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Queens Park Rangers 4-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Idrissa Sylla celebrating
Idrissa Sylla (centre) rounded off a remarkable opening 15 minutes in which QPR scored three times

A three-goal burst in eight minutes helped QPR to victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Loftus Road.

Goals from Paul Smyth, Jake Bidwell and Idrissa Sylla in the opening 15 minutes put the game beyond Wednesday.

Sylla scored QPR's fourth from the penalty spot before the visitors threatened to make a dramatic comeback.

A smart finish from Fernando Forestieri and an Atdhe Nuhiu header reduced the deficit to two but Wednesday dropped to 17th in the Championship table.

The hosts took the lead after eight minutes, Smyth finishing smartly after a Joe Wildsmith punch landed straight at his feet.

The R's doubled their lead two minutes later when Jake Bidwell followed up to sweep home after his initial effort was spilled by Wildsmith.

Sylla added QPR's third, heading home Darnell Furlong's cross at the back post, and scored from the penalty spot after Bright Osavi-Samuel was fouled by Tom Lees.

Jos Luhukay's side threatened a dramatic comeback when Forestieri finished neatly from the left and Nuhiu headed in Liam Palmer's cross.

QPR stay in 15th in the table, 16 points clear of the relegation zone.

The night began with an emotional tribute to Ray Wilkins, who died last week at the age of 61.

Wilkins established himself as a fan favourite at Loftus Road, having made 215 appearances in two spells.

QPR manager Ian Holloway:

"We flew out of the blocks. It was a sensational start. Then when we had to defend in the second half.

"I'm delighted for Idrissa Sylla. It's great that he's back fit and amongst the goals.

"It's been a tough few days, but tonight we bounced back from Saturday and for the first half, we really put on a show."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay:

"In the first 15 minutes we were not in the game, we did not defend well and they began with aggression. It cost us the game.

"The 75 minutes that followed was more positive and we tried everything to get back into the game.

"The team didn't give up, they kept fighting, got the first and second goal and had chances for more."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Smithies
  • 2Furlong
  • 20Baptiste
  • 18Robinson
  • 3Bidwell
  • 8Cousins
  • 11ScowenBooked at 40minsSubstituted forManningat 67'minutes
  • 7Freeman
  • 34Osayi-SamuelSubstituted forWszolekat 77'minutes
  • 40SyllaSubstituted forSmithat 68'minutes
  • 37Smyth

Substitutes

  • 9Washington
  • 13Ingram
  • 14Manning
  • 17Smith
  • 22Wszolek
  • 29Kakay
  • 30Eze

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-3-3

  • 28Wildsmith
  • 16Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 36PudilBooked at 86mins
  • 39Thorniley
  • 32Pelupessy
  • 20Reach
  • 3Jones
  • 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forMatiasat 64'minutes
  • 17NuhiuSubstituted forRhodesat 83'minutes
  • 45ForestieriSubstituted forBoydat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Rhodes
  • 8Butterfield
  • 19Matias
  • 21Boyd
  • 24Baker
  • 25Dawson
  • 35Nielsen
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
12,521

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 4, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 4, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday).

  4. Post update

    Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Boyd.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Marco Matias tries a through ball, but Liam Palmer is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Ryan Manning tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Matias.

  9. Post update

    Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jack Robinson (Queens Park Rangers).

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tom Lees.

  14. Booking

    Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. George Boyd tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jordan Rhodes replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves41278674363889
2Fulham422312772413181
3Cardiff41248962352780
4Aston Villa4222101066402676
5Derby401814860382268
6Millwall4218141054391568
7Middlesbrough421991459411866
8Bristol City4217141159481165
9Sheff Utd42198155749865
10Brentford4217131258471164
11Preston421615115244863
12Ipswich42168185052-256
13Norwich421414144652-656
14Leeds42159185460-654
15QPR421411175363-1053
16Hull421114176461347
17Sheff Wed421114175059-947
18Nottm Forest41137214359-1646
19Reading421012204661-1542
20Birmingham42117243261-2940
21Bolton42912213464-3039
22Barnsley41813204261-1937
23Sunderland42615214574-2933
24Burton42711243077-4732
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