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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:03 4th February 2012
By  @OfficialQPR

QPR 1, WOLVES 2

Wolves came from behind to end a nine-match winless run in the Barclays Premier League, thanks to a 2-1 victory over ten-man QPR at Loftus Road.


In a match between two sides striving for survival, this fiercely-fought encounter ultimately hinged on Djibril Cisse's dismissal on 34 minutes, after a coming together with Roger Johnson.


Rangers took the lead on 16 minutes through debutant Bobby Zamora, who fired home in the box to cap a superb team move.


But Cisse's red card put Wolves in the ascendency and, after Matt Jarvis levelled just a minute after the break, substitute Kevin Doyle won it for Wolves nineteen minutes from time.


Mark Hughes made two changes to his starting XI for the visit of the Molineux men, following Wednesday night's 2-2 draw at Aston Villa.


Zamora was handed his R's debut, brought in to replace Rob Hulse, while Adel Taarabt - on his return from international duty for Morocco at the African Cup of Nations - came in Jamie Mackie.


Kenny was in goal for Rangers, behind a back four of Luke Young, Nedum Onuoha, Anton Ferdinand and Taye Taiwo.


In midfield, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Taarabt began from the wings, with Captain Joey Barton and Shaun Derry in the middle.


Zamora was joined by Cisse - scorer of Rangers' first at Villa Park - in attack.


The R's made the brighter start, testing Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessy after just four minutes.


Taiwo's long pass over the top of the Old Gold defence was controlled beautifully by Cisse, before the French striker shot straight at Hennessy.


Less than a minute later, Rangers went close again. Derry found Zamora on 25 yards, before the former Fulham man's subsequent effort forced a smart save from Hennessy, who tipped the ball away from goal.


Taarabt and Cisse already appeared to be striking an understanding and it was the former who was next to go close on seven minutes, executing a lovely give-and-go with Zamora before shooting wide of the right-hand post.


Wolves did settle as the half progressed but rarely troubled Kenny in the Rangers goal, with Steven Fletcher's wayward effort the visitors' only real effort of note with a quarter of an hour gone.


The R's deservedly led after 16 minutes - and what a well-worked goal it proved to be.


Taarabt, Cisse, Wright-Phillips and Zamora were all involved in a wonderful move, before the latter smashed home an effort - despite a touch from Hennessy - that flew into the top-right-hand corner.


Wolves, to their credit, played better after conceding the opening goal.


Fletcher soon went close with a fine effort from a free-kick, seeing his left-footed shot from 25 yards whistling just past the right-hand post.


Controversy sparked nine minutes before the break, after Johnson's strong challenge on Cisse eventually saw a coming together between the two.


Johnson was duly booked but, much to the surprise of the majority of the Loftus Road crowd, Cisse was shown a straight red card by referee Mr Clattenburg.


With that, the R's would have to play out nearly an hour a man light.


It was that numerical advantage that told just a minute after the break, as Wolves levelled.


Kevin Foley's ball eventually found Jarvis on the left-hand side of the box, before the tricky winger cut in to curl home a delightful effort into the bottom right-hand of the net.


Wolves were rampant after equalising and soon went close to taking the lead, after Fletcher's header - again from a Foley centre - crashed back off the bar.


Soon after, the visitors continued to press. Jarvis was again involved, finding Fletcher, whose prod towards goal was cleared off the line by Ferdinand to prevent what would have been a simple tap-in for Ebanks-Blake.


Mick McCarthy's charges were now in control, with Doyle soon seeing a rasping drive beaten away by the fists of Kenny.


The Rangers defence were given a momentary break when the home side won a free-kick 25 yards from goal, with Taarabt firing the resultant set-piece inches wide of the right-hand post.


But Wolves were soon on the attack once again. Doyle went close on 61 minutes, seeing his glancing header from Foley's cross bounce just wide of the target.


Rangers made a double switch on 65 minutes, with one change enforced on Hughes.


Fitz Hall was brought on to replace the injured Young, while Armand Traore came on for Derry.


That double substitution couldn't prevent a Wolves second, however, as the visitors seized the initiative on 71 minutes.


Jamie O'Hara's ball into the box was flicked on by Ebanks-Blake for Doyle, who held off his marker with his back to goal before turning to fire an effort into the bottom right-hand corner from 12 yards.


The R's huffed and puffed for an equaliser in the closing stages. Taarabt twice went close with outrageous efforts, while Ferdinand fired just wide in second-half stoppage time.


But they couldn't muster a second, as Wolves moved level on points with Hughes' men with victory.


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