QPR beat Wigan with cracking second-half comeback

QPR 3 Wigan 1

Nahki Wells, Ebere Eze and Jordan Hugill scored as ​QPR came from behind to clinch their first home league win under Mark Warburton.

Cedric Kipre’s first goal for ​Wigan put them ahead after just two minutes at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

But Wells equalised early in the second half, Eze netted with a free-kick just after the hour mark, and Hugill sealed the win with nine minutes remaining.

Wigan, who have now lost on 18 of their past 24 visits to London, went in front when Rangers failed to deal with Danny Fox’s right​-wing​ corner and Kipre blasted ​in​.

The home side responded with some slick football and created a number of chances before Wells hauled hauled them level four minutes after the interval.

Keeper David Marshall misjudged Ryan Manning’s ball in from the ​left​ and Dominic Ball nudged the ball back from the far post towards Wells, who finished from close range.

The home fans wanted a penalty rather than a free-kick when Kipre clattered into ​Ilias ​Chair on the edge of the area.

But the jeers turned to cheers when Eze stepped up and steered the ball low past Marshall and into the far corner.

Hugill was guilty of an astonishing miss moments after coming on as a substitute.

Wells did well on the left to tee up the on-loan West Ham striker, who was unmarked a couple of yards from a gaping goal ​yet​ contrived to lift the ball over the bar.

But Hugill made amends by collecting Eze’s pass and side-footing beyond Marshall and in of the far post.

A larger margin of victory would not have flattered Rangers who, having gone behind, largely dominated the rest of the first half.

Chair headed wide from Marc Pugh’s cross and Wells shot wide following a slick Rangers move involving Pugh and Manning, while Eze sent one effort narrowly wide and set up Wells, who fired into the side netting, and Chair, who shot straight at Marshall.

Rangers did look defensively vulnerable at times and almost went further behind when Michael Jacobs’ shot from a tight angle struck the near post.

That seemingly prompted a half-time change by ​boss ​Warburton, who switched to three at the back and replaced midfielder Josh Scowen with central defender Toni Leistner.

The second half was even more one-sided, but this time QPR were more clinical while solid at the back.

QPR: Lumley; Rangel, Hall, Barbet, Manning; Ball (Smith 71), Scowen (Leistner 45); Pugh (Hugill 68), Chair, Eze; Wells.
Subs not used: Kelly, Kane, Owens, Osayi-Samuel.