Birmingham City 0-2 QPR, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


Birmingham City 4-2-3-1



QPR 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 0 - 1 St Andrew's ( Attendance: 18,161 )
1 min

Queens Park Rangers earned back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-October as they overcame Birmingham City 2-0 at St. Andrews.

Both teams struggled to get going, enduring a cagey start with Jeremie Bela’s low drive across goal on 33 minutes for Birmingham the closest either side came to an opener.

The Hoops were second best, but on the stroke of half-time Grant Hall latched onto the end of a loose ball from Ebere Eze’s free-kick to give QPR an unlikely lead with their first shot on target. 

And as Birmingham went in search of an equaliser in the second period, Bright Osayi-Samuel produced a spurt of brilliance, running from his own half before blasting home to double QPR’s lead.

The rest of the game saw the Hoops produce a professional rearguard performance to keep consecutive clean sheets and a win that moves them up to 12th in the table.

Key Points

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

Key Moment

Bright Osayi-Samuel’s goal was sensational, using strength and pace to get forward and confidently finish to seal QPR’s win.

Moan of the Match

The Hoops’ tempo for the majority of the first-half was too slow, allowing Birmingham to have more attempts – other sides with more quality will take advantage.

Talking Point

QPR’s solidity at the back was a sight to behold and earned them back-to-back clean sheets. Where has this determination and resolute defending been until now and can they maintain it?

Man of the Match

Bright Osayi-Samuel – scored an excellent goal, his speed threatened the home defence all evening on the counter-attack.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Darren Bond (Lancashire) – In a game that had the omission of any controversy, it was an easy night for the official.


On the whole it was a slow and steady encounter that lacked any real tempo to warm the cold December crowd up, with the home fans ultimately left very frustrated.


An example of the type of away performance Mark Warbuton’s team should strive for week-on-week. A deserved victory for maintaining a solid, organised defence.

Line Ups

Birmingham City 4-2-3-1

Trueman; Colin, Dean, Harding, Pedersen; Sunjic, McEachran; Bela (Bailey, 54), Bellingham (Montero, 64), Maghoma; Gimenez (Jutkiewicz, 53)

Subs not used:

Camp, Bajrami, Gardner, Davis


Colin, Maghoma

QPR 4-2-3-1

Lumley; Kane, Hall, Leistner, Manning; Cameron, Amos (Smith, 90 + 2); Osayi-Samuel, Pugh (Ball, 71), Eze; Wells (Hugill, 70)

Subs not used:

Barnes, Wallace, Chair, Mlakar


Leistner, Eze

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