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Queens Park Rangers 0-3 Middlesbrough

George Friend celebrates his first Middlesbrough goal since 2016
George Friend had not scored for Middlesbrough since 2 January 2016

George Friend scored his first goal for two years as Middlesbrough gave manager Tony Pulis his second league win since taking charge by beating QPR.

Full-back Friend fired home from 25 yards after fellow defender Daniel Ayala gave them the lead with a header.

Rangers had won their two previous league games but only tested keeper Darren Randolph once in the first half.

Darnell Furlong headed a chance to cut the deficit wide after the break and Adama Traore made it three late on.

Boro, who have now won all 13 games this season in which they have taken the lead, move up to eighth in the table, just two points adrift of the top six, with QPR slipping to 16th.

There was little between the sides until Ben Gibson flicked on Adama Traore's corner and Ayala nodded in at the far post.

And Rangers were still absorbing that setback when Friend received the ball from Stewart Downing and beat Alex Smithies with a left-foot drive.

Ian Holloway sent on Matt Smith and Osayi Bright-Samuel at the interval, but they could not find a way through the visitors' defence and Traore sealed the win with an angled shot for his first Boro goal.

QPR boss Ian Holloway:

"In the first 15 minutes we were causing them all sorts of trouble and I can assure you that Tony Pulis, who's a friend of mine, wasn't too happy.

"But unfortunately we got undone by a corner, which they're brilliant at and we're normally good at.

"We lost a flick at the near post and then Ayala is standing there and heads it in. It's a mountain to climb after that."

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis:

"As soon as we got a goal we then went on and deservedly won the game.

"For the players to put in that kind of performance and show that bit of character, I'm really pleased.

"We played some good stuff at times, created opportunities, and when we had to roll our sleeves up and battle we restricted them to not many opportunities."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Smithies
  • 5Onuoha
  • 6Lynch
  • 18Robinson
  • 2Furlong
  • 21Luongo
  • 11ScowenSubstituted forEzeat 70'minutes
  • 7Freeman
  • 3BidwellSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 45'minutes
  • 38OtehSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes
  • 9Washington

Substitutes

  • 13Ingram
  • 14Manning
  • 17Smith
  • 20Baptiste
  • 22Wszolek
  • 30Eze
  • 34Osayi-Samuel

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Randolph
  • 5Shotton
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 16Howson
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 37Traoré
  • 19DowningSubstituted forChristieat 87'minutes
  • 11BamfordSubstituted forClaytonat 72'minutes
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forGestedeat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 8Clayton
  • 10Braithwaite
  • 18Fletcher
  • 21Johnson
  • 22Christie
  • 39Gestede
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
14,182

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Middlesbrough 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Middlesbrough 3.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton tries a through ball, but Rudy Gestede is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Cyrus Christie replaces Stewart Downing.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 0, Middlesbrough 3. Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Robinson (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).

  10. Post update

    Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

  14. Post update

    Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton replaces Patrick Bamford.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Eberechi Eze replaces Josh Scowen.

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19Barnsley2869132840-1227
20Bolton2868142646-2026
21Hull28510133945-625
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