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QPR 3, WALSALL 0

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21:45 28th August 2012

by @OfficialQPR

Rangers book their place in round three of the Capital One Cup

GOALS from Shaun Wright-Phillips, Bobby Zamora and Jose Bosingwa saw QPR book their place in the third round of the Capital One Cup thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over Walsall at Loftus Road.

Rangers were always in control against their League One counterparts and were ahead in the 29th minute when Wright-Phillips finished after combining with Zamora.

Zamora then turned provider to scorer in the 66th minute, latching on to recent long-term injury victim Kieron Dyer’s pass before lobbing David Grof.

Bosingwa made sure of the victory with a close-range finish six minutes from time.

Ale Faurlin was handed his first competitive start in almost eight months for the visit the Saddlers.

There was also a competitive debut for summer signing Ryan Nelsen, as Rangers boss Mark Hughes made five changes in total from Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Norwich City.

Dyer was named among the R’s substitutes.

Rob Green was in goal for QPR, who lined up in a 4-4-2 formation.

Bosingwa, Anton Ferdinand, Nelsen and Fabio da Silva made up the back four.

Faurlin was joined by captain Ji-Sung Park in the centre of midfield, with Wright-Phillips and Junior Hoilett operating from wide.

Andy Johnson partnered former Fulham team-mate Zamora in attack.

There was very little to choose between the two sides in the opening stanza.

The first chance of the evening fell the way of Rangers on ten minutes.

R’s loanee Fabio broke away down the left before squaring the ball back to the waiting Wright-Phillips on ten yards, who fired an effort with his weaker left foot wide.

Two minutes later, Zamora won possession just past the halfway line and put Johnson through on goal, who saw his effort from an acute angle tipped away by Saddlers keeper David Grof.

Rangers again went close from the resultant corner, with Wright-Phillips’s centre powered wide by the head of debutant Nelsen.

A largely tepid spectacle up to this point, the Saddlers were unlucky not to edge in front on 19 minutes. Will Grigg’s glancing header from an Ashley Hemmings free-kick forced a smart save from Green.

Six minutes later, the R’s missed their best chance of the half to date.

The home side eventually worked the ball out to Bosingwa down the right, whose cross was headed agonisingly wide of the upright by Johnson.

Moments later and the R’s were again on the attack, with Hoilett, Zamora and Park all combining before the latter saw a thumping shot deflected wide.

The Hoops took the lead on 29 minutes thanks to an excellent piece of link-up play.

Wright-Phillips started and finished the move, playing the ball into Zamora on the edge of the box who in turn put the diminutive winger through on goal with a precise slide-rule pass.

The finish was equally as impressive, as Wright-Phillips got to the ball ahead of the keeper to poke home the opener.

Six minutes before half-time, Jamie Paterson flashed an effort wide from an acute angle after a defensive slip. Ferdinand also powered a header straight at Grof seconds later after meeting a Wright-Phillips free-kick.

Rangers started the second period brightly but it was the visitors who fashioned the first attempt of the half. Florent Cuvelier’s 25-yard blast was tipped around the post by Green.

Walsall should have levelled from the resultant set-piece when Dean Holden rose to smash a header against the bar. A goalmouth scramble followed, before the R’s eventually managed to avert the danger.

Dyer made his long-awaited comeback from injury on the hour mark, introduced at the expense of Hoilett.

It was a moment of magic from the ex-England international that proved key in Rangers adding a second goal six minutes later.

Dyer received Fabio’s pass before shifting his way past one man and sliding Zamora through on goal.

And Zamora’s subsequent effort was just as classy, with the R’s front-man dinking the ball over the advancing Grof with an expert lob.

QPR rubberstamped the win in the 84th minute.

A corner was cleared only as far as Faurlin just outside the box and, when his deflected shot was blocked by the keeper, Bosingwa followed up to fire home a Rangers third.

QPR: Green, Ferdinand, Park, Johnson, Wright-Phillips (Traore 68), Nelsen, Bosingwa, Fabio, Hoilett (Dyer 60), Zamora (Cisse 69), Faurlin.

Subs: Murphy, Derry, Mackie, Onuoha.

Goals: Wright-Phillips (29), Zamora (66), Bosingwa (84)

Walsall: Grof, Butler, Holden, Featherstone, A. Chambers (Baxendale 37), Cuvelier, Grigg (Bowerman 70), Paterson, Hemmings (Jones 78), Purkiss, Taylor.

Subs: Walker, Williams, Benning, Downing.

Bookings: Holden (43)

Referee: Mr M Naylor

Attendance: 6,129 (436 away)

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