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Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport
Harry Kane heads Tottenham ahead against QPR
Harry Kane headed past Rob Green to score his opening goal against QPR
  • Tottenham up to sixth in Premier League
  • Kane scores in either half
  • Sandro nets QPR consolation
  • QPR three points adrift of safety

Two goals from in-form Harry Kane lifted Tottenham back in to the Premier League top six as they punished a wasteful QPR at Loftus Road.

England hopeful Kane headed unmarked from an Andros Townsend free-kick to open the scoring in the first half.

He netted his 16th Premier League goal of the season after the break following a through ball from Ryan Mason.

Sandro pulled a goal back for QPR, who twice had appeals for penalties turned down by referee Craig Pawson.

An 18th defeat of the season leaves QPR three points adrift off safety in the bottom three and with just one win from the last 11 games.

They remain without a win at home under head coach Chris Ramsey and still have to play three of the top five teams in their remaining 10 games.

In front of the watching England manager Roy Hodgson, Kane scored his 25th and 26th goals of the season in all competitions. Only Wolves striker Benik Afobe has scored as many in either the Premier League or Football League.

Hodgson would have also been keeping an eye on QPR's Charlie Austin with England to face Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifier and then Italy in a friendly at the end of March.

Both players were involved in the early exchanges, but it was Bobby Zamora who had Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris scrambling across his line to tip a header over the bar in the opening minute.

Big calls cost us - Ramsey

Tottenham, who made just one change from the side which beat Swansea 3-2 on Wednesday, responded immediately as Kane's close-range header was palmed over by QPR keeper Rob Green.

Kyle Walker then put Lloris in trouble with a back pass which gave Austin a great chance to put QPR in front, but Lloris reacted with a fine save to his left.

Austin linked neatly with Matty Phillips, who fired narrowly wide from the edge of the box and then hammered a shot against the underside of the bar with a left-footed strike.

Tottenham survived the pressure and went ahead when Kane nodded in Townsend's free-kick. Green was caught out coming off his line as Kane outmuscled Nedum Onuoha to finish with ease.

The goal edged Kane one ahead of Austin in the Premier League goal scoring charts, who currently has 15 for the season.

QPR appealed for a penalty when Mauricio Isla, one of two changes to the QPR side which lost 2-1 to Arsenal on Wednesday, went down in the area under a challenge from Lloris, but their appeals were waved away.

Tottenham maintained a high tempo after the break and Christian Eriksen curled a right-foot shot against a post moments after the restart.

QPR 1-2 Tottenham: Pochettino hails Spurs' character

Zamora struck a left-foot half volley from inside the box which forced Lloris to tip behind for a corner and Austin took up the unlikely role of a defender as he slid to clear an Eriksen goal-bound shot off the line.

Tottenham's pressure eventually told as Kane doubled the lead by evading the offside trap. Mason's ball over the top found the striker unmarked and he calmly rounded Green to slot home.

Sandro rifled a low right-foot shot past Lloris from Zamora's lay-off with 15 minutes to go as QPR pulled a goal back.

The hosts were again appealing for a penalty as Nabil Bentaleb appeared to block Austin's shot on goal with both hands.

QPR head coach Chris Ramsey speaking to Match of the Day: "We're very disappointed. We thought we deserved at least a point from the game with two controversial incidents [QPR's two penalty claims] we need clarification on.

"We're going to need to take a look at those and we hope they don't cost us at the end of the season. We appreciate the referees have a difficult job and sometimes they go against you.

"There's a point where you need a break, but we can't rely on that, we need to keep working.

"I haven't walked off the pitch in one game and thought the players haven't given their all, so that gives you hope. But, the problem is the games are starting to ebb away now and we need wins."

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino speaking to Match of the Day: "I'm very proud of our performance, we showed big character against a difficult opponent on a difficult stage.

"We showed today the way we play and the character we have.

"The way QPR play is long ball and on the edge of the box, they have strength in the air through Bobby Zamora and Charlie Austin, but we handled it.

"The reaction after going out of Europe has been fantastic. It was difficult after the defeat against Fiorentina [in the Europa League].

"The response has been fantastic from the squad in the big games that have followed. We have to go away and train hard to focus on our next match against Manchester United."

Tottenham dugout shield their eyes from the sun
The Tottenham dugout shield their eyes from the sun on a bright afternoon at Loftus Road
Charlie Austin strikes a shot against the crossbar for QPR
QPR striker Charlie Austin saw a left-foot shot strike the crossbar
Mauricio Isla brings the ball down
Mauricio Isla had a penalty appeal turned down as he was challenged by Hugo Lloris
Nedum Onuoha watches the ball hit the back of the net after Tottenham's second goal
Harry Kane rounded Rob Green before slotting home for Tottenham's second goal
Rio Ferdinand appeals for a penalty
QPR defender Rio Ferdinand appeals in vain to referee Craig Pawson for a penalty
Sandro beats Hugo Lloris for QPR's consolation goal
Hugo Lloris was unable to stop Sandro from pulling a goal back for QPR

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Green
  • 15Onuoha
  • 5Ferdinand
  • 4Caulker
  • 13Yun
  • 14IslaSubstituted forHoilettat 71'minutes
  • 20HenryBooked at 60minsSubstituted forGrego-Coxat 88'minutes
  • 30Guimaraes CordeiroSubstituted forWright-Phillipsat 90+3'minutes
  • 7Phillips
  • 25Zamora
  • 9Austin

Substitutes

  • 6Hill
  • 11Wright-Phillips
  • 12McCarthy
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 23Hoilett
  • 39Grego-Cox
  • 41Comley

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 15Dier
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 38MasonBooked at 80mins
  • 42BentalebBooked at 62mins
  • 17TownsendSubstituted forDembéléat 65'minutes
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forStambouliat 88'minutes
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forLamelaat 79'minutes
  • 18Kane

Substitutes

  • 3Rose
  • 9Soldado
  • 11Lamela
  • 13Vorm
  • 19Dembélé
  • 21Fazio
  • 25Stambouli
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
17,992

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  3. Post update

    Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Dangerous play by Shaun Wright-Phillips (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Shaun Wright-Phillips replaces Sandro.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers).

  9. Post update

    Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Benjamin Stambouli replaces Christian Eriksen.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Reece Grego-Cox replaces Karl Henry.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Eric Dier.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nedum Onuoha.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur).

  18. Post update

    Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).

  20. Booking

    Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

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1Chelsea27196257223563
2Man City28177459273258
3Arsenal28166653302354
4Man Utd28158547262153
5Liverpool28156742301251
6Tottenham2815584639750
7Southampton28154939201949
8Stoke28126103334-142
9Swansea28117103337-440
10West Ham2810993934539
11Newcastle2898113243-1135
12Crystal Palace2879123139-830
13West Brom2879122636-1030
14Everton28610123341-828
15Hull2869132637-1127
16Sunderland28414102339-1626
17Aston Villa2867151538-2325
18QPR2864182949-2022
19Burnley28410142547-2222
20Leicester2746172444-2018
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