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QPR 1-0 Leeds United: Luke Freeman scores winner as R's end slump

Luke Freeman
Luke Freeman has scored eight goals this season

Luke Freeman scored the winner as QPR ended a run of seven straight league defeats to prevent Leeds going back into the Championship's top two.

Freeman gave the hosts the lead just after the break with a neat finish from close range.

Patrick Bamford and Stuart Dallas both brought fine saves from R's goalkeeper Joe Lumley as Leeds pressed for an equaliser but the hosts held out for a vital victory to end their slump.

Marcelo Bielsa's side would have gone top with a win but defeat meant they remain third, behind second-placed Sheffield United on goal difference.

Leeds had all the play in the first half but were unable to make the most of the chances they did create, Lumley producing a good save to deny Tyler Roberts.

Freeman, who was the game's stand-out player, scored what proved to be the winner four minutes after the restart with a clever finish from a low Massimo Luongo centre.

The R's, who move up to 17th, had a great chance to quickly make it 2-0 but Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla denied Nahki Wells brilliantly after he had been played in by Freeman.

Thereafter the visitors dominated but a combination of good keeping from Lumley and poor finishing meant they fell to a second defeat in five games.

They can go top of the table with victory over fellow promotion hopefuls West Brom on Friday, while QPR visit west London rivals Brentford on Saturday.

QPR boss Steve McClaren said:

"We fought for each other tonight and that was the key thing. I was very proud of them.

"We've been going through results that have been undeserved. We said to stay calm, not panic and that it will turn and we'd get the luck.

"But you work hard for that and we worked hard. I thought it would take an almighty effort to win this game, but they were tremendous."

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa said:

"We didn't take advantage of the first half. In that first half we dominated the game.

"They had a good five minutes at the start of the second half. From that moment the game changed.

"They could then counter-attack and create danger and for us it took a while to build back into the game and create chances."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 2Furlong
  • 37Leistner
  • 4Hall
  • 3BidwellBooked at 50mins
  • 23Wszolek
  • 8Cousins
  • 21LuongoBooked at 45mins
  • 7FreemanSubstituted forScowenat 86'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 10EzeSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 77'minutes
  • 32WellsBooked at 57minsSubstituted forHemedat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 11Scowen
  • 14Manning
  • 16Hemed
  • 17Smith
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 33Lynch

Leeds

  • 33Casilla
  • 2AylingSubstituted forDallasat 73'minutes
  • 18Jansson
  • 6Cooper
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forBrownat 81'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 23PhillipsSubstituted forDouglasat 65'minutes
  • 19Hernández
  • 11Roberts
  • 43Klich
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 3Douglas
  • 15Dallas
  • 28Berardi
  • 37Brown
  • 46Shackleton
  • 53Gotts
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
14,763

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away13
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Leeds United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Leeds United 0.

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

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

Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Grant Hall.

Foul by Barry Douglas (Leeds United).

Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Scowen.

Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers).

Booking

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Isaiah Brown (Leeds United).

Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

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

Booking

Isaiah Brown (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Isaiah Brown (Leeds United).

Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Tomer Hemed replaces Nahki Wells.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Isaiah Brown replaces Ezgjan Alioski.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Toni Leistner.

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bright Samuel replaces Eberechi Eze.

Attempt missed. Barry Douglas (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas replaces Luke Ayling.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Joe Lumley.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Pawel Wszolek.

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Kiko Casilla.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich34199668442466
2Sheff Utd34197859342564
3Leeds34197855381764
4West Brom34179867432460
5Middlesbrough331512638241457
6Bristol City33158104335853
7Derby33149104338551
8Birmingham341214853431050
9Nottm Forest34121484738950
10Preston341211115348547
11Hull34138134848047
12Sheff Wed341211114148-747
13Aston Villa34101595753445
14Swansea33128134342144
15Blackburn341111124552-744
16Brentford331110125546943
17QPR34126164252-1042
18Stoke34914113542-741
19Wigan3398163347-1435
20Millwall34810163750-1334
21Reading34612163550-1530
22Rotherham34515143454-2030
23Bolton3468202253-3126
24Ipswich34312192657-3121
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