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Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Cardiff City

Cardiff defender Sol Bamba heads his side ahead against QPR
Sol Bamba's late first-half header was his second goal since joining Cardiff in October

Substitute Yeni Ngbakoto created one goal and scored another as QPR came from behind to beat Cardiff City and ruin Bluebirds manager Neil Warnock's return to Loftus Road.

Sol Bamba's header just before the interval put the Welsh side ahead.

But Rangers levelled when Ngbakoto smashed the ball in after a fine team move and final pass from Jamie Mackie.

Matt Smith headed the winner from Ngbakoto's corner - the striker's third goal in four since joining in January.

QPR's third win in four took them nine points clear of the relegation zone and just three behind Cardiff, but their prospects of building positively on their recent good form looked bleak at the break despite having the better of the first-half openings.

Conor Washington struck the post with the home side's best chance, but the visitors led through Bamba's header from an inviting Craig Noone corner.

Kenneth Zohore almost made it 2-0 when his shot had to be cleared off the line by Joel Lynch.

But French winger Ngbakoto changed the game, slotting home the equaliser and then teeing up Smith's header to ensure QPR could mark the 50th anniversary of their League Cup win as a Division Three side with a victory.

Queens Park Rangers boss Ian Holloway:

"Today, honouring the people who are famous to all us QPR people, to have them here and to come out and win, I'm delighted.

"We came from behind and sometimes you need your substitutes to do it. Yeni's first goal was a great move and that gave us the impetus to go and get another one.

"Neil (Warnock) will be fuming, but there wasn't a lot between us and I did feel our substitutes coming off the bench made the difference for us, and I'm delighted for them."

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock:

"I've been saying for months we're not going to do it - if we can't win here when we dominate like that we're not going to make the play-offs.

"We were 1-0 up and really should have scored two or three goals in the second half. To then give them a chance is very disappointing.

"But to get where we are has been fabulous. The lads have really done well for me.

"We're looking to next season. I'm learning all the time - I saw one or two things today which is really helping me to decide what I'm going to do at the end of the season."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Smithies
  • 5Onuoha
  • 4Hall
  • 6Lynch
  • 24PerchBooked at 88mins
  • 21LuongoBooked at 40minsSubstituted forMorrisonat 76'minutes
  • 10GossSubstituted forN'Gbakotoat 58'minutes
  • 3Bidwell
  • 12MackieSubstituted forWszolekat 81'minutes
  • 9Washington
  • 17Smith

Substitutes

  • 13Ingram
  • 15Wszolek
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 29Furlong
  • 40Sylla
  • 41Manning
  • 49Morrison

Cardiff

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1McGregor
  • 16ConnollySubstituted forBennettat 86'minutes
  • 4MorrisonBooked at 66mins
  • 14Bamba
  • 6Richards
  • 11NooneSubstituted forPilkingtonat 72'minutes
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forHalfordat 90'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 24K Harris
  • 33Hoilett
  • 26Zohore

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 7Whittingham
  • 12John
  • 13Pilkington
  • 15Halford
  • 28Murphy
  • 31M Harris
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
15,103

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home19
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Cardiff City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Cardiff City 1.

  3. Post update

    Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers).

  6. Post update

    Greg Halford (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Alex Smithies (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Greg Halford replaces Aron Gunnarsson.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers).

  12. Post update

    Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    James Perch (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by James Perch (Queens Park Rangers).

  15. Post update

    Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

  17. Post update

    Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Joe Bennett replaces Matthew Connolly.

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