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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

Helder Costa scores for Wolves
Helder Costa tapped into an empty net to score Wolves' second goal against QPR

Wolves beat QPR to go 13 points clear at the top of the Championship - but they survived some nervy second-half moments to win narrowly at Molineux.

Alfred N'Diaye turned in a cross from Ivan Cavaleiro to put Wolves ahead, and Cavaleiro set up fellow winger Helder Costa for the second before half-time.

Conor Washington, who had forced two early saves from John Ruddy, hooked in QPR's reply shortly after the break.

Wolves captain Conor Coady cleared Eberechi Eze's late shot off the line.

Substitute Matt Smith fired over and Ruddy kept out an effort from Pawel Wszolek, while Ryan Bennett's last-ditch challenge denied Washington to preserve three points for the home side.

The Championship leaders looked set for a thumping victory once they had overcome a slow start to go in front.

Senegal midfielder N'Diaye bundled in his first goal since September, while Portuguese winger Costa rounded off a superb team move to end his personal three-month goal drought.

Wolves had several opportunities to put the game beyond Rangers, one of only four teams to have beaten Wanderers in the league this season, by half-time.

The introduction of giant striker Smith at the interval significantly increased QPR's attacking threat, but Wolves just about survived to extend their lead over second-placed Derby, who drew at home to Norwich.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo told BBC WM:

"The first half was a very good half, with many chances and good football.

"The second half was different and we have to be more compact. QPR started putting in long balls, which changed the game.

"They are a well organised team and have a way of football which requires a lot of defensive organisation to stop them.

"The result we achieved was important."

QPR manager Ian Holloway told BBC Radio London:

"I was very upset at half-time but the lads gave a resounding response.

"It is tough with a pitch that big and the confidence level of them. Their manager is excellent, the way they play is tried and tested and they have taken the club miles forward.

"When they pass it as nicely and well as they do, it is very difficult.

"I tried something and it could have worked, but we didn't take the opportunities. We showed more than enough nous but we needed to get an equaliser."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 4A N'Diaye
  • 8Neves
  • 3Douglas
  • 17Hélder CostaSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 77'minutes
  • 18Jota
  • 7CavaleiroSubstituted forAfobeat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Batth
  • 9Mir Vicente
  • 19Afobe
  • 24Gibbs-White
  • 25Miranda
  • 29Vinagre
  • 31Norris

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 24PerchSubstituted forEzeat 42'minutes
  • 5Onuoha
  • 6LynchBooked at 40mins
  • 22Wszolek
  • 8CousinsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes
  • 18Robinson
  • 11Scowen
  • 3Bidwell
  • 7FreemanBooked at 61mins
  • 9Washington

Substitutes

  • 13Ingram
  • 17Smith
  • 20Baptiste
  • 30Eze
  • 33Chair
  • 34Osayi-Samuel
  • 38Oteh
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
30,168

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Attempt missed. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.

Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek.

Attempt blocked. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Attempt missed. Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Diogo Jota with a cross.

Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Benik Afobe with a cross.

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White with a cross.

Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Hélder Costa.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Attempt saved. Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Barry Douglas.

Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Benik Afobe replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Attempt blocked. Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a through ball.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).

goal

As It Stood

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1Wolves31225456233371
2Derby311610548242458
3Aston Villa30168646271956
4Cardiff30167745271855
5Fulham311410752361652
6Bristol City31141074536952
7Preston31121363830849
8Sheff Utd31154124437749
9Middlesbrough311461140291148
10Brentford31111194340344
11Leeds31135134239344
12Ipswich31135134341244
13Norwich31128113134-344
14Millwall31912103634239
15QPR3199133344-1136
16Nottm Forest31112183550-1535
17Sheff Wed31713113238-634
18Reading3188153441-732
19Bolton3079142847-1930
20Birmingham3086162241-1930
21Hull31611144247-529
22Barnsley31610153045-1528
23Sunderland31511153455-2126
24Burton3167182458-3425
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