Terrible QPR hit for six by Blackpool

Yates (pen)

QPR’s diabolical season took another horrible twist as they were humiliated by a Blackpool side that had won just once in the league since October.

Rangers were three down within 14 minutes at Bloomfield Road, where they produced an absolutely abject performance.

Jerry Yates blasted in a penalty in the third minute after a handball by Rob Dickie, and goals from Andy Lyons, Curtis Nelson and Jordan Thorniley effectively sealed victory for the hosts.

Chris Martin pulled a goal back by heading in Lyndon Dykes’ cross shortly before the interval, but Lyons scored again a couple of minutes into the second half and Kenny Dougall added a late sixth for the Seasiders.

Blackpool had clearly done their homework on Rangers by targeting Aaron Drewe on the flank.

Drewe, making his third league appearance, having been called into the first team because Ethan Laird and Kenneth Paal are among the several players unavailable, was caught out a couple of times early on before CJ Hamilton drifted behind him and set up Lyons for the second goal.

Worse followed for QPR when keeper Seny Dieng fumbled a cross straight to Nelson, gifting him a simple finish.

Saturday’s battling victory at home to Watford – Rangers’ first win 14 matches – raised hopes of a recovery under new boss Gareth Ainsworth and moved them 10 points clear of third-from-bottom Blackpool.

That gap has now been cut back to seven points, leaving Ainsworth’s side still in danger of relegation.

Martin had an excellent chance to reduce the deficit at 3-0 but was unable to take it and his weak effort was cleared off the line by James Husband.

And more dismal QPR defending led to the fourth goal, with Thorniley allowed to head in Charlie Patino’s corner.

Martin did take the next chance that came his way after good work by Dykes.

But the second half had barely started when QPR again defended a Patino corner woefully, enabling Lyons to head in Blackpool’s fifth.

Morgan Rogers almost made it six, curling a strike against the post, before Dougall helped himself to a goal after yet more non-existent Rangers defending, strolling through to slot past Dieng after a routine long ball wasn’t dealt with.

QPR: Dieng; Dickie, Dunne, Field; Drewe, Dozzell (Johansen 57), Iroegbunam (Amos 57), Kakay; Lowe (Armstrong 68), Martin (Richards 68), Dykes (Adomah 68).
Subs not used: Archer, Gubbins.