QPR 1-4 Preston North End, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


QPR 4-4-1-1



Preston North End 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 0 - 1 Loftus Road ( Attendance: 13,736 (1,172) )
1 min

QPR’s faint play-off hopes were dealt a blow as they were hammered 4-1 by bogey side Preston North End at Loftus Road.

The Hoops have now lost six matches in a row against PNE and found themselves behind after just 14 minutes when Jayden Stockley took advantage of poor QPR defending.

Steve McClaren’s side were lacklustre in the opening 45 minutes and despite a slight improvement in the second period, soon found themselves two-nil down.

Jordan Storey turned Paul Gallagher’s free kick into the top corner on 68 before three goals in five minutes turned a disappointing result into an embarrassing one.

Alan Browne headed in for 3-0 while Brad Potts’ fierce strike bagged Preston’s fourth with substitute Matt Smith pulling a goal back in between.

The result leaves QPR in 13th, seven points off the top six while Preston North End are now ten points clear of the drop zone.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Preston’s third goal proved decisive, giving the Lilywhites the confidence to push on for more.

Moan of the Match

Rangers were dreadful in the opening 15 minutes – slow, second to every ball and clueless in possession.

Talking Point

Steve McClaren’s decision to bring on Matt Smith as a target man over the pace of Aramide Oteh and Bright Osayi-Samuel as the Hoops searched for a way back into the game.

Man of the Match

Luke Freeman – for the sole reason he had the guts to go forward and try to make things happen in a woeful first-half showing.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire) – Inconsistent throughout, continually contradicting himself on what were fouls and bookings and what weren’t.


Frustrations boiled over towards the end as the home fans vented their frustration while the away section was loud and proud.


A terrible result from a team that have the capabilities to do so much more.

Line Ups

QPR 4-4-1-1

Lumley; Furlong, Leistner, Lynch, Bidwell; Wzsolek (Osayi-Samuel, 76), Scowen, Cousins (Smith, 46) Freeman; Eze (Smyth, 84)); Wells

Subs not used:

Ingram, Hall, Manning, Oteh


Scowen, Furlong, Lynch

Preston North End 4-2-3-1

Rudd; Fisher, Storey, Davies, Hughes; Gallagher, Pearson; Potts, Browne, Maguire (Barkhuizen, 69); Stockley (Nmecha, 77)

Subs not used:

Ripley, Johnson, Woods, Ledson, Huntingdon


Maguire, Fisher

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