Championship
QPR1Wigan0

Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Yossi Benayoun

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."

Uwe Rosler

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Post-match: Wigan manager Rosler

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."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 18Hughes
  • 6Hill
  • 10Carroll
  • 15Onuoha
  • 5Dunne
  • 35BenayounBooked at 90mins
  • 17BartonSubstituted forHenryat 84'minutes
  • 25Zamora
  • 4MorrisonBooked at 87minsSubstituted forYun Suk-youngat 90'minutes
  • 19KranjcarSubstituted forO'Neilat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Simpson
  • 12Keane
  • 13Yun Suk-young
  • 20Henry
  • 23Hoilett
  • 26Murphy
  • 36O'Neil

Wigan

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 24Perch
  • 3CraineySubstituted forBeausejourat 61'minutes
  • 30Kiernan
  • 21Ramis
  • 6RogneSubstituted forJordi Gómezat 73'minutes
  • 16McArthurBooked at 72mins
  • 4McEachranSubstituted forMaynardat 80'minutes
  • 11McClean
  • 19Powell
  • 34Collison

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 5Caldwell
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 22Beausejour
  • 29Maynard
  • 32Fortuné
  • 33Waghorn
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
14,649

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Hand ball by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Robert Green.

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.

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

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

Dismissal

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

Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Substitution

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

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

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

Booking

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

Foul by Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers).

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

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

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

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers).

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nicky Maynard replaces Joshua McEachran.

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

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

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

Foul by Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic).

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

Foul by Robert Kiernan (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez replaces Thomas Rogne.

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.

Booking

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

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

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3725753582
2Burnley38221333379
3QPR3820991569
4Derby38199102166
5Wigan37188111462
6Reading381611111459
7Nottm Forest3814159857
8Ipswich38151211757
9Brighton37151111856
10Bournemouth38141014-452
11Blackburn37131212-151
12Watford371213121049
13Sheff Wed38121214448
14Leeds3713816-547
15Middlesbrough38101612446
16Huddersfield3812917-445
17Bolton38101414-544
18Blackpool38101117-2141
19Birmingham38101018-840
20Doncaster38101018-2340
21Charlton3581116-1835
22Yeovil3871120-2232
23Barnsley3771119-3032
24Millwall3871120-3232
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