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Brentford 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

Florian Jozefzoon
Florian Jozefzoon's goal was his seventh in 42 games this season

Brentford maintained their late push for a Championship play-off place with a hard-earned victory against QPR.

Sergi Canos fired the Bees ahead after QPR failed to clear a corner, but Ollie Watkins missed a chance to double the lead when his weak penalty was saved.

Idrissa Sylla drew the R's level before the break, tapping in the rebound from a Massimo Luongo effort.

Florian Jozefzoon scored from 12 yards out to put Brentford back in front, and the hosts were rarely troubled late on.

Victory for Dean Smith's side extended their unbeaten run to seven games, taking them up to eighth in the table, only one point behind sixth-placed Millwall.

The Bees also look to have one of the least challenging schedules to finish the season, travelling to 22nd-placed Barnsley next weekend, before finishing with a home game against Hull, who are 18th and already assured of survival.

QPR are also guaranteed a spot in the Championship next season, despite falling to their third defeat in their past four games.

A disappointing day for Ian Holloway's side was compounded by a first-half injury to keeper Matt Ingram, who was hurt when he fouled Watkins to concede the penalty before being taken off a few minutes later.

Brentford boss Dean Smith:

"It was a fantastic atmosphere and I'm really pleased for the supporters who have stuck by us even at the start of the season when we were playing well but not getting the rewards. That was payback for the result earlier in the season.

"I thought we were excellent in the first half but not so good in the second when the game got niggly, they dropped deeper and we got a little frustrated.

"These players are great to work with and deserve to be where they are in the league with two games to go. We want to be in the play-off places after the final game but it will be tough at Barnsley who are fighting for their lives.

QPR manager Ian Holloway:

"It was a ferocious local derby and we were on the wrong end of it so it is about giving the other side some credit for their identity and pass-and-move approach, which causes you problems.

"The longer it went on, the better we got. The penalty save was huge. Should he have been sent off? I think he should but he then stood up, probably concussed, and made a wonderful save.

"That gave us impetus to keep going, so then having to sub him scuppered my plans for what I wanted to do later on in the game, but we kept going and were determined in our own way.

"We haven't got our own identity like Brentford yet but I am sure it's coming and the young lads coming through are really exciting, but it's just about getting balance right. We have not taken enough chances in games and those tiny margins of error have cost us again."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 14Egan
  • 33Mepham
  • 29Barbet
  • 15WoodsBooked at 26mins
  • 19Sawyers
  • 7Jozefzoon
  • 4MacLeodSubstituted forMokotjoat 65'minutes
  • 47CanosSubstituted forYennarisat 81'minutes
  • 11WatkinsBooked at 33minsSubstituted forMaupayat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bjelland
  • 8Yennaris
  • 9Maupay
  • 10McEachran
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 20Clarke
  • 28Daniels

QPR

  • 13IngramBooked at 42minsSubstituted forSmithiesat 45+5'minutes
  • 29Kakay
  • 2Furlong
  • 20Baptiste
  • 3BidwellBooked at 50minsSubstituted forManningat 74'minutes
  • 21Luongo
  • 11ScowenBooked at 52mins
  • 37SmythSubstituted forSmithat 72'minutes
  • 7Freeman
  • 22Wszolek
  • 40SyllaBooked at 52mins

Substitutes

  • 1Smithies
  • 8Cousins
  • 14Manning
  • 17Smith
  • 24Perch
  • 30Eze
  • 34Osayi-Samuel
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
12,367

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Foul by Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford).

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

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

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

Foul by John Egan (Brentford).

Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Nico Yennaris replaces Sergi Canos.

Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

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

Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Ryan Manning replaces Jake Bidwell.

Attempt missed. Chris Mepham (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Florian Jozefzoon with a cross following a set piece situation.

Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith replaces Paul Smyth.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Josh Scowen tries a through ball, but Pawel Wszolek is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Queens Park Rangers 1. Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Foul by Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford).

Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Kamohelo Mokotjo replaces Lewis MacLeod.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Josh Scowen.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

Attempt saved. Sergi Canos (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Henrik Dalsgaard with a cross.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

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

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

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

goal

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