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Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Wigan Athletic

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QPR are 10 points clear of the relegation zone after beating Wigan at Loftus Road

Wigan Athletic remain in the Championship's bottom three as goals from Matt Smith and Conor Washington earned QPR victory at Loftus Road.

Washington crossed for Smith to sweep in Rangers' opener from 12 yards, his second goal in two games.

Omar Bogle levelled for the visitors, scoring from the penalty spot after he had been brought down by Joel Lynch.

Washington's finish from the edge of the area won it for Ian Holloway's men, who are 10 points above the drop zone.

Wigan, who had taken four points from their previous two matches without conceding a goal, would have moved out of the relegation zone with a win but they found QPR goalkeeper Alex Smithies in excellent form.

Smithies denied Bogle a second goal and kept out Jake Buxton efforts either side of half-time before Washington's winner.

Having struggled to find the net frequently under previous QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the former Newport and Peterborough striker has now scored four goals in six appearances for the west London club.

QPR manager Ian Holloway:

"We got an ugly win but the character has come and you can see that the lads are growing.

"The work-rate is there. They're all wearing the shirt with so much pride. Even if we had drawn that game I still would have been happy with their effort. I can't ask for any more from any one of them.

"We're getting that feeling that we can win games, and that's absolutely vital. We need a feeling that we can be good at this level and are moving forward."

Wigan Athletic boss Warren Joyce:

"They were two poor goals to concede. For the first goal we were wide open to a long kick down the middle. We did well to come back and were good value for the 1-1 at half-time.

"We were certainly under plenty of pressure from how direct they were. We know the lad (Matt Smith) wins a lot of balls in the air and that we had to get to the second ball.

"For the second goal we don't pick the second ball up - it's straight through on the back four.

"They were poor goals, not goals where you're carved open. The fitness and desire were there and we could have got an equaliser near the end."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 5Onuoha
  • 4HallSubstituted forLua Luaat 29'minutes
  • 6LynchBooked at 15mins
  • 29Furlong
  • 41Manning
  • 2Freeman
  • 3Bidwell
  • 15Wszolek
  • 9WashingtonSubstituted forN'Gbakotoat 69'minutes
  • 17SmithSubstituted forSyllaat 76'minutesBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 12Mackie
  • 13Ingram
  • 21Luongo
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 24Perch
  • 28Lua Lua
  • 40Sylla

Wigan

  • 35Gilks
  • 12Connolly
  • 3BuxtonBooked at 61mins
  • 33Burn
  • 23Warnock
  • 6PowerBooked at 35mins
  • 26HansonBooked at 46minsSubstituted forMandronat 81'minutes
  • 8Morsy
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 9GriggBooked at 30minsSubstituted forObertanat 73'minutes
  • 14BogleBooked at 22mins

Substitutes

  • 4Perkins
  • 11Obertan
  • 13Kellett
  • 37Laurent
  • 39Mandron
  • 46Roberts
  • 47Weir
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
12,101

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Wigan Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Wigan Athletic 1.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Kazenga Lua Lua (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic).

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

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

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

Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kazenga Lua Lua (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic).

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Mikael Mandron replaces Jamie Hanson.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Gabriel Obertan tries a through ball, but Omar Bogle is caught offside.

Booking

Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers).

Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Idrissa Sylla replaces Matt Smith.

Kazenga Lua Lua (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gabriel Obertan (Wigan Athletic).

Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Omar Bogle (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gabriel Obertan replaces William Grigg.

Attempt missed. Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

Jamie Hanson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Omar Bogle (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Yeni N'Gbakoto replaces Conor Washington because of an injury.

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Kazenga Lua Lua (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Max Power with a cross.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

Booking

Jake Buxton (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kazenga Lua Lua (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Buxton (Wigan Athletic).

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Wigan Athletic 1. Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle32223762253769
2Brighton32208454262868
3Huddersfield3220484335864
4Reading3318694742560
5Leeds331841145341158
6Sheff Wed33177942321058
7Norwich331561258471151
8Fulham311310852371549
9Barnsley33147125147449
10Preston331310104440449
11Derby32139103629748
12Cardiff33136144547-245
13Ipswich331011123441-741
14Brentford32117144646040
15QPR33117153646-1040
16Birmingham331010133448-1440
17Aston Villa32812123038-836
18Nottm Forest33106174658-1236
19Wolves3198143842-435
20Burton3398163346-1335
21Bristol City3195174246-432
22Wigan3379173040-1030
23Blackburn3178163649-1329
24Rotherham3345243073-4317
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