Brentford thrash QPR in cup clash

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QPR 1 Brentford 4

Brentford stormed to victory in the west London derby at Loftus Road to reach the third round of the Carabao Cup.

The Bees were three up within 31 minutes and tearing Rangers to shreds before Darnell Furlong pulled a goal back and the tie at least became competitive until Josh Clarke sealed the visitors’ win.

After Ariel Borysiuk’s 10th-minute own goal, John Egan’s header doubled the lead nine minutes later and Neal Maupay netted just after the half-hour mark.

Brentford’s first came after a counter-attack on the right flank.

Florian Jozefzoon breezed past Steven Caulker with ease, and Borysiuk, in attempting to prevent the Dutchman’s low cross reaching the unmarked Maupay, succeeded only in nudging the ball into his own net.

Worse followed for QPR when they failed to deal with Jozefzoon’s left-wing corner.

Andreas Bjelland rose at the far post and headed the ball towards Egan, who nodded home from close range.

Yeni Ngbakoto then missed a great chance for Rangers, heading wide when found unchallenged by Borysiuk’s cross.

Maupay, on the other hand, made no mistake when he latched on to Romaine Sawyers’ through ball and fired left-footed past keeper Matt Ingram.

Ngbakoto atoned for his earlier miss by crossing from the right for Furlong to score three minutes before half-time – the defender’s first QPR goal.

That set up a rousing Rangers spell after the interval but Idrissa Sylla missed their best chance, heading over from Pawel Wszolek’s cross.

And Clarke struck with seven minutes remaining, finishing coolly from near the edge of the six-yard box after being teed up by Justin Shaibu’s pass.

QPR: Ingram, Furlong, Caulker (Smith 75), Baptiste, Robinson, Wszolek (Mackie 69), Borysiuk, Manning (Freeman 50), Chair, Ngbakoto, Sylla.
Subs not used: Lumley, Onuoha, Washington, Petrasso.

Brentford: Daniels, Clarke, Colin, Egan, Bjelland, Jozefzoon, Yennaris, Mokotjo (Woods 69), Sawyers, Chatzitheodoridis (Dalsgaard 77), Maupay (Shaibu 69).
Subs not used: Bentley, Watkins, Archibald, Mepham.