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QPR   2 - 1   Coventry

QPR v Coventry

QPR 2-1 Coventry

QPR moved five points clear at the top of the Championship after Wayne Routledge toasted his return to the club with the winner against Coventry.

In a fluid encounter, Marlon King gave Coventry the lead when he poked in Gary McSheffrey's tantalising cross.

Adel Taarabt then scored his 13th goal of the season on 45 minutes by cutting inside two defenders to fire home.

But after Rangers had hit the post it was Routledge who was the difference as he slotted in Taarabt's fine pass.

The game had several other chances with Coventry keeper Keiren Westwood pulling off a host of smart saves to deny Neil Warnock's side a more convincing lead.

But the visitors contributed to an absorbing Sunday lunchtime game with King looking a threat on his return to the side after suspension.

Rangers made a positive start to the game as they looked to extend their league lead over second placed Cardiff, who were 4-2 winners against Watford on Saturday.

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After a couple of half-chances, Heidar Helguson should have hit the target on 13 minutes when Routledge, who returned to the QPR side on loan this week, picked him out at the second attempt but the Icelandic striker headed into the ground and over the bar.

Coventry were content to absorb the early pressure with King their most potent outlet on the break, but the opening goal came from a more direct route.

Westwood kicked long, and after a King flick-on, the ball was set back to McSheffrey who delivered across the edge of the six-yard box for the former Watford striker to steer in.

Freddy Eastwood could have extended Coventry's lead after a quick break but scuffed his shot when well placed.

Just as it looked like the visitors would head into the break in front, the dangerous Taarabt collected Paddy Kenny's deep free-kick, cut inside two defenders and curled his shot into the far corner for a goal deadly in its precision.

QPR full-back Clint Hill then shot narrowly over as Coventry desperately held on before half-time.

The second half began in similarly open fashion with Alejandro Faurlin hitting a post from a curling free-kick before King's set-piece engineered a fine double save from Kenny, who also denied substitute Lukas Jutkiewicz from the follow up.

Warnock, who had also added Pascal Chimbonda and Ishmael Miller to his squad this week, then introduced the latter and the former West Brom striker again brought out the best in Westwood as he tipped round the post.

But the keeper was caught out by Taarabt's crafted pass for Routledge's goal, as the Moroccan forward sliced open the Coventry defence with a pass from the left touchline with the outside of his right boot.

Routledge marked a fine debut by controlling the ball superbly and coolly placing home to give Rangers a comfortable cushion at the top of the Championship.


QPR boss Neil Warnock:
"Either goal was fit to win any game.

"And you won't see a better ball for the second anywhere in the world.

"There's baggage with him and he'll make some mistakes. He was bombed out by the previous two managers here and rightly so.

"But it couldn't be better for me at this time of my career and I think I'm the right manager for him.

"My son bought his mate today just to see Taarabt. He thinks he should be playing for Real Madrid. And he could, but first of all he's got to help me."

Coventry boss Aidy Boothroyd:
"The difference was Taarabt.

"He's an exceptional player, I was tempted to run on and kick him myself at one stage. He was absolutely terrific.

"How do you stop him? I'm not really bothered now, we've played them twice.

"He didn't do much at our place and I don't think he did too much today, but then suddenly he hits a 40-yard pass with the outside of his foot and you have to admire it.

"With that talent you have to ask why is he here?"

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Sunday, 23 January 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
QPR 2-1 Coventry FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Taarabt 45+3
  • Routledge 79
  • King 25

QPR

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Orr
  • 03 Hill
  • 13 Gorkss
  • 16 Connolly
  • 04 Derry yellow card
  • 07 Taarabt
  • 11 Faurlin
  • 15 Routledge (Ephraim 90+1)
  • 09 Helguson (Miller 55)
  • 21 Smith (Hall 83)

Substitutes

  • 24 Cerny,
  • 05 Hall,
  • 23 Moen,
  • 25 Ephraim,
  • 08 Clarke,
  • 20 Hulse,
  • 29 Miller

Coventry

  • 01 Westwood
  • 02 Keogh
  • 03 O'Halloran yellow card
  • 15 Cranie
  • 24 Wood
  • 08 Doyle yellow card (Clingan 67)
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 18 Baker
  • 09 King
  • 10 Eastwood (Jutkiewicz 46)
  • 19 McSheffrey (Platt 79)

Substitutes

  • 23 Ireland,
  • 26 Clarke,
  • 30 Cameron,
  • 04 Clingan,
  • 07 Bell,
  • 11 Jutkiewicz,
  • 22 Platt
Ref: HaywoodAtt: 13,185
QPR
COVENTRY

Possession

  • QPR 54%
  • Coventry 46%

Attempts on target

  • QPR 6
  • Coventry 7

Attempts off target

  • QPR 10
  • Coventry 2

Corners

  • QPR 9
  • Coventry 4

Fouls

  • QPR 11
  • Coventry 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:50 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+3:30 Foul by Adel Taarabt on Richard Keogh, free kick awarded. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:13 Corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Patrick Kenny.
  • 90:00+0:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Routledge on Stephen O'Halloran. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sammy Clingan from left wing, clearance by Fitz Hall.
  • 90:00+0:39 Substitution Hogan Ephraim is brought on as a substitute for Wayne Routledge.
  • 89:23 Stephen O'Halloran fouled by Ishmael Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
  • 85:49 Sammy Clingan concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Derry. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adel Taarabt from left channel.
  • 84:54 Ishmael Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Keogh. Direct free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • Correction - 83:28 Unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Richard Keogh results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Clint Hill.
  • 83:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Richard Keogh. Clint Hill takes the free kick.
  • 82:11 Lukas Jutkiewicz concedes a free kick for a foul on Bradley Orr. Shaun Derry takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:11 Substitution Tommy Smith leaves the field to be replaced by Fitz Hall.
  • 81:29 Ishmael Miller fouled by Stephen O'Halloran, the ref awards a free kick. Alejandro Faurlin takes the free kick.
  • 81:29 Booking Stephen O'Halloran goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 78:55 Substitution Clive Platt is brought on as a substitute for Gary McSheffrey.
  • 78:05 Assist on the goal came from Adel Taarabt.
  • 78:05 GOAL - Wayne RoutledgeQPR 2 - 1 Coventry Wayne Routledge finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 2-1 Coventry.
  • 76:41 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt played to the near post, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.
  • 75:33 Unfair challenge on Tommy Smith by Richard Wood results in a free kick. Matthew Connolly takes the direct free kick.
  • 73:52 Shaun Derry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson. Sammy Clingan takes the direct free kick.
  • 73:08 Carl Baker takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.
  • 72:02 Gary McSheffrey has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
  • 69:27 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line, save made by Keiren Westwood.
  • 69:12 Ishmael Miller takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 68:08 Tommy Smith has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
  • 67:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tommy Smith by Gary McSheffrey. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Smith.
  • 66:07 Substitution Sammy Clingan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Doyle.
  • 65:48 Michael Doyle fouled by Wayne Routledge, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • Correction - 63:11 Corner taken by Adel Taarabt, Kaspars Gorkss takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Wood.
  • 63:11 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line, Kaspars Gorkss takes a shot. Richard Wood gets a block in.
  • 62:06 Gary McSheffrey is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
  • 61:40 Adel Taarabt challenges Richard Keogh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Richard Keogh.
  • 61:19 Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.
  • 61:04 Marlon King takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.
  • 60:10 Alejandro Faurlin challenges Stephen O'Halloran unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carl Baker restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:24 Wayne Routledge challenges Gary McSheffrey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keiren Westwood takes the direct free kick.
  • 56:24 Short corner worked by Carl Baker.
  • 56:01 The assistant referee signals for offside against Wayne Routledge. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
  • 54:13 Substitution Ishmael Miller joins the action as a substitute, replacing Heidar Helguson.
  • 52:39 The assistant referee flags for offside against Lukas Jutkiewicz. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
  • 50:11 Richard Wood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Alejandro Faurlin shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 49:45 Corner taken short by Adel Taarabt.
  • 48:57 Inswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt, clearance by Lukas Jutkiewicz.
  • 47:21 The ball is delivered by Gary McSheffrey.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • 45:01 Substitution Freddy Eastwood goes off and Lukas Jutkiewicz comes on.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:21 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+3:49 Effort on goal by Clint Hill from just inside the area clears the bar.
  • 45:00+3:26 Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Richard Wood gets a block in.
  • 45:00+2:19 GOAL - Adel TaarabtQPR 1 - 1 Coventry Adel Taarabt grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. QPR 1-1 Coventry.
  • 45:00+2:06 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
  • 42:54 Adel Taarabt takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Stephen O'Halloran.
  • Correction - 42:17 Tommy Smith fouled by Stephen O'Halloran, the ref awards a free kick. Adel Taarabt crosses the ball in from the free kick, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.
  • 42:17 Stephen O'Halloran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tommy Smith. Free kick crossed by Adel Taarabt, Martin Cranie makes a clearance.
  • 38:09 Foul by Shaun Derry on Michael Doyle, free kick awarded. Keiren Westwood takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:09 Booking Booking for Shaun Derry for unsporting behaviour.
  • 36:51 Long range effort from Adel Taarabt misses to the left of the goal.
  • 35:47 Inswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line, clearance by Stephen O'Halloran.
  • 34:49 Richard Keogh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Adel Taarabt takes the free kick.
  • 34:21 Freddy Eastwood produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 32:41 Headed effort from inside the area by Tommy Smith misses to the left of the goal.
  • 30:26 Close range effort by Adel Taarabt goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 27:16 The referee blows for offside against Heidar Helguson. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • 24:11 Gary McSheffrey provided the assist for the goal.
  • 24:11 GOAL - Marlon KingQPR 0 - 1 Coventry Marlon King grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. QPR 0-1 Coventry.
  • 23:30 Effort from the edge of the area by Alejandro Faurlin goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 23:25 Adel Taarabt takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Martin Cranie makes a clearance.
  • 22:52 Shot by Shaun Derry. Save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 22:30 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Martin Cranie gets a block in.
  • 22:13 Wayne Routledge fouled by Michael Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Connolly restarts play with the free kick.
  • 22:13 Booking Michael Doyle booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 21:38 Freddy Eastwood takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Connolly.
  • 19:47 Gary McSheffrey takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
  • 18:13 Freddy Eastwood has an effort at goal from 6 yards. Matthew Connolly gets a block in.
  • 17:46 Short corner taken by Gary McSheffrey.
  • 17:04 Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 13:53 Marlon King takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny.
  • 12:13 Heidar Helguson has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 8:10 Wayne Routledge challenges Gary McSheffrey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
  • 1:50 Adel Taarabt takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Stephen O'Halloran.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 23 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 27 28 52
2 Cardiff 27 12 47
3 Norwich 27 9 47
4 Swansea 28 9 47
5 Leeds 28 7 45
6 Nott'm Forest 25 13 43
7 Watford 26 13 42
8 Reading 27 13 41
9 Millwall 27 7 39
10 Leicester 28 -5 39
11 Burnley 26 6 37
12 Hull 27 -1 37
13 Coventry 28 -2 36
14 Derby 27 0 34
15 Doncaster 25 -3 34
16 Barnsley 26 -7 34
17 Bristol City 27 -10 32
18 Portsmouth 26 -4 31
19 Ipswich 26 -6 31
20 Middlesbrough 27 -5 30
21 Sheff Utd 27 -17 27
22 Crystal Palace 27 -21 26
23 Scunthorpe 25 -18 24
24 Preston 26 -18 21


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