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Queens Park Rangers 3-1 Wigan Athletic: Ebere Eze inspires R's comeback win

Ebere Eze celebrates his goal for QPR
Ebere Eze scored his second goal of the Championship season from a second-half free-kick

Queens Park Rangers came from behind to beat Wigan Athletic, who suffered a fifth straight defeat in all competitions.

Cedric Kipre was left unmarked from a second-minute corner to give the Latics an early lead, and the visitors could have doubled their advantage when Michael Jacobs hit the post from a narrow angle.

Rangers equalised three minutes into the second half after the away defence failed to deal with a low cross from Ryan Manning, and Nahki Wells was on hand to pounce.

Ebere Eze curled in a free-kick to put the R's ahead just after the hour mark and the forward then set up substitute Jordan Hugill to make it 3-1 and secure the points.

Wigan had gone three Championship games without a goal - a run stretching back to their 3-2 win over Cardiff City on the opening day - but Kipre ended their drought when Daniel Fox's corner from the right was flicked to the back post by Jacobs.

R's boss Mark Warburton had made six changes from the midweek defeat at home by Swansea City, but it was not until the second half that his side burst into life.

Wells netted his second goal since rejoining on loan from Burnley to level the game and, after Kipre was penalised for a high foot on the edge of the area, Eze sent a low free-kick around the wall and into the bottom right-hand corner to make it 2-1 to the hosts.

With nine minutes remaining the England Under-20 international played in Hugill down the left and the on-loan West Ham striker cut in and sent a right-footed effort past David Marshall, and there was still time for Marshall to deny R's a fourth goal after smothering the ball at the feet of Ilias Chair.

Rangers are 13th in the table having ended a three-match run without a win, while Wigan are in the bottom three and have now lost their past three away from home.

QPR manager Mark Warburton:

"We conceded a stupid soft goal less than two minutes in, so all your planning and all your work all week goes out the window.

"We had to respond, move the ball quicker and do everything we're good at. All credit to the players, they did that.

"The only frustration, and I say this with all respect to Wigan, was that we should have had three or four more."

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook:

"I'm always a manager who fully backs his players. But I'm at my wits' end with them at the moment. That's nowhere near where we want to be as a team and as a club.

"Supporters clapping you off at the end is what I pride myself on as a manager. They travelled 250 miles and aren't clapping us off after that, that's for sure.

"If results stay the same then someone else will be speaking to you. That's how football is. That's the nature of the game and how it is."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Lumley
  • 22Rangel
  • 4HallBooked at 78mins
  • 29Barbet
  • 14Manning
  • 11ScowenSubstituted forLeistnerat 45'minutes
  • 12BallSubstituted forSmithat 71'minutes
  • 10Eze
  • 19ChairBooked at 45mins
  • 7PughSubstituted forHugillat 68'minutes
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 6Smith
  • 9Hugill
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 30Owens
  • 32Kelly
  • 37Leistner

Wigan

  • 1Marshall
  • 21KipreBooked at 65minsSubstituted forMasseyat 78'minutes
  • 22DunkleyBooked at 58mins
  • 6Fox
  • 2Byrne
  • 8Evans
  • 5Morsy
  • 3RobinsonBooked at 76mins
  • 9LoweSubstituted forLangat 59'minutes
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forNaismithat 56'minutes
  • 14GarnerBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 11Massey
  • 16Mulgrew
  • 18Roberts
  • 23Jones
  • 24Lang
  • 33Naismith
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
11,921

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 3, Wigan Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 3, Wigan Athletic 1.

Angel Rangel (Queens Park Rangers).

Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ilias Chair with a through ball following a fast break.

Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

Callum Lang (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilias Chair.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Sam Morsy following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Matthew Smith.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers).

Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers).

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 3, Wigan Athletic 1. Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eberechi Eze.

Attempt blocked. Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt saved. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gavin Massey replaces Cedric Kipre.

Booking

Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers).

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ilias Chair (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Angel Rangel (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Attempt saved. Yoann Barbet (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matthew Smith replaces Dominic Ball because of an injury.

Delay in match because of an injury Dominic Ball (Queens Park Rangers).

Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Fox (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jordan Hugill replaces Marc Pugh.

Marc Pugh (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ilias Chair.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds5410102813
2Charlton532095411
3Swansea431084410
4Bristol City531196310
5Fulham53029459
6Preston530210649
7Sheff Wed53027439
8West Brom52307529
9Nottm Forest52218538
10Millwall522146-28
11Reading52128627
12Birmingham42114407
13QPR521278-17
14Blackburn521234-17
15Cardiff521268-27
16Derby51316606
17Middlesbrough512256-15
18Luton511389-14
19Brentford511324-24
20Hull511358-34
21Barnsley511349-54
22Wigan5104411-73
23Huddersfield501449-51
24Stoke5014513-81
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