TEN-man QPR had an evening to forget at Oakwell on Tuesday night as they fell to a 3-0 defeat against Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship.
Having bossed the early stages, the R’s were a man down from the 26th minutes onwards after Rob Dickie was sent off for a professional foul on Cauley Woodrow inside the box.
The Reds striker converted the spot-kick and an effort from Conor Chaplin as well as Yoann Barbet’s own goal ensured that all three points remained in Yorkshire.
In terms of team news, Rangers made three changes from Saturday’s goalless draw with Birmingham City in W12.
Niko Hamalainen came in for his full Championship debut, replacing the injured Lee Wallace at left-back, while Dom Ball and Tom Carroll replaced captain Geoff Cameron, who dropped to the bench, and Bright Osayi-Samuel, who was absent from the matchday squad.
The R’s lined up as: Seny Dieng; Osman Kakay, Dickie, Yoann Barbet, Hamalainen; Ball, Carroll; Albert Adomah, Ilias Chair; Macauley Bonne, Lyndon Dykes.
QPR made a lively start, with Chair and Bonne both aiming efforts at goal inside the opening minute of the match.
The first 60 seconds would set the tone for the game’s opening quarter as Rangers went on to dominate the territory. Adomah and Chair, in particular, were looking dangerous but the visitors were unable to convert their tidy approach play into chances.
Things then took a huge turn in favour of the hosts on 26 minutes. A loose ball fell the way of Reds striker Woodrow inside the box and he was pulled down by Dickie. Referee David Webb did not hesitate in pointing to the penalty spot, or showing the defender a straight red card.
To compound things, Woodrow made no mistake from the spot, sending R’s stopper Dieng the wrong way from 12 yards. Rangers had gone from relative dominance to behind, and a man light, and it then got worse 10 minutes later as Barnsley doubled their lead.
Dominik Frieser cut the ball back to Chaplin – who scored a hat-trick in this fixture last season – and he drilled home from 10 yards.
That’s how the score remained heading into half-time and, following the restart, Ball headed over from a Carroll corner, as the 10-man R’s looked for a route back into the game.
At the other end, Barnsley always remained a threat and Chaplin couldn’t bury his second of the game from a close-range header. On 65 minutes, the game was over though.
Barbet inadvertently deflected a loose Woodrow touch into his own net to make it 3-0 and from there on in there was no way back for Rangers.
Dieng made a fine low save from a stinging Alex Mowatt strike to prevent Barnsley from getting a fourth goal. The stopper did the same on 84 minutes and 90 minutes, denying Elliot Simoes and Patrick Schmidt respectively, who had both burst through one on one.
It was a bad night for Rangers – the worst of the season to date – and they will need to dust themselves down in time for Saturday’s home game against Cardiff City.