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Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 QPR: Matt Smith scores late winner

Josh Scowen (right) celebrates his first-half goal
Josh Scowen's first-half goal was just his second this season

Matt Smith's stunning injury-time volley earned QPR victory over Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the Championship season.

Josh Scowen's shot put the Londoners ahead at the interval, the midfielder getting involved in the build-up and then finding the net from Darnell Furlong's right-wing cross.

Fernando Forestieri then blasted a second-half penalty over the bar for the Owls, while QPR also missed from the spot when Ebere Eze's 80th-minute penalty was saved by Owls keeper Keiren Westwood.

But the hosts did level from the third spot-kick of the game with six minutes remaining.

This time Michael Hector took the responsibility, after Ryan Manning fouled Marco Matias, and the defender found the net.

But Smith won the points in the 93rd minute after good work by Massimo Luongo.

Steve Bruce's Owls finish the season in 12th place, while QPR end in 19th, under caretaker boss John Eustace, 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce:

"It was a lacklustre, end-of-season game, a bit like a friendly. And, when you don't get the basics right, you get punished.

"Overall they've done very well, but it's been taken away from us. We've had an OK three months and now we have a big summer ahead of us.

"We have four loans and eight or nine out of contract. There's big scope here but we need some fresh faces.

"We want to keep Kieran Lee here, I can confirm that. With a good pre-season under his belt, let's see if we can get him back to the player we know he is."

QPR caretaker manager John Eustace:

"The attitude of the players has been different class. They've stuck to the game plans and done everything I've asked them to do. It's been a really enjoyable year, especially the last four or five weeks.

"We were in trouble and heading for the bottom three. But they've got the right attitude and they're all willing to learn. The future is bright. It's great to finish with a win, especially for the fans.

"Since I've come in seven games ago, it's been the same story - we haven't taken the chances.

"We've had some positive performances without putting the ball in the back of the net. That makes a big difference."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 2Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 34HectorBooked at 90mins
  • 6Fox
  • 19MatiasBooked at 90mins
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 5LeeSubstituted forHutchinsonat 64'minutesSubstituted forat 80'minutes
  • 45Forestieri
  • 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forNuhiuat 64'minutes
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forHooperat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Winnall
  • 12Thorniley
  • 14Hooper
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 25Dawson
  • 42Penney

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 2Furlong
  • 5CameronBooked at 88mins
  • 37Leistner
  • 14Manning
  • 10Eze
  • 11ScowenBooked at 74mins
  • 21Luongo
  • 27ShodipoSubstituted forWalkerat 61'minutes
  • 20Osayi-SamuelSubstituted forHallat 89'minutes
  • 17Smith

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 3Bidwell
  • 4Hall
  • 7Freeman
  • 32Wells
  • 34Walker
  • 47Bansal-McNulty
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
26,111

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday).

  5. Post update

    Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Booking

    Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Queens Park Rangers 2. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Massimo Luongo with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Josh Scowen.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Grant Hall replaces Bright Samuel.

  10. Booking

    Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers).

  13. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Fernando Forestieri tries a through ball, but Marco Matias is caught offside.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Queens Park Rangers 1. Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Penalty Sheffield Wednesday. Marco Matias draws a foul in the penalty area.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Sam Hutchinson went off injured after Sheffield Wednesday had used all subs.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich462713693573694
2Sheff Utd462611978413789
3Leeds462581373502383
4West Brom4623111287622580
5Aston Villa4620161082612176
6Derby4620141269541574
7Middlesbrough462013134941873
8Bristol City461913145953670
9Nottm Forest461715146154766
10Swansea461811176562365
11Brentford4617131673591464
12Sheff Wed461616146062-264
13Hull461711186668-262
14Preston461613176767061
15Blackburn461612186469-560
16Stoke461122134552-755
17Birmingham461419136458652
18Wigan461313205164-1352
19QPR46149235371-1851
20Reading461017194966-1747
21Millwall461014224864-1644
22Rotherham46816225283-3140
23Bolton4688302978-4932
24Ipswich46516253677-4131
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