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Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Queens Park Rangers

QPR debutant Ryan Manning (centre) and Jamie Mackie (right) helped celebrate Idrissa Sylla's goal at Molineux
Four of Idrissa Sylla's five goals for QPR have come away from Loftus Road

Struggling Queens Park Rangers ended a run of six straight defeats as they beat Wolves for the third straight time at Molineux with a scrappy late winner.

Idrissa Sylla shot the Hoops ahead from Pawel Wszolek's 53rd-minute cross.

Wolves midfielder Edwards levelled when he turned home a cross from Helder Costa on 61 minutes.

But Wszolek then poked home low left-footed into the bottom corner to earn manager Ian Holloway only his second win since returning to the club.

While Paul Lambert's Wolves were unchanged for the third game in a row after back-to-back victories, Holloway made four changes to the QPR side that were beaten 3-0 at Brighton on Tuesday.

Dave Edwards' strike was his sixth in his last nine Wolves appearances
Dave Edwards' strike was his sixth in his last nine Wolves appearances

One of them was forced as defender Joel Lynch was drafted in for the suspended Nedum Onuoha, but he also gave striker Jamie Mackie his first start of the season following his ankle injury.

And he altered his midfield by bringing in Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Ryan Manning for his debut and recalling Sandro for only his fifth start of the campaign.

QPR's six straight defeats had included a 2-1 home defeat by Wolves on 1 December - but after a goalless first half, it began to look as if Holloway's tinkering had worked when Wszolek set up Sylla to score the opener, his seventh goal of the season - and his side's first in 413 minutes of football.

Eight minutes later, Wales international Edwards levelled with the 60th goal of his career and his seventh of the season - six of which have now come in his last nine games.

But Wszolek was to have the final word on 87 minutes to lift QPR two places up the table to 19th, within two points of 16th-placed Wolves.

Wales international Dave Edwards has netted in four of Wolves' last five home games
Wales international Dave Edwards has netted in four of Wolves' last five home games

Wolves head coach Paul Lambert told BBC WM:

"That's as good as we've played in my time here. All it lacked was that finishing touch. But football has a funny way of knocking you when you play well.

"We were playing against a team fighting for their lives who were due a bit of luck.

"They've had a bit of a ricochet bounce their way for the winning goal and the lad has poked it in."

QPR manager Ian Holloway:

"In the last couple of games we've played some wonderful football and got nothing. Today it was against the run of play. We've come here and stolen the points but that is what you have to do in football sometimes.

"It was probably the worst that we've played but the best heart that we've shown. When they got the equaliser, it looked ominous. But I asked for fight and spirit and that's as good as I've seen.

"The winner is the luckiest, ugliest goal you'll ever see. But Pawel deserved that as he chases and chases and sometimes the harder you work the luckier you get."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 16Coady
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 2Doherty
  • 4Edwards
  • 19PriceBooked at 32mins
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 26EnobakhareSubstituted forMasonat 71'minutes
  • 50Cavaleiro
  • 9DickoSubstituted forBödvarssonat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Saville
  • 10Mason
  • 18Iorfa
  • 22Bödvarsson
  • 30Hause
  • 31Burgoyne
  • 43Ronan

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 24PerchBooked at 77mins
  • 4Hall
  • 6Lynch
  • 3BidwellBooked at 66mins
  • 30Guimaraes CordeiroSubstituted forBorysiukat 68'minutes
  • 41ManningBooked at 65mins
  • 15Wszolek
  • 23N'GbakotoSubstituted forWashingtonat 78'minutes
  • 12Mackie
  • 40Sylla

Substitutes

  • 7Borysiuk
  • 9Washington
  • 13Ingram
  • 19El Khayati
  • 27Shodipo
  • 38Hamalainen
  • 39Eze
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
21,132

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home20
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Queens Park Rangers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Queens Park Rangers 2.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Queens Park Rangers 2. Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Price with a through ball.

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ariel Borysiuk (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Nouha Dicko.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Coady with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Conor Washington replaces Yeni N'Gbakoto.

Booking

James Perch (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Attempt blocked. Joe Mason (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Perch (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Joe Mason replaces Bright Enobakhare.

Attempt missed. Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Ariel Borysiuk replaces Sandro.

Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Conor Coady with a cross.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

Booking

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jack Price tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Price.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Queens Park Rangers 1. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hélder Costa with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by James Perch.

Foul by Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Attempt missed. Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Idrissa Sylla.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bright Enobakhare tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Queens Park Rangers 1. Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek with a cross.

Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Brighton23156238142451
3Reading2313463330343
4Huddersfield2413472928143
5Leeds2413383124742
6Sheff Wed2412572824441
7Derby2411762415940
8Fulham2399540281236
9Barnsley2410594237535
10Aston Villa2481152623335
11Birmingham249872932-335
12Norwich24104103837134
13Preston249693232033
14Ipswich248792427-331
15Brentford2486102930-130
16Wolves2477103234-228
17Bristol City2483133132-127
18Nottm Forest2475123744-726
19QPR2475122235-1326
20Burton2467112633-725
21Cardiff2366112638-1224
22Blackburn2456132840-1221
23Wigan2447132030-1019
24Rotherham2434172552-2713
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