QPR 4-3 Millwall, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 1 - 0 Loftus Road ( Attendance: NA )
Queens Park Rangers put an end to Millwall’s Play-Off hopes as they ran out 4-3 winners in a thrilling match at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
The Hoops took the lead two minutes before the interval with Conor Masterson poking home his first for the club after a fairly even opening 45 minutes.
Former QPR striker Matt Smith brought Millwall level four minutes into the second period before Ryan Manning’s 25-yard effort crept in on 52 minutes to put the Hoops ahead once again.
Ebere Eze cooly slotted in to give the hosts a 3-1 lead ten minutes later before Shaun Hutchinson’s header reduced the deficit shortly after as the QPR defence began to struggle with Millwall’s bombardment of crosses.
The thrill of the second-half continued as Todd Kane reinstated the Hoops two goal advantage with his first touch, a diving 73rd minute header which left Millwall pointing fingers at the back.
Millwall gained a consolation before giving the Hoops a scare when Hutchinson’s 96th minute header was ruled out for offside.
The result means a top six finish is now out of reach for Millwall with just one game left to play whilst QPR move up to 14th.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Plenty of incidents in this seven goal thriller but Todd Kane’s second-half introduction for QPR deflated Millwall’s momentum as they looked to mount a comeback.
Moan of the Match
It was a poor sight in defence for both sides – QPR failing to deal with simple crosses and Millwall ever so often scattered across the back line.
How can Queens Park Rangers become a side that is resolute in defence but also potent in attack?
Man of the Match
Ebere Eze – his skill and movement was part of a game that favoured attackers and was a delight to watch throughout.
Tweet of the Match
James Linington (Newport) – provided a stern voice to keep the players honest – definitely what was needed in an intense match with plenty of challenges.
W12 would have been rocking at the sight of such a high-pace, goal-filled encounter so it’s a shame there were no spectators.
A thrilling encounter to watch for QPR fans who have perhaps been starved of attacking prowess but frustration for Millwall supporters as their side came up just short.
Lumley; Masterson, Cameron, Barbet; Kakay, Ball, Amos (Bettache, 90+3), Manning; Shodipo (Kane, 72), Eze, Chair (Oteh, 84)
Subs not used:
Kelly, Gubbins, Clarke
Bialkowski; Romeo (Smith, 46), Hutchinson, Pearce (Mitchell, 87), Cooper, Ferguson; Leonard (Molumby, 57), Woods; J. Wallace, Bradshaw (Mahoney, 57), Bennett (Bodvarsson, 11)
Subs not used:
Steele, Wallace, Williams, Thompson