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Queens Park Rangers 4-2 Blackburn Rovers: Wells, Eze, Osayi-Samuel & Hugill give Rangers win

Nahki Wells celebrates scoring for QPR vs Blackburn
Nahki Wells' opening goal for QPR was his seventh of the season

Queens Park Rangers produced an impressive attacking display to see off Blackburn Rovers at Loftus Road.

After a quiet opening half hour, Bright Osayi-Samuel nodded Ryan Manning's left-wing cross into the path of Nahki Wells, who finished calmly to score his seventh goal of the season.

Eberechi Eze slotted past Christian Walton to double Rangers' lead shortly after half-time, but Blackburn pulled themselves back into the game through Bradley Dack's penalty just before the hour mark.

Osayi-Samuel then produced a smart turn and finish following good work from Josh Scowen and substitute Jordan Hugill headed Ryan Manning's fine cross into the far corner to make it 4-1.

Adam Armstrong nodded in a late consolation for Blackburn, but QPR were comfortable winners and move up to ninth.

Apart from Wells' goal, the only bright moment in a poor first half came when Ilias Chair and Wells combined to create an opening for Osayi-Samuel, who lashed over from just inside the area.

Blackburn offered no threat whatsoever in the opening 45 minutes, and Tony Mowbray responded by sending on Lewis Holtby for Danny Graham.

Holtby made an impact and Rovers' attacking threat increased in the second half, with Derrick Williams having a goal ruled out for offside shortly before Dack converted a penalty he had won for himself after drawing a foul from Yoann Barbet.

But QPR manager Mark Warburton was also able to influence proceedings from the bench, with Jordan Hugill helping to seal the game after coming on as a substitute.

The forward poked wide under pressure after a powerful run shortly before scoring the goal that ended the match as a contest.

The home team's win was their fifth in seven games, while Blackburn have now only taken one point from their past five matches.

QPR manager Mark Warburton:

"The players are moving the ball well and creating chances against good teams.

"It's worrying that we gave a soft goal away but I was more frustrated with the second goal they scored. We were sloppy and complacent and we can't do that.

"We'll have good days and bad days and need to keep going.

"We contained Blackburn, grew into the game and then deserved the victory."

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray:

"QPR play on the counter-attack and are good at what they do, they sit lots of men behind the ball and they break - and today when we exposed our defenders we got found out a little bit.

"In the second-half we decided to attack, be more positive and open the game up and our defenders didn't really deal with the situation.

"We scored two, could have had a few more, but ultimately you can't lose the goals that we did and that's what cost us the game."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 32Kelly
  • 22Rangel
  • 37Leistner
  • 29BarbetBooked at 56mins
  • 14ManningBooked at 90mins
  • 5CameronBooked at 65mins
  • 11Scowen
  • 20Osayi-SamuelSubstituted forHugillat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19ChairSubstituted forPughat 72'minutes
  • 10Eze
  • 21WellsSubstituted forMlakarat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 3Wallace
  • 7Pugh
  • 9Hugill
  • 12Ball
  • 16Mlakar

Blackburn

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Walton
  • 31Bennett
  • 26LenihanBooked at 45minsSubstituted forTosinat 67'minutes
  • 3WilliamsBooked at 90mins
  • 5CunninghamSubstituted forBellat 17'minutesBooked at 58mins
  • 29EvansBooked at 6mins
  • 19Downing
  • 7Armstrong
  • 23Dack
  • 8Rothwell
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forHoltbyat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Johnson
  • 9Gallagher
  • 12Samuel
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 22Holtby
  • 24Tosin
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
13,560

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 4, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 4, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Bradley Dack.

  4. Booking

    Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Booking

    Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Jan Mlakar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Booking

    Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Derrick Williams tries a through ball, but Adam Armstrong is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 4, Blackburn Rovers 2. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers).

  14. Post update

    Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

  16. Post update

    Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marc Pugh (Queens Park Rangers).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jan Mlakar replaces Nahki Wells.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Amari'i Bell tries a through ball, but Adam Armstrong is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).