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Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Birmingham City

Tjaronn Chery scores
Tjaronn Chery's goal was his second in three games for Queens Park Rangers

A dominant QPR won for the first time in four games to land a blow to Birmingham City's play-off hopes.

Tjaronn Chery scored the first, drilling the ball low in to the corner after good work from James Perch.

Junior Hoilett capped off an excellent first half for Rangers when he converted a penalty after Sebastian Polter was fouled by Michael Morrison.

Massimo Luongo, Gabriele Angella and Chery all forced good saves from Tomasz Kuszczak after the break.

Birmingham, who drop to eighth in the Championship table, failed to trouble the home side in the first half, and only went close twice after the interval.

Jonathan Grounds had a shot headed over the bar by Karl Henry, while Clayton Donaldson saw an effort deflected over 12 minutes from time.

Cardiff's win over Preston means Birmingham are five points off Sheffield Wednesday, who occupy the final play-off place.

The victory was just QPR's third since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took over as manager and the first time they had scored more than once at Loftus Road since 15 December.

Rangers move up to 11th, 11 points adrift of the play-off places with 12 games to go.

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink:

"Hopefully we can build from here. Today we were very good from back to front. From the first five minutes we had control, scored a brilliant goal and then the move for the penalty was very good.

"We were able to score two goals and that gave the boys a little bit more freedom. In other games we had opportunities in the first half and didn't score, and then the other teams have started better in the second half.

"To score two and have other chances against a very good side like Birmingham is very good.

"I would have liked to have had more control in the second half but we had a good shape and could have scored to make it 3-0, so I am happy."

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett:

"The first goal we conceded was a bit soft. Chery has had four or five touches and we didn't get near him. I also felt the penalty was a bit soft. Polter sees Morrison coming and leans into him and he goes down.

"I spoke a lot to the players before the game about the mentality and what we do so well away from home, which is to be hard to beat and very hard to play against.

"I don't want to take credit away from QPR, because they were good value for their win, but that 40 minutes in the first half was the poorest we've been in terms of energy and drive.

"We were much better in the second half and maybe if we'd have taken one of our opportunities it would have been different. But we didn't show enough drive and desire to get anything out of the game. We looked a little bit lacklustre."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Smithies
  • 5Onuoha
  • 4Hall
  • 26Angella
  • 24Perch
  • 21Luongo
  • 20Henry
  • 7PhillipsSubstituted forWashingtonat 82'minutes
  • 8CherySubstituted forTözsérat 76'minutes
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forEl Khayatiat 90+3'minutes
  • 33Polter


  • 9Washington
  • 15Konchesky
  • 18Faurlin
  • 19El Khayati
  • 28Tözsér
  • 29Ingram
  • 34Petrasso


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 32Shotton
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 39mins
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forVaughanat 71'minutes
  • 11Cotterill
  • 7FabbriniBooked at 15minsSubstituted forToralat 63'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forBuckleyat 79'minutes
  • 9DonaldsonBooked at 60mins


  • 1Legzdins
  • 15Vaughan
  • 20Toral
  • 23Spector
  • 26Davis
  • 30Buckley
  • 31Caddis
Roger East

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBirmingham
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Abdenasser El Khayati replaces Junior Hoilett.

  4. Post update

    Foul by James Vaughan (Birmingham City).

  5. Post update

    Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sebastian Polter.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Queens Park Rangers).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill.

  11. Post update

    Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

  13. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Michael Morrison tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Washington.

  17. Post update

    Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Tözsér (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Conor Washington replaces Matthew Phillips.

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19Bristol City34910153153-2237
21MK Dons3488182848-2032
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