Saturday January 21, 2012 Day 22 Finished Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers 3 - 1 Wigan Athletic

  • Helguson 33’ (pen.)
  • Buzsáky 45’
  • Smith 81’
  • Rodallega 66’

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  1. QPR beat Wigan in six-pointer

    QPR beat Wigan in six-pointer

    Mark Hughes got his first Premier League win as Queens Park Rangers manager as his side beat bottom club Wigan Athletic 3-1 at Loftus Road. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • Wigan Athletic
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3 That's it! QPR win their first league game under Hughes, only their second at Loftus Road all season. Out of the drop zone if my maths is right...
    • 90+2 Wigan with a desperate finish now but a long one is aimless from Figueroa and cleared upfield.
    • 90+1 QPR are just keeping it in the corners as it gets a bit hairy between Helguson and Gohouri.
    • 90' Barton wins a free-kick as the fourth official signals three minutes added time.
    • 89' SWP takes it deep to the corner flag and draws a foul from Stam. They'll take their sweet time on this.
    • 88' Barton feeds Mackie again on the right, he cuts inside but his cross-shot is blocked by Gohouri. Corner.
    • 87' Moses with a strong run down the right and he hammers a fizzing ball across but no-one is there to take it.
    • 86' Smith back defending chests down Figueroa's cross before clearing long. Still Wigan though.
    • 85' Young fells Moses and is booked. Barton slid in too and it could easily have been him booked - for a second time. Free-kick taken short...
    • 84' Mackie takes it into the corner, as he should at this stage. Throw Wigan. Figueroa has picked up a knock but they've used all their subs!
    • 83' Figueroa puts it forward but QPR have everyone bar SWP back, with the winger almost going on another break but held up by Gohouri.
    • 82' QPR SUB: Buzsaky leaves to an ovation and a pat on the back from Sparky. Derry on in his place.
    • 81' Again it's a counter as SWP raced down the left, cutting it back for Smith who - from 25 yards - hit a vicious curler into the top left. Bravo!
    • 80' GOAL QPR! And it's Tommy Smith with a screamer!
    • 78' Mackie smacks it over after a surging run from Barton's pass. Figueroa stayed with him and forced the early shot.
    • 76' They're trading blows like a pair of sluggers now as a Wigan attack breaks down...
    • 75' HELGUSON WITH AN OUTRAGEOUS VOLLEY BUT JUST WIDE! Suddenly this is one heck of a game as a long ball bounces over his shoulder and, on the run and 25 yards out, the veteran forward volleys it inches wide with Al-Habsi well beaten!
    • 73' Helguson with a second penalty... WHAT A SAVE BY AL-HABSI! His fouth penalty stop of the season! Helguson played it to the left but the Omani flew across to tip wide!
    • 72' ANOTHER PENALTY TO QPR! Moss points to the spot as Caldwell hauls Helguson down well outside the box! Oh dear, shocker from the ref, Helguson was backing in too. Either way it was outside the area!
    • 71' Taken short and Watson is on it - now McCarthy with a super ball to release Sammon who is into the right side of the box but inexplicably scuffs a shot across goal and wide from a very tight angle when surely he should have cut it back!
    • 70' Barton is booked for a cynical trip on Rodallega as the Colombian accelerated away.
    • 69' Great flick by Helguson to sent SWP in but Gohori does well to stand firm and clear.
    • 68' WIGAN SUB: Stam on for Boyce at right-back, more attacking. Boyce like Gomez races into the dressing room.
    • 67' QPR still sitting deep but looking more nervous than counter-attacking now...
    • 66' That is only Rodallega's second goal of the season.
    • 65' Watson, Rodallega and Crusat over this... RODALLEGA TAKES AND IN! Another classy free-kick, up and under with Kenny rooted to the spot as it flew into the top right.
    • 64' The corner lands for Rodallega but his touch takes him away with goal. Still with Wigan and Figueroa is fouled 25 yards out.
    • 63' Wigan still in possession and Boyce on the right plays a one-two with Moses to win a corner off Smith.
    • 62' Wigan still passing it about nicely in midfield but not getting anywhere past the final third...
    • 61' Long raking pass by Watson but long for Gomez.
    • 60' WIGAN SUB: Crusat on for Gomez, who strides straight into the dressing room. He's barely touched the ball since his early free-kick.
    • 59' Corner QPR - Buzsaky puts it in, cleared but only to Barton but the flag is up after his mis-hit shot went towards goal.
    • 58' ALMOST A THIRD! Buzsaky again with a wonderful volley after flicking SWP's pass in the air! What an effort, smart stop.
    • 57' Sammon penalised for a shove when trying to get past Ferdinand.
    • 55' Mackie tries to give chase for a Barton pass but, again, too heavy for him. Less Mackie's pace at play there, Barton's pass was a touch overhit this time.
    • 54' Kenny gets a rare touch as he pumps a clearance long from a backpass.
    • 53' Barton with another raking pass looking for an overlapping full-back but Hill is even slower than Young and he won't get that.
    • 52' Wigan with a lot of possession but QPR are sitting very deep and happy to let them play it about at the back.
    • 51' Barton sends Young down the right but he's not got the pace of old and can't keep it in for a cross.
    • 50' Mackie on the right with a bustling run and he wins a throw in the corner despite being all alone.
    • 49' Good play by Wigan, one-touch passing, but ruined by an odd ball from Rodallega outside when he turned in the box and with no-one wide of him.
    • 48' Sammon finds Gomez but Buzsaky with a superb tackle to dispossess on the edge of the box!
    • 47' Wigan playing it about nicely but QPR are sitting and waiting for a moment to break.
    • 46' The second half is underway. McArthur indeed taken off, oddly as McCarthy it was who made the howler for the penalty.
    • 46' SUBS: Changes from both teams as Smith replaces Campbell for QPR, Conor Sammon on for Wigan. I think McCarthur has been withdrawn.
    • - If QPR don't blow it they will go on to 20 points and probably clear of the relegation zone; have your say on that half on Twitter @Reda_Maher. FOLLOW HERE!
    • 45+2 Half-time and QPR lead 2-0: a scrappy 45 minutes and set-pieces the order of the day.
    • 45+1 One minute added time. Will be more after that goal.
    • 45' WHAT A GOAL BY BUZSAKY! His first goal in the Premier League and what a way to get off the mark! He sends the free-kick up and down and around the wall, helped by Hall causing problems in the wall, off the angle of post and bar and rolling in off the far post.
    • 44' Campbell on the run and he is taken down rather desperately by Gohouri, booking, free-kick 30 yards out.
    • 43' Caldwell with a raking long ball that Moses takes down but Young slides in with a strong tackle.
    • 42' Wigan counter attack from the corner and Rodallega gets a rare touch but can't get the shot on target!
    • 41' Good save Al-Habsi! Buzsaky with a dipping, bending effort but the keeper tips it away!
    • 40' Free-kick to QPR quite some way out, Barton steps aside this time... Buzsaky to take...
    • 38' Moses on the left with a weaving run, now Figueroa to McArthur, possession play for the visitors but it stalls with a poor cross by Boyce that Ferdinand clers.
    • 37' Hill on the run again but a poor cross, although the wind isn't helping.
    • 36' Really scrappy spell from both sides now, neither able to string three passes together
    • 35' QPR have a free-kick around 35 yards out, to the left... Barton to curl it in but too long and out for a goal kick.
    • 34' That is Helguson's eighth goal in his last 13 league games and ninth this season.
    • 33' Al-Habsi has saved three penalties this season - can he keep out Helguson's? No! GOAL QPR! stroked bottom right, cool as you like, Al-Habsi read it but couldn't reach it.
    • 32' PENALTY QPR! Handball from that corner, James McCarthy with an idiotic raised arm as he realised he was missing his header.
    • 31' SMART SAVE AL-HABSI! Well, he got a bit lucky as he double-fisted a swerving, bending low shot from Mackie. He punched it over in the end. Corner.
    • 30' Young with a throw deep in his half, Helguson tries to play Campbell through first-time but the pass in intercepted and Wigan clear.
    • 29' QPR break as SWP runs inside from the left, Buzsaky now and he turns brilliantly, super first touch to leave McCarthy for dead, and a dipping shot flies just wide of the far post!
    • 28' Decent cross by Hill is taken down by Campbell but he can't shoot and Wigan clear. Boos now as Wigan have the ball.
    • 28' Campbell on the run, he can't turn to shoot so lays it up for Buzsaky, he flicks it to Wright-Phillips whose shot is blocked!
    • 27' Barton is again fouled, Gomez this time. Not being targeted is he?
    • 26' Long ball from Watson but very un-Wigan and sailing out for a goal kick.
    • 25' Buzsaky takes but punched clear by Al-Habsi. Barton gets hold of it deep, spreading it wide to Buzsaky but a poor cross sails out.
    • 24' Barton is caught after playing SWP down the left and the fellow ex-City man wins a corner off Boyce.
    • 23' Moses is back defending and wins a free-kick off an advanced Luke Young.
    • 22' Lovely pass wide left from Barton. Hill finds SWP but McCarthy tackles well.
    • 21' Drop ball after that incident, uncontested as Campbell returns it to Wigan.
    • 20' Helguson needs a spot of treatment after taking a blow to the head.
    • 19' QPR come forward again but Gohouri heads away and McCarthur clears.
    • 18' Wigan with a decent spell of possession but an aimless ball by Caldwell is lumped upfield.
    • 17' Gohouri messes up his clearance and Campbell can shoot but he scuffs it wide! Mackie robbed Gohouri, who was dithering somewhat.
    • 16' SWP on the run, he has a crack from 20 yards but Caldwell blocks. Much better from the hosts.
    • 15' QPR doing better now and a poor clearance from Moses allows Ferdinand to find Barton, superb cross but Campbell can't quite arc the header in!
    • 14' Gohouri does well to get across and clear as QPR swarmed forward. Young on the right gets his cross all wrong but the wind loops it on goal and Al-Habsi has to tip it over!
    • 13' Mackie commits a foul in his own half and Wigan's former QPR man Watson spreads it wide right to Boyce: he crosses but Kenny takes.
    • 12' On the counter Campbell with a step-over lets Helguson in and the Wigan defence parts so the Icelandic shoots but he drags the finish wide!
    • 11' Now Wigan have a free-kick on the left which they take an age to put in, and QPR clear immediately.
    • 10' Figueroa pushes Buzsaky and QPR have a free-kick wide right. Barton will swing this in...Headed clear near post by Figueroa.
    • 9' Helguson almost gets on the end of that but Wigan clear. To touch now and Young to take the throw.
    • 8' Barton is tripped but carries on running, Calderwood sliding in stops him though and the ref decides there was no advantage to QPR have a free-kick.
    • 7' Moses easily gets away from Young and he drills in a wicked low ball across the face of goal, totally beating Kenny but again no-one gambles and it spins clear for a throw!
    • 6' QPR howl for a handball by McCarthy but nothing doing. Barton frees SWP, he goes down on the edge of the box but play-on.
    • 5' Huill trades passes with Wright-Philips and puts the cross in but blocked for a QPR throw deepin the Wigan half. Campbell has it, feeding SWP wide left again and a driven low cross but Al-Habsi holds on.
    • 4' Well, QPR have a Championship-level defence and it shows at time. That was horrific defending of a set-piece. Wigan still on the ball but Young heads clear.
    • 3' HOW DID THAT NOT GO IN? Gomez swings in a super cross from the free-kick, shocking defending as QPR just stand about holding their backsides, flicked towards goal by Gohouri and it trickles wide with Rodallega not taking the chance to slide in far post! Open net if he'd read it!
    • 2' Gomez on the ball now, Moses flies down the left but Young shoves him. Free-kick to Wigan wide left....
    • 1' The match starts with a skewed clearance by Gohouri that almost ends up in Harrow. Barton gets an early touch for QPR - no boos yet.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 14:55 The players are out on the pitch now - QPR favourites to win this, evens for them, 12/5 for a Wigan victory.
    • 14:50 If you have anything to say about Hughes's QPR, Joey Barton's latest twit-rage or Roberto Martinez's incredible ability to stay employed, you can tell me - on Twitter, obviously, @Reda_Maher FOLLOW HERE!
    • 14:45 FACTS: QPR have dropped more points from winning positions at home than any other Premier League side (10); Wigan have recovered the most points from losing positions away from home this season (7).
    • 14:40 FACTS: Wigan and QPR have met seven times in the past with two wins each and three draws; QPR have taken just one point from the last 15 available in the Premier League at Loftus Road; Wigan have gone nine away games without a clean sheet but have lost just one of their last four away matches (W2 D1 L1).
    • 14:35 FACTS: There have only been six goals scored over the last five meetings between Wigan and QPR; Rangers have failed to score in three of the last four matches against the Latics.
    • 14:30 Roberto Martinez: "Inevitably when a new manager takes charge things take time to click, but against Newcastle (Hughes’s) side looked very competitive, and it speaks volumes of their organisation and team-week that they limited the home side to just one shot on target. Probably this weekend the biggest influence they'll have is Joey Barton, who is returning from suspension and that will lift the team and the fans. But I do feel that as a team we're ready to go anywhere and be competitive."
    • 14:30 Mark Hughes: "I'm delighted Joey's back. Hopefully we can build on the last two performances and get a much-needed victory."
    • 14:25 Wigan midfielder David Jones is out with a calf injury. The bottom club are already without another midfielder in Mohamed Diame, who is on African Cup of Nations duty with Senegal. The Latics have no other fitness concerns after Albert Crusat made a successful return from a back injury in Monday's loss to Manchester City.
    • 14:25 QPR are without Danny Gabbidon, who has a hip injury; Adel Taarabt and Armand Traore are on African Cup of Nations duty and Alejandro Faurlin (knee) is out for the rest of the season.
    • 14:20 Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)
    • 14:20 TEAMS - QPR: Kenny, Hill, Young, Hall, Ferdinand, Barton, Campbell, Buzsaky, Wright-Philips, Mackie, Helguson; Subs: Cerny, Orr, Derry, Ramage, Bothroyd, Smith, Macheda /// Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Figueroa, Caldwell, Boyce, McCarthy, Watson, Moses, Gomez, McArthur, Rodallega; Pollitt, Crusat, McManaman, Sammon, Stam, Lopez, Di Santo
    • 14:15 Some team news that we all wanted to hear - Joey Barton returns to the QPR XI after his three-match ban, conveniently making himself the centre of attention with his latest Twitter missive. This time though it was in response to a rather weird rant from Neil Warnock, who claimed that he was fired because of people tweeting Tony Fernandes, implying Barton was involved. Yet Twitter is a public medium, and Barton did no such thing. Strange fruit the pair of 'em.
    • - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of QPR v Wigan in the Premier League, a relegation clash kicking off at 3pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 80' GOAL QPR! And it's Tommy Smith with a screamer!
    • 75' HELGUSON WITH AN OUTRAGEOUS VOLLEY BUT JUST WIDE! Suddenly this is one heck of a game as a long ball bounces over his shoulder and, on the run and 25 yards out, the veteran forward volleys it inches wide with Al-Habsi well beaten!
    • 73' Helguson with a second penalty... WHAT A SAVE BY AL-HABSI! His fouth penalty stop of the season! Helguson played it to the left but the Omani flew across to tip wide!
    • 72' ANOTHER PENALTY TO QPR! Moss points to the spot as Caldwell hauls Helguson down well outside the box! Oh dear, shocker from the ref, Helguson was backing in too. Either way it was outside the area!
    • 71' Taken short and Watson is on it - now McCarthy with a super ball to release Sammon who is into the right side of the box but inexplicably scuffs a shot across goal and wide from a very tight angle when surely he should have cut it back!
    • 65' Watson, Rodallega and Crusat over this... RODALLEGA TAKES AND IN! Another classy free-kick, up and under with Kenny rooted to the spot as it flew into the top right.
    • 58' ALMOST A THIRD! Buzsaky again with a wonderful volley after flicking SWP's pass in the air! What an effort, smart stop.
    • 45' WHAT A GOAL BY BUZSAKY! His first goal in the Premier League and what a way to get off the mark! He sends the free-kick up and down and around the wall, helped by Hall causing problems in the wall, off the angle of post and bar and rolling in off the far post.
    • 41' Good save Al-Habsi! Buzsaky with a dipping, bending effort but the keeper tips it away!
    • 33' Al-Habsi has saved three penalties this season - can he keep out Helguson's? No! GOAL QPR! stroked bottom right, cool as you like, Al-Habsi read it but couldn't reach it.
    • 31' SMART SAVE AL-HABSI! Well, he got a bit lucky as he double-fisted a swerving, bending low shot from Mackie. He punched it over in the end. Corner.
    • 29' QPR break as SWP runs inside from the left, Buzsaky now and he turns brilliantly, super first touch to leave McCarthy for dead, and a dipping shot flies just wide of the far post!
    • 28' Campbell on the run, he can't turn to shoot so lays it up for Buzsaky, he flicks it to Wright-Phillips whose shot is blocked!
    • 17' Gohouri messes up his clearance and Campbell can shoot but he scuffs it wide! Mackie robbed Gohouri, who was dithering somewhat.
    • 15' QPR doing better now and a poor clearance from Moses allows Ferdinand to find Barton, superb cross but Campbell can't quite arc the header in!
    • 14' Gohouri does well to get across and clear as QPR swarmed forward. Young on the right gets his cross all wrong but the wind loops it on goal and Al-Habsi has to tip it over!
    • 12' On the counter Campbell with a step-over lets Helguson in and the Wigan defence parts so the Icelandic shoots but he drags the finish wide!
    • 7' Moses easily gets away from Young and he drills in a wicked low ball across the face of goal, totally beating Kenny but again no-one gambles and it spins clear for a throw!
    • 3' HOW DID THAT NOT GO IN? Gomez swings in a super cross from the free-kick, shocking defending as QPR just stand about holding their backsides, flicked towards goal by Gohouri and it trickles wide with Rodallega not taking the chance to slide in far post! Open net if he'd read it!
    • 14:20 TEAMS - QPR: Kenny, Hill, Young, Hall, Ferdinand, Barton, Campbell, Buzsaky, Wright-Philips, Mackie, Helguson; Subs: Cerny, Orr, Derry, Ramage, Bothroyd, Smith, Macheda /// Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Figueroa, Caldwell, Boyce, McCarthy, Watson, Moses, Gomez, McArthur, Rodallega; Pollitt, Crusat, McManaman, Sammon, Stam, Lopez, Di Santo

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