EFL London Clubs Match Report Round-Up: 31.01.22

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QPR continued their fine recent form by thrashing Reading 4-0 at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium to boost their promotion hopes.

Lyndon Dykes scored twice and there were also goals for Luke Amos and Jimmy Dunne as the fourth-placed Hoops made it five wins and a draw from their past six matches.

The victory left the West London side just two points behind second-placed Blackburn Rovers with a game in hand.

However, Fulham were denied a fifth-successive league after being held to a 1-1 draw by Blackpool at Craven Cottage.

Aleksandar Mitrovic struck his 28th league goal of the season in the sixth minute, shortly before the game was halted for 41 minutes while a supporter received medical treatment.

But the Cottagers were unable to hold on to the lead with Blackpool working their way back on to level terms when Josh Bowler fired home in the 57th minute.

Elsewhere, Mason Bennett and Benik Afobe’s second-half heroics lifted mid-table Millwall to a 2-0 win over promotion-chasers West Bromwich Albion at The Den.

The opener came in the 67th minute through Bennett’s low shot with their second coming nine minutes later – a beautiful piece of skill by Afobe saw the striker round a defender before placing his shot into the corner.

In Monday night’s League One encounter, a controversial Conor Washington goal helped Charlton Athletic to a 2-1 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Chuks Aneke was clearly offside when he played a big part in Charlton’s opener 14 minutes before half-time.

Aneke saw his header brilliantly saved by Pompey goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu before Washington tapped in the rebound as the hosts screamed for a free-kick.

Clark Robertson’s 64th-minute own goal doubled Charlton’s lead before Michael Jacobs gave Pompey hope by reducing the deficit 11 minutes from time.

Meanwhile, AFC Wimbledon’s search for a first win in 2022 continues after drawing 1-1 with fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town at Plough Lane.

The Dons took the lead after 13 minutes when Ayoub Assal tucked his header perfectly into the corner from Ethan Chislett’s pinpoint cross.

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But Wimbledon were made to pay for not taking advantage of their dominance when the Shrews found an equaliser with a scrappy 58th minute strike from Daniel Udoh.

Sutton United kept up the pace for automatic League Two promotion courtesy of a fine 2-0 away win at Carlisle United.

First-half goals from Isaac Olaofe and David Ajiboye, within eight minutes, saw the visitors go seven games unbeaten with Matt Gray’s side only behind third-placed Newport on goal difference.

And finally, Leyton Orient fell further behind in the promotion race with a 2-0 defeat at Mansfield Town.

Jordan Bowery and Ollie Clarke were on target with the O’s now 10 points away from the Play-Off places.

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