QUEENS Park Rangers suffered a 2-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park this afternoon as the R’s faint relegation survival hopes continued to fade out.
Goals from Darron Gibson and Victor Anicehebe handed the Toffees all three points against Harry Redknapp’s side.
The Rangers boss made three changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Wigan Athletic six days earlier. Ji-Sung Park replaced the suspended Bobby Zamora whilst Nedum Onouha and Esteban Granero took the places of Armand Traore and Stephen Mbia.
A strong run from Andros Townsend brought about Rangers first chance in the fourth minute when the Tottenham Hotspur loanee drove through the middle from the halfway line before passing to Park on the edge of the box. The South Korean midfielder opted to roll the ball to Hoilett - when a shot looked possible - who then curled an effort wide of the far post.
As play switched immediately to the other end the Goodison Park shouts for a penalty fell on deaf ears as Clint Hill tangled with the Toffees winger inside the 18-yard box. As the ex-Blackpool midfielder went down referee Lee Mason waved play on, much to the R’s relief.
Loic Remy looked to continue his fine run of form in front of goal on 26 minutes when Park pulled the ball back into the Frenchman’s path but his snap shot from 18-yards was well saved by Everton keeper Tim Howard.
Rangers then had another lucky escape after a clever free-kick routine from their hosts. Baines took a free-kick from the corner flag, after Jose Bosingwa had fouled Coleman, to pick out Steven Pienaar on the edge of the box. His shot through a crowded penalty area was deflected from close range by Sylvain Distin wide of Cesar’s goal and behind for a goal kick as the R’s breathed a sigh of relief.
Everton though finally broke the deadlock five minutes before half-time thanks to a deflected goal from Darron Gibson. The ball found its way to the Toffees midfielder 22-yards from goal who took his time before shooting - catching QPR skipper Clint Hill on the way - and past the wrong footed custodian Cesar to hand Everton a 1-0 lead ahead of the break.
Everton were left bamboozled after the restart as to how they had failed to double their advantage two minutes into the second half.
Kevin Mirallas beat Bosingwa on the dead ball line before picking out Everton striker Victor Anicehebe eight yards from goal. The Toffees forward was unmarked - and with the goal gapping - R’s stopper Cesar somehow managed to get his fingers onto the ball and tip it onto the post before Bosingwa cleared off the line.
Cesar was then called upon once more to make another fine save as a free header from Distin, following Leighton Baines corner, saw the Brazilian turn the ball behind.
QPR continued to make life difficult for themselves as they failed to see the ball clear from a series of set pieces as eventually the pressure told for their opponents with Anichebe handing them a two goal lead. Baines corner deep into the R’s box picked out Distin whose speculative header towards goal was hooked in by the Nigerian from three-yards.
The acrobatics of Julio Cesar prevented a wonder strike from Mirallas making it 3-0 12 minutes from time as the Everton wideman’s volley from the side of the box tried to catch the R’s keeper out.
At the other end Nedum Onouha forced a save from Howard after some intricate passing from Rangers midfield fashioned a rare chance for Redknapp’s side.
That proved to be it for both sides as neither team threatened in the closing stages with QPR left with five Premier League matches that will determine their fate.