QPR strengthened their grip on a Sky Wager Championship play-off place after an entertaining 2-0 win over Luton on Friday night time.
Chris Willock gave Mark Warburton’s aspect the lead with a cool end after an exciting begin on the Kiyan Prince Basis Stadium (10) and Charlie Austin made certain of the three factors when he stooped to move in shortly after half-time (55).
QPR transfer above Stoke into fifth within the desk forward of the rest of the weekend’s motion, whereas Luton keep in eleventh, 4 factors exterior the play-off locations.
How QPR eased to victory in west London
There was an electrical begin to proceedings in west London. Inside the primary three minutes, Seny Dieng got here to QPR’s rescue to avoid wasting on the toes of Elijah Adebayo, whereas on the different finish, Ilias Chair turned out of hassle and curled a beautifully-weighted shot inches over the crossbar.
With the sport being performed at such a excessive tempo, the look forward to the primary purpose was by no means going to be lengthy and, with 10 minutes gone, Rangers scored it. Chair smashed clear after a Luton nook and Willock watched all of it the way in which, timing his run to perfection earlier than lifting the ball over Simon Sluga and into the again of the online.
The purpose gave QPR the prospect to take management and so they did simply that, with actual confidence in the way in which they handed the ball across the pitch. The Hatters continued to threaten, although Fred Onyedinma and Adebayo’s efforts did little to bother Dieng.
Luton sprung out of the traps after the break and moments after Onyedinma had fired over once more, Hatters followers thought their aspect had equalised when Kal Naismith’s highly effective flicked header rippled the aspect netting,
But inside 5 minutes, they have been two down when Austin stooped to steer a header residence after Jimmy Dunne had cushioned Willock’s cross into his path – his first league purpose since August.
Neither goalkeeper was pressured into any significant saves of observe thereafter and whereas Luton continued to press for a purpose to cut back the deficit, a mix of some wayward photographs and powerful defending from the hosts stored them at bay.
Man of the match – Chris Willock
It is two objectives in two video games for the 23-year-old, who’s a key element of Mark Warburton’s entrance line. He not solely scored a composed opener, he performed a key position within the second purpose of the sport and likewise completed with a formidable cross completion charge of 87.5 per cent.
What the managers mentioned…
QPR’s Mark Warburton: “I am proud of the factors, pleased to get the objectives once we did, however I feel we have been a bit of bit free at instances and there is no doubt within the truth we gave away some alternatives that we might have been punished on and we have to recognise that.
“If we upped the tempo in that first half [and went up] one other gear, I feel we might have harm them, particularly in that closing third, with some cleverness and good motion. I believed we lacked a bit of little bit of high quality within the closing ball tonight, nevertheless it’s a giant outcome for us.”
Luton’s Nathan Jones: “We got here right here final 12 months and we have been wonderful. In the present day we now have had 16 photographs and higher probabilities than them, to be sincere – a lot, a lot better – however we simply have not confirmed any high quality.
“For the primary purpose, we have to defend that higher after which there’s an error from the officers for the second; it is a foul our means and we do not get it. We have to defend higher than that. They’ve had two alternatives on purpose and scored. We’ve got to point out higher high quality than that as a result of we created sufficient at present to have gotten one thing out of the sport.”
Luton are again in motion at 7.45pm on Tuesday, November 23, after they journey to the Metropolis Floor to face Nottingham Forest, whereas QPR return on the similar time the next day, after they host Huddersfield on the Kiyan Prince Basis Stadium. Each matches are dwell on Sky Sports activities Soccer Pink Button.