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Queens Park Rangers vs Cardiff City at Loftus Road Stadium


  • 2 Queens Park Rangers

    • 62'‘ Matt Smith
    • 72'‘ Paul Smyth
  • 1 Cardiff City

    • 54'‘ Joe Ralls (Pen)


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Key Moments

  • Smyth scores on his R's debut
  • Matt Smith equalises from Robinson's long throw
  • Joe Ralls scores spot kick nine minutes into section half
  • Bidwell fouls Paterson to hand Cardiff penalty
  • Striker Paul Smyth handed QPR debut
Hide Line-ups
  • 1 GK Smithies
  • 8 M Cousins
  • 3 D Bidwell
  • 18 D Robinson
  • 5 D Onuoha
  • 20 D Baptiste
  • 21 M Luongo
  • 7 M Freeman
  • 17 FWD Matt Smith
  • 37 Smyth
  • 11 M Scowen
  • 28 GK Brian Murphy
  • 18 D Paterson
  • 3 D Bennett
  • 16 D Connolly
  • 14 Sol Bamba
  • 5 D Ecuele Manga
  • 2 D Peltier
  • 8 M Ralls
  • 37 FWD Healey
  • 33 M Hoilett
  • 10 FWD Zohore


  • 38 Oteh
  • 6 D Lynch
  • 33 Chair
  • 26 GK Lumley
  • 40 FWD Sylla
  • 22 M Wszolek
  • 34 M Bright Samuel
  • 15 D Halford
  • 19 M Mendez-Laing
  • 6 D Jazz Richards
  • 13 M Pilkington
  • 7 FWD Tomlin
  • 20 M Damour
  • 25 GK Etheridge

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QPR 2, Cardiff City 1

QPR get 2018 going with a bang as they came behind against promotion chasing Cardiff City to secure a 2-1 win. Joe Ralls handed the Welsh side the lead from the penalty spot before Matt Smith equalised in the 62nd minute. Debutant Paul Smyth then added the winner as it ended with a Smith and Smyth double!


Oteh with a chance

QPR break as Oteh forces a save and wins a corner. 

Smithies gathers

Free-kick is floated in by the visitors and Matt Smith gets on the end of it forcing a save from his teammate Smithies.



Luke Freeman booked for a foul on Paterson.


Added time

There will be 5 minutes of added time at the end of the second half.


QPR substitution

Jake Bidwell is replaced by Joel Lynch for the R's.



Junior Hoilett puts the ball in the back of the net but he is flagged for offside. The referee speaks to his linesman before disallowing the goal. 


Cardiff go close

Lucky escape for QPR as Sol Bamba flashes a shot across goal from a Cardiff corner. 


QPR substitution

Goalscorer Paul Smyth limps off injured and is replaced by Aramide Oteh.


Smyth with a stunner

Well in the wee man! A blistering run from Paul Smyth, on his debut, down the left and he finishes past Murphy with a slight deflection. A day he will remember! 





Paul Smyth is booked for a foul on Junior Hoilett.


Cardiff substitution

Rhys Healy is replaced by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing for the visitors. 


QPR go close

Nearly ahead for QPR as Smyth breaks pulls it back to Cousins who shoots and Smith nearly flicks it past Murphy. 


Smith heads in

Jack Robinson launches the ball into the Cardiff area and Matt Smith climbs highest to head in from six-yards to level. 




Freeman strikes the crossbar

Luke Freeman takes aim from the edge of the area but Bamba just gets a head to the ball and it strikes the crossbar. 


Cardiff substitution

First change for the visitors as Loic Damour replaces Lee Peltier.



Joe Ralls sends Smithies the wrong way from 12-yards and the visitors lead. 



Cardiff handed a penalty after Bidwell brings down Paterson. 



Lee Peltier booked for a foul on Massimo Luongo. 


Onuoha block

Nedum Onuoha with a vital touch to turn behind Zohore chance for a corner. 


Early chance

Jack Robinson launches an a long throw into the Cardiff area but the keeper Murphy just gets to it ahead of Smith. 


Second half

We are back underway at Loftus Road as Luke Freeman gets the match restarted. Come on you R's!


QPR 0, Cardiff City 0

It's level at the break here at Loftus Road where QPR striker Matt Smith's header against the post is the closest either side have come to breaking the deadlock. 


Added time

There will be one minute of added time at the end of the first half. 


Smith hits the post

Best chance for either side as Freeman's free-kick is dinked into Smith and his glancing header is pushed onto the post by Murphy. 


Smyth shoots over

Good play from Baptiste down the right as he cuts back to Smyth just inside the area but he hooks it over the bar. Better from Rangers. 


Onuoha heads wide

Onuoha works free to get on the end of Freeman's corner but he heads well wide of the target.


Cardiff fortunate

Good play from Paul Smyth who gets around the outside of Bamba to cross. It takes a deflection and Murphy is forced to save. 



Lucky escape for QPR as Onuoha dallies on the ball and Hoilett nips in but Baptiste gets back to cover. 


Robinson riffles over

Jack Robinson drives forward from the back but his 22-yards shot flies over the bar. 

Cousins and Hoilett battle

Former R's winger Junior Hoilett takes on Jordan Cousins.


Cardiff flash over

The visitors attack but it is wasteful as Rhys Healy flashes over Smithies bar from the left. 



Matt Connolly into the notebook after he pulls down Paul Smyth as the Irishman looks to break.


Penalty appeal

Healy goes down in the QPR area for the visitors but the away fans penalty appeals are waved away. 


Quiet start

Not much to report for either sides in the opening stages of this contest. 


Here we go...

Cardiff City get the match started at Loftus Road. Come on you R's!

Here come the teams

The two sides enter the field at Loftus Road. We are just minutes away from KO!

Smyth set for debut

Striker Paul Smyth warms-up ahead of his first QPR appearance this afternoon.

Warm-up underway

Breaking QPR team news

QPR boss Ian Holloway has made four changes to his side to face Cardiff City this afternoon. 

Handed a first appearance is young forward Paul Smyth whilst Josh Scowen returns from suspension. Jack Robinson is back following illness whilst there is also a start for striker Matt Smith.

Ins: Robinson, Scowen, Smith, Smyth.

Outs: Hall, Wszolek, Osayi-Samuel, Sylla.

Smith in the picture?

Team news to come at 2pm but will today see a return to the side for Matt Smith following his substitute appearance at Millwall? 

Travel disruption

Match Facts

QPR have won 12 of their last 16 home league matches against Cardiff (D1 L3), winning 2-1 last season.

The Bluebirds' last league double over QPR came in the 2007-08 season - they won 2-1 against the Hoops earlier this season.

QPR are winless in four home league games (D2 L2), their worst run since Ian Holloway returned to the club in November 2016. Including his first spell in charge, the Hoops have never gone five home league matches without a win under Holloway.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock hasn't won away from home at Loftus Road since December 2007, when his Crystal Palace side won 2-1 against a QPR team managed by Luigi De Canio.

Ian Holloway has won five of his last six home league meetings with Warnock (D1) since losing 1-0 during his first spell as QPR boss against Warnock's Sheffield United in August 2004.

Sol Bamba has found the net in both Championship appearances against QPR for Cardiff, scoring twice.


Ollie on Cardiff


New Year, new QPR?

We welcome 2018 with our first match of the year this afternoon when we welcome Cardiff City to Loftus Road.

Can Ian Holloway's side usher in the New Year with a bang? Stick with us throughout the day for behind the scenes content, updates and more. 

Other games that day

  • Aston Villa5
    Bristol City0
  • Norwich City2
  • Sunderland0
  • Derby County1
    Sheffield United1
  • Bolton Wanderers1
    Hull City0
  • Preston North End2
  • Sheffield Wednesday0
    Burton Albion3
  • Leeds United0
    Nottingham Forest0

Sky Bet Championship

P GD Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 +27 58
2 Derby County 26 +18 49
3 Cardiff City 26 +11 47
4 Bristol City 26 +9 47
5 Aston Villa 26 +14 44
6 Leeds United 26 +9 43
7 Sheffield United 26 +9 42
8 Middlesbrough 26 +9 41
9 Preston North End 26 +4 40
10 Brentford 25 +7 37
11 Ipswich Town 25 +3 36
12 Fulham 25 +2 36
13 Norwich City 26 -5 34
14 Nottingham Forest 26 -9 32
15 Millwall 26 -1 30
16 Sheffield Wednesday 26 -4 30
18 Reading 25 -3 28
19 Barnsley 26 -10 26
20 Bolton Wanderers 26 -18 25
21 Hull City 26 -5 24
22 Burton Albion 26 -23 24
23 Sunderland 26 -14 22
24 Birmingham City 25 -22 20
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