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Birmingham City vs QPR at St. Andrew's Stadium

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  • 1 Birmingham City

    • 75'‘ Chuks Aneke
  • 2 QPR

    • 14'‘ Albert Adomah
    • 71'‘ Chris Willock

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  • Sky Bet Championship logo

Key Moments

  • Aneke pulls a goal back
  • Willock makes it 2-0!
  • Adomah opens the scoring!
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  • 13 GK Sarkic
  • 2 D Colin
  • 23 D Familia-Castillo (0‘)
  • 3 D Pedersen
  • 5 D Friend
  • 21 D Sanderson
  • 20 M Gardner (0‘)
  • 19 James
  • 35 M George Hall (0‘)
  • 36 FWD Deeney
  • 34 D Sunjic
  • 1 GK Seny Dieng
  • 37 M Adomah
  • 3 D Wallace
  • 6 D Barbet
  • 20 D Dunne
  • 4 D Dickie
  • 15 M Field
  • 8 M Amos
  • 9 FWD Dykes (0‘)
  • 19 FWD Gray (0‘)
  • 21 M Willock

Substitutes

  • 9 FWD Hogan (0‘)
  • 15 FWD Aneke (0‘)
  • 1 GK Etheridge
  • 6 D Woods (0‘)
  • 39 M Bellingham
  • 53 D Campbell
  • 41 Walker
  • 7 M Johansen (0‘)
  • 11 FWD Austin (0‘)
  • 13 GK Archer
  • 12 D Ball
  • 14 M Thomas
  • 2 D Kakay
Referee:
Matt Donohue

GOALS from Albert Adomah and Chris Willock saw Rangers record a 2-1 victory at Birmingham City to return to the Sky Bet Championship play-off places.

In front of a sold-out away end, Adomah gave QPR the lead in the 14th minute before Willock finally made it 2-0 in the 70th with a stunning solo attempt.

Substitute Chuks Aneke set up a grandstand finale after reducing the deficit on 75 minutes – but the Super Hoops would hold on to make it back-to-back wins on the road.

Following Thursday’s 2-1 success at Bristol City, R’s boss Mark Warburton made two changes to his starting XI for the trip to St. Andrew’s.

Skipper Stefan Johansen and Charlie Austin – who played for all 90 minutes of the midweek victory at Ashton Gate – dropped down to the bench, with Lyndon Dykes and Andre Gray deputising.

Andre Dozzell – who served a one-match suspension on Thursday – missed out on this occasion through illness.

Hit by Covid in recent weeks, Birmingham – not in action since mid-December – were hardly at full strength for the visit of the R’s, though still began brightly.

On six minutes, a deflected centre fell for Blues youngster Jordan James, but he could only blast high and wide.

Rangers remained patient and were able to pick off the home side after only 14 minutes.

Adomah opened the scoring, sliding home Lee Wallace’s low cross after an excellent driving run from Willock.

That goal only served to encourage the R’s, who so nearly added a second goal on 19 minutes. Gray’s initial effort was deflected behind, before Jimmy Dunne’s header from the resultant corner forced a smart near-post save from Matija Sarkic.

Rangers looked relatively comfortable for the remainder of the opening period.

Birmingham did threaten on the half-hour mark, but Gary Gardner could only drag harmlessly wide following half-hearted claims for a handball.

At the other end, meanwhile, Gray saw his 35th-minute attempt spilled by Sarkic. Amos couldn’t quite get to the rebound, as the first half ended with Rangers going in one goal to the good.

Into the second half, and although the R’s continued to defend their goal well, you felt obtaining a second was important as Lee Bowyer’s side tried their best to apply some pressure.

With the game finely poised heading into the final half-hour, Johansen was introduced for Gray as Rangers looked to secure all three points.

It took until the 71st minute for either side to fashion an effort on goal.

But when the R’s finally did, they all but finished the game.

It was an outstanding solo effort from Willock, who bamboozled two Birmingham markers before making his way into the box and lashing past Sarkic from a tight angle.

Rangers had the goal that looked so crucial in closing this game out.

Indeed, that was exemplified when Aneke pulled one back for Birmingham just four minutes later.

The visitors failed to deal with a cross in from the right and when the sub eventually controlled, he arrowed an unstoppable 14-yard effort past Dieng.

Suddenly, the home crowd were given a lift – but the R’s really should have made it 3-1 through Johansen 12 minutes from time, who combined well with Wallace but could only shoot straight at Sarkic when slipped through on goal.

Down the other end, Aneke went close to adding his and Birmingham’s second goal in the 80th minute – instead scooping over from 10 yards after getting on the end of a knockdown.

This had fast become a real end-to-end spectacle.

However, despite four minutes of time being added on at the death, Rangers were able to protect their lead until the very end to pick up three more important points on their travels.