QPR beat Blades but Willock injury is a worry

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Chris Willock’s winner gave QPR a brilliant away victory against the Championship leaders.

The result moved Rangers up to fourth in the table but was somewhat marred by Willock suffering another injury five minutes after his goal.

Willock scored early in the second half after linking up superbly with Ethan Laird on the right-hand side, collecting the full-back’s return pass and firing past keeper Wes Fotheringham at his near post.

It was Willock’s sixth goal in nine matches this season, again underlining his huge importance to the team.

So it was a major blow for Rangers when their talisman, so badly missed this year when sidelined with a hamstring tear which required surgery, limped off with what appeared to be more hamstring trouble.

Nevertheless, the visitors should have doubled their lead when Luke Amos won the ball and set up Lyndon Dykes, who shot straight at Fotheringham and Tyler Roberts put the rebound wide of the target.

Rangers, who defended brilliantly in the final stages, have now won three of their past four away matches and face a big game at home to third-placed Reading on Friday.

Another possible cause for concern though is that keeper Seny Dieng, who was sidelined by a nasty thigh problem last season, did not kick the ball out during the second half, with defender Jimmy Dunne doing so instead.

QPR (4-3-2-1): Dieng; Laird, Balogun, Dunne, Paal; Field, Dozzell, Amos (Adomah 77); Chair (Iroegbunam 77), Willock (Dykes 56); Roberts (Clarke-Salter 66).
Subs not used: Archer, Dickie, Johansen.