Queens Park Rangers 3-2 Middlesbrough: Rs hold on to first win of season

Chris Willock
QPR’s Chris Willock scored on his first appearance of the season

QPR earned their first points of the season as they held off a strong counter-attack in Middlesbrough to claim a narrow win at Loftus Road.

Chris Willock scored a spectacular opener by driving forward and shaking off two defenders before firing a shot into the top corner before James Dunne headed into the corner of Ilias Chair to double the lead.

It was 3-0 as Lyndon Dykes stooped to head in a Stefan Johansen free kick, before Matt Crooks’ header gave the visitors some hope for halftime.

Marcus Forss’ close-range finish on his first start made it 3-2 and an equalizing goal was disallowed when Paddy McNair’s attempt was ruled out for offside before Boro’s Darragh Lenihan was sent off in stoppage time.

The teams produced nine goals in their two league matches last season and the pattern continued into a high-scoring opening hour.

Rangers failed to land a shot on target in their league opener at Blackburn and manager Michael Beale’s three changes worked as Willock and Dunne both found the net within 30 minutes.

Rangers had lost four of their last five home games in a dismal end to last season, but Beale’s first game in charge at Loftus Road was a very different story with a stunning first half. Dyke closed it off due to his 13-game goal drought.

Boro only won one of their last nine encounters, but gave himself real hope when Crooks pulled in a header and then crossed over for Forss to make it 3-2 with over 30 minutes left.

The visitors were much better after the break and only the assistant referee’s flag kept McNair from taking them right off Ryan Giles’ cross.

But late on the counterattack, it was the hosts who came closest to scoring the sixth goal of the game when Albert Adomah flashed a shot wide of the ball before Lenihan saw a red card after his foul denied Macauley Bonne a clear run on goal.

Lineups

QPR

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1dieng
  • 2kakayBooked at 90 minutes
  • 4Dickie
  • 3thin
  • 22Pole
  • 15Field
  • 6JohansenBooked at 77 minutesis replaced byDozzellBee 82′minutes
  • 7Willockis replaced byadomahBee 74′minutes
  • 8amos
  • 10Chairis replaced byHämälainenBee 88′minutes
  • 9dikesis replaced byGoodBee 87′minutes

deputies

  • 16Hämälainen
  • 17Dozzell
  • 18Good
  • 23masterson
  • 25Shodipo
  • 32walsh
  • 37adomah

Middlesbrough

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1steffen
  • 15dykesteelis replaced byMcNairBee 45′minutes
  • 26LenihanBooked at 90 minutes
  • 27She wasBooked at 73 minutes
  • 2Jones
  • 25scammers
  • 16Howson
  • 8McGree
  • 3Giles
  • 21bigBooked at 17 minutesis replaced bySmithBee 68′minutes
  • 18Watmoreis replaced byApocalypseBee 45′minutes

deputies

  • 6Baking
  • 14Smith
  • 17McNair
  • 20Boyd Munce
  • 23Roberts
  • 29Apocalypse
  • 31Finch

Referee:
Josh Smith

Presence:
15,796

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