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Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Bolton Wanderers: Troubled Trotters win at Loftus Road

Will Buckley netted his fourth league goal of the season at Loftus Road
Will Buckley netted his fourth league goal of the season at Loftus Road

Bolton put their off-the-field troubles to one side as they deepened QPR's worries with victory at Loftus Road.

Josh Scowen clipped the post as Rangers laid siege to the Bolton goal, but Wanderers hit the front when Will Buckley bundled in from close range.

The Trotters stunned the hosts with a second when Callum Connolly scored a close-range rebound after Joe Lumley kept out a Sammy Ameobi drive.

Nahki Wells pulled one back for the Rs, placing a shot into the far corner from the edge of the box, but Wanderers held on to give their survival hopes a much-needed boost.

The win offered a little respite from Bolton's financial problems - they are due back in the High Court on Wednesday over an unpaid £1.2million tax bill, while staff and players had still not been paid for March by Friday as talk of a potential takeover wore on.

The match brought together the Championship's most out-of-form teams of 2019 - before kick-off QPR had mustered just six points, and Bolton seven, since the turn of the year.

The Trotters' opening goal came against the run of play, with Luke Freeman also sending a free-kick inches wide for the hosts.

But despite more Hoops pressure either side of the break, the visitors deserved their second, with Buckley crashing Ameobi's cross against the bar moments before the former Newcastle forward created the opening for Connolly's winner.

Wells' ninth goal of the season led to another siege, but Remi Matthews saved from Massimo Luongo's low shot as QPR slumped to consecutive home defeats to teams in the bottom three.

Wanderers stayed second-bottom with their third league win in 15 games, but closed to within five points of safety, while Rangers stayed 17th, eight points above the relegation zone after a run of one league win in 15.

QPR manager Steve McClaren:

"We had 60 per cent possession, 33 crosses, 21 shots - we did enough to win two games of football there. But we didn't, (conceded) two bad goals and that's our problem - we can't keep conceding goals.

"I can see and the crowd can see that the effort is there, the endeavour is there, we're just making mistakes and getting punished for them.

"At the moment we need to score two or three goals to get a result and that puts pressure on the forwards and defenders."

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson:

"These players have been through a lot and there was another episode with the wages this week. But they're an honest group of professionals who stuck together and represented the club in a way which is befitting.

"In any walk of life, if you go to work and there's a concern about your wages coming in then it can affect morale. We spoke about that at length with the lads and I feel we've done our bit in terms of the responsibility of trying to lift the training ground.

"It's a big week for the club and we really hope for some positive news and that the club can have a stable platform to go forward."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 22RangelSubstituted forSmithat 62'minutes
  • 4HallSubstituted forLeistnerat 49'minutes
  • 33Lynch
  • 3Bidwell
  • 23Wszolek
  • 21Luongo
  • 11Scowen
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 7Freeman
  • 16HemedSubstituted forWellsat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 2Furlong
  • 8Cousins
  • 10Eze
  • 17Smith
  • 32Wells
  • 37Leistner

Bolton

  • 20Matthews
  • 16Olkowski
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 3Taylor
  • 10AmeobiSubstituted forDonaldsonat 89'minutes
  • 21Williams
  • 17ConnollyBooked at 75mins
  • 11BuckleySubstituted forNooneat 80'minutes
  • 19O'Neil
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 1Alnwick
  • 2Little
  • 7Oztumer
  • 8Donaldson
  • 12Noone
  • 18Wilson
  • 48Connell
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
13,603

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home21
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Remi Matthews (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Joe Williams tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Clayton Donaldson replaces Sammy Ameobi.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers).

Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by David Wheater.

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

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

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

Foul by Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Bolton Wanderers 2. Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Noone replaces William Buckley.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by William Buckley.

Attempt saved. Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 0, Bolton Wanderers 2. Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Nahki Wells replaces Tomer Hemed.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

Attempt saved. Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi with a cross following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bright Samuel.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by William Buckley following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith replaces Angel Rangel.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Norwich39249678483081
2Leeds39237966412576
3Sheff Utd39228966372974
4West Brom392010975502570
5Aston Villa391515970551560
6Derby381611115245759
7Bristol City371610114840858
8Middlesbrough381513104032858
9Nottm Forest391415105445957
10Preston391512125952757
11Sheff Wed391414114851-356
12Hull39159155656054
13Brentford3813111460501050
14Stoke391018113742-548
15Swansea37138164648-247
16Blackburn391211165362-947
17QPR39128194661-1544
18Birmingham391214135552341
19Reading39913174257-1540
20Wigan391010194157-1640
21Millwall38910194358-1537
22Rotherham39715174167-2636
23Bolton3988232864-3632
24Ipswich39315213064-3424
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