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QPR 1-0 Leeds United: Nahki Wells' controversial goal gives Rangers victory

QPR players celebrate Liam Kelly's penalty save
QPR's players celebrate Liam Kelly's penalty save against Leeds

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa denied that nerves were affecting his team after they lost at QPR to miss the chance to go top of the Championship.

Nahki Wells' controversial first-half goal earned QPR all three points over a Leeds side that finished with 10 men after Kalvin Phillips' late sending off.

Bielsa's side also saw Patrick Bamford's second-half penalty saved as they slipped to back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season.

But they were rightly aggrieved by QPR's winner as Eberechi Eze's free-kick struck both of Wells' arms before he tapped into the net from six yards.

Leeds dominated possession in the second half but were unable to force an equaliser, with Pablo Hernandez hitting the post with a free-kick as their poor record in London was extended to one win in their past 19 visits to the capital.

And they ended the game a man short as midfielder Phillips was shown a straight red card for a reckless late challenge on Geoff Cameron. Phillips now faces a three-game ban.

Asked if anxiety had been a factor in recent performances, Bielsa said: "I don't think that, but it's clear that we have not taken advantage of our chances. We have to have a lot of chances to score one goal.

"I don't think there's a lack of confidence or that it's about nerves. There were moments where we lacked efficiency but I don't think this happened because of a lack of confidence.

"In football you have lots of situations you can manage and some you can't manage.

"Sometimes the ones you can't manage damage one team or are in favour of one team. Today, everything that we couldn't manage in the game was against us."

Leeds remain a point behind leaders West Brom, but the gap between them and the play-off spots remains four points following Brentford's goalless draw at Huddersfield.

They now only have one victory in seven league games, having won their previous seven, and they struggled against Rangers' high-octane first-half approach.

Luke Amos saw an effort from 20 yards palmed away by Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla and Ilias Chair dragged a shot wide, either side of Wells firing them in front after the dangerous Bright Osayi-Samuel had been tripped by Hernandez.

Leeds had a penalty appeal waved away after Helder Costa appeared to be felled in the box by Lee Wallace, while Bamford lobbed their best first-half effort over the bar from 20 yards after expertly turning his marker.

Bielsa's side dominated the second half as Liam Cooper and Jack Harrison both headed off target soon after the restart.

And after Bamford saw his spot-kick turned round the post by Liam Kelly, having been being tripped by the Rangers keeper, Phillips had a long-range effort well saved.

QPR manager Mark Warburton: "We were good in the first half and I thought we deserved the lead at half-time.

"We got too deep in the second half and invited them onto us. They're a very good team and we rode our luck a bit.

"But so much credit to the players and the way they stood up, to a man. Leeds are a highly talented team.

"So much pleasure was taken by the players from today's performance because that type of game, defensively, you do have to stand up.

"Sometimes you do have to win ugly. Today you saw a QPR team that have won nice games but this time won in ugly fashion. That's heartening for all of us."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 32Kelly
  • 2Kane
  • 4Hall
  • 23MastersonBooked at 71mins
  • 3WallaceBooked at 79mins
  • 5CameronBooked at 90mins
  • 8AmosSubstituted forScowenat 74'minutes
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 19ChairSubstituted forClarkeat 74'minutes
  • 10Eze
  • 21WellsBooked at 36minsSubstituted forPughat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Pugh
  • 11Scowen
  • 12Ball
  • 14Manning
  • 33Barnes
  • 37Leistner
  • 47Clarke

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 2AylingBooked at 90mins
  • 5White
  • 6Cooper
  • 15DallasBooked at 42minsSubstituted forAlioskiat 45'minutes
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 88mins
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19HernándezBooked at 74mins
  • 43KlichSubstituted forStevensat 87'minutes
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 10Alioski
  • 34Struijk
  • 38McCalmont
  • 46Shackleton
  • 48Stevens
  • 49Casey
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
16,049

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Leeds United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Leeds United 0.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Hélder Costa.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Marc Pugh tries a through ball, but Bright Samuel is caught offside.

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Ayling tries a through ball, but Ezgjan Alioski is caught offside.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jordan Stevens.

Attempt missed. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) is shown the red card.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jordan Stevens replaces Mateusz Klich.

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Grant Hall.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Marc Pugh replaces Nahki Wells.

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

Foul by Hélder Costa (Leeds United).

Conor Masterson (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Lee Wallace (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hélder Costa (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Wallace (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

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

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Mateusz Klich with a cross.

Hélder Costa (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jack Clarke replaces Ilias Chair.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Josh Scowen replaces Luke Amos.

Booking

Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Leeds United).

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Conor Masterson (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Leeds United. Kalvin Phillips tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside.

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

Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eberechi Eze with a cross.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom271411250302053
2Leeds28157643241952
3Fulham28146842301248
4Brentford28145944212347
5Swansea2812973431345
6Nottm Forest2612863526944
7Millwall28111163632444
8Bristol City2812884240244
9Preston2812793934543
10Sheff Wed28126103931842
11Blackburn28117104035540
12Hull28116114036439
13Cardiff2891273941-239
14QPR28115124651-538
15Derby2891092936-737
16Reading27106113431336
17Middlesbrough28810102835-734
18Birmingham2896133445-1133
19Charlton2878133741-429
20Huddersfield2878133144-1329
21Stoke2774163342-925
22Barnsley2859143551-1624
23Wigan2858152543-1823
24Luton2763183358-2521
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