Begovic sent off as QPR lose at Leeds


QPR were well beaten at Elland Road, where Leeds’ superiority was much greater than the scoreline might suggest, and keeper Asmir Begovic was sent off in stoppage time. 

Rangers were devoid of ideas and looked out of their depth from the start – and an early Leeds goal handed the hosts almost total control.

Osman Kakay had a dreadful game and his poor pass to Paul Smyth resulted in his team losing possession on their right and finding themselves behind.

Georginio Rutter pounced and played in Crysencio Summerville, who finished coolly.

Leeds totally dominated after that and should have scored at least a couple more before the interval, with Joe Rodon heading wide and Jake Clarke-Salter’s clearance off the line denying Summerville a second goal.

Rangers weren’t as bad in the second half and Ilias Chair’s shot brought a routine save from Leeds keeper Illan Meslier.

And Lyndon Dykes missed a real chance to equalise late on when he poked the ball straight at Meslier.

The result means Gareth Ainsworth’s side remain in the bottom three.

They also face a problem in midfield – Jack Colback went off injured at half-time and a first-half yellow card for Sam Field means he is suspended for Saturday’s match at home to Blackburn.

Begovic might well be spared a ban after being red-carded for bringing down Patrick Bamford.

Replays showed he did not make contact with the striker, meaning an appeal against the sending-off has a high chance of succeeding.

As Rangers had made all five of their substitutions when Begovic was dismissed, they ended the match with Dykes in goal.

QPR: Begovic; Kakay (Dunne 73), Cook (Larkeche 84), Clarke-Salter; Smyth (Adomah 45), Field, Colback (Dozzell 45), Paal; Chair; Dykes, Armstrong (Kolli 78).
Subs not used: Archer, Dixon-Bonner, Kelman, Duke-McKenna.