JERMAINE Jenas’ first-half leveller halted QPR’s barren run by salvaging a point against Leeds United. Rangers came from behind at Loftus Road after Rob Green saved a Ross McCormack penalty before the Championship’s leading marksman made amends with an unstoppable free-kick moments later. Jenas - scoring his second of the season - finished smartly to equalise a minute before half-time as Harry Redknapp’s side brought a welcome end to a three-game losing streak.
RAVEL Morrison’s sublime double fired QPR back to winning ways at Birmingham City. Morrison – netting his first goals since arriving on loan – struck from 25 yards in a one-sided first 45 minutes, which also saw Clint Hill strike the woodwork. The midfielder made sure of maximum points midway through the second half to re-ignite the R’s promotion push, deservedly ending a 30-year wait for victory at St. Andrews in the process.
QPR’s chances of automatic promotion suffered a cruel blow at Brighton this evening as the Seagulls recorded a 2-0 victory. It was a harsh scoreline on the R’s who had dominated much of the game and created numerous opportunities before the hosts grabbed two goals in the final 13 minutes. Having gone close through Jermaine Jenas, Ravel Morrison and Junior Hoilett, the R’s seemed to be the more likely team to grab all three points in what was an absorbing Sky Bet Championship fixture, but against the run of play the hosts took the lead through Leonardo Ulloa when he prodded home Bruno Saltor’s low drive into the box on 76 minutes. Stephen Ward sealed the points when he converted Kazenga LuaLua’s corner with six minutes remaining.
RAVEL Morrison bagged a brace for the second weekend running as QPR returned to winning ways in style against Yeovil Town. 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.
TEN-MAN QPR slumped to a disappointing 3-0 Championship defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. Rangers, who had Richard Dunne sent off for a last-ditch challenge on Leon Best, were behind when Chris Maguire scored a 35th-minute penalty following the award of a spot-kick for that incident. And they failed to recover thereafter. First, former QPR duo Leon Best and Oguchi Onyewu combined for the former to add a second goal in the 51st minute, before Lewis Buxton extended Wednesday’s advantage 20 minutes later.
THERE was late, late drama at the Riverside Stadium, as injury-time strikes from Bobby Zamora and Ravel Morrison saw Rangers snatch a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough. Zamora capitalised on an error by Boro goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos to score a crucial second goal, before Morrison helped round off the win with a neat finish at the death. Earlier, Yossi Benayoun equalised for QPR from close range on the stroke of half-time, in what was mostly an even spectacle on Teesside. George Friend put Boro into an 18th-minute lead via the hands of Rob Green.
YOSSI Benayoun’s first-half strike was enough to earn 10-man QPR all three points against promotion rivals Wigan Athletic. The Israeli midfielder provided the telling touch on the quarter-hour mark at Loftus Road, scoring his second goal in the space of four days before seeing red in second-half stoppage time. Rangers – who struck the woodwork late on through Ravel Morrison – were indebted to Rob Green at the other end, preserving his 18th clean sheet of the season to keep the in-form Latics at bay.
SUBSTITUTE Junior Hoilett’s equaliser ensured QPR shared the spoils with Blackpool. The R’s winger came off the bench to level proceedings 12 minutes remaining after David Goodwillie’s early opener handed the Seasiders a surprise lead. It was an otherwise frustrating afternoon for Harry Redknapp’s men at Loftus Road, where a flurry of late Matt Gilks saves denied Rangers a third success in seven days.
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