Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Huddersfield Town: R’s edge promotion rivals thanks to Luke Amos winner


Luke Amos celebrates his winner for QPR

Luke Amos’ late goal earned Queens Park Rangers an important win over fellow promotion-hopefuls Huddersfield Town that takes them up to fourth.

It took 80 minutes for the breakthrough to come in an entertaining and open encounter, with Chris Willock dancing his way down the right and swinging in a perfect cross for Amos to head powerfully into the net right under the nose of Terriers goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.

Both sides contributed to an ebb and flow opening 45 minutes, with Ollie Turton giving home keeper Seny Dieng a save to make in the first few minutes while Yoann Barbet struck the Huddersfield bar with a header from a corner.

The R’s arguably shaded the second-half as Stefan Johansen in particular took control with sharp passing and clever movement.

Huddersfield did create on the break, as Danel Sinani and Josh Koroma had chances which did not really test Dieng.

At the other, Nicholls turned Charlie Austin’s low effort round the post and did well to deny Ilias Chair when he was played in, but Amos’ header finally ended the visitors’ resistance and earned Mark Warburton’s side a third win in four games.

In Chair, Willock and Johansen, QPR had a creative axis which was a thorn in Huddersfield’s side throughout, and continued the club’s record of scoring in every league game so far this season.

Carlos Corberan’s Huddersfield created plenty but found both Dieng in good form and referee Graham Scott unwilling to point to the spot when Fraizer Campbell went down in the box.

The tightness of the division is summed up by the fact their defeat still leaves them only three points behind Stoke in sixth, although their away form is a concern with no win in the past six games on their travels.

Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberan told BBC Radio Leeds:

“I was watching a very demanding game where both teams had possibilities to win on balance. We started the game with one very clear chance, and after it was true they had some possibilities to score or create chances.

“After we had some losing of the ball in offensive half, we faced some counter-attacks, in the first half we were suffering with counter-attacks and some of the crosses from the right side.

“The worst thing for me was the advantage we had that we didn’t use, the game in the first-half was more balanced than the second half and they had the ball more than us. As soon as you don’t have the ball you are going to be defending more against a team that interpreted the game really well.”

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Dieng
  • 4Dickie
  • 20Dunne
  • 6Barbet
  • 37Adomah
  • 17DozzellBooked at 56minsSubstituted forAmosat 71′minutes
  • 7JohansenSubstituted forBallat 90+3′minutes
  • 3Wallace
  • 10ChairBooked at 27mins
  • 11AustinSubstituted forFieldat 83′minutes
  • 21Willock

Substitutes

  • 2Kakay
  • 8Amos
  • 12Ball
  • 13Archer
  • 14Thomas
  • 15Field
  • 41Duke-McKenna

Huddersfield

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 21Nicholls
  • 4Pearson
  • 32Lees
  • 26Colwill
  • 20TurtonSubstituted forOdubekoat 82′minutes
  • 15High
  • 8O’BrienBooked at 63mins
  • 3Toffolo
  • 24Sinani
  • 10KoromaBooked at 10minsSubstituted forThomasat 71′minutes
  • 25WardSubstituted forCampbellat 63′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Odubeko
  • 14Ruffels
  • 16Thomas
  • 22Campbell
  • 23Sarr
  • 31Schofield
  • 37Russell

Referee:
Graham Scott

Attendance:
11,591

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