Queens Park Rangers vs Sheffield Wednesday. Sky Bet Championship.
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Tomer Hemed, Luke Freeman and Nahki wells score for QPR
Tuesday 23 October 2018 23:36, UK
Nahki Wells scored his first goal for QPR as their resurgence continued with a 3-0 Sky Bet Championship victory over Sheffield Wednesday.
Tomer Hemed and Luke Freeman netted at Loftus Road before Wells, on as a substitute, sealed the win with seven minutes remaining.
Hemed put Rangers in front 10 minutes before half-time with his second goal in as many games.
The on-loan Brighton striker nodded in the loose ball after Pawel Wszolek's shot from the left-hand side of the penalty area was parried by Cameron Dawson.
Rangers went further ahead after 57 minutes and again Wszolek was involved in the build up.
Ebere Eze laid the ball off to the Polish winger, who crossed from the right for Freeman to head home.
And Eze set up the third with a precise pass through to on-loan Burnley forward Wells, who fired into the far corner.
It was the third win and clean sheet of a four-match unbeaten run for Rangers, who have recovered well since losing their first four league games under boss Steve McClaren.
The R's, hammered 7-1 at West Brom and then beaten 3-0 at home by Bristol City during that nightmare start for McClaren, have lost just two of their subsequent 10 Sky Bet Championship matches.
That recovery has been in no small part down to the arrivals of Hemed and Wells.
Hemed, who has scored three times since being brought in, was denied by an early save from Dawson after being teed up by Eze's pass.
Sheffield Wednesday then dominated for a spell and Hemed's opener came somewhat against the run of play.
Barry Bannan had gone close for Wednesday with a left-footed strike which flashed just wide during a lively period from the visitors.
As the Owls continued to threaten, keeper Joe Lumley saved at his near post from Atdhe Nuhiu following a mix-up between Rangers centre-backs Joel Lynch and Toni Leistner, who otherwise defended very well.
Wednesday, now beaten on their last five visits to London, continued to threaten in the second half.
Shortly before going two down, they almost equalised when Adam Reach's cross was touched onto the far post by Lucas Joao.
And after Freeman's goal, Reach sent a powerful shot wide of the target and Lumley saved from Steven Fletcher.
But QPR were more clinical and Wszolek's shot was tipped over by Dawson shortly before Wells' emphatic finish quashed any prospect of a Wednesday comeback.
Steve McClaren: "After four games we had no points. We were in a pit. But we made good signings in Hemed, Wells and Geoff Cameron, who I thought was excellent. We made signings after those first four games and have found a system and a way to play that suits the players. They're responding and getting good results.
"This was hugely satisfying. It was a big test for us against a very strong side. We defended magnificently and that was the platform to winning."
Jos Luhukay: "In our defending we were not consistent enough and did not clear the dangerous moments. The goals were too easy. We were not strong enough to win and the result of 3-0 says something about this game.
"At 1-0 we had three or four moments when the ball was not lucky for our strikers to score and then QPR came one time in the second half and scored a second goal. The crucial moment was the second goal. Before that you must make it 1-1 and the game maybe goes in a different direction."