IT Was a frustrating afternoon in W12 for Paul Hall’s Under 23s side, as Max Biamou’s double earned Coventry City all three points in the Professional Development League 2 South.
Biamou’s first half effort was cancelled out by Lewis Walker’s spot-kick, but Biamou’s second of the game sealed victory for the visitors.
Rangers started brightly with Lewis Walker and Amrit Bansal-McNulty forcing Tom Billson into action, but it was Coventry who took the lead when a R’s defensive mistake forced Dillion Barnes into a point-blank save from Jonny Ngandu. But attacker Biamou was on hand to head home from close range to give the visitors the advantage.
Despite going behind, Hall’s young side picked themselves up with Bansal-McNulty at the forefront of all of Rangers’ attacking work and on the half hour mark the troublesome midfielder was brought down in the box, with Walker stepping up and converting.
After drawing level, Joe Gubbins and Deshane Dalling both went close for the R’s, however the two sides went in at the break all square.
After half-time, Rangers started positively with Walker, Bansal-McNulty and Duke-McKenna all linking up well but they were unable to challenge the keeper.
The R’s continued to turn the screw when a driving run by Dalling was well saved by Billson in the Coventry goal. Hall’s side continued to threaten in front of goal when Walker picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box and set up Bansal-McNulty, but the midfielder dragged his shot wide.
As the second half developed attacker Walker thought he should’ve been awarded a penalty when he was tripped in the box by the keeper but the referee waved his claims away.
The visitors then counter attacked and Ngandu was brought down in the box and the referee felt differently this time, and awarded the spot-kick, Biamou stepped up and converted for his and Coventry’s second of the game
With the R’s searching for a route back into the match, Dalling went close once again but his effort was tipped away by Billson and this saw the end of Rangers’ chances with the full-time whistle condemning Hall’s young side to defeat.
QPR Starting XI: Barnes, Williams-Lowe, Gubbins, B.Wells, Rowan (83 Carlyle), Suliman (T), Duke-Mckenna, Bansal-McNulty, Walker, Frailing (67 Remy), Dalling.
Subs not used: Dickinson, Drewe.