QPR 2-1 Middlesbrough: Nahki Wells strikes while Steve McClaren takes the win from his former club
- Nakhi Wells hits winner as QPR manages to win the victory against Middlesbrough
- Pawel Wszolek opened the score for QPR before George Saville equalized
- QPR is now in 13th place in the championship, while Middlesbrough is sixth
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Steve McClaren finally got one over his former side in Middlesbrough while QPR stopped the stoppers at their promotion push on Loftus Road.
McClaren had lost at each of the three previous times he faced Boro but claimed a valuable three points thanks to the attacks of Pawel Wszolek and Nahki Wells.
Tony Pulis' side – who had been right in the second half via George Saville – lost the first two points. QPR is now only five points behind it.
Nahki Wells celebrates after scoring what turned out to be the winner of QPR on Loftus Road
Wells is joined by teammates Luke Freeman and Pawel Wszolek while he celebrates his goal
Wells shows a great docility when he put it in the ball
The hosts had risen fiercely, Nahki Wells created his first opportunity of the afternoon for himself, creating a little space before he curled over the long post from the right side of the six-yard box.
However, the home fans did not have to wait much longer for the breakthrough, as Pawel Wszolek put the finishing touches to a smooth move along the left.
Luke Freeman's cute upside-down pass found Jake Bidwell in the flank and his cut meant that the Polish midfielder would settle in the roof of the net in just four minutes.
Wszolek celebrates after his goal, giving QPR after just four minutes ahead
The QPR players celebrate with Wszolek after his early goal has put them in preponderance
McClaren's men threatened to strengthen their dominance, but Wells failed to make two chances that barred him, first not to control the ball from a shot that had been deflected on his way before he walked away while he was on his way. the bend shot, the ball a few centimeters wide.
Middlesbrough had a hard time, summed up by the fact that their best piece was offensive thanks to their keeper. Darren Randolph's quick thinking led Daniel Ayala to the right, but he failed to test Joe Lumley after he cut out his favorite left foot and burst out wide.
QPR (4-4-1-1): Lumley; Furlong, Leistner, Lynch (Scowen 52), Bidwell; Wszolek, Luongo, Cousins, Freeman; Eze (Smith 88); Wells (Oteh 90)
Subs not used: Ingram, chairman, Osayi-Samuel, Smyth
goals: Wszolek 4, Wells 60
Middlesbrough (4-3-3): Randolph; Shotton, Ayala, Flint, Friend; Howson (Wing 64), Clayton, Saville Fletcher 82); Downing Tavernier 64), Hugill, Assombalonga
Subs not used: Konstantopoulos, Batth, McNair, Fry
goals: Saville 51
booked: Saville, Flint, Assombalonga
While QPR was at least creating, they also struggled to hit the target – Wells sent a header towards the end of the half after he was in front of his mom to meet the cross of Wszolek.
There was a growing annoyance in homecare with every passing chance, and their excitement was justified when Boro equalized after the break.
In order to be reduced to 10 men a few minutes, the hosts did not help, but they really did not have to. It was clear very early in the half that Joel Lynch was struggling, limping heavily and holding his hamstring.
When he had become a soldier, he inevitably went down into his own coffin, indicating that he needed to be replaced. Still, there was no QPR player ready to stand up, and while Josh Scowen completed his warm-up Middlesbrough in a corner that had only been partially emptied, and with no one to close it, George Saville pulled the ball from the edge of the & # 39; D in the lower right corner.
The goal lifted Pulis' side and the 2,260 supporters behind the goal, and visitors began to take the preponderance, although their lack of creativity that was a factor in the first half continued to bully them – Britt Assombalonga cut a particularly frustrated figure.
QPR & # 39; s Freeman battle for possession with Ryan Shotton from Middlesbrough
Freeman tries to keep possession while under pressure from Adam Clayton
QPR & # 39; s Massimo Luongo seems to push forward while being challenged by George Friend
QPR boss Steve McClaren finally managed to get one over his old Middlesbrough side
With the promotional heaps showing no sign of forcing a lead, it was up to the hosts to find the second most important second, and Wells duly obliged, from the right to turn on his left foot and flash the ball into the far corner.
QPR had chances to extend that lead, but a bad pass by Ebere Eze forced Freeman to check his run when it was clean, which meant the defense could come back. Another saw Wszolek hit the ball wide when a ball over the goal would have found an unmarked Wells.
As it was, they were made to hold the last few minutes, just a final challenge to prevent replacement Ashley Fletcher from grabbing an unearned equalizer.