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QPR 1-2 Rotherham: Late Semi Ajayi goal gives Rotherham win at QPR

Semi Ajayi scores the winner for Rotherham
Semi Ajayi's late header saw Rotherham win at QPR for the first time since November 1951

Semi Ajayi's stoppage-time goal gave Rotherham their first win away win in the Championship this season at QPR.

Ajayi opened the scoring with a stunning strike from 25 yards which fizzed beyond R's goalkeeper Joe Lumley in the 71st minute.

The hosts equalised 14 minutes later as Bright Osayi-Samuel slotted the ball past Millers goalkeeper Marek Rodak.

But Ajayi scored Rotherham's winner in the 95th minute as he headed in Anthony Forde's free-kick to give his side their first victory over QPR for 68 years.

With relegation rivals Millwall winning 2-0 at Birmingham City, Rotherham looked to be falling out of touch with safety before Ajayi's late winner for a first away league win at the 19th attempt.

But the result sees Rotherham remain in the relegation zone on goal-difference, while QPR stay in 18th, seven points above the drop.

Rangers - who had scored just once in their last four Championship matches - nearly opened the scoring after nine minutes, but Rodak did well to keep out Tomer Hemed's header from Massimo Luongo's wicked cross.

The visitors could have led shortly after half-time but Michael Ihiekwe could not adjust his feet to turn in Richard Wood's header across goal.

QPR boss Steve McClaren told BBC Radio London:

"It was a big disappointment, to lose the game with the last kick - we've had that a few times and been kicked in the teeth and we've got to recover again.

"I thought we were poor tonight, we competed but gave away too many free-kicks in bad areas and they're very strong on that and it was our downfall. I thought we'd rescued a point but we didn't play enough football, create enough chances and the confidence looked low.

"That was disappointing because we played Leeds here two weeks ago and won the game with a great performance all round. Since then we've been poor and we need to address the situation."

Rotherham manager Paul Warne told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It's pretty amazing to be honest. I won't underestimate how much it means to me and the dressing room and all the travelling fans.

"It was a big game for us and we knew we had to come away with something.

"To take the lead and then to give it away, I thought it was going to end up being horrendous. But we were much better second half than we were first half.

"It was a really edgy game, but for us to come here and nick a goal really late on, it really means a lot. It's important for us to pick up points and the winner was a really special moment."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 2FurlongBooked at 90mins
  • 37Leistner
  • 33Lynch
  • 3BidwellBooked at 43mins
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 8CousinsSubstituted forShodipoat 72'minutes
  • 21Luongo
  • 7Freeman
  • 10EzeSubstituted forWszolekat 80'minutes
  • 16HemedSubstituted forWellsat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 5Cameron
  • 11Scowen
  • 14Manning
  • 23Wszolek
  • 27Shodipo
  • 32Wells

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 6Wood
  • 3MattockBooked at 17mins
  • 5Ajayi
  • 11Taylor
  • 13TowellSubstituted forCrooksat 64'minutes
  • 25WilesSubstituted forJonesat 90+2'minutes
  • 22NewellSubstituted forFordeat 83'minutes
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 7Forde
  • 8Palmer
  • 12Price
  • 17Crooks
  • 21Yates
  • 23Williams
  • 28Jones
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
10,854

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Rotherham United 2. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Forde with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers).

Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Billy Jones replaces Ben Wiles.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Crooks.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Rotherham United 1. Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Anthony Forde replaces Joe Newell.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joe Newell (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Pawel Wszolek replaces Eberechi Eze.

Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jake Bidwell.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Massimo Luongo.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

Attempt blocked. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Zak Vyner with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Olamide Shodipo replaces Jordan Cousins.

Substitution

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

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 0, Rotherham United 1. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers).

Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Newell.

Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Matt Crooks replaces Richard Towell.

Attempt missed. Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Toni Leistner following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Mattock.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Richard Towell.

Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Massimo Luongo with a headed pass.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).

Joe Newell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich37229675472875
2Leeds37227863382573
3Sheff Utd37218863342971
4West Brom371810971482364
5Middlesbrough361513840281258
6Derby371511114644256
7Bristol City361510114538755
8Aston Villa371315965541154
9Preston371412115750754
10Nottm Forest371314105143853
11Sheff Wed371313114449-552
12Birmingham371214115348550
13Hull37148155254-250
14Brentford3613101360491149
15Swansea36138154546-147
16Blackburn371211145056-647
17Stoke371016113742-546
18QPR37127184357-1443
19Millwall37910184155-1437
20Reading37812174056-1636
21Wigan3799193655-1936
22Rotherham37715153959-2036
23Bolton3778222458-3429
24Ipswich37314202961-3223
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