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Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Newcastle United

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Leroy Fer
Leroy Fer scored with a wonderful strike
  • Magpies need final game win to ensure survival
  • QPR beat Newcastle for first time since 1995
  • Pitch invasion follows Hoops last home game

Newcastle's survival hopes remain in the balance after relegated QPR fought back from a goal down to win their final home game.

The Magpies stay two points clear of 18th-place Hull with a game remaining.

The visitors took the lead when striker Emmanuel Riviere dinked in after collecting keeper Tim Krul's long punt.

QPR's Matt Phillips nodded in the equaliser from Charlie Austin's cross before Leroy Fer smashed in a superb winner from 25 yards.

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A pitch invasion followed the full-time whistle as the home fans took to celebrate a first home win in 10 games and wave goodbye to Premier League football at Loftus Road for the time being.

As for Newcastle, there might be the pitch invasions to end all pitch invasions at St James' Park next week if they secure their top-flight status. However, they cannot afford to let their level slip during the 90 minutes, like they did today.

Rangers enjoyed most of the early possession, but it was Newcastle who took the lead through Riviere.

The French summer signing came into the game without a goal in the Premier League, but tore off that unwanted tag with a mishit finish which flew over the reach of keeper Robert Green.

At long last...
Emmanuel Riviere has scored his first Premier League goal after 1084 minutes, more than 18 hours.

The QPR number one was replaced moments later by Alex McCarthy because of a head injury picked up from a collision with team-mate Joey Barton.

The basement side were far brighter after the break and equalised when Phillips rose highest at the far post to head in Austin's cross. Moments earlier, the goalscorer had an effort blocked by Jonas Gutierrez.

QPR then seized the advantage with the goal of the game. Dutchman Fer, who was impressive throughout, picked up the loose ball in midfield and struck a vicious effort past the reach of Krul.

Newcastle looked desperate in their search for an equaliser and went closest when substitute Papiss Cisse saw his shot from a couple of yards deflected wide.

Survival remains in their hands, but it will be a very tense occasion on Tyneside next Sunday.

QPR coach Chris Ramsey:

"The fans have been absolutely fantastic all season. It's important we got those two goals. It's gets us back to thinking good things in the summer.

"There was plenty of effort in the first half, but lacked that bit of quality. Leroy Fer has got that in his locker - he brings a little bit of extra flavour to our team.

"I think fans can see we will try our best and that we will try to put the club on an even footing. It's not up to me who stays and who doesn't stay."

Newcastle coach John Carver:

"It was a mad 10 minutes in the second half and that was hugely disappointing. I thought in first half we were in control. They weren't a threat, we were organised.

"We knew the result we tried to get today and had to get. We had to go for the win.

"Having lost, this is the best scenario with Hull losing. There's one game left and it's a do or die situation.

"We have to manage the pressure this week, focus and keep out of media spotlight. We've talked about some games in the last three, four weeks being the biggest and next week against West Ham is one of them."

Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere
Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere had gone 18 hours without scoring in the Premier League
QPR's Matt Phillips
QPR's Matt Phillips went close before equalising to the home fans' delight
A good natured pitch invasion followed as QPR - in their final game at Loftus Road for at least a season - won their first home game in 10



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1GreenSubstituted forMcCarthyat 34'minutes
  • 15Onuoha
  • 22Dunne
  • 4CaulkerSubstituted forYunat 45'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 6Hill
  • 7Phillips
  • 8BartonBooked at 50mins
  • 20Henry
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forGrego-Coxat 45'minutes
  • 10Fer
  • 9Austin


  • 11Wright-Phillips
  • 12McCarthy
  • 13Yun
  • 36Doughty
  • 38Furlong
  • 39Grego-Cox
  • 41Comley


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 22Janmaat
  • 2Coloccini
  • 36Dummett
  • 18Gutiérrez
  • 4TaylorSubstituted forAaronsat 64'minutes
  • 14Colback
  • 17Pérez
  • 7Sissoko
  • 20CabellaSubstituted forAmeobiat 73'minutes
  • 29RiviereSubstituted forCisséat 63'minutes


  • 8Anita
  • 9Cissé
  • 11Gouffran
  • 16Aarons
  • 28Ameobi
  • 30Abeid
  • 41Woodman
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Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamNewcastle
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Newcastle United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Newcastle United 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

  4. Post update

    Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  6. Post update

    Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Clint Hill.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Clint Hill.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

  14. Booking

    Yun Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rolando Aarons.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United).

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4Man Utd36208861362568
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