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Ipswich Town (1) 3 - 0 (0) Queens Park Rangers

Sky Bet Championship 2016-17

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Referee: A Woolmer

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 16,510 (Away 1225)

Manager: Ian Holloway

Match Number: 3679

Goals

Home
 Grant Ward (13)
 Luke Varney (54)
 Tom Lawrence (61)
Away
 

Substitutions

Away
James PerchSandro Cordeiro (59)
Sebastian PolterIdrissa Sylla (59)
Jordan CousinsYeni NGbakoto (67)

Cards

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 Tom Lawrence (71)
Away
 James Perch (25)
 Tjaronn Chery (71)

Teams

Away

Alex Smithies

Nedum Onuoha

Grant Hall

Joel Lynch

James Perch

Tjaronn Chery

Jordan Cousins

Karl Henry

Jake Bidwell

Conor Washington

Sebastian Polter

Substitutes

Away

Matt Ingram

Pawel Wszolek

Abdenasser ElKhayati

Yeni NGbakoto

Olamide Shodipo

Sandro Cordeiro

Idrissa Sylla

Match Report

Ipswich Town 3 Queens Park Rangers 0

Ipswich Town put their scoring problems behind them with their biggest win of the season to sink QPR at Portman Road.

Grant Ward's scuffed shot put Town ahead before Luke Varney rolled the ball into an empty net after QPR keeper Alex Smithies miscued a clearance.

Cole Skuse's long-range shot fell to Tom Lawrence, who capped the scoring with a calm finish into the corner.

Rangers offered little in attack, but sub Sandro headed Tjarron Cherry's corner against the post late on.

Ipswich had failed to score in seven of their previous 10 Championship games, but could have had plenty more, with Christophe Berra heading wide from six yards, and Skuse firing a volley straight at Smithies.

The Rs have won only once in their last six matches away from Loftus Road, and rarely looked like improving that record in Ian Holloway's second game in charge.

The win lifted Mick McCarthy's Ipswich up four places to 14th and above Rangers, who slipped to 15th.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "The irony was that poor old Alex Smithies cost them the second goal which set us up to win as comprehensively as we did. He then kept it from being an embarrassing scoreline, but I'll take three.

"With Luke Varney and also Jonathan Douglas, I knew what I was going to get - even though I bet some people weren't thinking that when they saw the teamsheet. Luke epitomised everything what I want in this team.

"We have not been bristling with confidence. I have had a couple of rotten weekends after Rotherham and Nottingham Forest. But hopefully Ipswich can be a happier place than it has been."

QPR boss Ian Holloway: "I am sure everyone will say everything hinged on the second goal, but it shouldn't have.

"The goal was a calamity and after that we were awful and it could have been four or five.

"Everyone will blame my keeper but I won't as my defenders should have made an angle for him. Even with my legs, I would have ran back and tried to help him.

"My players need to be mentally tougher as a group. I am disappointed with how we finished today. We have got to try and be a bigger, braver and more solid team."

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