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Queens Park Rangers 5-1 Rotherham United

Luke Freeman, Matt Smith
Luke Freeman (left) made it 2-1 with his second goal for QPR

Rotherham moved a step closer to Championship relegation as QPR inflicted a 12th straight away defeat.

The Millers are now 24 points adrift of safety - the exact number left to play for - but a goal difference of -54 has all but sealed their fate.

Matt Smith lashed in after five minutes before Joe Newell's 25-yard strike and Luke Freeman's poked goal made it 2-1.

Yeni Ngbakoto scored a penalty, Massimo Luongo headed in and Nedum Onuoha added a late fifth to complete the victory.

At the start of the day Rotherham could have seen their drop to League One confirmed, but Blackburn's 2-2 draw with Preston before kick-off ensured that they would hang on for another week, regardless of their result.

However, Paul Warne's side had taken just one point on the road all season and were soon behind, with Smith firing in a volley after good work from Idrissa Sylla.

Newell's stunning volley levelled the game, but hesitant Millers defending allowed Freeman through on goal less than a minute later and he beat Lewis Price to put QPR back in front.

The home side extended their lead straight after the break as Ngbakoto converted from the spot after Aymen Belaid's foul on Smith and Luongo's first goal for the club from Ngbakoto's cross made their lead comfortable.

Conor Washington struck the post before Onuoha converted a free-kick with a tap-in in injury time to round off Rotherham's 29th league defeat of the season.

The comfortable win is Rangers' fifth in seven games, while Rotherham, who have a goal difference 40 worse than fourth-from-bottom Burton, will see their three-season stay in the Championship finally come to an end if they fail to beat Fulham on 1 April.

QPR boss Ian Holloway:

"I didn't enjoy the first half at all. We scored early and it looked like we thought we'd done enough.

"We didn't move the ball sharply or press, but luckily we managed to get another goal and then the second half I was delighted with.

"In the end we got what we deserved, but we've got to keep going. Let's hope we can get a group of players who believe they can win on a regular basis. At the minute, our stats are telling me that's what we're doing."

Rotherham boss Paul Warne:

"My overriding emotion is of embarrassment. I'm clapping our fans at the end and most of them were pretty courteous to me. If they were throwing stuff at me I'd understand why.

"I'm not saying they threw the towel in, because that's not what they did, but you could tell they just wanted the game to end after 65 minutes.

"In this league, some of our players are being outclassed. I can't legislate for individual errors of that magnitude."

Paul Warne
Rotherham have taken just four of a possible 39 points since Paul Warne took charge on 13 January

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 5Onuoha
  • 4Hall
  • 6Lynch
  • 29Furlong
  • 21LuongoSubstituted forGossat 74'minutes
  • 2FreemanSubstituted forMorrisonat 63'minutes
  • 3Bidwell
  • 40Sylla
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 17SmithSubstituted forWashingtonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Washington
  • 10Goss
  • 12Mackie
  • 13Ingram
  • 15Wszolek
  • 41Manning
  • 49Morrison

Rotherham

  • 12Price
  • 4Vaulks
  • 15Ajayi
  • 26BelaidBooked at 48mins
  • 30Purrington
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forFordeat 65'minutes
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 8Frecklington
  • 22Newell
  • 9WardSubstituted forSmallwoodat 85'minutes
  • 39YatesSubstituted forMorrisat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Forde
  • 10Morris
  • 20Blackstock
  • 27Bray
  • 33Smallwood
  • 40Warren
  • 45Bilboe
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
13,383

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

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As It Stood

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2Brighton38238763333077
3Huddersfield37225104743471
4Leeds382161152361669
5Reading38207115149267
6Sheff Wed38188124839962
7Fulham381613966471961
8Norwich38169136556957
9Preston381512115347657
10Derby381411134138353
11Barnsley38149155555051
12Aston Villa381312133939051
13Cardiff38149155354-151
14Brentford38148166057350
15QPR38148164651-550
16Wolves37129164648-245
17Ipswich381015133847-945
18Birmingham381112153854-1645
19Bristol City38118195053-341
20Nottm Forest38118195364-1141
21Burton381011173953-1441
22Blackburn38913164657-1140
23Wigan38810203144-1334
24Rotherham3845293387-5417
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