Premier League - QPR romp to victory at Wolves

Sat, 17 Sep 17:01:00 2011

Joey Barton, Alejandro Faurlin and DJ Campbell scored as Queens Park Rangers demolished an insipid Wolves 3-0 in the Premier League at Molineux.

Wolves 0 QPR 3

Barton's scuffed finish put the visitors a goal up in the eighth minute before Faurlin's strike from the edge of the box had QPR two goals to the good inside just ten minutes.

Wolves struggled to create any chances of note as QPR's speed and verve on the counter-attack proved too much for the home side to handle.

Substitute Campbell slid in to wrap up the win a couple of minutes from time to give Neil Warnock's side their second away win of the season.

QPR, a club transformed after Tony Fernandes' much-needed cash injection, dominated from the outset at Molineux.

With Barton playing on the right wing and Shaun Wright-Phillips being used in an advanced role behind striker Jay Bothroyd, Wolves were unable to cope with the intensity and dynamism of the visitors' attacking play.

And the opener from Barton seemed inevitable - even coming as early as the eighth minute.

Faurlin's floated diagonal ball to the right side of the penalty box was mishit twice - first by Wright-Phillips into the box and then by Barton, who turned and swivelled to untidily turn the ball into the Wolves net.

QPR fearlessly pushed for a second and they were rewarded just three minutes later. Richard Stearman only partially cleared a QPR corner and Faurlin ran onto the loose ball and thumped it into the bottom left corner of the goal from the edge of the box.

Wolves looked for a route back into the game immediately but Karl Henry fired narrowly wide after Matt Jarvis's cross was only partially headed clear.

But Wolves were toothless in a first half dominated by the visitors, who could have gone in at half-time three or four goals to the good.

Chances for Barton, Bothroyd and Adel Taarabt were all spurned as QPR played the kind of fluid attacking football that could see them finish closer to the European places than the relegation zone.

Wolves pressed early in the second half without creating any big chances; Roger Johnson came closest when he headed Jamie O'Hara's inswinging corner over the bar.

Wright-Phillips was QPR's main danger throughout and 13 minutes from the end he rode the challenge of Henry before firing against the base of the post from 20 yards.

That would have been no less than the influential Wright-Phillips deserved, but the former Manchester City and Chelsea man was involved when QPR wrapped up the points three minutes from time.

His mazy run allowed Armand Traore to square the ball to Campbell, who had the simple task of sliding the ball home.

While Wolves were far from their best, QPR are looking like a force to be reckoned with this season after this very impressive victory.

Michael Da Silva / Eurosport

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