QPR 1-2 Blackburn Rovers, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


QPR 4-1-4-1



Blackburn Rovers 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 0 - 1 Loftus Road ( Attendance: 13,632 (964) )
1 min

Queens Park Rangers were cast aside by Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Loftus Road to leave the Hoops still in a fight for Championship safety.

Danny Graham’s opener from the spot after 21 minutes gave the visitors something to show for their dominance before Bradley Dack’s header made it two just after half-time.

Substitute Matt Smith netted late on but it was a mere consolation in a poor defensive showing from QPR.

Rovers put their stamp on proceedings with an abundance of chances prior to taking the lead – Corry Evans and Darragh Lenihan coming close before Josh Scowen’s rash foul enabled Graham to make it 1-0.

The Hoops rallied with Bright Osayi-Samuel leading the charge, curling wide and firing over but nevertheless went in at the break behind.

Rovers then doubled their lead 28 seconds after the restart; Adam Armstrong bursting down the right and Dack heading in the rebound after his initial effort was parried.

QPR caretaker boss John Eustace introduced Nakhi Wells and Matt Smith in search of a comeback with the latter flicking a consolation header in to add hope but it was too little, too late.

Key Points

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

Key Moment

The second goal put the game completely in Rovers’ hands less than half a minute after the interval.

Moan of the Match

With Toni Leistner ill and Angel Rangel struggling with a calf problem, the defensive reshuffle prompted a lack of solidity for the Hoops.

Talking Point

Does Ryan Manning have the necessary attributes to be the Hoops’ long-term left-back?

Man of the Match

Adam Armstrong – caused mayhem from the very start; rapid on the break and his incisiveness was detrimental to the Hoops’ downfall.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Tim Robinson (West Sussex) – spot on with the penalty call but an abrupt end to the first-half as a corner was about to be taken and a contentious yellow for an aggressive Osayi-Samuel reaction.


Despite the hopeful start on a glorious day, the mood turned sour as the game wore on and many opted for the exit gates with plenty of time still to play.


A day to forget for the QPR fans with another reminder of their team’s current poor situation.

Line Ups

QPR 4-1-4-1

Lumley; Wszolek (Eze, 74), Furlong, Lynch, Manning; Luongo; Freeman, Cousins (Wells, 52), Scowen, Osayi-Samuel; Hemed (Smith, 64)

Subs not used:

Ingram, Cameron, Walker, Tilt


Luongo, Osayi-Samuel, Wells

Blackburn Rovers 4-2-3-1

Leutwiler; Bennett, Lenihan, Williams, Bell; Travis, Evans (Rodwell, 64); Rothwell, Dack, Armstrong (Brereton, 86); Graham (Nuttall, 67)

Subs not used:

Raya, Nyambe, Smallwood, Mulgrew


Dack, Rodwell, Leutwiler

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