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Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Sheffield United

Idrissa Sylla put QPR into an early lead against Sheffield United
Idrissa Sylla pounced on Sheffield United goalkeeper Jamal Blackman's early mistake at Loftus Road

Sheffield United were knocked off the top of the Championship as QPR took full advantage of an early mistake by Blades goalkeeper Jamal Blackman.

Idrissa Sylla swept in the only goal into an open net after Blackman collided with team-mate Cameron Carter-Vickers trying to gather a high ball.

Blackman played no further part in the match because of a head injury.

Sheffield United were unable to force an equaliser to prevent a first defeat in four games and slipped to third.

Chris Wilder's side were replaced by Wolves, the team QPR beat at home on Saturday, at the Championship summit.

Having gone seven games without a win before that, the Hoops have now recorded back-to-back victories to move up to 12th.

Victory could have been more emphatic for Ian Holloway's side had Sylla been able to head home dangerous crosses from Conor Washington and Luke Freeman in either half.

Sylla's replacement, Jamie Mackie, also spurned a glorious chance when he fired over from just 10 yards out after Freeman's clever through ball.

Leon Clarke went closest for Sheffield United to breaking the deadlock but Alex Smithies was able to smother his close-range effort on the stroke of half-time from Enda Stevens' low cross.

Clarke also had a goal disallowed in the second half as Billy Sharp strayed offside.

QPR manager Ian Holloway:

"That is a fantastic team we played against. We got a very lucky goal but we forced that - we put three up front and wanted to see how they could deal with what we've got.

"It was a big win and we needed it. We had a big win as well against Wolves on Saturday and now let's see if we can get that first away win.

"It feels great. It's so important to find that buzz and the fans are starting to trust their team."

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder:

"Our start wasn't the greatest, with the injury to Jamal and the goal, but I just didn't think we deserved anything.

"I'm disappointed with my team. We've been out-fought and out-battled and didn't show enough quality.

"We knew that they were going to press and get at us and we needed to show composure, but we didn't.

"We were also sloppy in the second half of the game. It's not been a good night and ended in a deserved defeat."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 8CousinsBooked at 28minsSubstituted forFurlongat 59'minutes
  • 20Baptiste
  • 18Robinson
  • 3Bidwell
  • 36WheelerSubstituted forManningat 87'minutes
  • 21Luongo
  • 11ScowenBooked at 90mins
  • 7Freeman
  • 40SyllaSubstituted forMackieat 67'minutes
  • 9Washington

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 12Mackie
  • 14Manning
  • 17Smith
  • 22Wszolek
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 26Lumley

Sheff Utd

  • 27BlackmanSubstituted forMooreat 10'minutes
  • 6Basham
  • 16Carter-Vickers
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2BaldockSubstituted forDuffyat 60'minutes
  • 7Lundstram
  • 15Coutts
  • 36BrooksBooked at 90mins
  • 3Stevens
  • 9ClarkeBooked at 29mins
  • 11DonaldsonSubstituted forSharpat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Moore
  • 10Sharp
  • 17Hanson
  • 19Stearman
  • 21Duffy
  • 24Lafferty
  • 44Carruthers
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
13,604

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Sheffield United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Sheffield United 0.

Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United).

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Josh Scowen tries a through ball, but Conor Washington is caught offside.

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

David Brooks (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

David Brooks (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by David Brooks.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Ryan Manning replaces David Wheeler.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Attempt blocked. Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Luke Freeman tries a through ball, but Conor Washington is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Offside, Sheffield United. David Brooks tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

Foul by David Brooks (Sheffield United).

Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

Attempt blocked. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Chris Basham with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Josh Scowen.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jamie Mackie replaces Idrissa Sylla.

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Massimo Luongo with a headed pass.

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves15102327151232
2Cardiff1594221111031
3Sheff Utd1510052013730
4Bristol City157622415927
5Derby147432115625
6Leeds157262316723
7Middlesbrough156542013723
8Aston Villa146531913623
9Norwich156451418-422
10Preston145631914521
11Ipswich147072322121
12QPR155641918121
13Nottm Forest157082126-521
14Sheff Wed155551918120
15Fulham154741817119
16Millwall154561716117
17Hull154472726116
18Brentford143742020016
19Barnsley144462021-116
20Reading144371417-315
21Birmingham14338821-1312
22Sunderland151772030-1010
23Burton15249931-2210
24Bolton151591128-178
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