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QPR overcome Portsmouth in behind-closed-doors friendly

QPR overcame Portsmouth 2-1 in a behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly at Harlington on Wednesday afternoon.

Goals from Marco Ramkilde and Olamide Shodipo (penalty) saw Mark Warburton’s men come from behind to win the game.

Warburton made 11 changes at the break, enabling 22 players to get 45 minutes of match action under their belts.

Rangers started brightly and went close twice in the opening ten minutes; Charlie Kelman heading Albert Adomah’s centre over the bar while Charlie Austin saw his effort well saved from 15 yards.

The visitors took the lead mid-way through the half following a neat passing move which ended with a low drive into the far corner beyond Seny Dieng.

Olamide Shodipo, who enjoyed an excellent loan spell with Oxford United last term, created the equaliser on 53 minutes when his fierce shot from 20 yards was parried into the path of the alert Ramkilde who tucked the ball home from close range.

Ten minutes later, Shodipo won - and subsequently scored - a penalty. Cutting in from the left, the QPR academy product drifted past two Pompey players before being felled in the box.

He duly converted from 12 yards, placing the ball to the right with the keeper going the other way.

It was a useful first workout for Warburton’s men after two weeks of pre-season training, and no doubt the intensity, and match minutes, will be stepped up as the players prepare for Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium on Friday 16th July.

Ilias Chair and Jordy De Wijs didn’t feature owing to minor knocks.

QPR (first half): Dieng, Adomah, Kakay, Dickie, Barbet, Wallace, Field, Dozzell, Willock, Kelman, Austin.

QPR (second half): Walsh, Trialist, Kefalas, Masterson, Gubbins, Shodipo, Ball, Thomas, Bettache, Ramkilde, Alfa.