QPR 1-3 Southampton- Match Report
Report of match 17th November 2012
QPR 1-3 Southampton- Match Report.
Saints win crunch clash
Nigel Adkins' Southampton won the battle dubbed 'El Sackico' 3-1 as under-fire Mark Hughes saw QPR's winless start to the Barclays Premier League season extend to a 12th match.
The futures of both managers were subject to intense speculation in the build-up to a Loftus Road encounter contested by the sides bottom and second-bottom of the standings.
QPR and Southampton had conceded 49 league goals between them prior to the game and the hosts' defence was breached 23 minutes in as Rickie Lambert bundled home his fifth of the season.
The R's found themselves further behind at the end of the first half as man-of-the-match Jason Puncheon returned to haunt the club he spent a loan spell with last season, striking home from the edge of the box.
Boos rang around Loftus Road at the half-time whistle and the hosts came out rejuvenated for the second period, with Junior Hoilett clawing one back four minutes in.
That, though, was to be as good as it got for QPR as Southampton wrapped up victory when Anton Ferdinand deflected home Morgan Schneiderlin's late cross.
Both managers stuck with the same starting line-ups that played last weekend for the crunch match between the Premier League's two worst sides.
An impressive 3,203 visiting fans crammed into the School End and enjoyed a bright, if fruitless, opening spell.
Southampton were quicker to settle and captain Adam Lallana came close in the seventh minute, firing just over after a neat one-two with Gaston Ramirez.
Just as a chorus of 'One Nigel Adkins' ended, Saints had another chance as former QPR loanee Puncheon's cross evaded Lallana in the box and clipped the far post.
While the visitors were enjoying the lion's share of possession, they were still looking shaky at the back.
Adel Taarabt - so often a threat for QPR - highlighted that defensive fragility by breaking through in-between Nathaniel Clyne and Jose Fonte, before forcing Paulo Gazzaniga into a quick reaction save.
The Argentinian goalkeeper did not fare so well with a Hoilett shot less than a minute later, somewhat fumbling a parry behind.
Saints returned to the attack in the 22nd minute, when Lallana's dangerous ball across the six-yard box was cleared behind for a corner from which Lambert saw an effort deflect behind.
He was not to be denied for long, though, and, when the resulting corner was not cleared properly, Ramirez pulled back for Fonte, whose shot was prodded goalwards by Puncheon. That effort was cleared off the line but Lambert showed his strength to bundle home.
Saints continued to press forward after the opener, although their defence was still looking uneasy as Djibril Cisse and Hoilett threatened to level.
Southampton players claimed a handball against Ryan Nelsen and Jack Cork tested Julio Cesar as they pushed for another, which came on the stroke of half-time.
Puncheon started the move on the right and, when he collected the ball from Clyne, turned Alejandro Faurlin to fire home a left-footed strike.
QPR were booed off at half-time after their inept display and Hughes replaced Faurlin with Jamie Mackie when play resumed.
The west Londoners began brightly and, after Gazzaniga dealt with a Cisse volley, they reduced the deficit.
Taarabt floated in a cross and lost his man, allowing Hoilett to nod home unchallenged in the 49th minute.
They were still looking poor, though, and Puncheon forced Cesar to save and then provided a cross that Lambert came close to turning home.
The Saints striker and Schneiderlin were thwarted with long-range efforts before Ferdinand did well to stop Ramirez getting through on goal.
Puncheon was far and away Southampton's standout player and was causing the QPR defence no end of hassle.
After scuffing wide, the winger came close with a drilled effort and then saw a low effort from an acute angle tipped wide by Cesar.
Cisse lashed well wide at the other end and, after Jose Bosingwa's substitution was cheered by home fans, he tried to score with an overhead kick.
The game was flowing from end to end and Cesar had to be at his best to deny a Maya Yoshida scissor-kick 10 minutes from time.
Nelsen headed straight at Gazzaniga moments later and then Saints secured victory, with Puncheon playing a short corner to Schneiderlin for the Frenchman's cross to squeeze in off Ferdinand at Cesar's near post.
QPR fans bellowed 'You're only here for the money' at their players and duly booed the side off at the end of the game, while Adkins and the Saints fans celebrated their first points earned away from home.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Loftus Road Attendance: 18,174|
|1 - 3||Southampton
Ferdinand 83 (og)
|90+2||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jose Fonte by Jamie Mackie. Direct free kick taken by Jose Fonte.|
|89||Jay Rodriguez replaces Rickie Lambert.|
|89||Anton Ferdinand concedes a free kick for a foul on Rickie Lambert. Daniel Fox takes the direct free kick.|
|87||Foul by Adel Taarabt on Morgan Schneiderlin, free kick awarded. Morgan Schneiderlin takes the direct free kick.|
|86||Short corner worked by Jason Puncheon.|
|86||Jason Puncheon takes a short corner.|
|85||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rickie Lambert by Ryan Nelsen. Free kick taken by Daniel Fox.|
|85||Unfair challenge on Anton Ferdinand by Rickie Lambert results in a free kick. Anton Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.|
|82||Anton Ferdinand concedes an unfortunate own goal. QPR 1-3 Southampton.Morgan Schneiderlin provided the assist for the goal.|
|82||Steven Davis takes a shot. Ryan Nelsen gets a block in. Short corner taken by Jason Puncheon from the right by-line.|
|80||Outswinging corner taken by Esteban Granero from the right by-line, Ryan Nelsen takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.|
|78||Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jason Puncheon, Maya Yoshida has an effort at goal. Save by Soares Julio Cesar. Corner from the right by-line taken by Jason Puncheon, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.|
|77||Inswinging corner taken by Adam Lallana from the left by-line, Soares Julio Cesar makes a save.|
|77||Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Save made by Soares Julio Cesar.|
|76||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Cork by David Hoilett. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.|
|76||Djibril Cisse has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.|
|75||Jason Puncheon produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.|
|72||Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Puncheon on David Hoilett. (QPR) makes a substitution, with Fabio Da Silva coming on for Jose Bosingwa. Daniel Fox on for Luke Shaw. Ryan Nelsen takes the direct free kick.|
|72||Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Soares Julio Cesar makes a save. Short corner taken by Jason Puncheon from the right by-line.|
|71||Djibril Cisse produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.|
|70||Shaun Derry replaces Samba Diakite. Corner taken left-footed by Jason Puncheon from the right by-line, Armand Traore manages to make a clearance.|
|69||Rickie Lambert challenges Adel Taarabt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Soares Julio Cesar takes the direct free kick.|
|68||Handball by Jose Bosingwa. Jose Bosingwa is shown a yellow card. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adam Lallana, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.|
|67||Adam Lallana fouled by Djibril Cisse, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Shaw.|
|66||Samba Diakite concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Cork. Free kick taken by Maya Yoshida.|
|65||Shot from outside the box by Jason Puncheon misses to the left of the target.|
|65||Unfair challenge on Luke Shaw by Jamie Mackie results in a free kick. Luke Shaw takes the direct free kick.|
|64||Shot by Jason Puncheon from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.|
|62||Short corner taken by Jason Puncheon.|
|60||Steven Davis is brought on as a substitute for Gaston Ramirez.|
|59||Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Fonte.|
|56||Morgan Schneiderlin takes a shot. Blocked by Samba Diakite.|
|55||Rickie Lambert takes a shot. Soares Julio Cesar makes a save.|
|52||Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Esteban Granero from the right by-line, Jack Cork manages to make a clearance.|
|51||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Djibril Cisse by Jose Fonte. Direct free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.|
|50||Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Save by Soares Julio Cesar.|
|49||Adam Lallana takes a shot. Blocked by Anton Ferdinand.|
|48||David Hoilett finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. QPR 1-2 Southampton.Adel Taarabt provided the assist for the goal.|
|47||Shot from 12 yards from Djibril Cisse. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.|
|45||Free kick awarded for a foul by Anton Ferdinand on Gaston Ramirez. The ball is swung over by Adam Lallana, Jose Fonte has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.|
|45||Jamie Mackie comes on in place of Alejandro Faurlin.|
|45+1||Jason Puncheon scores a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 0-2 Southampton.Assist on the goal came from Nathaniel Clyne.|
|44||Close range shot by Ryan Nelsen goes wide of the left-hand upright.|
|43||Jack Cork concedes a free kick for a foul on Adel Taarabt. Adel Taarabt takes the free kick.|
|43||Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Anton Ferdinand gets a block in.|
|41||Unfair challenge on Jack Cork by Esteban Granero results in a free kick. Jose Fonte takes the direct free kick.|
|40||Jason Puncheon challenges Anton Ferdinand unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Soares Julio Cesar.|
|38||Esteban Granero has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.|
|38||Adam Lallana takes a shot. Ryan Nelsen gets a block in.|
|37||Jack Cork takes a shot. Save by Soares Julio Cesar.|
|34||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Shaw by Esteban Granero. Maya Yoshida takes the free kick.|
|33||Foul by Luke Shaw on Djibril Cisse, free kick awarded. Djibril Cisse restarts play with the free kick.|
|31||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana from the left by-line, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen. Gaston Ramirez takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Jose Bosingwa.|
|29||Esteban Granero fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Adel Taarabt, Adam Lallana gets a block in.|
|28||Foul by Alejandro Faurlin on Morgan Schneiderlin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jack Cork.|
|27||The referee blows for offside against Djibril Cisse. Paulo Gazzaniga restarts play with the free kick.|
|22||Jose Fonte takes a shot. Nathaniel Clyne takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Bosingwa. Shot from inside the six-yard box by Djibril Cisse goes wide right of the goal.|
|21||Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gaston Ramirez from the right by-line, Adam Lallana takes a shot. Save by Soares Julio Cesar. Inswinging corner taken by Adam Lallana from the left by-line, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.|
|16||Gaston Ramirez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Nelsen.|
|15||Corner taken right-footed by Esteban Granero from the right by-line, Ryan Nelsen produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.|
|15||David Hoilett takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.|
|14||Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.|
|9||Outswinging corner taken by Esteban Granero, Maya Yoshida makes a clearance.|
|6||Adam Lallana takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.|