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QPR vs Middlesbrough at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

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  • 2 QPR

    • 29'‘ Ilias Chair
    • 46'‘ Chris Willock
  • 2 Middlesbrough

    • 45'+2'‘ Dael Fry
    • 60'‘ Albert Adomah (OG)

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  • Sky Bet Championship logo

Key Moments

  • It's 2-2 following Adomah OG
  • Willock restores QPR's lead!
  • Fry levels on stroke of HT
  • Chair stunner makes it 1-0!
Hide Line-ups
3-4-2-1
3-5-2
  • 25 GK Marshall
  • 37 M Adomah
  • 3 D Wallace (0‘)
  • 6 D Barbet
  • 20 D Dunne
  • 4 D Dickie
  • 7 M Johansen (0‘)
  • 15 M Field
  • 9 FWD Dykes
  • 10 M Chair (0‘)
  • 21 M Willock
  • 1 GK Lumley
  • 35 M Jones
  • 3 D Taylor
  • 17 M McNair
  • 6 D Fry
  • 2 D Dijksteel
  • 25 M Crooks (0‘)
  • 7 M Tavernier
  • 18 FWD Watmore (0‘)
  • 11 FWD Sporar (0‘)
  • 16 M Howson

Substitutes

  • 19 FWD Gray (0‘)
  • 11 FWD Austin
  • 27 M Hendrick (0‘)
  • 22 D Odubajo (0‘)
  • 8 M Amos
  • 28 D Sanderson
  • 38 GK Mahoney
  • 22 D Bamba
  • 28 GK Daniels
  • 14 D Peltier
  • 48 M McGree
  • 47 FWD Balogun (0‘)
  • 26 FWD Connolly (0‘)
  • 10 M Payero (0‘)
Attendance:
14140
Referee:
Dean Whitestone

RANGERS twice took the lead but shared the spoils with Middlesbrough in a 2-2 Sky Bet Championship draw at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

An exciting spectacle throughout, QPR twice took the lead – through Ilias Chair’s stunner (30 minutes) and Chris Willock (46) – but were pegged back as many times by Dael Fry (45+2) and Albert Adomah’s own goal.

In truth, it was no more than the visitors deserved after putting the R’s under pressure for long spells – but Mark Warburton’s side were able to maintain their unbeaten start to 2022 ahead of Saturday’s trip to Barnsley.

As two of the Championship’s most in-form teams went toe-to-toe, R’s boss Warburton made one change to the starting XI that overcame Reading just over a week ago.

Chair came in for Luke Amos, who dropped to the bench.

Of course, Rangers made changes for Saturday’s defeat at Peterborough United in the FA Cup, but Yoann Barbet, Sam Field and Willock all returned for this one.

Middlesbrough – who have been in fine fettle since the arrival of former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder in November – pulled off another sensational victory at Manchester United in the cup on Friday, following a dramatic penalty shootout.

Former R’s goalkeeper Joe Lumley led the Boro celebrations at full-time, and started between the sticks once again on his return to W12.

Buoyed by that win at United, Boro made a bright start against the R’s.

Rob Dickie produced an important block to deny Matt Crooks in just the second minute while, five minutes later, David Marshall pulled off a fine save from Neil Taylor.

The R’s goalkeeper made an even better stop in the 19th minute. A flowing visiting move ended with Andraz Sporar meeting a cross from the right, but Marshall was on hand to produce a flying fingertip intervention.

It took Rangers until the 23rd minute to produce their first meaningful moment in front of goal – and they really should have taken the lead it.

Dykes’ flick-on put Chair in the clear but, with Paddy McNair breathing down his neck as he strode towards goal, the Moroccan international could only shoot disappointingly wide of the target.

However, Chair wouldn’t pass on his next opportunity – edging Rangers in front in sumptuous fashion on the half-hour mark.

Willock teased more than one Boro marker and when he eventually laid the ball off to Chair on 20 yards, the latter arrowed his shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

Rangers led – and they used their one-goal advantage to stamp a bit more authority on the first half.

Warburton’s men couldn’t hold onto their lead heading into half-time, though – Boro drawing themselves level on the stroke of the break.

The R’s couldn’t clear their lines and when the ball eventually dropped to Fry in the box, he hammered the ball home past Marshall.

Hardly an ideal end to the first half for Rangers – but it was soon forgotten when the Super Hoops hit the front once more inside a minute of the closing period.

Rangers pressed Middlesbrough from their own kick-off and when that eventually forced Lumley into an error, Willock willingly tapped home what will surely be his simplest goal of the campaign.

The following minutes of this clash were frantic, with Boro’s Sporar twice going close – striking the crossbar on one of those occasions.

The visitors then equalised once more on the hour.

Outrageous skill from Isaiah Jones down the right brought him past Lee Wallace and, when he slid across a low centre, Adomah’s lunge took the ball past his own ‘keeper.

Warburton wasted little time in making a first change as he looked to make a difference in the final 30 minutes. Chair made way for recent acquisition Jeff Hendrick.

Andre Gray also replaced skipper Stefan Johansen in the 68th minute.

Boro enjoyed a healthy amount of possession following their second goal, with Rangers having to ride wave on wave of visiting attacks.

Moses Odubajo was subsequently introduced 13 minutes from time to help negate that, replacing Wallace.

The visitors looked the more likely to take victory as the minutes ticked down, but Rangers stood firm to take a point for their efforts.

Aaron Connolly’s acrobatic attempt six minutes from time forced a routine stop from Marshall, and that proved to be the last real attempt of note.