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Summary

  1. Lennon's first Everton goal secures win for visitors
  2. Coleman gave Everton lead before Vargas leveller
  3. Everton move nine points clear of the drop
  4. QPR remain four points from safety

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Player reaction

QPR 1-2 Everton

QPR
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QPR skipper Joey Barton: "The league table doesn't lie. Over the course of 30-odd games you deserve to be where you are - you can't complain every week about bad luck. It is an unforgiving league, no team shows you any empathy.

"We still believe we can stay up - that is a fundamental thing in our dressing room. Now we have got to go out and prove that. We were the better side today but have got no points to show for it."

Manager reaction

QPR 1-2 Everton

Chris Ramsey
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QPR boss Chris Ramsey: "It is very disappointing to lose. I'm hoping it can be showed how well the boys played and fought for the club. How we have not come away with three points is unbelievable.

"Fortunately for us the other clubs around us haven't won and it keeps us within touching distance. We need to keep playing like that until the end of the season.

"I think we can get out of it, other teams have done that in the past. Had we gone out there with apathy and not played how we did then it would be different."

Player reaction

QPR 1-2 Everton

QPR skipper Joey Barton: "When you are fighting away at bottom, things seem to go against you. Everton had three shots on target and they scored two.

"We knew Everton had just come off the plane from Europe, so we tried to play at a high tempo. I thought the lads implemented the game plan really well. To lose is a kick in the teeth."

QPR 1-2 Everton

Everton did defend excellently at Loftus Road, especially in the context of their horror show in the 5-2 defeat at Dinamo Kiev on Thursday.

Skipper Phil Jagielka and young centre-half partner John Stones both dealt with the pace and power of Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora.

But Everton have still kept only four clean sheets in their last 20 Premier League games.

QPR 1-2 Everton

QPR 1-2 Everton: Phil Jagielka
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez on his side's much-improved defensive display: "The back four were excellent, especially Phil Jagielka. It was the most impressive performance by captain when it was most needed."

Player reaction

QPR 1-2 Everton

Seamus Coleman
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Everton goalscorer Seamus Coleman: "A lot of the lads were down after Thursday's defeat in Europe - not one of us could say that we played well. I know I wasn't happy with my performance.

"We wanted a reaction and that's what we did. Phil Jagielka was immense and Aaron Lennon didn't stop running - they made my job easier.

"We know we haven't been good enough this season and our league position shows it. We are too close to the bottom for our liking, but today we put it right."

FULL-TIME MATCH STATS

QPR 1-2 Everton

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Manager reaction

QPR 1-2 Everton

Everton boss Roberto Martinez on injuries to strikers Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone: "It is too early to make an assessment. Kone took a knock on the knee and we need 48 hours. Romelu, it is more the amount of games and more fatigue and tissue reacting in that manner. We hope it is not too serious."

Manager reaction

QPR 1-2 Everton

Roberto Martinez
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "That was an outstanding performance in terms of greed and the personality we needed to adapt to that type of game.

"QPR have been unfortunate at home this season, have created chances and today the result could have gone either way. We defended very well and scored two outstanding goals.

"The desire and application we showed gives me more satisfaction than any other victory. Now we have to make sure this performance is an incredible platform for the rest of the reason. We need to climb the table as high as we can."

Player reaction

QPR 1-2 Everton

Everton matchwinner Aaron Lennon: "This is a massive win for us. We picked up good win at Newcastle, then had a disappointing performance in Europe. But we did well here today - it is difficult place to come.

On his loan spell at the Toffees: "I'm enjoying my time here and I have done since the moment I arrived. Long may it continue."

Is that a hint that he is keen on staying after this season?

FULL-TIME

QPR 1-2 Everton

All over at Loftus Road! Vital victory for Everton, who stop the rot to move nine points clear of the bottom three.

QPR would love to swap places with their opponents. That's because they remain second bottom in the Premier League table - four points away from safety.

QPR 1-2 Everton

Another ball is slung into the Everton six-yard box, another Everton head clear the trouble. Ref Jon Moss looks at his watch....

QPR 1-2 Everton

QPR are throwing everything at the visitors - I'm half expecting to see someone run on with a kitchen sink. Phil Jagielka and John Stones are leading the resistance though, both Everton centre-backs making important headers to clear.

HITS THE WOODWORK

QPR 1-2 Everton

Adel Taarabt weaves into space in the right channel of the Everton box, steadies himself, cleanly strikes...but is denied by the post!

QPR 1-2 Everton

Everton supporters are making all the noise inside Loftus Road. QPR fans have their fingernails in their mouths. A header from Steven Caulker harmlessly flies over the Everton crossbar...

INJURY TIME

QPR 1-2 Everton

The fourth official appears on the touchline, wielding a big electronic board. It illuminates into life, telling us that QPR have five more minutes to find an equaliser...

QPR 1-2 Everton

As you can imagine, QPR are hogging virtually all of the possession now. Mauricio Isla slings in a deep cross from the right touchline but can't find a blue-and-white shirt. Seamus Coleman boots clear. Almost into stoppage time...

QPR 1-2 Everton

If QPR are going to nick an equaliser then you'd get short odds on Charlie Austin being the hero. The Hoops striker unleashes a fierce effort right on the cusp of the away penalty area, but an outstretched toe from - yep, you've guessed it - John Stones closes the door.

QPR 1-2 Everton

Shaven-headed Everton midfielder Darron Gibson grimaces as he pulls up following a bone-crunching tackle. His shift is over, I'd imagine. The clock stops as he receives treatment, before the Irishman decides he is OK to carry on. Hard as nails.

CLOSE!

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Adel Taraabt shoots
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Adel Taarabt almost produces the moment of magic that QPR need. The Moroccan playmaker jinks into space on the edge of the Everton area, before firing agonisingly wide of Tim Howard's left-hand post.

SUBSTITUTION

QPR 1-2 Everton

Can QPR dig deep in the last 10 minutes? Here's Adel Taarabt - sometime genius, sometime 'over-weight' luxury - to help them.

QPR 1-2 Everton

Deflated
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Deflation. That's the only word to describe Loftus Road right now. Well, apart from the corner which is housing the Everton fans. They are singing away to their hearts content.

Everton will ease any lingering relegation worries, moving nine points clear of the bottom three with a win.

But QPR will remain four points adrift of safety.

GOAL

QPR 1-2 Everton - Aaron Lennon

Aaron Lennon
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Everton back in front! On-loan Spurs winger Aaron Lennon, who was linked to QPR before going to Goodison in January, coolly drills in a low effort after pouncing on to a half-hearted clearance from the home defence. Excellent work down the right flank by Seamus Coleman, who provided the dangerous cross which QPR couldn't cope with.

QPR 1-1 Everton

Charlie Austin has banged in 15 goals this season, but has seen little opportunity to add to that tally today. Now he does. Great link up play by strike partner Bobby Zamora, who chests down into Austin's path on the edge of the area. But he can't keep his swipe down.

QPR 1-1 Everton

Another chance for QPR - another chance wasted by Bobby Zamora. The Hoops striker hustles his way in front of the Everton defence, only to lash over the crossbar and into the home fans huddled behind Tim Howard's goal.

SUBSTITUTION

QPR 1-1 Everton

Another change of personnel for QPR. And why not? Chris Ramsey's last tactical tweak worked wonders. Sandro is ushered to the sideline as Karl Henry replaces the Brazilian.

QPR 1-1 Everton

Right, here is where we are after that QPR equaliser.

A draw here would see QPR remain second bottom, three behind fourth-bottom Sunderland. Everton would stay 14th, seven points clear of the dreaded bottom three.

SUBSTITUTION

QPR 1-1 Everton

As the Loftus Road decibel meter combusts after that equaliser, Everton are forced into a change. Unsurprisingly it is striker Romelu Lukaku, who appears to picked up a hamstring injury. On comes Ross Barkley...

QPR 1-1 Everton

Clive Allen

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Loftus Road

Austin ducks as Vargas shoots
Reuters

"Everton had plenty of numbers in there but they couldn't clear their lines. Eduardo Vargas picks up the ball from Charlie Austin, who had actually miscontrolled the ball, and fired into the roof of the net. Everton are on the back foot now and QPR will think they can get more than a point out of this game. It's certainly lifted the home fans at Loftus Road."

GOAL

QPR 1-1 Everton - Eduardo Vargas

Vargas celebrates his goal
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Even more bad news for Everton fans - but not for QPR fans! The home team are level. And it is the substitute Eduardo Vargas who lashes an unstoppable rising shot into the roof of the Toffees net. The Chilean pounces from six yards out after Sandro and Charlie Austin cause nuisances of themselves in the away penalty area.

QPR 0-1 Everton

Uh oh, some bad news Everton fans. Romelu Lukaku looks to have pinged his hamstring...

QPR 0-1 Everton

The ball pings around the Everton box like a pinball until QPR midfielder Sandro pounces. However, the Brazilian's shot is blocked by an Everton shirt.

QPR 0-1 Everton

Football fans are largely not known for being sympathetic - especially when they have got a relegation battle to contend with. The QPR fans jeer Everton striker Arouna Kone when he requires some treatment.

SUBSTITUTION

QPR 0-1 Everton

First roll of the tactical dice from QPR boss Chris Ramsey, who has only won one match since Harry Redknapp left remember. Junior Hoilett's number is up, trudging off to be replaced by Chile forward Eduardo Vargas. The cheers from the home fans tell us that they are happy with that move.

QPR 0-1 Everton

Stones and Jagielka
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Everton were pilloried for their display in Kiev, when they had a weaker defence than a convicted mass murderer. But they have cleaned up their act today, with centre-backs Phil Jagielka and John Stones looking particularly assured.

QPR 0-1 Everton

Chile defender Mauricio Isla is the man of the moment, again coming to QPR's rescue to break down another Everton attack. But the respite is brief - Everton winning back possession as Leon Osman tees up Darron Gibson. But the Irish midfielder drags his low 20-yard shot wide.

QPR 0-1 Everton

Despite Everton hardly having a kick since the break, they almost have a sniff of a second. The Toffees, backed by plenty of noise from the away end, spring forward quickly on the counter. Leon Osman races through the middle but is superbly stopped in his tracks by the covering Mauricio Isla.

QPR 0-1 Everton

QPR are hogging the ball at the moment, as they patiently probe for an opening. A ball is lofted towards the Everton penalty spot, midfielder James McCarthy is back there to head clear. And he is stood in the right position again moments later to hack away from his own goal again.

QPR 0-1 Everton

But then there are a few groans from the QPR fans as their team go backwards when holding on to possession.