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Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Reading

Conor Washington
Conor Washington scored nine goals in all competitions in 2016-17

Conor Washington scored twice as QPR opened the season with victory over last season's beaten play-off finalists Reading, who finished with 10 men.

Northern Ireland's Washington headed in from Pawel Wszolek's far-post cross to give the hosts the lead at half-time.

Reading's Tiago Ilori was sent off for a professional foul on Wszolek and Washington beat debutant keeper Vito Mannone with the resulting penalty.

That left the Royals with one win from their past 13 opening day away games.

Former Sunderland keeper Mannone was one of three debutants to start for Jaap Stam's side, along with striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and midfielder Pelle Clement, who was replaced by another summer signing - winger Modou Barrow - after half-time.

But QPR - who lost seven of their final eight matches of last season - were the better team, as they extended boss Ian Holloway's record of never losing an opening game of the season with Rangers.

Reading finished 32 points and 15 places above QPR in May, but could have lost by more with Massimo Luongo striking the post for the hosts in the first half.

The main concern on an otherwise fine day for Holloway's side was seeing Washington replaced because of an apparent injury in the closing stages.

QPR manager Ian Holloway:

"We've been working on fitness and I thought today you could see that.

"They thought they could pass and move but we were co-ordinated in the running and the chasing and the working.

"Everyone of our lads had a really good game. You could argue we missed a few chances but we forced them into mistake after mistake."

Reading boss Jaap Stam:

"In this league every week you're going to be playing is going to be hard, especially in away games.

"You need to work hard, you need to give everything, you need to be very aggressive in what you do.

"Today was by far not good enough in what we needed to do. We were not aggressive enough, on the ball we were not good enough."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Smithies
  • 24Perch
  • 5Onuoha
  • 6LynchBooked at 57mins
  • 22Wszolek
  • 11Scowen
  • 21Luongo
  • 7Freeman
  • 3BidwellSubstituted forRobinsonat 87'minutes
  • 12MackieSubstituted forN'Gbakotoat 83'minutes
  • 9WashingtonSubstituted forSyllaat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 13Ingram
  • 16Borysiuk
  • 17Smith
  • 18Robinson
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 40Sylla

Reading

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Mannone
  • 2Gunter
  • 6Moore
  • 20IloriBooked at 56mins
  • 25Popa
  • 38Kelly
  • 8Evans
  • 24Blackett
  • 10SwiftSubstituted forMendesat 82'minutes
  • 22ClementSubstituted forBarrowat 52'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23BödvarssonBooked at 28minsSubstituted forRichardsat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Mendes
  • 17Barrow
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 42Rinomhota
  • 50Richards
  • 55Smith
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
14,460

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamReading
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Reading 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Reading 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers).

  4. Post update

    Tyler Blackett (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Adrian Popa (Reading) because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers).

  7. Post update

    George Evans (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Booking

    Modou Barrow (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jack Robinson (Queens Park Rangers).

  12. Post update

    Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Reading. George Evans tries a through ball, but Joseph Mendes is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  15. Post update

    Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by George Evans (Reading).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

  18. Post update

    Joseph Mendes (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jack Robinson replaces Jake Bidwell because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City11003123
2QPR11002023
3Cardiff11001013
4Ipswich11001013
5Nottm Forest11001013
6Preston11001013
7Sheff Utd11001013
8Wolves11001013
9Aston Villa10101101
10Derby10101101
11Fulham10101101
12Hull10101101
13Norwich10101101
14Sunderland10101101
15Bolton00000000
16Leeds00000000
17Birmingham100101-10
18Brentford100101-10
19Burton100101-10
20Middlesbrough100101-10
21Millwall100101-10
22Sheff Wed100101-10
23Barnsley100113-20
24Reading100102-20
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