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Preston North End 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

Jordan Hugill
Preston's Jordan Hugill scored the winner in the second half

Preston North End edged closer to the Championship play-off places as they came from behind to beat 10-man QPR.

The visitors started the stronger and Kazenga Lua Lua had two efforts saved by Chris Maxwell before back-heeling his side ahead late in the first half.

But the lead was short-lived as Aiden McGeady's long-range strike levelled the score right before the break.

And Jordan Hugill slotted the home side ahead before QPR's Luke Freeman was sent off for a second yellow card.

The Lilywhites are now eighth in the Championship table, six points behind Sheffield Wednesday in sixth.

Preston went into the match having lost just once in their last 10 games but they were forced onto the back foot early on, with keeper Maxwell forced to deny both Pawel Wszolek and Lua Lua twice in the opening half hour.

But Lua Lua's persistence paid off when he finally beat Maxwell with a brilliant back-heel from close range.

QPR's lead lasted less than 10 minutes, however, as McGeady equalised with a long-range strike with virtually the last kick of the first half.

Preston began to assert themselves after the break and deservedly took the lead when Hugill scored with a right-footed shot from close range following a corner.

Rangers remain 16th in the table, nine points clear of the relegation places.

Preston boss Simon Grayson:

"It was a disappointing goal to give away. A long throw into the box, unfortunately it just went through Tommy Spurr's legs and to be fair the lad showed great awareness and good skill to put it in there.

"We ultimately responded well and when you've got somebody like McGeady who can do something out of nothing, it just shows the quality that the lad's got.

"Hugill got into some good areas and unfortunately didn't hit the back of the net but, for the winner, he reacted really well to lose his man and getting the first ball."

QPR manager Ian Holloway on Luke Freeman's red card:

"I know Luke Freeman and I don't think he put any weight on it. He's tried to ride the tackle and not hurt anybody.

"Apparently the ref didn't see it, the linesmen didn't see it and the fourth official's made an absolutely outrageous call and said it's a second yellow.

"If it's a stamping and it's a deliberate stamping which he clearly says he saw, why isn't that a direct red which we might be able to appeal?"

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 3-4-3

  • 22Maxwell
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 66mins
  • 23Huntington
  • 17Spurr
  • 7HorganSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 86'minutes
  • 8Browne
  • 11Johnson
  • 3Cunningham
  • 14McGeady
  • 25Hugill
  • 37Robinson

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 9Makienok
  • 10Beckford
  • 12Gallagher
  • 21May
  • 24Boyle
  • 29Barkhuizen

QPR

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Smithies
  • 5OnuohaBooked at 21mins
  • 24Perch
  • 6Lynch
  • 29FurlongSubstituted forN'Gbakotoat 68'minutes
  • 41Manning
  • 2FreemanBooked at 78mins
  • 3Bidwell
  • 15Wszolek
  • 28Lua LuaBooked at 62minsSubstituted forMackieat 73'minutes
  • 17SmithSubstituted forSyllaat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Goss
  • 12Mackie
  • 13Ingram
  • 21Luongo
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 25Petrasso
  • 40Sylla
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
10,848

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

  8. Post update

    Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Alan Browne.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen with a headed pass.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Daryl Horgan.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Daryl Horgan.

  16. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Thomas Spurr (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).

  19. Post update

    Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers).

As It Stood

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3Huddersfield3320584436865
4Leeds341941146341261
5Reading34186104745260
6Sheff Wed34177104233958
7Fulham331411856391753
8Preston341410104641552
9Norwich331561258471151
10Barnsley34148125248450
11Derby33139113630648
12Cardiff34137144749-246
13Brentford33127145048243
14Birmingham341110133649-1343
15Ipswich331011123441-741
16QPR34117163748-1140
17Aston Villa33912123138-739
18Nottm Forest34107174658-1237
19Burton3499163447-1336
20Wolves3298153944-535
21Bristol City3396184450-633
22Wigan34710173040-1031
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