QPR return to Championship action this afternoon for their 100th Anniversary at Loftus Road.
The day’s opponents are high-flying Ipswich Town, who were knocked off their high horse just before the break by the Hoops’ West London rivals Fulham, however confidence will still be high with Mick McCarthy’s side, who will be looking to get back to winning ways.
Ian Holloway boasts no new injury worries, and also has the boost of welcoming new signings Paul Smyth, David Wheeler and Bright Osayi-Samuel into his squad, with all three expected to be in contention
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Full time: QPR 2 Ipswich Town 1
The Hoops clinch victory over Mick McCarthy’s men.
Ipswich piling on the pressure
The visitors are going for this now. They’re looking to get the ball in the area at every given opportunity.
QPR need to switch on here.
GOAL! QPR 2 Ipswich 1 (Celina)
AN outstanding goal from Manchester City loanee Bersant Celina who cuts inside and fires past Alex Smithies from 25 yards.
Double sub for QPR
Jamie Mackie is hobbling off to be replaced by Kazenga Lua Lua, while Matt Smith is coming on for Conor Washington.
The raining is hammering down here, but QPR are doing well to weather the storm.
David Wheeler is coming on for his debut, let’s see what he can do!
Washington goes close again
A lofted ball over the top from Alex Baptiste found Conor Washington who’s effort was well-saved.
If one player deserves a goal for his efforts today it’s Washington who has put in a real shift here.
Nearly a scorcher from Luongo!
After an excellent break from Luke Freeman, Massimo Luongo gets the ball and lets fly from all of 35 yards, only for the keeper to tip the ball out for a corner. That would have been an early goal of the season contender for sure!
Chance for Ipswich
A ball through found David McGoldrick but his tame effort was easily saved by Alex Smithies.
A perfect time for a second
That goal is exactly what was needed to start the second half.
The pressure is all on Ipswich now, while QPR can just hold onto possession and dictate the rest of the game.
GOAL! QPR 2 Ipswich Town 0 (Luke Freeman)
An outstanding solo goal from Freeman who weaved his way through before toe-bobbing the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
We’re back underway.
Second half is underway!
Attendance:14060 (2384 Ipswich)
Half time analysis
That goal at the end of the first half was no less than QPR deserved.
We’ve discussed how the midfield battle was going to be crucial today, and it’s there that the Hoops have stamped their authority on things.
As well as this, Holloway’s side have created a number of chances, and if the second half would no doubt be a different contest if they didn’t make these chances count.
Jamie Mackie’s goal was extremely well-taken, but you can’t take anything away from the build-up.
That goals will do wonders for confidence, and makes the second half QPR’s to lose.
Half time – QPR 1 Ipswich Town 0
QPR deservedly lead 1-0 against Ipswich at the break.
GOAL! QPR 1 Ipswich 0 (Jamie Mackie)
A well-deserved goal.
Wszolek’s ball into the box is met by Jamie Mackie who sweeps home with ease.
End to end stuff!
This has certainly livened up!
David McGoldrick found himself through on goal, only for Alex Baptiste to deny him at the last moment.
This set up a QPR counter attack with Luongo and Wszolek combining well, leading to a chance for Jamie Mackie which went wide.
You can’t help but feel that this is there for QPR if they want it.
A game for Smith?
With the amount of balls into the box, you’d think that Matt Smith is bound to be introduced in the 2nd half.
Some great build up play leads to Luke Freeman firing an effort on goal, only for the keeper to parry it away.
It was a close one!
A ball from midfield was threaded through to Joe Garner who blasted home; only for the referee to say he was offside. L
It’s just not clicking for either team
The game has settled down a little, with both sides being forced into playing a more direct style. It’s just not clicking for either team just yet.
A great start for Jimmy!
Northampton Town took the lead just 21 seconds into JFH’s first game in charge against Doncaster Rovers.
Pawel Wszolek’s cross just evades Alex Baptiste who was running in at the far post, before another cross forced an acrobatic save from the keep to clear it to safety. QPR having the better of the play so far.
A midfield battle
It’s already apparent that the midfield battle will be crucial today. The task is for Scowen, Luongo and Freeman to stop Ipswich taking control in the middle of the park; something which they’re doing very well so far.
A spell of pressure for QPR
A great spell of pressure from QPR. Luongo, Wszolek and Washington all playing a key role. Culminated in a header wide of the mark from Washington.
First chance to QPR
First chance to QPR. A flick on from Josh Scowen finds Conor Washington who cuts in on his left foot and fires an effort straight at Bialkowski from 20 yards.
The game is underway at Loftus Road!
Under 10 minutes to kick off
Tina Turner’s “simply the best” is blaring around Loftus Road. Nothing like a bit of Tina to get you pumped for a top afternoon of Championship football!
The teams being put through their paces
Fans tuning in from all over the world
Two milestones in the QPR team today
Nedum Onuoha is to make his 200th appearance for QPR against Ipswich Town, while Jamie Mackie is set to make his 100th start at Loftus Road.
Along with the 100th anniversary of the club playing at Loftus Road, it already looks set to be quite an occasion!
Team news analysed
Matt Smith can count himself particularly unlucky to be dropped to the bench.
The former Fulham striker has been QPR’s biggest threat in recent weeks, but it appears that Ollie has opted for the level of intensity up front which has served them so well in the opening few weeks.
It’s good to see Jack Robinson getting a chance in the team, although Darnell Furlong is also unfortunate to have been dropped to the bench.
It’ll also be interesting to see what impact David Wheeler and Bright Osayi-Samuel make if they are handed their debuts this afternoon.
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