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QPR 0-0 Scunthorpe

QPR 2-0 Scunthorpe

QPR   2 - 0   Scunthorpe

By Paul Fletcher at Loftus Road

QPR brushed aside Scunthorpe to go top of the Championship as Neil Warnock's side maintained their 100% record.

Rangers scored their two goals in the first half with stand-in captain Adel Taarabt playing a role in both.

Bradley Orr put them in front from a Taarabt corner and Heidar Helguson deftly controlled a pass from the QPR skipper before guiding the ball home.

Warnock's team would have won by a much larger margin but for a string of fine saves by Iron keeper Joe Murphy.

Rangers had not won their opening three league games since 1947, but with Millwall losing at Leeds they are now the only side in the Championship with a 100% record and have yet to concede a goal.

Taarabt, signed permanently in the summer after two spells on loan from Tottenham, illuminated the contest with his dead-ball artistry and breathtaking skill, although his occasional theatrics drew the ire of the modest contingent of away supporters and he was booked for diving shortly before the break.

The Morocco international, replaced by Akos Buzsaky after 73 minutes, had signalled his intent in the opening minutes with a brilliant curved pass that picked out Jamie Mackie and, midway through the first half, he executed an audacious spin and turn that bamboozled two opposition players.

There was also plenty of end product to Taarabt's play; a precise free-kick forced a low save while a teasing ball into the box was headed towards the Scunthorpe goal by Iron defender Niall Canavan, that drew a brilliant reaction stop by Murphy.

But the Iron keeper was powerless to prevent Orr from converting Taarabt's corner with a glancing header after the former Bristol City defender made a determined run towards the near post.

Helguson should have headed a second for Rangers with a powerful effort after a precise cross from Orr but again Murphy came to Scunthorpe's rescue.

However, Helguson did extend his team's lead before the break, with a goal that was a combination of great vision, skill and execution.

The veteran striker, 33 on Sunday, controlled a pass from Taarabt with his chest before lifting the ball beyond Murphy.

At times in the opening 45 minutes it appeared as though Nigel Adkins' side were being completely over-run.

The visitors might have scored through Jonathan Forte but, after beating the offside trap, his audacious lob flew harmlessly over.

Scunthorpe, who won at Reading on the opening day of the season, enjoyed a much greater share of the contest after the break.

Rangers keeper Paddy Kenny was finally forced into action, saving crisp long-range strikes from Martyn Woolford and Michael O'Connor, as well as pulling off a brilliant one-handed stop to deny Forte.

It looked as though Rangers had lost a little of their first-half drive but they still created enough openings to extend their lead.

Kaspars Gorkss headed against the crossbar after a Taarabt free-kick, while Helguson missed from seven yards after the Rangers captain and Hogan Ephraim had combined to slice open the opposition defence.

Substitute Buzsaky forced a one-handed save with a strike across goal and Alejandro Faurlin narrowly missed with a long-range strike in the closing minutes.

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Saturday, 21 August 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
QPR 2-0 Scunthorpe FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Orr 17
  • Helguson 41

    QPR

    • 01 Kenny
    • 02 Orr
    • 03 Hill
    • 13 Gorkss
    • 16 Connolly
    • 04 Derry (Leigertwood 87)
    • 07 Taarabt yellow card (Buzsaky 73)
    • 11 Faurlin
    • 25 Ephraim
    • 09 Helguson (German 90+1)
    • 12 Mackie

    Substitutes

    • 24 Cerny,
    • 22 Ramage,
    • 06 Leigertwood,
    • 10 Buzsaky,
    • 35 Parker,
    • 08 Clarke,
    • 33 German

    Scunthorpe

    • 01 Murphy
    • 03 McNulty (Byrne 82)
    • 12 Raynes
    • 21 Nolan
    • 25 Canavan
    • 04 Togwell
    • 07 Woolford (Grant 76)
    • 08 O'Connor
    • 16 Wright
    • 09 Dagnall
    • 14 Forte

    Substitutes

    • 13 Slocombe,
    • 06 Byrne,
    • 28 McClenahan,
    • 02 Wright,
    • 18 Collins,
    • 17 Grant
    Ref: SalisburyAtt: 12,046
    QPR
    SCUNTHORPE

    Possession

    • QPR 60%
    • Scunthorpe 40%

    Attempts on target

    • QPR 11
    • Scunthorpe 5

    Attempts off target

    • QPR 7
    • Scunthorpe 4

    Corners

    • QPR 7
    • Scunthorpe 4

    Fouls

    • QPR 9
    • Scunthorpe 14
    • Final Result
    • 95:08 The referee starts the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:39 Defending throw-in by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe).
    • 90:00+3:58 Attacking throw-in by Akos Buzsaky (QPR).
    • 90:00+3:09 Foul by Sam Togwell on Alejandro Faurlin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Akos Buzsaky.
    • 90:00+0:44 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe).
    • 90:00+0:44 Substitution Antonio German joins the action as a substitute, replacing Heidar Helguson.
    • 90:00+0:44 Shot from just outside the box by Mikele Leigertwood goes over the crossbar.
    • 90:00 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 89:50 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR).
    • 89:16 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR).
    • 88:37 Alejandro Faurlin takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 86:47 Kaspars Gorkss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Forte. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael O'Connor.
    • 85:54 Substitution Shaun Derry goes off and Mikele Leigertwood comes on.
    • 85:54 Effort from just outside the area by Bobby Grant goes over the bar.
    • 85:26 Bradley Orr has an effort at goal. Joe Murphy makes a save.
    • 82:20 Foul by Niall Canavan on Heidar Helguson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
    • 81:50 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe).
    • 81:05 Substitution Cliff Byrne comes on in place of Jim McNulty.
    • 79:32 Akos Buzsaky takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy. Akos Buzsaky takes the outswinging corner, Michael O'Connor makes a clearance.
    • 78:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson by Michael Raynes. Akos Buzsaky crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Chris Dagnall. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Akos Buzsaky, save made by Joe Murphy.
    • 77:47 Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).
    • 77:08 Jamie Mackie challenges Bobby Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jim McNulty takes the free kick.
    • 75:58 Substitution Martyn Woolford leaves the field to be replaced by Bobby Grant.
    • 75:18 Jonathan Forte takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.
    • 73:25 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 72:43 Substitution Akos Buzsaky is brought on as a substitute for Adel Taarabt.
    • 71:24 Close range strike by Heidar Helguson goes over the bar.
    • 69:59 Defending throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR).
    • 67:23 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Heidar Helguson misses to the right of the goal.
    • 66:09 Attacking throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 65:18 Shot from 12 yards from Jonathan Forte. Patrick Kenny makes a save.
    • 64:57 Sam Togwell fouled by Jamie Mackie, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Raynes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:02 Chris Dagnall concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Derry. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.
    • 63:26 Michael O'Connor takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Patrick Kenny. Corner taken by Michael O'Connor from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Clint Hill.
    • 61:52 Niall Canavan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Adel Taarabt has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Joe Murphy.
    • 61:06 Defending throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR).
    • 59:05 Foul by Jonathan Forte on Kaspars Gorkss, free kick awarded. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
    • 56:43 Joe Murphy fouled by Heidar Helguson, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 55:45 Attacking throw-in by Bradley Orr (QPR).
    • 54:59 The official flags Jamie Mackie offside. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.
    • 54:04 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR).
    • 53:16 Attacking throw-in by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe).
    • 52:38 Chris Dagnall is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:19 Michael Raynes concedes a free kick for a foul on Adel Taarabt. Adel Taarabt sends in a cross, Close range header by Kaspars Gorkss goes over the bar.
    • 50:39 Matthew Connolly challenges Jonathan Forte unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh Wright restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:08 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe).
    • 49:15 Defending throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR).
    • 48:05 Shot by Shaun Derry. Joe Murphy makes a save. Matthew Connolly challenges Martyn Woolford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
    • 46:11 Foul by Alejandro Faurlin on Jonathan Forte, free kick awarded. Michael O'Connor restarts play with the free kick. Martyn Woolford takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny. Michael O'Connor takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Heidar Helguson makes a clearance.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:47 Jim McNulty produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 45:00 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 44:42 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR).
    • 43:39 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy. Corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Michael O'Connor.
    • 43:21 Josh Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:24 Booking Booking for Adel Taarabt for unsporting behaviour.
    • 40:32 Assist by Adel Taarabt.
    • 40:32 GOAL - Heidar HelgusonQPR 2 - 0 Scunthorpe Heidar Helguson scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. QPR 2-0 Scunthorpe.
    • 38:23 Defending throw-in by Bradley Orr (QPR).
    • 37:52 Attacking throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 36:50 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 36:32 Defending throw-in by Bradley Orr (QPR).
    • 36:07 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe).
    • 34:25 Adel Taarabt fouled by Sam Togwell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adel Taarabt, Michael O'Connor makes a clearance.
    • 34:12 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR).
    • 33:25 Effort on goal by Jonathan Forte from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
    • 32:39 Attacking throw-in by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe).
    • 31:44 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe).
    • 31:18 Attacking throw-in by Bradley Orr (QPR).
    • 30:23 Josh Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt. Adel Taarabt delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Jim McNulty makes a clearance.
    • 30:11 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR).
    • 29:44 Defending throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR).
    • 28:37 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 26:40 Drilled right-footed shot by Michael Raynes. Kaspars Gorkss gets a block in. Corner taken by Michael O'Connor from the right by-line, Kaspars Gorkss manages to make a clearance. Michael Raynes takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, save made by Patrick Kenny. Adel Taarabt produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Michael Raynes gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt.
    • 26:17 Attacking throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 26:04 Defending throw-in by Bradley Orr (QPR).
    • 25:39 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.
    • 23:34 Clint Hill challenges Chris Dagnall unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael O'Connor produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 23:09 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe).
    • 22:38 Attacking throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 21:24 Alejandro Faurlin fouled by Martyn Woolford, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Adel Taarabt, Alejandro Faurlin produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
    • 20:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Hill by Jonathan Forte. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:48 Attacking throw-in by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe).
    • 18:00 Corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Niall Canavan.
    • 17:15 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 17:05 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 16:10 Adel Taarabt provided the assist for the goal.
    • 16:10 GOAL - Bradley OrrQPR 1 - 0 Scunthorpe Bradley Orr scores a headed goal from close range. QPR 1-0 Scunthorpe.
    • 15:34 Corner taken left-footed by Adel Taarabt to the near post,
    • 15:01 Attacking throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 14:04 Adel Taarabt is ruled offside. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 13:15 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe).
    • 12:13 Foul by Sam Togwell on Adel Taarabt, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adel Taarabt from right channel, save by Joe Murphy.
    • 11:56 Attacking throw-in by Heidar Helguson (QPR).Attacking throw-in by Bradley Orr (QPR).
    • 11:01 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe).
    • 10:30 Effort on goal by Bradley Orr from 25 yards. Niall Canavan gets a block in.
    • 9:53 Defending throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR).
    • 9:26 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 9:00 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 8:43 Attacking throw-in by Adel Taarabt (QPR).
    • 7:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hogan Ephraim by Chris Dagnall. Shot comes in from Adel Taarabt from the free kick, save by Joe Murphy. Adel Taarabt takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Eddie Nolan.
    • 7:08 Attacking throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 5:55 Alejandro Faurlin produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 5:30 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR).
    • 5:05 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe).
    • 4:22 Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).
    • 3:05 Clint Hill challenges Sam Togwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael O'Connor delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Matthew Connolly makes a clearance.
    • 2:03 Attacking throw-in by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe).
    • 1:36 Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR).
    • 0:46 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).
    • 0:29 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe).

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 21 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 3 9 9
    2 Cardiff 3 5 7
    3 Burnley 3 4 7
    4 Coventry 3 3 7
    5 Ipswich 3 3 7
    6 Millwall 3 5 6
    7 Norwich 3 2 6
    8 Watford 3 1 5
    9 Leeds United 3 1 4
    10 Doncaster 3 -2 4
    11 Hull 3 -2 4
    12 Barnsley 3 -3 4
    13 Swansea 3 0 3
    14 Crystal Palace 3 -1 3
    15 Derby 3 -1 3
    16 Scunthorpe 3 -2 3
    17 Preston 3 -5 3
    18 Reading 3 -1 2
    19 Nott'm Forest 3 -1 2
    20 Bristol City 3 -3 2
    21 Middlesbrough 2 -2 1
    22 Portsmouth 3 -3 1
    23 Sheff Utd 2 -3 1
    24 Leicester 3 -4 1


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