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Cambridge United vs QPR at Abbey Stadium


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    • Ilias Chair
    • Lyndon Dykes


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QPR recorded a 2-1 win in their pre-season friendly fixture at Cambridge United on Tuesday evening.

First half goals from Ilias Chair and Lyndon Dykes were enough to ensure the R’s made it three out of three following their victories against Portsmouth and Manchester United.

During an impressive first-half showing, the R’s also missed a penalty with Dykes hitting the crossbar from 12 yards.

The hosts pulled one back late on through substitute Adam May’s long-range effort.

It was certainly another hugely beneficial workout for Rangers with less than two weeks to go before their Championship campaign gets started at home to Milwall.

Mark Warburton started with Jordan Archer between the posts and went with Sam McCallum, Jimmy Dunne, Rob Dickie, Ossie Kakay and Albert Adomah across the back, with Dom Ball sitting behind Ilias Chair and George Thomas, while Charlie Austin partnered Lyndon Dykes in attack.

United, who are preparing for life in League One following promotion last season, had a familiar face in the dugout - former QPR player and manager Gary Waddock was appointed as assistant manager at the U’s 12 months ago.

The match also served as a testimonial for Cambridge defender – and boyhood QPR fan – Harrison Dunk, as he enters his 11th campaign with the club.

The game got off to a lively start with Adomah going close early on when he got in behind the home defence, but his effort was well saved by U’s stopper Dimi Mitov.

On six minutes, referee Neil Hair saw an infringement in the Cambridge box following a QPR corner and instantly pointed to the spot.

Dykes, who scored twice in our 4-2 win over Manchester United on Saturday, assumed responsibility but crashed his effort from 12 yards off the crossbar.

The R’s continued to press forward and midway through the half Chair forced an excellent save from Mitov, while Austin was unable to convert the rebound.

The match was played at a good tempo, and on 32 minutes Chair pounced on a defensive lapse before slotting home the opener for Rangers.

QPR didn’t have it all their own way, though, and just three minutes later George Williams’ cross from the right almost picked out Sam Smith but he was unable to get the vital touch.

On 39 minutes, QPR netted their second of the evening with Dykes atoning for his penalty miss by converting from close range. Chair’s shot from the left was deflected into his path, and the Scotland striker slid to guide the ball home from close range.

In the closing stages of the half, Warburton’s men went close again, this time Dunne seeing his header come back off the crossbar.

Rangers made two changes at the break, bringing on Chris Willock and Andre Dozzell for Albert Adomah and Dom Ball.

The U’s had a great chance to pull one back after the break when Shilow Tracey broke down the right, but after working himself into space he pulled his shot wide of Archer’s far post.

On the hour mark, Warburton introduced Conor Masterson, Faysal Bettache and Charlie Kelman, and the travelling 852 R’s faithful gave the departing Dickie, Chair and Austin an excellent reception.

And they were almost celebrating another goal when Willock fired goalwards but Mitov managed to divert wide, while Bettache drilled the ball the wrong side of the upright from the resultant corner.

Willock again went close to finding the net when he latched onto Kelman’s excellent pass down the left, but the former Benfica man’s shot from 10 yards came back off the post.

With less than five minutes remaining, U’s substitute Adam May fired one back for the hosts with a lovely strike from the edge of the area which arrowed into the bottom corner.

Cambridge had a couple of late chances to level but the R’s managed to keep them at bay.

Warburton will have been pleased to see plenty more minutes in the legs for his squad, and now all attention turns to this weekend’s final friendly fixture at home to Leicester City.

QPR: Archer, Adomah (Dozzell, 46), Kakay, Dickie (Masterson, 60), Dunne, McCallum, Ball (Willock, 46), Thomas, Chair (Bettache, 60), Dykes, Austin (Kelman, 60).