QPR 2-1 Brentford, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 0 - 1 Loftus Road ( Attendance: NA )
QPR came from behind to claim West London bragging rights over Brentford in an entertaining 2-1 win at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
After a frantic start, it was the visitors who slowly gained control and took the lead through an Ivan Toney header in the 31st minute.
Brentford came close to doubling their lead twice with Toney unable to find his feet to finish off a swift counter-attack led by Tariqe Fosu, before the former then struck a strong free-kick over the crossbar via a deflection.
The early exchanges of the second-half saw both sides presented with opportunities – Stefan Johansen whipping a free-kick just wide before Brentford once again sprung a counter that saw Fosu’s dipping strike go inches wide.
QPR then turned the game on it’s head with two goals in four minutes with Sam Field finding an equaliser on 72 before Charlie Austin gave them the lead.
The result means it is now three league games unbeaten for QPR while it is Brentford’s second consecutive loss after previously going 21 games unbeaten.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Charlie Austin’s goal allowed QPR to shut up shop and Brentford were unable to break down their deep defensive line.
Moan of the Match
It felt as though the referee reached for his whistle rather unnecessarily at times, and the stop-start nature was the only dampener on an otherwise entertaining game.
After going 21 games unbeaten it is now two consecutive defeats for Brentford – what does Thomas Frank have to do to get back to that winning formula?
Man of the Match
Vitaly Janelt – slick in possession yet ruthless in defence, proving to be another incredible signing in a long list of shrewd Brentford acquisitions.
Tweet of the Match
Gavin Ward (Surrey) – inconsistency in what he deemed as a foul or not which audibly angered both sets of players and coaches.
A fierce derby that is normally supplemented with loud and fierce support by both sets of fans – it’s games like this when empty stadiums are incredibly noticeable.
A first win against Brentford for QPR since 2018 with the experience of the likes of Charlie Austin coming to the fore at vital moments to pick up a huge result.
Dieng; Dickie, Cameron, Barbet; Kane, Ball (Field, 56), Johansen, Wallace (Kakay, 79); Chair; Austin, Dykes (Willock, 65)
Subs not used:
Lumley, Hamalainen, Bettache, Adomah, Kelman
Ball, Kane, Dickie, Cameron, Dieng
Raya; Dalsgaard (Roerslev, 83), Reid, Bech Sorensen, Henry; Dasilva (Ghoddos, 75), Janelt (Forss, 83), Jensen; Fosu (Mbeumo, 58) Toney, Canos
Subs not used:
Daniels, Pinnock, Zamburek, Bidstrup