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Birmingham City 0-2 Queens Park Rangers: Bright Osayi-Samuel scores stunner for QPR

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at St Andrew's
Bright Osayi-Samuel
Bright Osayi-Samuel ran from his own half before firing into the top of the net

Queens Park Rangers youngster Bright Osayi-Samuel scored one of the goals of the Championship season so far to seal victory for the resurgent Hoops against Birmingham City.

After captain Grant Hall had struck for QPR in first-half injury time, Blues had briefly looked like turning the tide early in the second half.

But 21-year-old Osayi-Samuel effectively closed the door on 67 minutes with a stunning solo effort.

Picking up the ball inside his own half, he galloped down the left flank, held off all challenges from the home defence and then lashed home a left-footed shot into the roof of the net.

Having started the night 15th in the Championship, a place below Blues on goal difference, QPR's second straight win elevates them to 12th, within three points of the play-off places.

But the euphoria of Saturday's 3-2 away win at Reading quickly evaporated for Blues as they suffered a third straight home game without a victory.

Other than a few moments of menace from Jeremie Bela down the right and the odd neat touch from teenager Jude Bellingham, the first half was for the most part 45 minutes of honest sweat and toil.

Kristian Pedersen did have a promising left-footed shot deflected wide for a corner and, from Bela's low delivery across the face of goal, Alvaro Gimenez slid in and only just failed to connect.

But on the stroke of half-time Blues failed to clear Eberechi Eze's right-wing free kick and Hall was on hand to stab home his third goal of the season.

And, once Osayi-Samuel had produced his bolt from the blue to brighten up the coldest of nights in the second city, Rangers were home and hosed.

While QPR are not due to arrive back until the early hours ahead of Saturday's trip to bottom club Barnsley, Blues have just as little turnaround time for their lunchtime derby with high-flying neighbours West Bromwich Albion.

Remembering two former managers

Jim Smith
Jim Smith (right) managed Birmingham from 1978 to 1982

St Andrew's gave a very well received minute's applause before the game for two former Blues bosses.

Jim Smith, who also managed opponents QPR, and Ron Saunders, who succeeded him at St Andrew's in March 1982, both died in the last week.

Much-travelled Smith died on Tuesday aged 79, while Saunders died at the weekend after a long illness, at the age of 87.

Birmingham City boss Pep Clotet told BBC Sport:

"We could not find the right tempo. The first goal we should have defended better and it changed the game.

"For the second goal, Maxime Colin had a battle with their player to try to stop him but he had already been booked. Maybe that he had an effect.

"Jude Bellingham had to come off. He was playing well but he was struggling with his goal and I didn't want to take a risk with him."

QPR boss Mark Warburton told BBC Sport:

"Bright warmed the whole stadium up with that goal. He worked so hard for that and then the finish. He showed his power and desire.

"Pace scares the life out of you. The key with him is to get him doing what he does best, running at defenders.

"It's a tough place to come but getting that goal at the end of the first half was so important and it was our second successive clean sheet too. Very satisfying."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 27Trueman
  • 5ColinBooked at 51mins
  • 12Dean
  • 2Harding
  • 3Pedersen
  • 34Sunjic
  • 16McEachran
  • 11BelaSubstituted forBaileyat 54'minutes
  • 22BellinghamSubstituted forMonteroat 64'minutes
  • 19MaghomaBooked at 77mins
  • 24GiménezSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 15Montero
  • 20Gardner
  • 26Davis
  • 37Bailey
  • 43Bajrami

QPR

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 4Hall
  • 37LeistnerBooked at 61mins
  • 14Manning
  • 5Cameron
  • 8AmosSubstituted forSmithat 90+2'minutes
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 7PughSubstituted forBallat 71'minutes
  • 10EzeBooked at 90mins
  • 21WellsSubstituted forHugillat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wallace
  • 6Smith
  • 9Hugill
  • 12Ball
  • 16Mlakar
  • 19Chair
  • 33Barnes
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
18,161

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away0
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Queens Park Rangers 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Ball (Queens Park Rangers).

  6. Post update

    Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Ball (Queens Park Rangers).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matthew Smith replaces Luke Amos.

  9. Booking

    Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Odin Bailey (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Ball (Queens Park Rangers).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Dominic Ball.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Odin Bailey.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Amos.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jefferson Montero following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

    Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Josh McEachran (Birmingham City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds21144332102246
2West Brom21137142212146
3Fulham21105633231035
4Bristol City219843430435
5Nottm Forest2097427171034
6Preston2110473326734
7Brentford21103832171533
8Sheff Wed219662920933
9Cardiff218763129231
10Blackburn219482828031
11Swansea218762626031
12QPR219483237-531
13Millwall217952728-130
14Hull218583229329
15Birmingham218492228-628
16Derby216872127-626
17Charlton2165102628-223
18Reading2064102527-222
19Huddersfield2156102333-1021
20Middlesbrough214981828-1021
21Luton2162132744-1720
22Stoke2152142435-1117
23Wigan2145121934-1517
24Barnsley2127122442-1813
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