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Millwall 1-2 QPR: Bartosz Bialkowski makes howler as Rangers win at Lions

QPR striker Nahki Wells
Nahki Wells took his tally to six goals this season

Bartosz Bialkowski's goalkeeping howler saw Millwall slip to defeat against Queens Park Rangers at The Den.

The Pole missed his clearance kick and the ball ran free for Nahki Wells to roll the ball into an empty net.

It was Wells' second of the afternoon as his first, 11 minutes into the second half, had given Rangers the lead.

Two minutes later Shaun Hutchinson scrambled home an equaliser from a corner before Bialkowski's error helped restore QPR's lead.

Victory was QPR's fourth league win in a row and lifted them to fourth in the Championship, thanks to Wells' fifth and sixth goals of the season.

His first was a left-foot shot into the bottom-left corner after a strong run into the penalty area but the second followed a stroke of pure fortune.

Bialkowski failed to clear and was left stranded as the loose ball was pounced on by Wells to turn in the simplest of finishes.

Jed Wallace spurned a chance to equalise 10 minutes from time as he shot wide from the top of the penalty area as Millwall suffered their first home defeat of the season and are now five games without a league win.

Millwall boss Neil Harris:

"Goals change games. One minute you're in the ascendancy thinking here we go, 20 minutes to go at The Den, a London derby, the fans have found their voice, we've got pressure on them, then we make an error like Bart's and the game's gone.

"I feel for Bart, he's a good lad, a good pro, a good goalkeeper, but that's football, isn't it?

"We were getting our noses in front and got back on level terms - I thought we deserved a point out of the game.

"Maybe I have to look at myself for a little bit more consistency - I've never been a manager that tinkers with a team.

"I decided to because I thought the players deserved the opportunity. But if the players aren't going to perform, then they don't deserve the opportunity to play."

QPR boss Mark Warburton:

"You earn your luck. We've given soft goals away ourselves in recent games, and that's the nature of the league, you hope over the course of a season they even themselves up.

"I thought we were the better team first half, missed a couple of big chances, but came out and got the goal early.

"We're creating chances, you'll see that in the stats from all the games, even when we've dropped points we've created numerous chances.

"What we have to do is put them in the back of the net. There's games you play really well and don't win, and games you play poorly and come away with a point or all three points."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 2McCarthySubstituted forO'Brienat 88'minutes
  • 4HutchinsonBooked at 85mins
  • 15PearceSubstituted forMahoneyat 76'minutes
  • 5Cooper
  • 11Ferguson
  • 7Wallace
  • 16Molumby
  • 8ThompsonBooked at 47mins
  • 10Smith
  • 23BödvarssonSubstituted forBradshawat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wallace
  • 6Williams
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 14Steele
  • 18Leonard
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22O'Brien

QPR

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 5CameronBooked at 33mins
  • 37Leistner
  • 29Barbet
  • 14Manning
  • 19ChairSubstituted forPughat 83'minutes
  • 12Ball
  • 10Eze
  • 9HugillBooked at 51mins
  • 21WellsBooked at 74minsSubstituted forScowenat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Smith
  • 7Pugh
  • 11Scowen
  • 16Mlakar
  • 23Masterson
  • 32Kelly
  • 38Alfa
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
16,808

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 1, Queens Park Rangers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Queens Park Rangers 2.

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

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Jason McCarthy.

Attempt missed. Shane Ferguson (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Marc Pugh replaces Ilias Chair.

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ben Thompson.

Attempt missed. Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Manning with a cross following a set piece situation.

Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jason McCarthy (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Josh Scowen replaces Nahki Wells.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Connor Mahoney replaces Alex Pearce.

Offside, Millwall. Shaun Hutchinson tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Booking

Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 1, Queens Park Rangers 2. Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 1, Queens Park Rangers 1. Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Smith following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jordan Hugill.

Attempt blocked. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Ferguson with a cross.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tom Bradshaw replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

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

Attempt saved. Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Shane Ferguson with a cross.

Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

Ben Thompson (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Shane Ferguson with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers).

Jayson Molumby (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Toni Leistner (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Thompson (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Todd Kane (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nahki Wells with a cross.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 0, Queens Park Rangers 1. Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds8521134917
2Swansea8521125717
3Preston8512147716
4QPR85121412216
5Nottm Forest8431116515
6Bristol City8431139415
7Charlton8422118314
8Sheff Wed8413117413
9West Brom7340118313
10Blackburn841398113
11Birmingham841379-213
12Fulham8332127512
13Cardiff8332910-112
14Hull8233111109
15Middlesbrough823389-19
16Millwall8233611-59
17Brentford822456-18
18Derby8152811-38
19Wigan8224813-58
20Reading8215911-27
21Luton82151216-47
22Barnsley8125412-85
23Stoke8026717-102
24Huddersfield7016513-81
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