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3 things we learned about QPR after last night

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Queens Park Rangers were pegged back twice as they drew 2-2 with Reading in the Championship last night.

Goals from Nahki Wells and Jordan Hugill gave QPR the lead on two separate occasions last night.

George Puscas cancelled out Wells’ goal just minutes after it went in, and Sam Baldock scored the second equaliser for Mark Bowen’s Reading with 15 minutes left.

The point was enough to take QPR up from 5th to 4th in the Championship, and keeps Reading out of the relegation zone.

It’s given Mark Warburton plenty to think about as his side next play on Monday night when they host their West London rivals, and Warburton’s former team Brentford.

Here we take a look at three things we’ve learned about QPR after last night:

Diabolical defending

The overriding point to take from last night’s game is that QPR are absolutely shambolic when it comes to defending.

All of their attacking worth last night was undone by their defensive in-capabilities as it so often has been this season – QPR are the only team in the Championship yet to have kept a clean sheet.

Reading’s second last night was hard to watch for QPR fans – a ball to QPR’s back post was headed back across goal by Garath McCleary and eventually tapped in by Baldock.

Five QPR defenders were in-and-around the six-yard box but not a single one could clear – they all seemed to look at each other as if to say ‘you clear it’.

Liam Kelly is QPR’s new number one

Since coming into the first-team, Kelly has had some uncertain times in goal. But Warburton has stuck with him four their last four games and last night, he had his best performance yet.

He made several big saves last night and despite slightly to blame for the first where he was again too quick off his line (similarly for the Josh Magennis goal v Hull at the weekend), and not looking all that commanding as the second slipped in, he’s shown his shot-stopping ability and will likely be QPR’s keeper for the coming weeks,

Wells-Hugill partnership continues to shine

We already knew how effective Wells and Hugill had been at QPR this season, a goal from each last night took their joint-tally to 15 for the season.

They’ve both had impressive seasons on-loan in West London so far, but fans saw just how much of a connection they’ve formed last night, particularly for Hugill’s goal.

The ball hit the ground just once on its journey from Kelly to the goal – a long ball from the keeper was won in the air by Hugill who found Wells, who nodded back into the path of Hugill who struck on the half-volley.

His effort took a deflection on the way in, but it was a real showpiece goal for the pair.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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