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Wednesday, 25 October, 2000, 21:38 GMT 22:38 UK
QPR 1-2 Sheff Wed
Alan Quinn celebrates his goal
Quinn wheels away in delight after netting the winner.
Sheffield Wednesday made it two wins on the trot as they came from behind to beat fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Whatever Wednesday boss Paul Jewell said to his team after their abysmal first-half display worked wonders as they were a completely different side after the break.

Trailing to Gavin Peacock's first-half penalty, it took them just two minutes of the second half to get on level terms with a beautifully worked free-kick.

Gerald Sibon shaped to shoot but instead slipped a pass to Owen Morrison and when his cross was headed against the post by Efan Ekoku, Terry Cooke was on hand to nod in his first goal for the club from close range.

The winner on 77 minutes was worthy of winning any game.

Morrison sprinted at the Rangers defence before laying the ball off to Alan Quinn and the midfielder hit a shot from 30 yards which flew past Lee Harper into the corner of the net.

Different

It had all been so different in the first half as Rangers created all the chances.

Wednesday keeper Kevin Pressman had needed five minutes of treatment after a collision with Peter Crouch as early as the second minute but he had fully recovered by the time Rangers created their first real chance on 17 minutes.

Christer Warren swung in a free kick from the left and Crouch rose highest to head goalwards only for Pressman to make a stunning one-handed save, tipping the ball over the bar.

A minute later they went close again when Warren picked out Chris Kiwomya only for the striker to head well over, but on 38 minutes Rangers got their reward.

Jermaine Darlington's cross looked destined for Crouch's head only for Ian Hendon to pull him back and the referee to point to the spot - Peacock made no mistake for his first goal of the season.

Storming

Rangers should have restored their lead within a minute after Cooke had levelled proceedings, but Kiwomya failed to take advantage of a defensive mix-up and put his header wide with just the keeper to beat.

It was Wednesday, though, who were now calling the shots and after Morrison forced a desperate headed clearance by Matthew Rose from under his own crossbar Quinn put the visitors in front with his long-range effort.

Rangers stormed forward and Peacock's effort on 78 minutes looked destined for the corner until Pressman made a brilliant full stretch save.

The last few minutes turned into a nightmare for Rangers as chance after chance came and went before Kiwomya thought he had levelled in injury time before the referee ruled out his effort allowing Wednesday to hold on for the points.


Queens Park Rangers: Harper, Carlisle, Broomes, Rose, Warren, Darlington, Langley, Peacock, Connolly, Crouch, Kiwomya.
Subs: Miklosko, Morrow, Koejoe, Perry, Wardley.

Sheffield Wednesday: Pressman, Haslam, Harkness, Walker, Quinn, Sibon, Hendon, Westwood, Ekoku, Cooke, Morrison.
Subs: Stringer, Humphreys, Crane, Hamshaw, Lescott.

Referee: R Styles (Waterlooville).

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