Eze punishes Millwall as QPR win again

QPR have improved since a dismal start under Steve McClaren

QPR 2 Millwall 0

Two goals in as many first-half minutes gave rejuvenated QPR victory in the London derby at Loftus Road.

Massimo Luongo put them ahead on the half-hour mark and Ebere Eze, playing against the club that released him, doubled their lead.

It continued a dramatic upturn in form for Rangers, who lost their first four league matches under boss Steve McClaren – a run which included a 7-1 humiliation at West Brom.

They have taken 10 points from a possible 12 since the all-important loan signings of strikers Nahki Wells and Tomer Hemed, although the latter was rested against the Lions.

Luongo’s unorthodox opener came from the resulting corner after Ben Amos had saved at his near post to deny Jordan Cousins.

In a set-piece clearly devised on the training pitch, Wells drifted into space to meet Luke Freeman’s low delivery with a first-time shot.

Wells’ strike took a deflection and looped up towards Luongo, who was standing just in front of keeper Amos and back-headed the ball past him from a couple of yards out.

Rangers were helped by another deflection for the second goal.

After Conor McLaughlin mis-hit an apparent attempt to direct Wells’ right-wing cross out for a corner, Jake Bidwell retrieved the ball on the opposite flank.

Bidwell crossed to Eze, whose hooked shot from near the edge of the six-yard box came off Lions defender Murray Wallace, wrong-footing Amos, who was unable to keep the ball out of his net.

[/media-credit] Bidwell set up QPR’s second goal

Eze’s goal was his second in four days and the young forward, who was picked up by QPR in 2016 after being shown the door by Millwall, continues to impress.

The visitors improved after the break and Rangers keeper Joe Lumley pushed away a volley from substitute Steve Morison before Jake Cooper almost pulled a goal back when he headed Shaun Williams’ left-wing corner against the bar.

But QPR remained a threat and Cooper prevented them scoring a late third.

After Luongo combined beautifully with Eze, the Australian’s shot was kept out by Amos and Cooper blocked Cousins’ attempt to force home the loose ball.

And Hemed, on as a substitute for the hardworking Wells, saw a late free-kick palmed away by Amos as Rangers finished on top.

QPR: Lumley, Rangel, Leistner, Lynch, Bidwell, Cousins, Luongo, Cameron, Freeman (Scowen 80), Eze (Smith 88) Wells (Hemed 72).
Subs not used: Ingram, Baptiste, Osayi-Samuel, Wszolek.