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Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Birmingham City

Tjaronn Chery scores
Tjaronn Chery's goal was his second in three games for Queens Park Rangers

A dominant QPR won for the first time in four games to land a blow to Birmingham City's play-off hopes.

Tjaronn Chery scored the first, drilling the ball low in to the corner after good work from James Perch.

Junior Hoilett capped off an excellent first half for Rangers when he converted a penalty after Sebastian Polter was fouled by Michael Morrison.

Massimo Luongo, Gabriele Angella and Chery all forced good saves from Tomasz Kuszczak after the break.

Birmingham, who drop to eighth in the Championship table, failed to trouble the home side in the first half, and only went close twice after the interval.

Jonathan Grounds had a shot headed over the bar by Karl Henry, while Clayton Donaldson saw an effort deflected over 12 minutes from time.

Cardiff's win over Preston means Birmingham are five points off Sheffield Wednesday, who occupy the final play-off place.

The victory was just QPR's third since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took over as manager and the first time they had scored more than once at Loftus Road since 15 December.

Rangers move up to 11th, 11 points adrift of the play-off places with 12 games to go.

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink:

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Hasselbaink on QPR v Birmingham

"Hopefully we can build from here. Today we were very good from back to front. From the first five minutes we had control, scored a brilliant goal and then the move for the penalty was very good.

"We were able to score two goals and that gave the boys a little bit more freedom. In other games we had opportunities in the first half and didn't score, and then the other teams have started better in the second half.

"To score two and have other chances against a very good side like Birmingham is very good.

"I would have liked to have had more control in the second half but we had a good shape and could have scored to make it 3-0, so I am happy."

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett:

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Rowett on QPR v Birmingham

"The first goal we conceded was a bit soft. Chery has had four or five touches and we didn't get near him. I also felt the penalty was a bit soft. Polter sees Morrison coming and leans into him and he goes down.

"I spoke a lot to the players before the game about the mentality and what we do so well away from home, which is to be hard to beat and very hard to play against.

"I don't want to take credit away from QPR, because they were good value for their win, but that 40 minutes in the first half was the poorest we've been in terms of energy and drive.

"We were much better in the second half and maybe if we'd have taken one of our opportunities it would have been different. But we didn't show enough drive and desire to get anything out of the game. We looked a little bit lacklustre."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 25Smithies
  • 5Onuoha
  • 4Hall
  • 26Angella
  • 24Perch
  • 21Luongo
  • 20Henry
  • 7PhillipsSubstituted forWashingtonat 82'minutes
  • 8CherySubstituted forTözsérat 76'minutes
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forEl Khayatiat 90+3'minutes
  • 33Polter

Substitutes

  • 9Washington
  • 15Konchesky
  • 18Faurlin
  • 19El Khayati
  • 28Tözsér
  • 29Ingram
  • 34Petrasso

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 32Shotton
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 39mins
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forVaughanat 71'minutes
  • 11Cotterill
  • 7FabbriniBooked at 15minsSubstituted forToralat 63'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forBuckleyat 79'minutes
  • 9DonaldsonBooked at 60mins

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 15Vaughan
  • 20Toral
  • 23Spector
  • 26Davis
  • 30Buckley
  • 31Caddis
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
17,110

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Birmingham City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Birmingham City 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Abdenasser El Khayati replaces Junior Hoilett.

Foul by James Vaughan (Birmingham City).

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sebastian Polter.

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill following a set piece situation.

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill.

Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

Offside, Birmingham City. Michael Morrison tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt saved. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Washington.

Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Conor Washington replaces Matthew Phillips.

Booking

Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City).

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. William Buckley replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Attempt saved. Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

Attempt blocked. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Shotton with a cross.

Attempt missed. Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Daniel Tözsér replaces Tjaronn Chery.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the right.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Perch.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. James Vaughan replaces Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Attempt missed. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Hand ball by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt saved. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tjaronn Chery.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jon-Miquel Toral replaces Diego Fabbrini.

Foul by Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers).

Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Burnley341811553272665
2Hull33197748192964
3Middlesbrough32197644172764
4Brighton331612545341160
5Derby341512745301557
6Sheff Wed341413750351555
7Cardiff34131384538752
8Birmingham33149103932751
9Ipswich33149104140151
10Preston341212103332148
11QPR341014104140144
12Reading331110123836243
13Wolves341110134247-543
14Brentford34127154753-643
15Nottm Forest331012113230242
16Huddersfield34109154446-239
17Leeds32814103035-538
18Blackburn32813113130137
19Bristol City34910153153-2237
20Fulham34812145156-536
21MK Dons3488182848-2032
22Rotherham3485213859-2129
23Bolton34413173256-2425
24Charlton34510193065-3525
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