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Queens Park Rangers (1) 2 - 1 (0) Ipswich Town

Sky Bet Championship 2016-17

Monday, January 2, 2017

Referee: Tony Harrington

Manager: Ian Holloway

Loftus Road 15:00

Attendance: 15,136 (Town 2324)

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3686


 Idrissa Sylla (30)
 Pawel Wszolek (83)
 Tom Lawrence (48)


Idrissa SyllaConor Washington (38)
Ariel BorysiukNedum Onuoha (58)
Ryan ManningAbdenasser ElKhayati (69)





Alex Smithies

James Perch

Grant Hall

Joel Lynch

Jake Bidwell

Ariel Borysiuk

Ryan Manning

Pawel Wszolek

Jordan Cousins

Jamie Mackie

Idrissa Sylla



Matt Ingram

Nedum Onuoha

Conor Washington

Abdenasser ElKhayati

Yeni NGbakoto

Olamide Shodipo

Sandro Cordeiro

Match Report

Pawel Wszolek nets another late winner to boost Ian Holloway at Loftus Road

Pawel Wszolek netted his second late winner for QPR in three days to earn Ian Holloway three Championship points with a 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town.

Polish winger Wszolek - who hit the winner late on against Wolves on New Year's Day - showed great composure to control a long ball, round Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski and score the winner six minutes from time at Loftus Road.

Idrissa Sylla had put QPR a goal up with a volley after 30 minutes before Tom Lawrence equalised shortly after the break with a superb long-range effort, but Wszolek's effort makes it two wins in a row for Holloway after a difficult start to life back in west London.

It increased the pressure on Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy, who was barracked by some of the frustrated away fans.

Both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances before Sylla scored out of nothing on the half-hour mark - the striker's second goal in as many matches and his sixth of the season.

Christophe Berra failed to clear James Perch's throw-in from the right and Sylla was able to fire into the roof of the net from near the edge of the six-yard box.

However, Sylla's involvement ended just a few minutes later when he had to go off after taking a knock to the head in the Ipswich penalty area.

Rangers had plenty of possession before the Guinean's goal, but Ipswich had gone closest to scoring when keeper Alex Smithies was down quickly at his near post to push away a shot from David McGoldrick, who also nodded well over from Lawrence's free-kick.

Ipswich continued to probe after going behind, and Luke Chambers missed a chance to equalise when he blasted over the bar in the final minute of the first half.

But McCarthy's side levelled soon after the restart in spectacular fashion courtesy of Lawrence's thumping right-footed strike.

Rangers, beaten in their previous three home matches and having lost six games in a row prior to their win at Wolves, then had to withstand a spell of Ipswich pressure.

Grant Hall's last-ditch challenge denied Town substitute Grant Ward, Smithies saved from McGoldrick and Brett Pitman headed wide from McGoldrick's cross as the visitors threatened.

Rangers missed the presence of Sylla up front but his replacement, Conor Washington, forced a near-post save from Bialkowski and served up a decent cross for Wszolek, who was unable to connect properly.

But Wszolek's persistence caused Ipswich problems throughout and was eventually rewarded when Webster's sloppiness enabled him to score his third goal since his season-long loan move from Italian club Hellas Verona.

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