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Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Sheffield United

David McGoldrick celebrates
David McGoldrick (left) netted the winning penalty just minutes after coming on.

QPR suffered their second straight defeat under Steve McClaren as Sheffield United came from behind to win at Loftus Road.

Rangers had gone in front on the half-hour mark as Ebere Eze drilled in from 15 yards.

But the Blades responded when Billy Sharp scored from close range from Kieron Freeman's low cross just before the break.

And after Jake Bidwell was penalised in the box, substitute David McGoldrick converted from the spot to complete the turnaround.

Both teams were hoping to write off defeats in their opening matches last weekend, while the Blades also lost 3-0 in midweek at Middlesbrough.

Eze, 20, celebrated his new deal this week by opening the scoring, but Sheffield United were level by half-time, as they sought their first league win at Rangers in seven visits.

McGoldrick's goal, shortly after his introduction, was his first for his new club and his first since November 2017.

For McClaren, it marks a difficult start to life as QPR boss following the loss at Preston in his first match in charge.

QPR boss Steve McClaren said:

"We've lost the game because of two poor decisions. The first goal was offside because Sharp was in front of our defenders when the ball was crossed.

"I can't understand the penalty. We feel McGoldrick is handling Joel Lynch and Bidwell is behind, just ducking to get out of the way. There's no contact.

"It's cost us the game. There's no doubt about that. In terms of the performance I was delighted."

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"People will make assumptions but I don't sign players that don't want to run about for this football club.

"I said to the players: the only way you're going to show people if they're questioning you is when you step out onto the pitch.

"It wasn't the most free-flowing of performances but it was a Sheffield United performance: gut, determination, desire, a little bit of football played in there and great scenes at the end."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Ingram
  • 24KakaySubstituted forWashingtonat 88'minutes
  • 37Leistner
  • 33LynchBooked at 65mins
  • 3Bidwell
  • 21Luongo
  • 11Scowen
  • 38SmythSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 45'minutes
  • 7Freeman
  • 10Eze
  • 40SyllaSubstituted forSmithat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Cousins
  • 9Washington
  • 13Lumley
  • 14Manning
  • 15Baptiste
  • 17Smith
  • 20Osayi-Samuel

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 18Freeman
  • 12Egan
  • 19Stearman
  • 5O'Connell
  • 3Stevens
  • 21DuffySubstituted forWoodburnat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Basham
  • 4Fleck
  • 9Clarke
  • 10SharpSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 64'minutesSubstituted forLeonardat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 11Woodburn
  • 14Leonard
  • 17McGoldrick
  • 24Lafferty
  • 25Moore
  • 34Norrington-Davies
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
14,128

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Sheffield United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Sheffield United 2.

Booking

Ben Woodburn (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ben Woodburn (Sheffield United).

Foul by Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers).

Ryan Leonard (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Matt Ingram.

Attempt saved. Ryan Leonard (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers).

Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers).

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Conor Washington replaces Osman Kakay.

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

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ryan Leonard replaces David McGoldrick because of an injury.

Delay in match David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by John Egan.

Attempt blocked. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Scowen.

Attempt saved. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bright Samuel.

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Eberechi Eze with a cross.

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

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Woodburn replaces Mark Duffy.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith replaces Idrissa Sylla.

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

Booking

Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Idrissa Sylla with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Sheffield United 2. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty Sheffield United. David McGoldrick draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. David McGoldrick replaces Billy Sharp.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Luke Freeman tries a through ball, but Idrissa Sylla is caught offside.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

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

goal

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