QPR have notched up their first away win of their Sky Bet Championship season after securing a 2-1 victory against Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
A first-half effort from midfielder Luke Freeman and a well-taken second-half goal from Ebere Eze proved the difference for Steve McClaren’s, who held on for the three points despite Josh Magennis pulling one back for the home side.
The victory was the R’s second consecutive league win and extends their unbeaten run to four matches across all competitions.
Rangers named an unchanged line-up from the side that started in the 0-0 draw against Birmingham, with new boys Nahki Wells and Tomer Hemed partnering one another up front.
The duo would combine for the first chance of the match, as Wells ran onto a neat headed flick-on from Hemed though the Bermudan was unable to slot his effort past the keeper.
Some neat interplay between Wells, Massimo Luongo and Eze brought about the R’s second sight on goal but Eze blasted over from the edge of the box.
Bolton were slowly growing into the game and were beginning to put more and more pressure on QPR’s backline but it was the away side who would take the lead through Freeman in the 26th minute.
The midfielder fed Wells down the right-hand side who then angled a lovey ball back into the near post where Freeman was able to prod home to break the deadlock.
Bolton had a great chance to equalise just before the break when Craig Noone picked up a loose ball in the box but the midfielder skewed his shot high and wide, ensuring QPR headed into the sheds with the advantage.
The home side started the second-half on the front foot and went close through Gary O’Neil, though his attempt to steer a cross into the net was deflected wide.
O’Neil whipped in the resulting corner which was met by David Wheater but the centre-back couldn’t keep his header under the bar.
QPR would make Bolton pay moments later, as Ebere Eze doubled the away side’s lead in the 56th minute.
Hemed and Freeman combined well down the left-hand side before Freeman found Eze in the box, the number 10 taking a touch and sending a low left-footed drive past Ben Alnwick.
Bolton pulled a goal back in the 69th minute as substitute Josh Magennis’ free-kick on the edge of the box squeezed its way through the wall and past Joe Lumley.
The goal lifted the home side who began to pepper the QPR box, with Lumley doing well to tip over a swerving long-distance shot from Pawel Olkowski.
Lumley was again called into action soon after, reacting sharply to keep out a close-range effort from Christian Doidge.
QPR were able to withstand the late pressure however and held onto their lead to record their first away victory of the season.
QPR will look to continue their winning ways when they welcome Millwall to Loftus Road on Wednesday night.
Highlights: Bolton Wanderers 1, QPR 2
WATCH highlights from QPR’s 2-1 win against Bolton at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.