24Bolton38414203668-3226
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