QPR extended their unbeaten start to their Championship campaign with a 3-2 win over Middlesbrough. Although it was not one of the surprising football scores, the manner in which it happened certainly was. Middlesbrough had taken the lead with a seventh-minute penalty by Che Ikpeaz. Moses Odbajo was then sent off in the 50th minute for a second bookable offense.
Johnny Howson then turned the ball into his own net to bring the scores level. QPR then went in front had his shot go through joe Lumley’s legs into the net. In the 72nd minute, matt crooks finished clinically to once again bring the scores level. Just when it looked like Middlesbrough would make the extra man count, Chris Willock scored with a neat finish into the bottom corner.
Middlesbrough’s Neil Warnock: “We will have plenty of excitement this year, can’t fault that, it was a cracking game. I’m disappointed with goals, decisions, a mixture of everything really. We were soft tonight at the back, one or two could have put a foot in earlier. We were punished. Not naming any names. The goals conceded were poor. I will go in-depth tomorrow on the training ground, but we have got to do better. They didn’t have to do much to score the goals.”
QPR’s Mark Warburton: “A QPR supporter wants to see progress in the team. We came 13th and 9th and we want to see progress. I would be foolish to say mid-table, we need to finish better than last year. We have to improve all the data points so, therefore, our aim has to be top six. We will be there or thereabouts if we deliver our performances. To get away wins at Hull and Boro, that’s great.”
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