QPR 1-0 Ipswich: Matt Phillips scores late winner for hosts
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 06/02/16 6:52pm
Matt Phillips' 88th-minute goal gave QPR a 1-0 victory over Ipswich - their first home win under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
New signing Nasser El Khayati came on as a substitute for his debut and set up the winner in this Sky Bet Championship clash at Loftus Road.
Hasselbaink's team were heading for a ninth home league draw of the season before El Khayati, a pre-deadline buy from Burton, found space on the right of the penalty area and delivered a cross for the unmarked Phillips to head in.
It meant Ipswich dropped out of the play-off places, to seventh, while Rangers still retain some hope of making a late surge towards the top six.
The west London side have now lost just one of their seven league matches since being beaten at Ipswich on Boxing Day.
Junior Hoilett was in the thick of the action as Bartosz Bialkowski kept the hosts at bay during a largely one-sided first half.
The Ipswich goalkeeper produced a double save after just 30 seconds, pushing away Phillips' shot and Massimo Luongo's follow-up.
And Hoilett missed a great chance for Rangers when he was unable to find a way past Bialkowski, after Phillips' low cross fell to the Canadian at the far post.
Hoilett then had a long-range effort saved and, in the 27th minute, elected to shoot rather than square the ball for Phillips or Conor Washington, and again Bialkowski made the save.
The lively Hoilett also curled an effort wide of the target five minutes before the break.
Ipswich were much improved after the restart and Brett Pitman had a header saved by QPR keeper Alex Smithies, who also gathered a tame shot from Ryan Fraser.
At the other end, Washington, making his full debut for Rangers, blazed high and wide after cleverly creating some space for himself inside the penalty area.
Otherwise, the hosts struggled to create chances before eventually taking the lead - although they might have been awarded a penalty when Tommy Smith appeared to pull Grant Hall's shirt as the Rangers defender tried to get to Phillips' corner.
Ipswich's best chances fell to Freddie Sears, who was denied at close range by Smithies three times in the closing minutes.
The Town striker was unable to finish shortly before Phillips' goal, and Smithies again came to Rangers' rescue to frustrate Sears twice more in the dying minutes as Mick McCarthy's side tried in vain to find an equaliser.