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Blackpool 0-2 Queens Park Rangers

QPR midfielder Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips scored one and created the other against his former club to help QPR move top of the Championship with a win against Blackpool.

The ex-Seasiders forward put the London club ahead when he fired in from outside of the area in the second half.

Charlie Austin sealed the three points soon after when he headed into the top corner from Phillips' cross.

After Burnley were held to a draw at Leicester earlier on Saturday, QPR moved to top of the division.

Defeat for Blackpool leaves Paul Ince's side two points off the play-off positions, but they had a promising start at Bloomfield Road.

QPR keeper Rob Green had to be alert to push away Steve Davies' header, before Barry Ferguson's free-kick caused havoc in the area until Craig Cathcart's effort was tipped over.

It was not until after the break that QPR tested Matt Gilks, with the Blackpool keeper stopping Phillips' 35-yard effort.

Tom Ince then forced Green into another save to keep out his half-volley before the visitors took the lead in the 61st minute.

Phillips, who joined QPR from Blackpool during the summer, beat Gilks from 25 yards with a deflected effort and almost got a second soon after when the Seasiders keeper had to tip a shot wide.

But Austin rounded off the win from six yards out in the 73rd minute as Harry Redknapp's side secured their first victory away from home since September.

Blackpool assistant manager Steve Thompson:

"We maybe lacked a bit of quality in attack in the first half, but we still created three or four good goalscoring opportunities.

"We were punished for that in the second half. We know how good they are and how good their squad is but Harry Redknapp has just told us we should have been 2-0 up in the first half.

"The goals were a combination of errors. The deflection for the first goal after we gave the ball away and perhaps the second was just a quality goal - a one-two and a cross and a good header."

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond:

"Matt Phillips did well, his first goal took a deflection but his cross for the second was brilliant.

"Charlie Austin hasn't had enough of those chances this season, but the delivery was perfect.

"Blackpool know what Matt has to offer and in the second half he was a big threat. He'll be very keen to do well for us in a side that wants to do things this season."

Line-ups

Blackpool

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gilks
  • 17Basham
  • 3Robinson
  • 16Ferguson
  • 6Broadfoot
  • 20Cathcart
  • 4Gosling
  • 18OsbourneSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 72'minutes
  • 9DaviesSubstituted forChopraat 68'minutes
  • 11Ince
  • 14DelfounesoSubstituted forGrantat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Chopra
  • 10Grant
  • 13Warner
  • 15Dobbie
  • 25Blackett
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 33Harris

QPR

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Green
  • 2Simpson
  • 39Assou-Ekotto
  • 17Barton
  • 5Dunne
  • 6HillSubstituted forOnuohaat 45'minutes
  • 36O'NeilSubstituted forKranjcarat 54'minutes
  • 10Carroll
  • 9Austin
  • 16JenasSubstituted forHenryat 84'minutes
  • 7Phillips

Substitutes

  • 3Traore
  • 15Onuoha
  • 18Chevantón Espinosa
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 20Henry
  • 23Hoilett
  • 26Murphy
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
13,822

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Robert Grant (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kirk Broadfoot.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

  9. Post update

    Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Karl Henry replaces Jermaine Jenas.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Robinson (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

  13. Post update

    Michael Chopra (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

  15. Post update

    Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

  17. Post update

    Robert Grant (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Robert Grant replaces Nathan Delfouneso.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Chopra.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Thomas Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.