Sunday January 23, 2011 Day 28 Finished Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers 2 - 1 Coventry City

  • Taarabt 45’
  • Routledge 79’
  • King 25’

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  1. Taarabt helps QPR extend lead

    Taarabt helps QPR extend lead

    Adel Taarabt scored and set up the second goal as QPR moved five points clear at the top of the Championship with a 2-1 win over Coventry. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • Coventry City
    • 90+3' QPR with the ball. Free-kick to Coventry, but Kenny comes to collect the ball and there goes the final whistle. A first win of the New Year for QPR. A deserved win for the league leaders.
    • 90+2' Time ticking down. Westwood up for the corner. Frantic defending from QPR, but the home side can break.
    • 90+1' Routledge departs to be replaced by Hogan Ephraim.
    • 89' Three minutes to be added to the match.
    • 88' Coventry desperately searching for a goal. King knocks the ball off Hall for a throw-in.
    • 87' Miller muscles Wood off the ball. Nearly knocked him into the stands. Free-kick to Coventry.
    • 86' QPR face a trip to Hull in their next outing. Would not imagine they will fear that on current form. Moving along nicely if they collect three points here.
    • 85' O'Halloran can't control the ball at the halfway line and Orr has the chance of a throw-in up the line.
    • 84' O'Halloran throws the ball in the direction of King, but enough QPR shirts back to deal with that attack.
    • 83' Taarbat flicks the ball into the danger area, but Routledge can't connect. Coventry can build again.
    • 82' Miller penalised for taking Keogh out of the action. Taarbat showing some neat touches to keep the ball. QPR looking to keep possession for as long as possible.
    • 81' Fitz Hall is coming on for Tommy Smith as QPR look to see this one out. So close now to the three points.
    • 80' Booking for O'Halloran as he slams into the side of Miller. Probably merited a booking. Cynical sort of tackle.
    • 79' Gunnarsson with a couple of long throw-ins. Fails to trouble the home defence, who are happy to knock the ball up the park.
    • 78' Clive Platt is on for Gary McSheffrey as Coventry chase a leveller.
    • 77' That was a moment of magic and suddenly the Championship leaders are in the box seat in this match.
    • 76' GOAL FOR QPR! Taarabt slides the ball through to Routledge. He takes one touch before slipping the ball under Westwood. Superb finish.
    • 75' QPR with 15 shots at the visiting goal with Coventry enjoying nine of their own. Both teams committed to attack.
    • 74' Brilliant play by Routledge to control the ball and go beyond O'Halloran, but Westwood blocks the shot. The corner from Taarabt comes to nothing.
    • 73' Derry continues to fly into the tackles like there is no tomorrow. He is a real old-fashioned workhorse. Little wonder Neil Warnock loves him in the engine room.
    • 72' Routledge is tackled by Clingan. Coventry not lacking heart or desire out there.
    • 71' Has been a fine match so far. Baker surges into the home half, but his shot lacks the required power to trouble Kenny and on we go.
    • 70' The door opened for McSheffrey. Lovely touch by King to find him, but he wallops well over the bar. Chance gone.
    • 69' Taarabt throws a corner deep to the back post, but Jutkiewicz is back to head the ball away for Coventry.
    • 68' Excellent play by Miller. Flicks the ball onto his left foot before forcing Westwood to produce a fine diving stop with a swerving shot.
    • 67' Smith tries to open the door with a swerving shot from distance. Was always heading wide of the target. Worth a bash.
    • 66' A draw here would leave QPR three points ahead of Cardiff. Wouldn't be a disaster, but they would like all three.
    • 65' Sammy Clingan is on for Michael Doyle, who was on a booking for the visiting side.
    • 64' Neil Warnock not happy about something or other. Doing a fair bit of shouting and bawling in the technical area. Doyle is brought down by Routledge and Coventry have a free-kick.
    • 63' Orr picking up the ball out wide before Miller has his pocket picked. Too slow.
    • 62' More energetic play by Taarabt. He throws in a corner, but Gorkss heads back into the traffic with a free header. Should have gone for goal.
    • 61' Coventry not shutting up shop in this second half. They are keen to take three points from this match against the league leaders. Here come QPR.
    • 60' McSheffrey to King. His shot from distance is spilled by Kenny before he saves the rebound from Jutkiewicz. Coventry almost in for a second goal.
    • 59' QPR won 2-0 at Coventry last month. Proving to be a tougher contest this time as we head for the hour mark. Coventry winning a free-kick 25 yards out from the home goal.
    • 58' Cranie recovers to make a fine tackle on Taarabt before Kenny just nudges the ball away from Jutkiewicz. Open game at the moment.
    • 57' Baker throws a fine ball to the back post, but Hill deals with it. O'Halloran cuts out Taarabt's attempted cross.
    • 56' Jutkiewicz again offside from O'Halloran's ball. Orr heads King's cross behind for a corner.
    • 55' Off goes Helguson and on comes Ishmael Miller. He is going to add a bit of power to that front line.
    • 54' Helguson is on the deck and is requiring a bit of treatment. Looks like he is going to head off.
    • 53' Offside flag goes up against Jutkiewicz for moving too soon.
    • 52' What a free-kick from Faurlin! Ball spun round the wall, but cracks back off the inside of a post before flying to safety.
    • 51' Routledge and Derry try to work a quick one-two, but Coventry are quick to spot the danger. Meanwhile, Wood has hauled down Helguson.
    • 50' Some fine wing play by Routledge. Really positive play, but his cross is blocked and the home side have a corner. Taarabt's corner is nodded away by Jutkiewicz for another corner.
    • 49' Super bit of play by McSheffrey. Dashes into the box, but the ball fired across goal is just missed by Jutkiewicz as he dashed in at the back post.
    • 48' Helguson passes to Routledge. He rolls the ball back to Derry, but that ball is dealt with by Coventry, who are looking to break again.
    • 47' Lucas Jutkiewicz replaces Freddy Eastwood for the visiting side.
    • 46' So we are ready to go in this second half.
    • 45+3' Clint Hill rattles a shot over the bar before the half-time whistle sounds. QPR suddenly coming to life. Bad time for Coventry to concede.
    • 45+2' GOAL FOR QPR! Wonderful play by Taarabt. Drifted in from out wide before unleashing a venomous shot high into Westwood's goal from inside the box. Wonderful finish. His 13th goal of the season.
    • 44' Three minutes to be added to the half.
    • 43' Coventry still edging possession, but QPR with eight shots on goal compared to the visiting side's five.
    • 42' Time ticking down on QPR's hopes in this half. Clint Hill clears the ball from Baker. Ball back with Westwood.
    • 41' Coventry will be happy to get to the break with their lead intact, but they have to do a bit more defending as Westwood plucks Smith's cross out of the air.
    • 40' Derry takes out McSheffrey. Coventry players unhappy with that.
    • 39' Smith on the deck from O'Halloran's tackle. Free-kick to QPR. Taarabt throws over a free-kick, but Keogh nudges it out.
    • 38' Helguson being held up by Wood. Think he handled the ball before going to ground. Coventry survive the latest attack from the visitors.
    • 37' Derry not holding back in the challenge. Flying through the tackle, but he took the man as well as the ball. Can have no complaints about that one.
    • 36' Derry takes out Doyle with a robust challenge. Was a strong tackle.
    • 35' Taarabt racing at the Coventry defence. Smacks in a fine shot, but the ball whistles wide of the goal.
    • 34' Taarabt throws in a cross, but O'Halloran rises to head out of the danger area. Coventry continue to look menacing on the break.
    • 33' What a chance for Coventry! They broke up a home attack superbly. Eastwood dashes in on goal. Could maybe have picked out King, but goes for goal and his shot slips wide of the target.
    • 32' So far, so good for Coventry. Their defence is holding firm, but they are also looking dangerous on the attack.
    • 31' Routledge is always a willing runner. Does well to hoist the cross up, but Smith was leaning back and can't get the power on the header as the ball slips wide.
    • 30' Taarabt overdoing it a bit in the box. Doyle puts a timely tackle in there. Had to get that right or it was a penalty.
    • 29' Taarabt showing some delightful skill to go beyond Keogh, but he smacks into the sidenetting rather than square the ball to Routledge. Great chance gone.
    • 28' Only Watford and Leeds had scored more goals than QPR before this weekend's round of games. How they would love a goal or two this afternoon.
    • 27' Gunnarsson breaking forward. Showing some nice skills, before the ball breaks back to Kenny in the QPR goal.
    • 26' QPR have been rocked by the loss of that goal. That was Coventry's first serious attack of the game.
    • 25' QPR manager Neil Warnock not happy with that. He is making his feelings known to his players. Poor defensive play it must be said.
    • 24' GOAL FOR COVENTRY! Great piece of play out wide by McSheffrey. He throws the ball across the face of the goal and King nips in to knee the ball into the net. Good striking play.
    • 23' Super stop from Westwood! Derry lets fly from 25 yards, but Westwood dives to tip the ball over the bar.
    • 22' Helguson's header hits off Cranie in the area. Appeals for a penalty, but nothing doing from the ref despite some vocal appeals among the fans.
    • 21' Doyle is booked for a late clip on Routledge as he threatened to dash up the park.
    • 20' Eastwood goes for goal from distance, but his shot is blocked. Should have released a team-mate there.
    • 19' Baker back on the ball at the haflway line, but again the distribution is poor. QPR have a throw-in deep in their own half.
    • 18' So Coventry enjoying a bit more success. Forced a couple of set-pieces, but Baker tosses over a cross and the ball flies out of play.
    • 17' King making a nuisance of himself in the area after Eastwood sees an overhead kick blocked. QPR hoof the ball clear.
    • 16' Great effort from Taarabt. Really got hold of a shot from outside the area, but Westwood stood up to it to save. Ball was swerving in the air.
    • 15' Smith tries to release Routledge, but just too much pace on that pass. Ball flies out of play. A bit off respite for the visiting side.
    • 14' Coventry City with more of the ball, but QPR happy to play on the counter attack. Have had a few openings so far. Derry doing a power of work.
    • 13' Fine shot by Marlon King. Stings the palms of Kenny in the home goal, but he clasps the ball at the second attempt.
    • 12' Coventry 13 points behind QPR before this match began. They occupy 13th spot in the table, unlucky for some.
    • 11' Glorious chance for QPR! Wonderful play by Routledge who picks out Helguson, but he jumps too early and heads the ball down and over the bar. Should have scored there.
    • 10' Some terrific work there by Derry, who was forced to race back to break up a Coventry break.
    • 9' Routledge breezes to the byline. Great cross, but just behind Helguson who had ran to the near post.
    • 8' Routledge tries to play in Smith, but Cranie is back to make the interception. He gets the ball back to Westwood in the visiting goal.
    • 7' Taarabt aiming to add to his 12 goals so far this term. Having a fine season.
    • 6' More decent play by QPR. Ball wouldn't sit down for Taarabt and he screws his shot well wide of the target. The home side in the mood early on.
    • 5' Great counter attack from QPR there. Routledge tried to dash through on goal, but fine covering play from O'Halloran, who came across to make a timely tackle.
    • 4' Teams: QPR: Kenny, Orr, Connolly, Gorkss, Hill, Derry, Faurlin, Routledge, Taarabt, Smith, Helguson Subs: Cerny, Hall, Clarke, Hulse, Moen, Ephraim, Miller Coventry: Westwood, Keogh, Wood, Cranie, O'Halloran, Gunnarsson, Doyle, Baker, McSheffrey, King, Eastwood Subs: Ireland, Clingan, Bell, Jutkiewicz, Platt, Clarke, Cameron
    • 3' Stephen O'Halloran smashes the ball long for Coventry. A point would not be a bad result for the visitors today, but that is going to be tough. QPR enjoying a fine season.
    • 2' QPR chasing their first win of 2011 from this match. They will move five points clear at the top if they can pick up a win here.
    • 1' So we are off and running in this one.
    • 13.10 Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of QPR v Coventry in their Championship clash at Loftus Road.
  • Summary

    • 76' GOAL FOR QPR! Taarabt slides the ball through to Routledge. He takes one touch before slipping the ball under Westwood. Superb finish.
    • 70' The door opened for McSheffrey. Lovely touch by King to find him, but he wallops well over the bar. Chance gone.
    • 68' Excellent play by Miller. Flicks the ball onto his left foot before forcing Westwood to produce a fine diving stop with a swerving shot.
    • 67' Smith tries to open the door with a swerving shot from distance. Was always heading wide of the target. Worth a bash.
    • 62' More energetic play by Taarabt. He throws in a corner, but Gorkss heads back into the traffic with a free header. Should have gone for goal.
    • 60' McSheffrey to King. His shot from distance is spilled by Kenny before he saves the rebound from Jutkiewicz. Coventry almost in for a second goal.
    • 52' What a free-kick from Faurlin! Ball spun round the wall, but cracks back off the inside of a post before flying to safety.
    • 45+2' GOAL FOR QPR! Wonderful play by Taarabt. Drifted in from out wide before unleashing a venomous shot high into Westwood's goal from inside the box. Wonderful finish. His 13th goal of the season.
    • 35' Taarabt racing at the Coventry defence. Smacks in a fine shot, but the ball whistles wide of the goal.
    • 33' What a chance for Coventry! They broke up a home attack superbly. Eastwood dashes in on goal. Could maybe have picked out King, but goes for goal and his shot slips wide of the target.
    • 29' Taarabt showing some delightful skill to go beyond Keogh, but he smacks into the sidenetting rather than square the ball to Routledge. Great chance gone.
    • 24' GOAL FOR COVENTRY! Great piece of play out wide by McSheffrey. He throws the ball across the face of the goal and King nips in to knee the ball into the net. Good striking play.
    • 23' Super stop from Westwood! Derry lets fly from 25 yards, but Westwood dives to tip the ball over the bar.
    • 16' Great effort from Taarabt. Really got hold of a shot from outside the area, but Westwood stood up to it to save. Ball was swerving in the air.
    • 13' Fine shot by Marlon King. Stings the palms of Kenny in the home goal, but he clasps the ball at the second attempt.
    • 11' Glorious chance for QPR! Wonderful play by Routledge who picks out Helguson, but he jumps too early and heads the ball down and over the bar. Should have scored there.
    • 4' Teams: QPR: Kenny, Orr, Connolly, Gorkss, Hill, Derry, Faurlin, Routledge, Taarabt, Smith, Helguson Subs: Cerny, Hall, Clarke, Hulse, Moen, Ephraim, Miller Coventry: Westwood, Keogh, Wood, Cranie, O'Halloran, Gunnarsson, Doyle, Baker, McSheffrey, King, Eastwood Subs: Ireland, Clingan, Bell, Jutkiewicz, Platt, Clarke, Cameron

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • P. Kenny
      • B. Orr
      • M. Connolly
      • K. Gorkss
      • C. Hill
      • T. Smith Substitution Out (83′)
      • S. Derry Yellow Card
      • W. Routledge Goal Substitution Out (90′)
      • A. Taarabt Goal
      • A. Faurlin
      • H. Helguson Substitution Out (55′)

      Subs

      • F. Hall Substitution In83′
      • H. Ephraim Substitution In90′
      • L. Clarke
      • I. Miller Substitution In55′
      • P. Vaagan Moen
      • R. Cerný
      • R. Hulse
    • Starting line-up

      • K. Westwood
      • R. Keogh
      • M. Cranie
      • R. Wood
      • S. O'Halloran Yellow Card
      • A. Gunnarsson
      • M. Doyle Yellow Card Substitution Out (67′)
      • C. Baker
      • G. McSheffrey Substitution Out (79′)
      • F. Eastwood Substitution Out (45′)
      • M. King Goal

      Subs

      • C. Platt Substitution In79′
      • S. Clingan Substitution In67′
      • D. Bell
      • D. Ireland
      • J. Clarke
      • L. Jutkiewicz Substitution In45′
      • N. Cameron
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