Championship
Reading0QPR1

Reading 0-1 Queens Park Rangers

Reading v QPR
Jamie Mackie's goal was his first in an away match since March 2015, when he scored in Reading's 1-1 draw at Bolton

Jamie Mackie scored the winner against his old club Reading to give QPR their third consecutive Championship victory.

In an otherwise drab first half, Mackie was left unmarked at the back post to lash home from Ryan Manning's touch.

The Royals piled forward after the break but struggled to create openings, with Idrissa Sylla having two goalbound shots blocked for the visitors.

Jaap Stam's side almost equalised when Yann Kermorgant headed Garath McCleary's cross against the bar.

The R's are now up to 15th place, eight points clear of the relegation zone, but third-placed Reading missed the chance to close the gap on leading pair Brighton and Newcastle.

Mackie's goal is his first since suffering ankle ligament damage in training, which kept him out for eight months.

Only Newcastle have secured more points at home this season than Reading, but Garath McCleary's half-volley over the bar was the closest they came before a late surge.

It could have been worse for the Royals as goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi rushed off his line and looked to make contact on the edge of his area with QPR midfielder Pawel Wszolek, who stayed on his feet.

The result means Ian Holloway's side have completed back-to-back wins on the road for the first time since August 2015.

Reading meanwhile are yet to win a league match on a Thursday since December 1991, drawing three and losing six since.

Reading manager Jaap Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"It's disappointing, but we need to be realistic as just because we're playing QPR at home, it's not going to be an easy win.

"You want to win games at home, but you're playing against a side that defended really well and came out strong on the counter-attack.

"We lost the ball too much in the first half and they capitalised and scored. After that, they sat deeper.

"We need to be patient and make the right choices on the ball in those situations. We did that better in the second half, but it's hard not to give away more chances when you're chasing the game like that."

QPR boss Ian Holloway told BBC Radio London:

"We talked about what we were going to do - I looked at their play and I felt we needed to stop that, but it was a delight - it could have gone either way if we'd let one in early.

"I know [Kazenga] LuaLua will add to us - our fans are already singing his name, it's wonderful.

"Jamie Mackie epitomises everything that I'm believing and he's got where he's got because that's in his DNA - what a wonderful example."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 16MooreBooked at 85mins
  • 4van den BergBooked at 89mins
  • 11Obita
  • 23Williams
  • 38Kelly
  • 8SwiftSubstituted forMeiteat 73'minutes
  • 12McCleary
  • 7Beerens
  • 18Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 3Cooper
  • 6Evans
  • 14Samuel
  • 17Wieser
  • 19Meite
  • 30Watson
  • 40Moore

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 29Furlong
  • 5Onuoha
  • 6Lynch
  • 3Bidwell
  • 21Luongo
  • 4Hall
  • 41ManningSubstituted forDoughtyat 86'minutes
  • 15WszolekBooked at 87mins
  • 40SyllaSubstituted forLua Luaat 73'minutes
  • 12MackieBooked at 33minsSubstituted forComleyat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Ingram
  • 16Doughty
  • 19El Khayati
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 27Shodipo
  • 28Lua Lua
  • 36Comley
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
12,655

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Michael Doughty (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Brandon Comley replaces Jamie Mackie.

Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers).

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers).

Booking

Joey van den Berg (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Joey van den Berg (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Doughty (Queens Park Rangers).

Booking

Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Michael Doughty (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Alex Smithies tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Michael Doughty replaces Ryan Manning.

Booking

Liam Moore (Reading) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Liam Moore (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Kelly.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Roy Beerens with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Manning.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Pawel Wszolek.

Attempt saved. Kazenga Lua Lua (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yakou Meite replaces John Swift.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Idrissa Sylla.

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Hall with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 12th January 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton24166240152554
2Newcastle25171748202852
3Reading2514473633346
4Huddersfield2514473028246
5Leeds25143834241045
6Sheff Wed2512672824442
7Derby2511772418640
8Barnsley2511594337638
9Norwich25114104137437
10Fulham2499641301136
11Preston2510693332136
12Aston Villa2581162624235
13Birmingham259883035-535
14Brentford2596103231133
15QPR2695122536-1132
16Ipswich2587102529-431
17Wolves2578103234-229
18Bristol City2583143335-227
19Cardiff2476112738-1127
20Nottm Forest2575133745-826
21Burton2567122634-825
22Blackburn2566132940-1124
23Wigan2547142031-1119
24Rotherham2534182555-3013
View full Championship table

Top Stories