QPR 0-2 Preston North End, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


QPR 4-2-3-1



Preston North End 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 0 - 1 Loftus Road ( Attendance: NA )
1 min

QPR are now winless in their last five Championship games after losing 2-0 to Preston North End at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

The Hoops started vibrantly with Bright Osayi-Samuel played in by a delicate lobbed pass from Ilias Chair in the eighth minute. The winger brought the ball down well and tried to go around Declan Rudd but the Preston keeper got a vital touch to deny QPR.

Just under a quarter hour gone and against the run of play, Scott Sinclair was clipped by Lee Wallace after a marauding run towards the box. 

The linesman corrected Kevin Friend’s initial decision to award a free-kick just outside the area and gave PNE a penalty which Daniel Johnson coolly converted.

Preston’s second of the night came on the hour mark and in similar fashion as Emil Riis Jakobsen chased a long ball into QPR’s box and was fouled by Wallace, conceding his and QPR’s second penalty of the night. 

Scott Sinclair dispatched the spot-kick to double Preston’s lead and although Albert Adomah went through on goal in stoppage time, his effort hit the outside of the post and rolled agonisingly wide to kill off any hopes of a late revival.

Key Points

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

Key Moment

The Hoops had the rub of the green in the opening twenty minutes, putting together some slick passing moves but failed to find a clinical finishing touch to make it count.

Moan of the Match

When Preston scored their first, it allowed them to sit deep and defend their lead, making it harder for QPR to penetrate.

Talking Point

Macauley Bonne failed to provide the focal point in attack to finish off his side’s intricate moves in the opening period; as a result, QPR suffered when Preston sat back.

Man of the Match

Tom Carroll – the midfielder was QPR’s only hope in getting the ball forward with speed but was thwarted at virtually every turn by Preston’s well-drilled defence.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Kevin Friend (Leicestershire) – the referee had some important decisions to make but made them correctly, even with the help of his officials on the touchline.


Shouts of “Penalty!” erupted from the visitors after Lee Wallace’s second foul with not a single QPR player countering the claims, merely letting out deflated groans of their own.


Sloppy defending undid QPR’s encouraging start, allowing Preston to comfortably defend their advantage. The fact a second penalty was conceded in similar fashion summed up QPR’s night.

Line Ups

QPR 4-2-3-1

Dieng; Kakay, Dickie, Barbet, Wallace; Ball (Adomah, 58), Cameron; Osayi-Samuel, Carroll, Chair (Willock, 71); Bonne

Subs not used:

Kane, Masterson, Hamalainen, Bettache, Kelly

Preston North End 4-2-3-1

Rudd; Rafferty, Bauer, Storey, Hughes; Ledson, Browne; Potts, Johnson (Barkhuizen, 73), Sinclair (Stockley, 90+1); Riis Jakobsen (Maguire, 84)

Subs not used:

Ripley, Huntington, Gallagher, Harrop



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