Sat 27 Feb 16
at 17:27 PM
Report: QPR 2 Blues 0
Blues were undone by two first-half goals in five minutes at Loftus Road.
Tjaronn Chery’s shot on the turn gave QPR the lead, whilst Junior Hoilett converted a penalty after Michael Morrison fouled Sebastian Polter.
Blues came out second-half and showed a positive response but they were unable to get the goal they desperately wanted.
QPR started brightly and Paul Robinson did excellently to rush out and block Matt Phillips’ effort after his clearance fell to the winger.
Phillips was again in the action five minutes later after he intercepted a loose ball but Robinson again did well to make a block on his cross.
The hosts continued to press and Nedum Onuoha skipped past three defenders but Blues were able to clear at the second attempt.
Blues’ best chance came after 23 minutes through David Cotterill. The winger broke through the middle and fizzed an effort past the far post with Alex Smithies at full stretch.
QPR pressed and Chery went close as his effort deflected just wide of the post.
The hosts, who were on top and got their first through great work by James Perch.
Perch overcame Ryan Shotton’s tackle, squared a pass to Chery whose shot on the turn found the far corner.
The Hoops immediately pushed forward and got their second through a penalty.
Sebastian Polter was released down the left, he cut past Robinson and went down from a Morrison tackle whilst running towards goal.
Hoilett stepped up and struck a low penalty to his left with Tomasz Kuszczak diving the other way.
Blues came out second-half and immediately had chances.
Jonathan Grounds’ second attempt was headed over by Karl Henry with Smithies scrambling, whilst the keeper followed up with a good save from Cotterill’s effort minutes later.
QPR responded and Kuszczak had to make two excellent saves.
Massimo Luongo’s effort was brilliantly tipped over for a corner and the keeper did well to make a great reactionary save from Gabriele Angella’s free header.
Gary Rowett threw Jon Toral and James Vaughan onto the field and Blues looked to push forward.
Maikel Kieftenbeld should have done better in the area but he lashed an effort over the bar, whilst Cotterill’s shot flashed across goal and wide.
That was as close as Blues came with QPR happy to see the game out.