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Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Helder Costa scored
Helder Costa scored his fourth league goal of the season in Wolves' win at QPR

Wolves ended their nine-game winless run and picked up their first victory under new boss Paul Lambert by beating 10-man QPR.

Rs defender James Perch was sent-off before half-time for two yellow cards, and Dave Edwards fired in from 10 yards on the hour to put Wolves ahead.

Helder Costa then cut in from the right to double the lead.

Joel Lynch pulled one back from close range and then missed a glorious chance to equalise as Wolves held on.

That miss - an airshot five yards out - came in eight frantic minutes of stoppage time when play swung from one end to the other as QPR searched for an equaliser and Wolves looked to hit them on the break.

Costa, twice, and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson were both brilliantly denied by Rangers keeper Alex Smithies as Wolves looked for the third goal that would have settled the contest.

The finale was in contrast to the first half in which Smithies again saved from Costa before Perch was dismissed after being booked first for dissent and then for a late tackle on Matt Doherty.

QPR's 10 men began the second half brightly but fell behind when Edwards shot into the top corner from Dominic Iorfa's pull-back before Costa made it 2-0.

Another smart Smithies save from Doherty kept the Rs in the game and they were rewarded when Lynch reduced the arrears.

But Wolves, whose keeper Carl Ikeme pulled up with an apparent Achilles injury when taking a second-half goal kick, held on to secure their first victory since beating Brentford on 24 September and move three points clear of the relegation zone in 19th.

QPR boss Ian Holloway on James Perch's sending-off:

"It's probably the most bizarre thing I seen for a while. The decisions (referee Tim Robinson) made in the first few minutes led to the first booking. He blew everything up and that set the game up.

"I think he has made a mistake, Perchy then made a mistake on his second challenge, he caught him. My player shouldn't have (gone in on the challenge) for the second one, the referee shouldn't have booked him for the first one.

"The ref said he spoke to him in an 'aggressive manner', which is that stupid new-fangled rule. He said 'ref, he dropped it', there was no swearing. If there was swearing I could understand."

Wolves head coach Paul Lambert told BBC WM 95.6:

"I thought we earned the right to win the game with the start we had, and we had one or two chances before the sending off against a team that's really difficult to play against here.

"There was more enthusiasm for the game, more intensity for the game, we looked more of a threat and I think we look stronger defensively.

"I still think we can be better in a lot of aspects, but it's a decent start and I think we're playing pretty well at the minute."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 24PerchBooked at 35mins
  • 5Onuoha
  • 6Lynch
  • 18Robinson
  • 30SandroSubstituted forHenryat 62'minutes
  • 4Hall
  • 10Chery
  • 21LuongoBooked at 51mins
  • 17PolterSubstituted forSyllaat 67'minutes
  • 9WashingtonSubstituted forN'Gbakotoat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bidwell
  • 8Cousins
  • 11Gladwin
  • 13Ingram
  • 20Henry
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 40Sylla

Wolves

  • 1IkemeSubstituted forLonerganat 83'minutes
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6BatthBooked at 78mins
  • 5Stearman
  • 2Doherty
  • 4Edwards
  • 27SaissBooked at 90mins
  • 16Coady
  • 17Costa
  • 9DickoSubstituted forBödvarssonat 76'minutes
  • 50CavaleiroBooked at 49minsSubstituted forSavilleat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Saville
  • 12Wallace
  • 19Price
  • 21Lonergan
  • 22Bödvarsson
  • 26Enobakhare
  • 30Hause
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
12,222

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home17
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by George Saville.

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

Attempt missed. Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yeni N'Gbakoto.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers).

Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Coady.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Booking

Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Jack Robinson (Queens Park Rangers).

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tjaronn Chery with a cross.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

Attempt blocked. Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tjaronn Chery.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Batth.

Attempt blocked. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Iorfa.

Foul by Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers).

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Andy Lonergan replaces Carl Ikeme because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

Booking

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Nouha Dicko.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Jack Robinson tries a through ball, but Idrissa Sylla is caught offside.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Massimo Luongo tries a through ball, but Yeni N'Gbakoto is caught offside.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 1st December 2016

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Newcastle1813142240
2Brighton1811521738
3Reading181044634
4Birmingham18873531
5Leeds18927129
6Huddersfield18927-329
7Sheff Wed18846028
8Norwich18837-127
9Derby18756326
10Fulham18675425
11Aston Villa185103325
12Preston18747225
13Bristol City18738224
14Ipswich18666024
15QPR19658-823
16Brentford18648322
17Nottm Forest18648022
18Barnsley18648022
19Wolves19568-321
20Burton18477-519
21Blackburn18549-719
22Wigan18468-418
23Cardiff185310-1218
24Rotherham181413-257
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