Yossi Benayoun scored the winner before being sent-off as QPR beat play-off rivals Wigan to go third in the Championship table.

Former Liverpool midfielder Benayoun hit the only goal when he raced on to a flick from Clint Hill and lashed into the far corner.

Wigan were on top for large spells, with Ivan Ramis hitting the crossbar.

Ravel Morrison hit the bar for QPR, before Benayoun was dismissed in stoppage-time for a second booking.

Wigan had not lost in 10 games and started the day a place behind Rangers.

It was Uwe Rosler's visitors who had the first chance when midfielder Josh McEachran hit a free-kick just wide.

QPR then went ahead when Benayoun collected Hill's flick and smashed past Ali Al-Habsi in the Wigan goal.

Harry Redknapp's side were then indebted to former England goalkeeper Rob Green, who saved well from James Perch and Nick Powell before Ramis hit the crossbar.

An outstanding Morrison free-kick hit the underside of the bar and Bobby Zamora's rebound was cleared off the line before Benayoun saw red.

QPR assistant boss Kevin Bond: "Wigan carry plenty of threat, plenty of energy and are a good side. At times, they gave us real problems.

"Rob Green had to be at his best and produced a great save right at the end. I thought it was a really good game.

"We started brightly, got the goal, which we always badly needed, and then there was a lot of good football on both sides.

"We are highly delighted to come out victorious and keep a clean sheet and hopefully try to cement our place for the play-offs."

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler: "I think everybody in the stadium, when they are realistic, saw we should have got something out of that game.

"QPR were obviously the team favourite before the season to go up, and the way we played, apart from the first 10 minutes, was very, very good.

"We had more attempts on goal, bigger chances and the clearer chances. I felt our morale, attitude and application was top draw.

"The QPR goalkeeper, for me, was the man of the match. I think maybe Roy Hodgson should have a look at him."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 18 Hughes
  • 06 Hill
  • 10 Carroll
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 05 Dunne
  • 35 Benayoun Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 17 Barton (Henry - 84' )
  • 25 Zamora
  • 04 Morrison Booked (Yun Suk-young - 90' )
  • 19 Kranjcar (O'Neil - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Simpson
  • 12 Keane
  • 13 Yun Suk-young
  • 20 Henry
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 26 Murphy
  • 36 O'Neil

Wigan Athletic

  • 26 Al-Habsi
  • 24 Perch
  • 03 Crainey (Beausejour - 61' )
  • 30 Kiernan
  • 21 Ramis
  • 06 Rogne (Jordi Gómez - 73' )
  • 16 McArthur Booked
  • 04 McEachran (Maynard - 80' )
  • 11 McClean
  • 19 Powell
  • 34 Collison

Substitutes

  • 01 Carson
  • 05 Caldwell
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 29 Maynard
  • 32 Fortuné
  • 33 Waghorn
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 14,649

Match Stats

Shots

12 17

On target

5 7

Corners

3 9

Fouls

12 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

90:00 +4:55 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

90:00 +4:20

Hand ball by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

90:00 +3:43

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Robert Green.

90:00 +3:40

Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Nick Powell with a cross.

90:00 +2:29

Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

90:00 +2:17

Attempt blocked. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:01 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers) for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:53

Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers).

90:00 +0:53

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Yun Suk-Young replaces Ravel Morrison.

88:15

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Gary O'Neil.

87:54

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

86:32 Booking

Booking Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:01

Foul by Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers).

86:01

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:54

Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers).

85:54

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:36

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Yossi Benayoun tries a through ball, but Ravel Morrison is caught offside.

84:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Karl Henry replaces Joey Barton because of an injury.

83:10

Delay in match Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

82:52

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez tries a through ball, but Jean Beausejour is caught offside.

81:24 Booking

Booking Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

80:58

Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers).

80:58

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:46

Attempt blocked. Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

79:42

Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

79:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nicky Maynard replaces Joshua McEachran.

78:45

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

78:45

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

76:49

Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:49

Foul by Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic).

74:26

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

74:26

Foul by Robert Kiernan (Wigan Athletic).

72:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez replaces Thomas Rogne.

72:25

Attempt missed. Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aaron Hughes with a cross.

71:26 Booking

Booking James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:21

Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:21

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

69:43

Foul by Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers).

69:43

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:24

Attempt missed. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gary O'Neil with a cross.

67:46

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

67:03

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

67:03

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:23

Attempt missed. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

62:20

Attempt missed. Aaron Hughes (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Richard Dunne.

61:40

Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:40

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

61:16

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

61:16

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jean Beausejour replaces Stephen Crainey.

59:09

Attempt saved. Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Hughes.

58:31

Attempt saved. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joshua McEachran.

57:53

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

57:53

Joshua McEachran (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:49

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Iván Ramis.

54:47

Attempt blocked. Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

52:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:38

Delay in match Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

51:26

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

51:26

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

51:09

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

51:06

Robert Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Joshua McEachran with a cross following a corner.

50:47

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

50:44

Attempt blocked. Robert Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Perch with a cross.

50:36

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joshua McEachran with a cross.

50:10

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Joey Barton.

48:43

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Yossi Benayoun.

48:27

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

46:48

Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James McArthur.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Gary O'Neil replaces Niko Kranjcar.

45:00

Second Half begins Queens Park Rangers 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

45:00 +0:06

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:06

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

44:23

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Nick Powell following a fast break.

42:27

Attempt blocked. James Perch (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Crainey with a cross.

40:56

Attempt saved. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

39:41

Attempt saved. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

32:54

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

32:54

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

30:37

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

30:37

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:52

Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Crainey.

28:48

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Robert Green.

28:46

Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nick Powell.

27:20

Attempt saved. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Crainey.

26:17

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

26:03

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:03

Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).

23:53

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Clint Hill.

23:49

Attempt saved. James Perch (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Collison.

18:38

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua McEachran.

15:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Wigan Athletic 0. Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Clint Hill following a corner.

14:29

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Thomas Rogne.

14:26

Attempt blocked. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

14:01

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Nick Powell tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

13:00

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

13:00

Joshua McEachran (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:59

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

7:59

Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:43

Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:43

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

5:38

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

5:38

Foul by Joshua McEachran (Wigan Athletic).

5:11

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Robert Kiernan.

4:51

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

4:51

Foul by Joshua McEachran (Wigan Athletic).

3:03

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Robert Kiernan tries a through ball, but Nick Powell is caught offside.

2:22

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

1:46

Aaron Hughes (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:46

Foul by Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic).

0:27

Foul by Joshua McEachran (Wigan Athletic).

0:27

Aaron Hughes (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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