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Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Burton Albion

Nigel Clough
Clough played more than 300 games for Nottingham Forest and scored 131 goals

Nigel Clough put aside the ongoing speculation about becoming Nottingham Forest boss to guide his struggling Burton Albion side to victory at QPR.

Clough, who has been granted permission to discuss the managerial role at his former club, saw the visitors lead through Luke Murphy's 30-yard strike.

Lloyd Dyer's breakaway effort put an increasingly impressive Burton 2-0 up.

Conor Washington's shot gave hope of a comeback, but the visitors held on to climb out of the relegation zone.

The Brewers had lost seven of their previous eight Championship matches and eight from nine in all competitions, but stifled the home side in the first half.

Murphy's stunning 12th-minute effort was Burton's first goal in their fifth match of 2017 and gave them the belief to seize control.

Dyer's finish through keeper Alex Smithies' legs, after exchanging passes with loan signing Lasse Vigen Christensen, put Clough's men well on top.

Substitute Washington scored at the second attempt - his fourth goal of the season - as QPR switched to two up front.

Dyer twice wasted good chances to make it 3-1 after good work by Jackson Irvine while Washington forced a fine save from keeper Jon McLaughlin.

But the Brewers were able to see out just their second away league win of the season and ensure a first defeat in five matches for QPR.

QPR manager Ian Holloway:

"It's bitterly disappointing, because I thought we could play better than that and give a better show of ourselves.

"I'm sick and fed up of feeling like I do now. It's not how I want to feel. We have to assert ourselves on games and we didn't do it in the way I wanted us to.

"I need to bring the right sort of people in if I can. We've got lots of things spinning at the moment. Which way are they going to drop? We're not sure yet.

"But hopefully they'll give me the right sort of selection problems so I can build a team that can win different types of games."

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough:

"It was important to get out of the bottom three and we've done that. This game today was so important for the club. Whatever happens in the next few days happens.

"The most important thing was to not let it get in the way of what happened today. This game has been the priority all along.

"The players have been great in training as always - you saw the work-rate."

Luke Murphy is congratulated after putting Burton ahead in the first half
Luke Murphy's goal was his first for Burton after joining on loan from Leeds at the start of January

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 29Furlong
  • 5Onuoha
  • 6Lynch
  • 3BidwellSubstituted forMackieat 87'minutes
  • 21LuongoBooked at 86mins
  • 4HallSubstituted forWashingtonat 45'minutes
  • 16DoughtySubstituted forManningat 74'minutes
  • 15Wszolek
  • 40Sylla
  • 28Lua Lua

Substitutes

  • 9Washington
  • 12Mackie
  • 13Ingram
  • 24Perch
  • 27Shodipo
  • 39Eze
  • 41Manning

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Flanagan
  • 3BrayfordSubstituted forMousinhoat 5'minutes
  • 6Turner
  • 14McCrory
  • 24ChristensenBooked at 47minsSubstituted forAkinsat 72'minutes
  • 36IrvineBooked at 79mins
  • 30Murphy
  • 16Palmer
  • 11Dyer
  • 9SordellSubstituted forWoodrowat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Mousinho
  • 7Williamson
  • 10Akins
  • 12Woodrow
  • 13Bywater
  • 18Miller
  • 25Barker
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
12,116

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Burton Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Burton Albion 2.

Offside, Burton Albion. Jackson Irvine tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Cauley Woodrow (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua with a cross.

Foul by Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers).

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jamie Mackie replaces Jake Bidwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Cauley Woodrow replaces Marvin Sordell.

Booking

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Manning with a cross.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by John Mousinho.

Booking

Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kazenga Lua Lua (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Ryan Manning replaces Michael Doughty.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking 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 Massimo Luongo.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Lucas Akins replaces Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Attempt saved. Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jackson Irvine.

Attempt blocked. Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

Foul by Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers).

Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ben Turner (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Mousinho with a cross.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jackson Irvine.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

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