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Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Queens Park Rangers

Sheffield Wednesday celebrate

Sheffield Wednesday made it three consecutive home wins in the Championship with a well-deserved victory against 10-man QPR.

Chris Maguire scored a penalty after Richard Dunne was sent off for a foul on Leon Best, who found space to make it 2-0 in the second half.

Lewis Buxton sealed it from 16 yards after QPR failed to clear a corner.

Rangers lacked a threat throughout and are 10 points behind second-placed Burnley.

Wednesday sit in 14th, having leapfrogged Huddersfield and Leeds.

It was not until Dunne brought down fellow Republic of Ireland international Best in the 33rd minute that the game came to life.

Keeper Brian Murphy, making his first league start for QPR two-and-a-half years after joining the club, was sent the wrong way by Maguire. The Owls striker could have doubled his tally minutes later when he headed Liam Palmer's cross wide.

With the home side dominating going into the break, it was no surprise when Best turned his marker Nedum Onuoha and fired the ball home shortly after the restart.

Onuoha came close to pulling a goal back for the visitors as the hour mark approached - but after surviving two dangerous efforts from Wednesday forward Atdhe Nuhiu, Rangers soon had the game put beyond them.

Buxton flicked the ball over the head of Joey Barton before slotting the ball into the bottom corner. However, having already picked up a booking, he was fortunate to not be dismissed for celebrating among the supporters.

Murphy had to be alert to prevent any further embarrassment for Rangers and pulled off two good saves to deny Caolan Lavery and Jermaine Johnson as the match came to a close.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray: "It was definitely a penalty. But I was quite surprised the referee brought the red card out, so that maybe the bit of luck we had.

"But I still think we would have beaten QPR with 11 players. We wanted to win the game, we got men forward and we created chances."

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond: "The issue is what has happened after we went down to 10 men - and we have spoken about it in the dressing room.

"There was a sense of inevitably about how the game was going to go. It wasn't the reaction we were looking for. We are all as a group hugely disappointed with what went on after the red card.

"It would be lovely to get promoted automatically but I accept it's a tall order."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 26Martinez
  • 2BuxtonBooked at 29mins
  • 17Helan
  • 22Palmer
  • 8Onyewu
  • 36Loovens
  • 25LaverySubstituted forPruttonat 84'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 42BestSubstituted forJohnsonat 74'minutes
  • 34Nuhiu
  • 18MaguireSubstituted forAfobeat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Johnson
  • 12Prutton
  • 13Davies
  • 14Coke
  • 19Mattock
  • 28Afobe
  • 32Llera

QPR

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Murphy
  • 18Hughes
  • 6Hill
  • 20HenrySubstituted forKranjcarat 45'minutes
  • 15Onuoha
  • 5DunneBooked at 33mins
  • 36O'NeilSubstituted forCarrollat 83'minutes
  • 17BartonBooked at 33mins
  • 25Zamora
  • 4Morrison
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forYunat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Carroll
  • 12Keane
  • 13Yun
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 35Benayoun
  • 40Maiga
  • 41Lennox
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
18,029

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home24
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Hughes.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

  6. Post update

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. David Prutton tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Prutton (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Johnson.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Joey Barton.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. David Prutton replaces Caolan Lavery.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Benik Afobe replaces Chris Maguire.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Tom Carroll replaces Gary O'Neil.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

  16. Post update

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

  19. Post update

    Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester35255568333580
2Burnley362013359312873
3Derby36189960431763
4QPR36189943311263
5Wigan351781048341459
6Nottm Forest361415755411457
7Reading3615111056411556
8Brighton351511939281156
9Ipswich361312114642451
10Blackburn351310124344-149
11Watford3512121152411148
12Bournemouth361210144452-846
13Middlesbrough361015114438645
14Sheff Wed361112134642445
15Leeds35128154851-344
16Huddersfield36128164750-344
17Bolton36913144652-640
18Blackpool36911163152-2138
19Birmingham36910174351-837
20Doncaster36910173254-2237
21Charlton33711152541-1632
22Millwall36711183262-3032
23Yeovil3679203355-2230
24Barnsley35611183162-3129
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