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Rotherham 3-1 QPR: Freddie Ladapo double boosts struggling Millers

Freddie Ladapo
Freddie Ladapo's double took his tally for the season to nine

Freddie Ladapo scored twice as Rotherham came back from behind to beat QPR and boost their chances of staying in the Championship.

Lyndon Dykes smashed home the opener following the break with his fourth in three games after Osman Kakay's cross sat up nicely for him on the edge of the area.

Ladapo finished well to level for the hosts before putting them in front with a composed shot after Wes Harding had played him in behind the QPR defence.

As the visitors pushed up for an equaliser striker Michael Smith broke away from the halfway line and clipped in a lovely effort on the run to make it 3-1 in time added on.

The Millers, for whom this was the second of four games in eight days, are now just three points adrift of 20th-placed Coventry.

They host the Sky Blues on Thursday and a victory over Mark Robins' side would see them move out of the relegation zone for the first time since 20 February.

Rotherham boss Paul Warne made a triple substitution just before the hour mark with his side 1-0 down and the changes paid dividends in a big way as the hosts wrestled control of the game.

One of them, Lewis Wing, played in Ladapo for his first in the 64th minute and the former Plymouth man slotted in his second just two minutes later from Harding's wonderful outside-of-the-foot pass as the Millers turned the game on its head.

Ladapo had to be subbed off with nine minutes to go with what appeared to be a groin injury, which could put his participation in their forthcoming two games in doubt.

Sub Smith wrapped up the win with a cute finish and he will likely come into the starting XI if Ladapo does miss out on Thursday.

QPR, who visit Middlesbrough on Saturday, could have gone up to ninth with a win but they remain in 11th.

Rotherham boss Paul Warne:

"It's been a good night. For us to win it gives us a real impetus going into Thursday.

"To win that game with three more home games to come, is a good start and it gives us a good chance of survival. I think impetus and psychology is a massive thing. It gives the lads a right boost.

"It was a real spirited performance that got us the three points.

"The subs had a real impact. They were two great finishes from Freddie and Smith's was the icing on top."

QPR boss Mark Warburton:

"At half-time we were thinking if we get the first goal, it will force Rotherham to come out and we can exploit the openings at the back.

"We get the first goal and then, very simply, we did not deserve to win the last half hour. Sometimes you have to roll your sleeves up and do the dirty side of the game.

"I am very respectful of Rotherham. They are very good at what they do. We knew it was coming and we had to deal with it better than we did.

"We are angry and frustrated right now but you have got to take the lessons from that."

Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Johansson
  • 19Harding
  • 21MacDonaldBooked at 41mins
  • 15Robertson
  • 22OlosundeSubstituted forWoodat 45'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 26Barlaser
  • 4MacDonaldBooked at 38minsSubstituted forWingat 59'minutes
  • 8WilesSubstituted forLindsayat 59'minutes
  • 30Giles
  • 25CrooksSubstituted forSmithat 59'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 10LadapoSubstituted forSadlierat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Wing
  • 6Wood
  • 9Hirst
  • 11Ogbene
  • 16Lindsay
  • 17Sadlier
  • 24Smith
  • 27Blackman
  • 28Jozefzoon

QPR

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 13Dieng
  • 4Dickie
  • 5de WijsSubstituted forKaneat 45'minutes
  • 6Barbet
  • 24Kakay
  • 15FieldSubstituted forChairat 80'minutes
  • 14Johansen
  • 25Hämäläinen
  • 19ThomasSubstituted forWillockat 80'minutes
  • 29KelmanSubstituted forBonneat 67'minutes
  • 9Dykes

Substitutes

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 7Bonne
  • 10Chair
  • 12Ball
  • 21Willock
  • 26Bettache
  • 37Adomah
  • 41Duke-McKenna
Referee:
Dean Whitestone

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 3, Queens Park Rangers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 3, Queens Park Rangers 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Wes Harding.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Niko Hämäläinen (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Kieran Sadlier (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yoann Barbet (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Rotherham United 3, Queens Park Rangers 1. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Lindsay following a fast break.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Macauley Bonne (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yoann Barbet with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Rotherham United. Ryan Giles tries a through ball, but Michael Smith is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Yoann Barbet (Queens Park Rangers).

  11. Post update

    Kieran Sadlier (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ilias Chair.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daniel Barlaser (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Wing.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Kieran Sadlier replaces Freddie Ladapo because of an injury.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Chris Willock replaces George Thomas.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Ilias Chair replaces Sam Field.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers).

  19. Post update

    Richard Wood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Booking

    Richard Wood (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich41279565283790
2Watford412410759273282
3Swansea412291050311975
4Brentford402013771403173
5Bournemouth4120111066402671
6Barnsley412181254441071
7Reading411991356451166
8Cardiff4116111457451259
9Millwall411416114140158
10Middlesbrough41169164845357
11QPR411511154850-256
12Stoke411413144546-155
13Luton40158173546-1153
14Bristol City41155214055-1550
15Nottm Forest411213163439-549
16Preston41146214155-1448
17Blackburn411211185247547
18Birmingham411112183150-1945
19Huddersfield411111194362-1944
20Derby411110203046-1643
21Coventry401012183656-2042
22Rotherham38116214152-1139
23Sheff Wed41118223454-2035
24Wycombe4189243064-3433
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