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Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Millwall: Luongo & Eze extend QPR unbeaten run

Ebere Eze (third from right) celebrates his goal for QPR against Millwall
After losing their first four Championship games, QPR have taken 10 points from the next 12 available

QPR extended their unbeaten run to four Championship games as two goals in three first-half minutes gave them victory over London rivals Millwall.

Massimo Luongo gave the R's the lead on the half-hour mark at Loftus Road as he nodded in Nahki Wells' deflected shot in front of Lions keeper Ben Amos.

Rangers doubled their lead two minutes later when Ebere Eze's half-volley from Jake Bidwell's left-wing cross bounced in off Millwall centre-back Murray Wallace, while the visitors failed to test Hoops keeper Joe Lumley in the first half.

Substitute Steve Morison's angled effort was palmed away by Lumley after the break and Jake Cooper rattled the bar with a header from a corner, but the Lions slumped to their fourth defeat in five league games.

Striker Tom Bradshaw made his first start since joining Millwall from Barnsley but was replaced by Morison at half-time, while Rangers' Israeli frontman Tomer Hemed was dropped to the bench after fasting during the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

Amos kept the score at 2-0 in the second half, getting down to his right to push away a low drive from Wells before saving Luke Freeman's follow-up with his feet.

Rangers had lost their first four league games but Steve McClaren's side continued to threaten, as Amos saved an effort from Luongo and pushed a free-kick from substitute Hemed behind for a corner.

Neil Harris' Millwall side finished eighth last season, three points off the play-offs, but are just a point above the bottom three in the table following a run of five games without a win.

QPR manager Steve McClaren:

"It was fantastic in the first half. Great football, good organisation, we defended well and composure was the key.

"We deserved more goals but I am delighted with a clean sheet. Toni Leistner and Joel Lynch have worked so hard on the training ground to form a partnership.

"We have got a good blend and balance of youth and experience which we didn't have four or five weeks ago."

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"It was an improved second half performance because it couldn't get any worse than the first half. I take full responsibility for team selection and tactics.

"I picked a team to perform better than that. If I could have changed 11 [at half-time] I would have done.

"It is all about playing the derby and playing the atmosphere but in the first half my players didn't turn up. I won't accept that ever again."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 22Rangel
  • 37LeistnerBooked at 63mins
  • 33Lynch
  • 3Bidwell
  • 8Cousins
  • 5Cameron
  • 21Luongo
  • 7FreemanBooked at 70minsSubstituted forScowenat 81'minutes
  • 10EzeBooked at 84minsSubstituted forSmithat 88'minutes
  • 32WellsSubstituted forHemedat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 11Scowen
  • 15Baptiste
  • 16Hemed
  • 17Smith
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 23Wszolek

Millwall

  • 13Amos
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 25Wallace
  • 5Cooper
  • 3MeredithSubstituted forElliottat 79'minutes
  • 7Wallace
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 16mins
  • 28Leonard
  • 22O'BrienSubstituted forSkalakat 74'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 9Gregory
  • 14BradshawSubstituted forMorisonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Romeo
  • 16Martin
  • 17Webster
  • 19Elliott
  • 20Morison
  • 21Karacan
  • 26Skalak
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
12,398

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home20
Away14
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Millwall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Millwall 0.

Attempt blocked. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Elliott with a headed pass.

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Conor McLaughlin with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steve Morison.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

Murray Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Steve Morison.

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith replaces Eberechi Eze.

Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Conor McLaughlin with a cross.

Attempt saved. Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joel Lynch.

Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Millwall).

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

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Millwall).

Booking

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ben Amos.

Attempt saved. Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Jiri Skalak (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jiri Skalak (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Josh Scowen replaces Luke Freeman.

Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tom Elliott replaces James Meredith.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Shaun Williams (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers).

James Meredith (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Meredith (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jiri Skalak replaces Aiden O'Brien.

Attempt missed. Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jake Bidwell following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds85301851318
2Middlesbrough8521113817
3Brentford8431157815
4West Brom84222012814
5Bristol City84221410414
6Sheff Utd8413129313
7Aston Villa83411412213
8Wigan84131311213
9Derby8413109113
10Swansea833276112
11Nottm Forest8251109111
12Norwich83231213-111
13Sheff Wed83231213-111
14Blackburn825189-111
15Bolton8323912-311
16QPR8314714-710
17Stoke82331013-39
18Rotherham8305613-79
19Hull8215913-47
20Birmingham806257-26
21Millwall8134711-46
22Reading8125913-45
23Preston8125715-85
24Ipswich8044612-64
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