QPR 2-1 Blackpool, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 1 - 0 Loftus Road ( Attendance: NA )
QPR claimed their first win in four league games with a 2-1 victory over Blackpool at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium to move up to third in the Championship table.
The Hoops took the lead in the 31st minute with their first opportunity of the game as Jimmy Dunne rose highest to meet a Stefan Johansen corner and nod the Hoops in front.
However, ten minutes later QPR were reduced to ten men as Dion Sanderson was shown red for reacting aggressively after being fouled.
The start of the second-half saw Seny Dieng called into action, denying Callum Connolly’s header from close range.
QPR then nearly doubled their lead when Ilias Chair was released down the right side, but his shot was matched by Daniel Grimshaw in the Blackpool goal.
And with eight minutes remaining it looked as if the man disadvantage would prove costly as Blackpool found an equaliser – the ball falling kindly to Josh Bowler, whose effort bounced into the ground and looped over a helpless Dieng.
But QPR would find an 89th minute winner, as Luke Amos’ effort deflected in off a Blackpool defender following some neat wing play from George Thomas.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Luke Amos’ last gasp winner sealed an unlikely win when it looked as if the Hoops would have to settle for another frustrating point.
Moan of the Match
Dion Sanderson’s unnecessary red card five minutes before half-time is sure to have frustrated manager Mark Warburton, whose side looked comfortable until that moment.
The Hoops had attacking midfielders Chris Willock and Ilias Chair leading the line – but do Rangers actually play better without a recognised striker?
Man of the Match
Jimmy Dunne – did well to put QPR in the lead with his first-half header and looked resolute in defence throughout.
Tweet of the Match
Gavin Ward (Surrey) – a fairly standard officiating performance and made the right call with the red card.
The travelling Blackpool fans were in great voice throughout and helped spur their side to find an equaliser.
Mark Warburton will be delighted his side managed to find a winner late on – even though they looked second best after the interval.
Dieng; Sanderson, Dunne, Barbet; Adomah, Hendrick, Field, Johansen (Amos, 67), Odubajo; Chair (Thomas, 83), Willock (Ball, 46)
Subs not used:
Marshall, Dozzell, Austin, Gray
Dieng, Ball, Field
Grimshaw; Lawrence-Gabriel, Sterling, Casey, Thorniley, James (Madine, 46); Bowler, Connolly, Dougall, Hamilton (Dale, 66); Lavery (Yates, 75)
Subs not used:
Moore, Stewart, Robson, Kirk