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Queens Park Rangers vs Barnsley. Sky Bet Championship.

Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Queens Park Rangers 0

    Barnsley 1

    • E Simoes Inacio (7th minute)

    QPR 0-1 Barnsley: Elliot Simoes boosts Tykes' survival hopes

    Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

    Saturday 20 June 2020 19:33, UK

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    Highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Barnsley.

    Elliot Simoes' early goal gave Barnsley a 1-0 victory at QPR and moved them four points from safety in the Sky Bet Championship.

    The young striker scored after just seven minutes and his tidy finish was enough to give the Reds a first win at Rangers since 1950, lifting the Tykes off the bottom of the table.

    The goal came after Ben Williams dispossessed Bright Osayi-Samuel midway inside the QPR half.

    Williams played the ball into the penalty area, where Cauley Woodrow's dummy fooled the home defence and teed up Simoes, who calmly slotted past goalkeeper Liam Kelly.

    Worse almost followed for the home side when Jacob Brown missed a great chance three minutes later.

    Brown shot wide after being found by Kilian Ludewig's right-wing cross.

    And Conor Masterson almost scored an own goal a couple of minutes before the interval.

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    The R's defender headed against his own crossbar while preventing Woodrow getting to Ludewig's free-kick.

    QPR were unbeaten in six matches prior to the season being suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    That run lifted Mark Warburton's side to within six points of the play-offs, raising hopes of a late challenge for promotion.

    But those aspirations were all but crushed by an appalling restart to their campaign.

    They were better in the second half but still struggled to create clear-cut chances.

    A couple did fall to Jordan Hugill, but the striker's woefully misdirected header after he was found by Ryan Manning's left-wing free-kick summed up Rangers' day.

    Hugill then showed much more composure with a shot on the turn which flashed narrowly wide.

    As Rangers at last began to assert themselves, Ebere Eze and Yoann Barbet went close to equalising.

    Eze cut in from the left and fired a right-footed shot over the bar, while Barbet narrowly missed the target with a free-kick.

    Manager Warburton was visibly frustrated on the touchline as his team laboured.

    He sent on winger Olamide Shodpio at half-time and later moved Manning into midfield from left-back in an attempt to spark Rangers into life.

    The changes did have some effect, but Barnsley managed to hold on fairly comfortably as the likes of Eze and Osayi-Samuel - so effective for much of the season - struggled to make an impact.

    Eze showed only glimpses of his skill, including when he turned away from Kenny Dougall only to shoot straight at Jack Walton.

    Keeper Walton produced an important late save when he denied Hugill after the on-loan West Ham striker had been put through by Eze.

    The result took Barnsley above Luton and left QPR seven points adrift of the play-off spots.

    What the managers said...

    QPR's Mark Warburton: "As a team we let ourselves down today. We had to manage the game better. We were really poor for the first 45 minutes. We were 1-0 down and it could have been two.

    "In the second half we were much better but still probably only six out of 10. Still no shots on goal. Then we created chances and you have to take those chances - even when you're playing below your best you've got to take your chances.

    "We weren't troubled in the second half and we moved the ball quicker. But then at that point you have to take your chances and we didn't do that."

    Barnsley's Gerhard Struber: "The mood in the changing room after that was great. We made it difficult for our opponents. We created a situation where it is hard to play against Barnsley. The second half showed me the mentality and character of the players - to never give up. We played against a team with high individual quality and stayed shoulder to shoulder with them.

    "It's not a normal situation that Barnsley win in London against QPR. I hope this performance and result will give every player confidence. This was big work together. We know that every point in our situation is very important. Today we played very well and now we work step by step from game to game."

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