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Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Norwich City

Conor Washington
Northern Ireland international Conor Washington netted his third goal of the season for QPR

Ian Holloway began his second spell in charge of Queens Park Rangers with a win as his side beat 10-man Norwich.

Canaries left-back Martin Olsson saw red in the second minute for handling on the goalline but Tjaronn Chery sent the subsequent penalty wide.

Conor Washington gave the QPR the lead midway through the first half and Sebastian Polter added a second.

Steven Naismith pulled a goal back to set up a tense finale but the visitors slipped to a fourth consecutive defeat.

Alex Neil's Norwich, relegated from the Premier League last season, were second in the table a month ago but a five-match winless streak has seen them slip to sixth in the Championship.

Holloway, who managed QPR between 2001 and 2006, returned to Loftus Road following the dismissal of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and saw his team make a bright start.

Olsson's early dismissal handed the hosts the upper hand and, after Chery screwed his spot-kick wide, Rangers took the lead through a close-range finish from Northern Ireland international Washington.

Norwich winger Jacob Murphy hit the crossbar in the second half and then set up Naismith, whose header gave the visitors hope of a comeback.

However, City were unable to find a late equaliser, allowing Holloway to end Rangers' run of three games without a win on his return to west London.

QPR manager Ian Holloway: "We got a lot of things wrong and I could see a lack of belief after Norwich scored. We stopped passing and using the extra man.

"But I was looking for character and I know we have it. Long may that continue.

"To win games at this level you always need a bit of luck. All teams will have minutes (of pressure) no matter how many players they have on the pitch."

Norwich manager Alex Neil: "The fans will be frustrated and annoyed and I understand that. My job is to win games. All I can say is that I am working extremely hard to turn things around and so are the players.

"I thought they worked extremely hard and kept going until the last minute. We did better in the second half.

"You're looking to stick to the task and not concede sloppy goals, and then as the game goes on maybe quieten the crowd. But once we conceded that goal it's difficult.

"The two goals we conceded in the first half made it too easy for QPR."

Ian Holloway
New QPR boss Ian Holloway received a warm reception at Loftus Road prior to kick-off
Martin Olsson
Martin Olsson's handball meant Norwich went down to 10 men inside two minutes

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 24Perch
  • 5Onuoha
  • 6LynchBooked at 80mins
  • 18RobinsonSubstituted forSandroat 45'minutes
  • 4Hall
  • 21LuongoSubstituted forShodipoat 66'minutes
  • 10Chery
  • 8Cousins
  • 9Washington
  • 17PolterSubstituted forSyllaat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Borysiuk
  • 13Ingram
  • 19El Khayati
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 27Shodipo
  • 30Sandro
  • 40Sylla

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 5Martin
  • 24Bennett
  • 6Bassong
  • 3OlssonBooked at 2mins
  • 27TetteyBooked at 2mins
  • 4DorransBooked at 45mins
  • 22Murphy
  • 7NaismithBooked at 37minsSubstituted forMurphyat 88'minutes
  • 12Brady
  • 9OliveiraSubstituted forJeromeat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Whittaker
  • 10Jerome
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 15Klose
  • 19Lafferty
  • 31Murphy
  • 33McGovern
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
17,187

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Norwich City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Norwich City 1.

Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Steven Naismith.

Olamide Shodipo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Olamide Shodipo tries a through ball, but James Perch is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Idrissa Sylla replaces Sebastian Polter.

Booking

Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Steven Naismith (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Graham Dorrans.

Attempt blocked. Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tjaronn Chery.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Norwich City 1. Steven Naismith (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Murphy following a set piece situation.

Foul by James Perch (Queens Park Rangers).

Steven Naismith (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron Jerome replaces Nélson Oliveira.

Attempt blocked. Olamide Shodipo (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Sebastien Bassong.

Attempt blocked. Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by James Perch.

Attempt saved. Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tjaronn Chery with a cross.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jacob Murphy.

Attempt missed. Robbie Brady (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Sandro (Queens Park Rangers).

Russell Martin (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Olamide Shodipo replaces Massimo Luongo.

Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City).

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Attempt saved. Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Offside, Norwich City. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Nélson Oliveira is caught offside.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. James Perch tries a through ball, but Sebastian Polter is caught offside.

goal

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