QPR 1 Wolves 2 - Report and pictures

Wolves finally ended their winless run as they beat 10-man QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road.

Second half goals from David Edwards and Helder Costa put Wolves 2-0 up after James Perch had seen red just half an hour in.

The hosts got back into it in the 90th minute when Joel Lynch scored from close range.

But Wolves, who lose Carl Ikeme to injury, survived nine minutes of injury time to finally break their barren run.

Analysis

If Wolves want to end a miserable winless run they should always make a date at Loftus Road, writes Tim Spiers at Loftus Road.

Before tonight they had gone nine without a win. The last time they won here was in 2012 - after 12 matches without tasting victory.

Then, as this evening, they were desperately low on confidence. And then, as this evening, they were given a helping hand by QPR having a man sent off in the first half, before going on to win 2-1 thanks to two second half goals.

They certainly didn't make it easy for themselves, though.

James Perch was sent off after 34 minutes but Wolves took until half an hour later to look like the team with 11 men.

After the first goal of the Paul Lambert era, somewhat predictably from David Edwards who netted his fourth of the season, they settled and grew in confidence.

After Costa's wonderful second it should have been game over - Matt Doherty, Costa and substitute Jon Dadi Bodvarsson all missed superb chances to wrap it up.

And those defensive frailities reared their ugly head yet again after QPR got back into it in injury time.

But Wolves survived. They showed organisation and discipline to give themselves a grounding in the first half. They showed quality to get the goals they sorely needed. And they showed grit and determination to survive the home team's late charge.

Much better than of late, then. And all in all, not a bad evening's work.

After Saturday's disappointing 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday Lambert rang the changes.

In came Ivan Cavaleiro, Nouha Dicko, Romain Saiss, Carl Ikeme and the suspension-free Danny Batth.

George Saville, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Jack Price, Andy Lonergan and Kortney Hause all dropped to the bench, while Joao Teixeira was absent through suspension.

It was a line-up that will have pleased the majority of supporters, some of whom had criticised the boss after Saturday's loss.

At a quiet Loftus Road the first half was played out in next-to-no atmosphere and with little quality on show from either team.

The sides sporadically swapped chances, with Danny Batth blocking a rasping Grant Hall zinger in his own six-yard box and QPR keeper Alex Smithies keeping out Helder Costa's volley.

They surpassed the 15-minute mark without conceding - a cause for celebration this season. And they even had the referee on their side - not a remark that could have been made too often in recent months.

Man in the middle Tim Robinson missed a Matt Doherty handball in the box, just before he sent off Perch.

It was hardly a free-flowing classic but at half time Wolves had the foundations to press for victory after a solid first half and, of course, that man advantage.

They hardly came out all-guns-blazing, though, for the start of the second period. In fact with the amount of possession they had it looked like QPR who had 11 men, not Wolves.

But after a magical move of real quality, finished with ferocity by Edwards, it was plain sailing.

Edwards' 62nd-minute opener, devastating in its clinicalness (not something that could be often said of Wolves this season) saw Wolves' confidence visibly grow and it was no surprise when Helder Costa turned on the charm with a wonderful second just a few minutes later.

Thereafter it should have been a cakewalk, and Doherty should have made it 3-0 on the break, but after waiting since September 24 for a win Wolves were more than happy to settle for two.

The evening was dampened when Carl Ikeme limped off in the closing minutes

And Wolves unnecessarily heaped pressure on themselves when allowing Joel Lynch to stab home from close range in the 90th minute, before the same man somehow failed to connect from six yards a couple of minutes later.

Key moments

10 - A QPR corner comes out to Grant Hall on the edge of the box - he smacks a fierce volley and Danny Block makes a superb block in the six-yard box.

21 - Matt Doherty plays to Ivan Cavaleiro near the left-corner flag. His cross is magnificent and Helder Costa's first-time volley from the edge of the area forces Alex Smithies into a smart low save.

27 - A QPR cross from the right strikes Doherty on the hand before bouncing behind for a corner. Referee Tim Robinson misses it.

34 - RED CARD - QPR right-back James Birch flies through Doherty with a late tackle. That's a second booking and a red card.

38 - Should be 1-0 to Wolves. Costa swings over a delicious inswinger from the right wing, David Edwards arrives at the perfect moment but heads over from six yards.

60 - GOAL - Dominic Iorfa plays a great one-two with Matt Doherty whose return pass is perfect. Iorfa crosses low and there's Edwards to smash into the net from 10 yards.

65 - And there's Edwards again. Denied by Smithies after he flicks Coady's right wing cross towards the far corner.

67 - GOAL - What a goal from Helder Costa. The Portuguese winger ambles in from the right wing, beats a couple of QPR defenders and then finishes past Smithies with ease. Magnificent.

79 - It really should be 3-0 but Doherty's shot is blocked by the onrushing Smithies after Costa plays the full-back in on the counter attack.

90 - GOAL - QPR pull one back. A corner isn't dealt with and Joel Lynch stabs home.

92 - Lynch is free in the six-yard box but can't connect properly and a golden chance goes begging.

Teams

QPR (4-4-2): Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Lynch, Robinson; Luongo, Sandro (Henry, 62), Hall, Chery; Polter, Washington (Ngbakoto, 45). Subs: Ingram, Bidwell, Cousins, Gladwin, Sylla.

Goal: Lynch (90)

Wolves (4-3-3): Ikeme (Lonergan, 82); Iorfa, Batth (c), Stearman, Doherty; Coady, Saiss, Edwards; Costa, Dicko (Bodvarsson, 76), Cavaleiro (Saville, 72). Subs: Hause, Price, Wallace, Enobakhare.

Goals: Edwards (62), Costa (67)

Attendance: 12,220 (804 Wolves fans)

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Position in the table

19th (21 points from 19 matches)

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Comments for: "QPR 1 Wolves 2 - Report and pictures"

1wolves

Well done lads , onwords and upwords.

Cradley Wolf

1wolves, just a little word on your grammar old chap

I do believe you meant to say onwards and upwards.

1wolves

CW

gramer is the least off mi worrys lol

Shewolf1943

You should take better care of your Grandma.

Terry King

Much better and big praise to David Edwards from forgetting the stupid approach by some fans to him on Saturday and coming back and doing the job again for the club. Lets hope the moaners will not be allowed to do what they did a few years ago, discourage the payers that reulted in two league drops. I wish we had 30,000 fans who supported like those who did in League One, real fans!

London Wolves

here here for DE, 4 goals in the last 8 games, the only player that kept his nerve, really should be captain. great team selection and great win for us. . .. we and PL and the players can build on this. first attacking side PL has picked, lets hope he keeps on doing it.

The Flying Winger

T K, totally agree with your comments.

sue

Yes.So pleased thought we looked better with Baath and Stearman some won't agree,thought Saiss played well and all round good performance ,shame about Ikeme.

Tomwolf

Sue - I said earlier in the week that Batth and Stearman are our best central pairing their the most experienced, and we need experience at the moment. And im also pleased for Dave Edwards why this lad gets so much abuse beggars belief.

Finchy

The wolves have hardly done anything to not warrant a telling off... I'm no bellyaches but even I've been disappointed with them and to be honest they needed telling! Even Edwards said he understands why fans are upset even he was upset and gave a bit back... its all about passion and Dave has loads of that for sure and I hope rubs off on the other players.

Our fans are good... watching the game tonight qpr stadium was half empty and was no atmosphere, that's something you should be proud of with our fans they are always up for it. And I wouldn't blame the fans for the relegation either! Back then the players were rubbish and had given up... not the fans fault, they just showed there anger at there commitment, lack of skill and the board for putting the club in that position.

Goldensock

It's CCCCCCCCCCChristmas!!!!

Cradley Wolf

Pity Farmer Teds son Danny Plastic Batth was at fault AGAIN for QPR's goal !!!!

A much better performance from the lads tonight and we thoroughly deserved the win

great goals from Dangerous Dave and Helder Costa, we should of had at least 5 tonight and

at least 1 penalty for a blatant hand ball but then again so should QPR have had a penalty when

Docherty handled in the area but all in all a very good performance.

Terry King

Danny B was not at fault for the QPR goal and his earlier save when he headed a full blooded shot away is not something many players would have done. I am sure if he was able to say in a Brierly Bonk accent what he thought of the knockers it would be worth listening to, even if most folk wouldnt not understand him.

Rainbow-Demon

Could have easily been 3 or 4, but that would have been too easy. Did not control the game after they got one back. At least moving in the right direction, roll on the next game.

Shewolf1943

Well done lads. Some heart stopping moments towards the end but they stood firm. Let's hope confidence will start to come back with three very welcome points. Two super goals as well. Hopefully onwards and upwards. Feel for Ikeme hope it's not as bad as it looked.

KnightWolf

Relief. Watching through fingers stuff. Please let this be a turning point.

oldergold

It's a funny old game, Greavsie would say! Well done grinding out a win, onward and upward UTW

Brightonwolf

The weekend has started early!

The Flying Winger

Great result we'll done to Lambert, the team it was desperately needed and to see out all those extra minutes without losing is a real bonus.

A much better team with some of the players that many of us had called for allowed us some good attacking opportunities, this should have done much for the confidence of the players and fans.

Ritchie, we do know a few things and we'll played to Batth and Stearman.

Hope Ikeme is ok and looking forward now to our progress.

Ritchie

Flying, even a blind pig finds the odd truffle ;-)! onwards we go old chap....

Bleydh

Pigs detect truffles by smell not sight you muppet.

Ritchie

Yes I know, that's the point Bleydh, Lambert has smelt the coffee. Muppet indeed...

Finchy

First half was a bit boring but soon as we scored we got some confidence and looked good! Both goals were good but costas was amazing. Easily our best player this season.

9mins extra time... where did that come from. I knew they would score soon as ikeme came off but for me PL made a mistake by taking cav of for saville... I hope he see how bad a sub that was. Yes fav was on a yellow but the game fell a part for us at that point. Saville and Wallace both as bad as each other hopefully if tex was available he would have come on instead. Cab was being a bit selfish but that's generally what good players are like. I just hope PL didn't sub him for a negative reason and next game reinstates sav or Wallace.... that would be a backwards step.

I was getting worked up in injury time... to the point I had to stand up and about 3feet from the TV pacing side to side.... we needed this so bad! Hoping for a run now and another 3 points next game.

Sir Lupi

Cavaliero was subbed at exactly the right time.

The lad did well tonight dont get me wrong, i even thought he tracked back and defended much better than we've seen from him so far this season.

All i will say is towards the end he was running into dark alleys and kept giving the ball away.

It was a sensible decision to sub him at 2-0 up imo.

Finchy

must have been a coincidence that the game turned against us once this sub was made....? left side was awful.

The Flying Winger

S L. We have subbed many times before in that situation and paid the price for it, we nearly did again last night.

THE DUDE

Always happy to welcome 3 points but woeful football for much of the time. Everyone guilty of panic stations and very little quality for the whole 98 minutes. Costa´ goal was a gem so you can´ complain too much but he´ too selfish too often. Thanks again to deadly Dave for kick starting the goal rush. I hope this means we up and running, though come January we will deff need two to four new players.

darrenm3388

Hope this result is our turning point. Well done lads

Capelwolf

Superb. The best Wolves have played since the 2nd half at Villa Park. Many positives and plenty for PL to work on. I think we play so much better away from home with Saiss pulling the strings. Such an intelligent player. Cavaleiro and Dicko will benefit from more game time. Costa's goal was magnificent. Only Mason's goal v Blues was as good. But Saiss is now suspended for the next game and that is a big worry. Onwards and upwards..

sylvain2u

good result.

Team defended much better as a whole. still a bit fragile at the end

dicko and costa added the pace we needed upfront.

Edwards once again in the right place fantastic finish

Not sure we would have won if bodvarson had started in this game.

cavaleiro had some nice touches but still looks short of fitness and sharpness

saiss really struggled at the end physically especially when they got a goal back.

It will be tougher at home and lambert needs to pick players who wont hide and will show fight.

Thats why i think he will rely on the experienced players at this level.

would like to see mason or ola john on the bench instead of Enobakhare because of their experience at the moment.

chris h

3 valuable points, well done to them all, but especially Dom Iorfa who didn't put a foot wrong and laid on the first goal. Well done Danny winning loads of headers and Dependable Dave coming up with a goal, again. Plus excellent skill and goal from Costa Coffee.

Not Convinced

chris H - would appear that whatever else costa does in life , one thing he will never do is pass to bod if bod is in a better position to score - with the right pass bod could have 2 good goal chances towards the end of the game (maybe his excellent goal went to his head )

chris h

Not Convinced, Great turn and bod was through one on one, I am sure we were all willing him to put it in the net, but sadly not to be. Scoring goals I am afraid is the big issue with the lad. I see him being more effective coming on as a sub as per last night. Yep Costa has loads of skill, but if Budvarsson is lacking in finishing, Costa often is lacking as a team player.

Brutus

It was a shaky performance .,we looked poor in the first half barely putting 2 passes together . The second half was much better and the team will need finishing practice tomorrow . As always we nearly threw it all away in the last 5 minutes and lost our shape. There is a lot of work to be done but PL knows how he wants to play and we should improve from here . I think we may have the right manager and may be contenders next season .

The Admiral

Really pleased with the win tonight although I was physically shaking at the end, those last 10 minutes were not good for my blood pressure. We needed those 3 points badly and it was also good to be able to shut Holloway up. Costa I thought was superb it's such a shame that he will be going back to Benfica at the end of the season, Iorfa was much better tonight and even Danny Batth had a reasonable game. Let's hope this kick starts a little run & isn't just a one off.

Ritchie

About time this season that things went our way from a ref point of view.

For me this game showed a few pivotal things and despite certain comments from Paul Lambert in regard to the new signings (maybe he was miss quoted?), he put the quality on the pitch from the start and it paid off.

Dicko ain't far off, Cavaliero is growing in stature, Back comes Saiss at long last, Stearman & Bahth have to be our CB option, but this Costa fella is to good for this league and if we don't sign him a Prem club will.

The game itself, A right battle and I can understand why this league is the fourth watched league in Europe. And after this resolute win I think Paul Lambert will settle the SQUAD and steadily claw our way up the league, I'm gonna sleep tonight...

Ritchie

O and by the way, next time I'm in Little rascals (Dave Edwards place) I'll by him a coffee, what a pro.....

Shewolf1943

Give him a kiss from me.

BeeCee

Another one to compete with then.

Come on She at my age I am beginning to feel left out..........

Shewolf1943

Told you I was a strumpet!!!!!! Lovely three points last night, but I was on a knife edge at the end, screaming for the whistle. Let's hope this is the start of our season. xxxxxxxx

BeeCee

She.

After watching it again (twice) they still looked like a team of 2 halves.

If they had played in the first half as well as the second panic would not have prevailed, as it did, in the last 8 minutes of the 97. Seems to me that they must wait for a rollicking at half time before they realise its a game of 90 minutes.

Do you agree?

It ain't good for my dicky ticker...!

Shewolf1943

Hi Trouble is we only play 45mins most matches. Think they probably had a rollicking and once they started to find the passes the confidence came back. If only the other chances had gone in we would have been on easy street. Never able to relax watching Wolves unless we are 3 goals in the lead, and that don't happen very often.

Finchy

Just watched lambert post match interview on wolves YouTube channel, he said the right things for me, sounds like he knows what's wrong and has a plan, I think you may be right about being misquoted it may have been out of context? I just hope cav is given more starts.

Was nice to hear Holloway screaming on the touch line... playing up to the cameras too... can't stand him and glad we took 3 points off him.

oldergold

Great to see encouraging posts on here tonight, let's hope it rubs off on the lads, we will see mistakes, and off days of each of the players, positive encouragement will bring the club together, keep encouraging from the terraces and it will come well done to all the supporters UTW

Welshwolf

It was another dreadfully shaky performance but we won. Lots and lots of work and confidence building still needed. Great to see Iorfa getting forward again and laying on a goal. Belief is what's chiefly needed from everyone.

Not Convinced

2 great goals - dangerous has led from the front all week , talked the talk and tonight walked the walk .

loved costas individual goal but he had 2 chances at the end to play bod in and decided to shoot from ridiculous angles instead - one day he will play bod in !

price dropped - we won - for me no surprise - i am tired of the jack price debate , lets move him on in january .

cavaleiro played quite well but hopefully one day he will manage to pick out a team mate in the opponents box .

would appear that lambert managed to organise the defence and we almost looked like a football team or some of the match , although we nearly blew it .

DancesWithWolves

Watched it on Sky. Nail biting performance in the second half but confidence is returning. Typical goal from Edwards, reminiscent of Martin Peters. Fantastic goal from Costa. Cav was too selfish and over-elaborate, less is more sometimes. We should have put the game to bed at 2-0 but nerves got the better of us. More fluent performances will surely follow.

No Sweat

'90 - GOAL - QPR pull one back. A corner isn't dealt with and Joel Lynch stabs home'. Except that corner was a throw-in by Jack Robinson who had a decent spell with Wolves as a Liverpool loanee in 2013.

At least we stopped Karl Henry from scoring, but only just.

Bruce, Arouca, Trinidad

Let's face it, not a great display and perhaps we needed the sending off to help us. But anything to break the winless spell. Now we must concentrate on winning some games at Molineux which has been a real problem over the past couple of seasons. And lets not get involved in any play-off talk unless we really do begin to win game after game

Andy35

When you go nine games without a win your confidence is on the floor, you just need a bit of luck for the tide to turn. Maybe we got that with their sending off ? No matter. We just wanted a win, no matter how we got it.

Some fans must really have a look at themselves though. Some of the abuse that Batth and Edwards has received is a disgrace. I have seen my fair share of players who have worn the Wolves shirt in the passed, who were nowhere near as good as those two, but I would never abuse one of our players. If the Manager has picked them and they cross that white line, you just have to get behind the team, no matter what. Can these idiotic fans not see how counter-productive their behaviour is ?

We have stopped the rot and given ourselves something to build on and we did at least go 90 minutes without conceding a goal. We have to trust Lambert and give him the time to get it right. He did it with Norwich and he can do it with Wolves.

Kananga

Dave Edwards is probably the best player we've had in the last 10 years.

Sir Lupi

Pffft...no where near as good as Jamie O Hara!

Thomas

If that be so then its a poor show really isn't it. How many premier league squads would he get into I wonder?

101 chicken chow mein

good win pleased for Iorfa best game for ages Danny Baath, steers, Dougherty all had good games and glad to see saisse back in the line up, biggest worry for me was Connor Coady totally anonymous .I think we have to stick with this line now though.

UTW

Robbieboy

Gotta love Dave Edwards, such a committed and professional club man. Cracking goal from Costa.

Tim Spiers says that he beat a couple of players as he cut in to score. I thought it looked like about five.

Lastly, can we please lose that appalling lime coloured away shirt. There was no colour clash against QPR.

Why can't we just wear our traditional colours when there is no clash? One of my real bugbears that, and I bet lots of other fans feel the same.

bintheredunit

keep the same team for next week hope ikeme is ok iorfa best game yet thought saisse was solid front three worked their socks off great result now lets do it at HOME UTW

RugeleyWolf

Really pleased we have stopped the rot.

Was shocked by the team selection on Saturday, so not surprised we were well beaten.

Much better team for last night.

A bit of luck for once; QPR down to 10 men and a missed Open Goal from them in the last minute.......but hey, I am happy with that!

It was a game between 2 teams low on confidence, which was reflected in the quality of the game.

From us:

- 2 great goals, shows we have enough in our squad to push on.

- Thought we handled their 2 Big Fellas upfront very well in the main.

- Edwards was a great leader by example last night.

- Iorfa back playing how we know he can.

- Dicko rated down in this paper, but for me, he ran his socks off up front, bodes well for the future.

Suggested things to work on in training:

- Passing, poor at times, against a good side. could be damaging

- Goals, created several clear chances later in the game and finished none of them. Didn't matter last

night, but continues to be an issue.

We are behind you Mr Lambert, get us to January and tell Jeff what you need to do with the Squad and we could be on our forwards, though maybe not to the "Promised Land" this season.

ps

Note to Jeff - Mr Lambert MUST have full control of 1st Team Strategy. The current Director of Football has done so much damage in the last few years, it must stop.

Realistic Wolf

Nice to get a win but more importantly thank goodness Lambert has at last had the nouse to bring in Saiss and Cav.

lambwolf

Its been said on this site a number of times about the fact that the team are happier playing away .Could it be that while the players are used to all kinds of comments as the away side they are really not too bothered,but playing in front of your home crowd booing and yelling abuse must surely be soul destroying and counter productive as heads drop and confidence drains away.

I realise its very frustrating for the fans but surely its better to get behind them all the way. Just a thought .

thedoog

Welcome three point and good start to December a month in which all the games are winnable.

Stevenorthbank

Great result, who cares if it was against 10 men.Nice to get one over motormouth Holloway as well. Up the Wolves

old golds worth more

Saw the match on Sky so missed the non-atmosphere! When ever I see a player dive and feign injury I get annoyed, and after seeing umpteen replays from different angles, I got annoyed with Doherty. Perch got sent off (IMO), not for the tackle but for it's intent, as all those replays showed Perch didn't touch Doherty or if he did contact was minimal, yet Doherty went down and writhed about as if shoot, embarrassing it was, and I hope Lambert has a quiet word with him over it. Up until that point it was a fairly mediocre game, but once QPR were down to ten men it obviously changed in our favour. I am pleased we finally managed to not only score but win a game as well, however I'm not getting carried away by it due to nature of the way it was won, especially as we tried our best to give QPR a point in those seven minutes of added time. The referee was once again very poor (again IMO), he made some iffy decisions and gave free kicks to both goalkeepers for no reason at all as the replays showed, he also missed two handballs that were penalties (one for each side). It was good to see Cavaleiro get a start from the off, but he did his chances not a lot of good, by at least two or three times trying to take on and beat three defenders when team mates were in very good positions waiting for a pass from him that never came! Batth and Stearman had one of their better games when playing together, and Costa had an excellent second half, Edwards did his customary job of running into brick walls for us and scored a fine goal (according to the commentator his fourth in front of the sky camera's this season), so more televised matches please Sky! So overall we have stopped the rot, and lets hope we can embark on an unbeaten run that is at least as long as that winless one, and this time win some matches against a full team of opponents!