TWO goals in as many minutes from Luke Amos secured QPR's first win of pre-season at Oxford United on Saturday.
Amos twice headed home just after the half-hour mark to give Rangers a first-half lead which was halved by Alex Gorrin’s 20-yard curler.
The woodwork prevented Josh Scowen and Bright Osayi-Samuel from extending the R’s advantage, but Mark Warburton’s men weren’t to be denied victory.
Rangers made three changes from the midweek defeat at Boreham Wood. Joe Lumley started between the sticks in place of Liam Kelly, while Olamide Shodipo and Scowen replaced Aramide Oteh respectively.
There was a tweak in attack too, with Ebere Eze – on target from the penalty spot on Tuesday night – leading the line at the front of the 4-2-3-1 formation.
During a quiet opening at the Kassam Stadium, a Grant Hall header which sailed over from a corner on the 25-minute mark was just about the closest either side came early on.
That was until just after the half-hour mark, when the game burst into life with two goals in as many minutes.
Amos stooped to head home Eze’s floated left-hand corner before the same player did exactly the same again seconds later – this time reaching Ryan Manning’s inch-perfect cross – to give Rangers breathing space.
They couldn’t hold out until half-time, though. A move on the edge of the R’s box ended with Gorrin picking out the top corner from 20 yards, giving Lumley no chance.
Rangers would have restored their two-goal lead going into the break but for the post, which denied Scowen with the final action of the half.
It was Oxford who should have netted soon after the re-start. Malachi Napa escaped the R’s defence but could only blaze over when well-placed inside the box.
At the other end, Rangers twice came agonisingly close to making the hosts pay.
Eze volleyed just wide after neat interplay from Angel Rangel and Scowen in the build-up, before the woodwork frustrated the R’s again. Quick thinking from Lumley set Shodipo free who slotted Osayi-Samuel through on goal, but the winger’s effort crashed back off the crossbar.
Warburton’s men had the woodwork to thank late on, though. Tony McMahon’s free-kick curled over Lumley but back off the crossbar as Rangers held on for the win.
QPR: Lumley; Rangel (Masterson 61), Hall (Owens 61), Barbet (Leistner 61), Manning (Hamalainen 61); Amos (Chair 61), Ball; Shodipo, Scowen, Osayi-Samuel; Eze.
Subs (not used): Kelly, Oteh.
Goals: Amos 31, 33.