• Date: Sat 17 April 2010
  • Venue: Loftus Road Stadium
  • Ref: Oliver, M
  • Attendance: 12,832

Queens Park Rangers vs Cardiff City

Team Lineups

Queens Park Rangers

Radek Cerny
Peter Ramage
Mikele Leigertwood
Kaspars Gorkss
Dusko Tosic
Akos Buzsaky
Alejandro Faurlin
Hogan Ephraim (Josh Parker, 84)
Tamas Priskin (Antonio German, 90)
Adel Taarabt
Jay Simpson (Lee Cook, 83)

Cardiff City

David Marshall
Kevin McNaughton
Mark Kennedy
Anthony Gerrard
Darcy Blake
Peter Whittingham
Stephen McPhail
Chris Burke (Kelvin Etuhu, 67)
Joe Ledley
Jay Bothroyd
Ross McCormack (Michael Chopra, 63)

Match Report
Joe Ledley scored the crucial match-winner to help Cardiff secure a 1-0 win at QPR and their place in the play-offs for the first time since gaining promotion into the Championship. Ledley has been one of the star performers for Cardiff in recent years and stole the headlines once again when he netted the only goal of the game on 80 minutes. Dave Jones' side can start dreaming about a possible place in the Premier League next season and put to bed the agony of missing out on the play-offs last season when Preston beat them by just one goal. QPR are still not safe and manager Neil Warnock will be anxiously looking over his shoulder in the final two games of the season. The home side could have opened the scoring after 18 minutes when the impressive Adel Taarabt raced towards the Cardiff penalty box and fired a low shot which cannoned back off the post. Chances were few and far between in the first-half but Cardiff came close on the half hour mark when Stephen McPhail was unmarked outside the box and he drilled a 25-yard drive which flew just wide of the post. Taarabt produced a great piece of skill on the stroke of half-time when he moved clear down the right. The Moroccan, who is on-loan from Tottenham, played the ball across goal but Jay Simpson and Tamas Priskin somehow failed to connect with the ball. QPR goalkeeper Radek Cerny almost gifted Cardiff the lead on 54 minutes when he fumbled a free-kick from Ross McCormack and the ball dropped into the path of Anthony Gerrard but he failed to get anywhere near the ball and Peter Ramage was able to clear the danger. The home side blew another golden chance to break the deadlock on 65 minutes when Simpson flicked the ball into the path of Hogan Ephraim who was totally unmarked inside the box but he struck his shot over the bar. Cardiff made them pay as Ledley scored the crucial match-winner with ten minutes to go. Mark Kennedy broke away down the left and played the perfect cross into Ledley at the far post who made no mistake heading the ball past Cerny into the corner of the net. QPR substitute Lee Cook could have salvaged an equaliser on 85 minutes when his close-range volley produced a superb save from David Marshall but the Welsh outfit held on for the win.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90
Substitution
 

QPR are replacing Tamas Priskin with Antonio German.

84
Substitution
 

Hogan Ephraim is replaced by Josh Parker.

83
Substitution
 

QPR are replacing Jay Simpson with Lee Cook.

80
Goal
 

Goal!! Joe Ledley scores for Cardiff.

76
Yellow Card
 

Adel Taarabt goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

67
Substitution
 

Cardiff are replacing Chris Burke with Kelvin Etuhu.

63
Substitution
 

Cardiff are replacing Ross McCormack with Michael Chopra.

53
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Peter Ramage.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 0.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by M Oliver

Kickoff
 

It's 3pm on Saturday, April 17th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

QPR face Cardiff at 3pm on Saturday, April 17th.