Sheffield Wednesday made it three consecutive home wins in the Championship with a well-deserved victory against 10-man QPR.

Chris Maguire scored a penalty after Richard Dunne was sent off for a foul on Leon Best, who found space to make it 2-0 in the second half.

Lewis Buxton sealed it from 16 yards after QPR failed to clear a corner.

Rangers lacked a threat throughout and are 10 points behind second-placed Burnley.

Wednesday sit in 14th, having leapfrogged Huddersfield and Leeds.

It was not until Dunne brought down fellow Republic of Ireland international Best in the 33rd minute that the game came to life.

Keeper Brian Murphy, making his first league start for QPR two-and-a-half years after joining the club, was sent the wrong way by Maguire. The Owls striker could have doubled his tally minutes later when he headed Liam Palmer's cross wide.

With the home side dominating going into the break, it was no surprise when Best turned his marker Nedum Onuoha and fired the ball home shortly after the restart.

Onuoha came close to pulling a goal back for the visitors as the hour mark approached - but after surviving two dangerous efforts from Wednesday forward Atdhe Nuhiu, Rangers soon had the game put beyond them.

Buxton flicked the ball over the head of Joey Barton before slotting the ball into the bottom corner. However, having already picked up a booking, he was fortunate to not be dismissed for celebrating among the supporters.

Murphy had to be alert to prevent any further embarrassment for Rangers and pulled off two good saves to deny Caolan Lavery and Jermaine Johnson as the match came to a close.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray: "It was definitely a penalty. But I was quite surprised the referee brought the red card out, so that maybe the bit of luck we had.

"But I still think we would have beaten QPR with 11 players. We wanted to win the game, we got men forward and we created chances."

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond: "The issue is what has happened after we went down to 10 men - and we have spoken about it in the dressing room.

"There was a sense of inevitably about how the game was going to go. It wasn't the reaction we were looking for. We are all as a group hugely disappointed with what went on after the red card.

"It would be lovely to get promoted automatically but I accept it's a tall order."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 26 Martinez
  • 02 Buxton Booked
  • 17 Helan
  • 22 Palmer
  • 08 Onyewu
  • 36 Loovens
  • 25 Lavery (Prutton - 84' )
  • 20 Lee
  • 42 Best (Johnson - 74' )
  • 34 Nuhiu
  • 18 Maguire (Afobe - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Johnson
  • 12 Prutton
  • 13 Davies
  • 14 Coke
  • 19 Mattock
  • 28 Afobe
  • 32 Llera

Queens Park Rangers

  • 26 Murphy
  • 18 Hughes
  • 06 Hill
  • 20 Henry (Kranjcar - 45' )
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 05 Dunne Dismissed
  • 36 O'Neil (Carroll - 83' )
  • 17 Barton Booked
  • 25 Zamora
  • 04 Morrison
  • 23 Hoilett (Yun Suk-young - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Carroll
  • 12 Keane
  • 13 Yun Suk-young
  • 19 Kranjcar
  • 35 Benayoun
  • 40 Maiga
  • 41 Lennox
Ref: Paul Tierney
Att: 18,029

Match Stats

Shots

24 5

On target

7 2

Corners

9 1

Fouls

15 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Queens Park Rangers 0.

90:00 +3:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Queens Park Rangers 0.

90:00 +2:51

Attempt saved. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Hughes.

90:00 +0:45

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

89:53

Attempt missed. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

88:36

Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:36

Foul by Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

87:59

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. David Prutton tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

87:51

Attempt blocked. David Prutton (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Johnson.

86:45

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Joey Barton.

83:35

Attempt missed. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

83:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. David Prutton replaces Caolan Lavery.

82:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Benik Afobe replaces Chris Maguire.

82:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Tom Carroll replaces Gary O'Neil.

81:36

Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

81:36

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:00

Attempt saved. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

79:51

Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

78:36

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:36

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

77:48

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:48

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

75:59

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

75:59

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Leon Best.

70:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 3, Queens Park Rangers 0. Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

70:20

Attempt blocked. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross.

69:48

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Gary O'Neil.

69:24

Attempt blocked. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

68:43

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Leon Best with a cross.

67:20

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Damián Martinez tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

66:17

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oguchi Onyewu.

65:37

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Yun Suk-Young.

65:30

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right.

64:37

Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:37

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

62:07

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Oguchi Onyewu tries a through ball, but Chris Maguire is caught offside.

61:28

Foul by Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers).

61:28

Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:31

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Yun Suk-Young.

58:53

Attempt missed. Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joey Barton following a set piece situation.

58:12

Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:12

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

57:47

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Damián Martinez tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

50:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Queens Park Rangers 0. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Oguchi Onyewu.

49:16

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Niko Kranjcar tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.

49:07

Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:07

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

47:39

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:39

Foul by Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers).

47:05

Attempt missed. Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross following a corner.

46:36

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Yun Suk-Young.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Yun Suk-Young replaces Junior Hoilett.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Niko Kranjcar replaces Karl Henry.

45:00 +2:21 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 +1:29

Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Best.

45:00 +0:09

Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross.

44:43

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

44:40

Attempt blocked. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a headed pass.

42:24

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leon Best.

40:56

Attempt blocked. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross.

40:29

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Clint Hill.

39:47

Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:56

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

38:41

Attempt blocked. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Buxton.

36:27

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:27

Dangerous play by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

34:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Queens Park Rangers 0. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

32:44 Dismissal

Dismissal Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the red card.

32:31

Penalty conceded by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) after a foul in the penalty area.

32:31

Penalty Sheffield Wednesday. Leon Best draws a foul in the penalty area.

30:58

Attempt saved. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:07

Aaron Hughes (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:07

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

28:47 Booking

Booking Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

28:38

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:38

Foul by Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday).

27:20

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:20

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

26:24

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Clint Hill.

26:23

Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

25:01

Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:01

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

24:07

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Brian Murphy tries a through ball, but Gary O'Neil is caught offside.

23:43

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Maguire tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

22:53

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

22:53

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:15

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Clint Hill tries a through ball, but Junior Hoilett is caught offside.

21:26

Hand ball by Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers).

20:21

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary O'Neil.

14:48

Attempt missed. Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

12:58

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Nedum Onuoha tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.

11:59

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Joey Barton tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.

11:54

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:54

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

10:22

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

8:29

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:29

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

6:46

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

3:53

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Brian Murphy tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.

3:15

Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:15

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

1:00

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:00

Foul by Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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