Queens Park Rangers 1:2 Leicester City
City produced a superb performance at Loftus Road on Friday night, coming from behind to win 2-1, Matty Fryatt netting both the goals…
Nigel Pearson made two changes for the visit to in-form QPR, with Berner replacing McGivern at left back and N’Guessan in for Gallagher.
There was a sense of deja vu as City lined up against blue and white hooped opposition for the second time in five days, and an entertaining, open, attacking encounter unfolded right from the kick off.
Play swung from one end to the other… Borrowdale found the side-netting with a shot on the turn; then Waghorn was inches away from connecting with a Fryatt cross from the right. Routledge broke clear, but sent his shot wide, while Waghorn had a chance saved by Rangers’ keeper Cerny.
In the 14th minute Waghorn then found the net but the celebrations were halted by the linesman’s flag.
The end to end stuff continued and Weale brilliantly tipped away a Faurlin free-kick at full stretch.
The breakthrough came for the home side in the 32nd minute, Taarabt and Simpson unzipping City’s backline with a neat passing move that ended with the Moroccan striker slotting home from 15 yards.
Moments later Taarabt almost doubled Rangers’ lead but his shot went narrowly wide.
Instead it was City who bounced back… Waghorn and Wellens combined well down the left, N’Guessan delivered a perfect cross from the left, and Fryatt nipped between two defenders to nod home from inside the six yard box.
City looked the stronger side after the break – Waghorn was again a split-second too late to reach an N’Guessan cross, and N’Guessan narrowly failed to nod in a Wellens cross at the far post.
At the other end Buzsaky went close with a long range effort, but it was City who were next to trouble the scorers.
R’s keeper Cerny presented City with an absolute gift in the 64th minute. His weak clearance intended for Ramage was intercepted by Fryatt who raced towards goal. This was his third one-on-one on the keeper in five days, but this time he made no mistake clipping the ball past Cerny and into the net right under the noses of a delighted travelling support.
Weale made a fine save from Routledge as QPR went in search of an equaliser. He got a cut above the eye for his pains and the time it took to bandage him up accounted for much of the 5 minutes that were added on. City weathered the home side’s pressure well and there were no real dramas. A late free-kick for the home side went straight into the wall and City had completed a hugely impressive points haul of 6 from two tricky looking away fixtures.
Nigel Pearson commented: “I’m sure Matty will be delighted to get two goals, but the bigger picture is about results. I thought it was a thoroughly professional performance. We are where we are on merit – although we won’t be by Saturday evening. We can be satisfied with how the season has gone so far – and we are only a third of the way through.”
QPR: Cerny, Borrowdale, Ramage (Vine 67), Stewart (Hall 54), Gorkss, Leigertwood, Routledge, Buzsaky, Taarabt (Agyemang 86), Faurlin, Simpson. Subs Not Used: Ainsworth, Heaton, Alberti, Parker.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Berner, Hobbs, Neilson, King, Oakley, Wellens, Fryatt (Gallagher 75), N’Guessan, Waghorn (McGivern 89). Subs Not Used: Dyer, Logan, Howard, Kermorgant, Morrison.
Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire). Attendance: 17.082.