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Birmingham City vs Queens Park Rangers. Sky Bet Championship.

St. Andrew's StadiumAttendance18,279.

Birmingham City 1

  • C Aneke (75th minute)

Queens Park Rangers 2

  • A Adomah (14th minute)
  • C Willock (71st minute)

Birmingham 1-2 QPR: Albert Adomah, Chris Willock help Rangers to victory at St Andrew's

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Birmingham and QPR at St Andrew's as goals from Albert Adomah and Chris Willock helped Mark Warburton's Rangers to second straight win on Sunday

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham and QPR

QPR made it two straight wins with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Birmingham at St Andrew's.

Albert Adomah's 14th-minute strike got QPR off to a perfect start before Chris Willock's brilliantly-executed effort in the 71st minute sent the visitors into a two-goal lead.

Birmingham substitute Chuks Aneke smashed home to halve the deficit four minutes later but Lee Bowyer's side failed to muster another opportunity to level the scoring.

The win lifts Mark Warburton's side up to fifth in the Sky Bet Championship, only five points behind Blackburn in the automatic promotion places.

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QPR midfielder Chris Willock scores a stunning solo goal in his side's 2-1 win against Birmingham.

Jordan James, 17, who was impressive throughout for Birmingham, was presented with the game's first opportunity. Troy Deeney cushioned the ball to the midfielder inside the penalty area, but his effort was too high to test Seny Dieng.

The visitors took the lead with their first real attack of the game thanks to Adomah's first goal of the season.

An electric counter-attack involving Willock and Lee Wallace on the left caused mayhem for the Birmingham defence and the former Aston Villa man latched on to George Friend's weak clearance to score in front of the Tilton Stand.

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Jimmy Dunne went close to making it 2-0 moments later when Andre Gray's deflected strike was directed towards goal by the defender, but it was smartly tipped around the post by Matija Sarkic.

Birmingham struggled to threaten QPR in the first half, with Gary Gardner's left-footed strike sailing wide from just inside the penalty area.

Midfielder Ryan Woods was introduced at half-time and nearly made an instant impact after five minutes. His dink over the defence was close to being perfect but it evaded Deeney's head.

Willock, whose running was key to QPR's success, doubled their lead in the 71st minute with a brilliant solo goal for his sixth of the season.

The former Arsenal youngster showed his class by delicately dribbling through the Birmingham defence before beating Sarkic from a tight angle.

Moments later, the home side made a game of the final 15 minutes when Aneke scored for the first time since August's win over Luton.

Maxime Colin's cross managed to make its way to the back post, where Aneke was waiting to take a touch and fire into the roof of the net.

Bowyer's frustrations increased when Aneke was brought down in the penalty area after creating the space for himself well, but protests were immediately waved away.

The game's tempo died down after Friend was forced into a temporary spell in goal late on as Sarkic was taken off with an arm injury.

What the managers said...

Birmingham's Lee Bowyer: "We didn't have that bit of quality in the final third. That's what we've lacked ever since we lost [Tahith] Chong. Hopefully we can bring some more of that in.

They scored from their first opportunity and did the same in the second half. They were just clinical and that's why they are in the position that they are in the league and why we are where we are. We need more than one chance to score a goal."

QPR's Mark Warburton: "To come here, it's a tough venue and opponent. I have a lot of respect for Lee and the job he does with his players, we knew we would face a tough challenge here today. I was pleased that we came out, got the early goal and controlled the first half. In the second half, we knew they were going to come out and press, and to get the second goal of that quality was really pleasing.

"If Albert does that and five others don't, you're only as strong as your weakest link. With Birmingham, for example, we knew we had to stop the crosses otherwise balls will come in. They've got the likes of (Troy) Deeney, very talented players and good finishers."

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