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Crystal Palace 3-1 Queens Park Rangers

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Wilfried Zaha collides with the post after Crystal Palace's opener against QPR
Wilfried Zaha collides with the post after Palace's opener against QPR
  • QPR suffer 19th defeat in 29 league games this season
  • Three points from 42 on the road for QPR
  • Palace eight points clear of relegation
  • Eagles win first home game since 10 January

QPR's relegation woes deepened after they slumped to defeat at Crystal Palace and suffered their eighth Premier League loss in nine games.

Palace took the lead when Wilfried Zaha slotted in a low Yannick Bolasie cross.

The home side then scored two goals in two minutes as James McArthur side-footed in another Bolasie cross and Joel Ward curled in a low shot.

Matt Phillips scored a brilliant 40-yard effort after 83 minutes but it was no more than a consolation strike.

Wing play delights Palace boss Pardew

Palace were too strong, too quick and had too much desire for a QPR side woefully lacking in all three departments.

The Hoops have the worst away record in the Premier League this season and they struggled all over the pitch on the way to a 13th defeat in 14 games on their travels.

The defeat left them four points from safety and still within sight of relegation-threatened Aston Villa, Hull and Sunderland, but they will have to show a massive improvement to escape the drop.

QPR's Matt Phillips scored a brilliant goal as his side lost at Crystal Palace
Matt Phillips' 40-yard strike was the goal from the longest distance in the Premier League this season

Palace had won just one of their last eight league and cup games at home but they quickly took control to dash QPR's hopes of a win.

Visiting striker Charlie Austin appealed for a foul when defender Scott Dann beat him to a header and referee Lee Mason's decision not to award the visitors a free-kick proved crucial.

Glenn Murray found Bolasie on Palace's left-wing and his cross to the far post was slotted in by Zaha, who injured himself in the process after colliding with the woodwork.

First-half display killed game - Ramsey

Two quick goals then put the home side out of reach. Palace's threat again came from Bolasie as his cross was tapped in by McArthur from point-blank range.

QPR barely had time to regroup before a recovered Zaha found right-back Ward and he curled in a shot.

Palace's threat decreased with Jason Puncheon and Zaha having to go off injured in the second half before QPR finally showed the kind of application which had been lacking for most of the game.

Home keeper Julian Speroni had been a virtual spectator before Phillips sent a dipping 40-yard shot into his top corner for an impressive goal.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "Steve Coppell would be proud. We are famous for wingers here and there was none better than Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha today.

"I've been being the nasty teacher to them this week telling them to get in the box.

"I just thought we were very good. We were unlucky in the second half as we lost Jason Puncheon and Zaha.

"I don't think I have ever seen a better goal than we have seen (from Matt Phillips) at this place. Ironically, it was from the opposition. That was a special goal."

QPR manager Chris Ramsey: "The first-half key moments really put us on the back foot and the way we defended was really disappointing. It killed the game before we could get into it.

"It wasn't about protection for the defence. What we needed to do was to track the runners.

"Sometimes it's over by the time you begin getting back in the game.

"In the first-half our play wasn't horrendous but we struggled in the key moments. All the players have come off disappointed knowing we let ourselves down in the key moments.

"We knew it was a mammoth task to stay up. We are now relying on other people which you don't want to do. But, until we get to a mathematical point where we can't survive we are going to keep going."

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha collides with the post on the way to scoring against QPR
Wilfried Zaha had gone 18 games without a goal or assist in the Premier League before this game
James McArthur slots in Crystal Palace's second against QPR
The Eagles scored three goals before the break for the first time ever in a Premier League match
QPR didn't manage a shot on target until a header from Charlie Austin (left) in the 72nd minute
QPR did not manage a shot on target until a header from Charlie Austin (left) in the 72nd minute


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Speroni
  • 2Ward
  • 6Dann
  • 27Delaney
  • 34Kelly
  • 42PuncheonSubstituted forGayleat 56'minutes
  • 28Ledley
  • 18McArthur
  • 11ZahaSubstituted forMariappaat 57'minutes
  • 17MurrayBooked at 59minsSubstituted forSanogoat 80'minutes
  • 7Bolasie


  • 3Mariappa
  • 4Hangeland
  • 9Sanogo
  • 13Hennessey
  • 16Gayle
  • 23Ameobi
  • 40Souaré


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Green
  • 38FurlongSubstituted forHillat 45'minutes
  • 15OnuohaBooked at 76mins
  • 4Caulker
  • 13Yun
  • 11Wright-PhillipsSubstituted forGrego-Coxat 85'minutes
  • 20HenryBooked at 30mins
  • 30Guimaraes CordeiroBooked at 53minsSubstituted forKranjcarat 84'minutes
  • 7Phillips
  • 27Taarabt
  • 9Austin


  • 6Hill
  • 12McCarthy
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 23Hoilett
  • 24Vargas
  • 25Zamora
  • 39Grego-Cox
Lee Mason

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamQPR
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 3, Queens Park Rangers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 3, Queens Park Rangers 1.

  3. Post update

    Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Joel Ward.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace).

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers).

  12. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Damien Delaney tries a through ball, but Dwight Gayle is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adel Taarabt.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adel Taarabt.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Adel Taarabt.

  17. Post update

    Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dwight Gayle.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Reece Grego-Cox replaces Shaun Wright-Phillips.

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