RAVEL Morrison bagged a brace for the second weekend running as QPR returned to winning ways in style against Yeovil Town on Saturday.
Morrison’s third goal in as many games set Harry Redknapp’s side on their way at Loftus Road, where substitute Bobby Zamora helped secure a first home success since January.
The striker – celebrating his first goal in 13 months – came off the bench to double the R’s tally before Morrison set the seal on victory with his second in stoppage time.
Both sides struck the woodwork during an entertaining second-half in W12, though three points came at something of a cost as injuries to Rob Green and Armand Traore saw the duo depart before full-time.
Redknapp recalled Aaron Hughes at the expense of Benoit Assou-Ekotto in defence, making one change from Tuesday night’s defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Hughes and co. found themselves on the backfoot early on as the visitors, resplendent in their fluorescent green and black strip, began brightest. Tom Lawrence fashioned the first chance on three minutes, jinking his way inside the R’s right before forcing Rob Green to save low to his left.
His effort was soon followed by another. Luke Ayling this time tried his luck, curling a shot just wide of Green’s top left-hand corner.
Rangers responded on 10 minutes as Morrison – match-winner at Birmingham City seven days earlier – bamboozled the Glovers defence. Morrison’s pull-back found Joey Barton on the edge of the area, but his shot couldn’t find its way through a pack of players, blocked away for a corner.
From the R’s next corner 10 minutes later, Richard Dunne almost turned an unlikely provider. The defender’s wayward effort found Will Keane but the striker couldn’t quite deflect the shot on target from close range.
Marek Stech was called into action from the R’s next attack, though. Morrison’s half volley was creeping inside the far post before the Glovers goalkeeper clawed the ball away to safety.
Stech was helpless 60 second later as Morrison this time made no mistake. The midfielder skipped away from a diving challenge after Junior Hoilett’s lay-off before guiding his shot in off the left-hand post.
Rangers continued to threaten on the counter-attack as the half wore on, as the pace of Armand Traore in particular posed the Glovers backline problems.
The winger was forced off through injury before half-time, though, replaced by Niko Kranjcar two minutes before the break.
The Croatian set the tone for a blistering start to the second half, forcing Stech into action twice in quick succession within three minutes of the re-start. The goalkeeper was equal to the challenge, flinging himself away to repel both efforts.
But it was at the other end where only the woodwork denied the Glovers an equaliser. Lawrence again threatened from distance, seeing his dipping shot crash back off the right-hand upright with Green motionless.
Redknapp responded by bolstering his attack with the introduction of Bobby Zamora, taking the place of Keane on 65 minutes. The R’s boss was forced into his final change just two minutes later as Green failed to recover from an earlier knock, limping off for Brian Murphy to take his place between the sticks.
The double change had an immediate impact as the former of the two substitutes doubled the R’s tally on 70 minutes, moments after Jermaine Jenas’ long-range volley clipped the crossbar. Hoilett’s floated cross to the back post was met emphatically by Zamora, who stooped to head the R’s into a commanding two-goal lead.
Two became three when Morrison added gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time. Kranjcar turned provider, teeing-up his fellow midfielder to cooly side-foot into the far corner.