QPR 2-0 Scunthorpe

21 August 2010 04:42
QPR brushed aside Scunthorpe to go top of the Championship as Neil Warnock's side maintained their 100% record.Rangers scored their two goals in the first half with stand-in captain Adel Taarabt playing a role in both. [LNB]Bradley Orr put them in front from a Taarabt corner and Heidar Helguson deftly controlled a pass from the QPR skipper before guiding the ball home. [LNB]Warnock's team would have won by a much larger margin but for a string of fine saves by Iron keeper Joe Murphy. [LNB]Rangers had not won their opening three league games since 1947, but with Millwall losing at Leeds they are now the only side in the Championship with a 100% record and have yet to concede a goal. [LNB]Taarabt, signed permanently in the summer after two spells on loan from Tottenham, illuminated the contest with his dead-ball artistry and breathtaking skill, although his occasional theatrics drew the ire of the modest contingent of away supporters and he was booked for diving shortly before the break. [LNB][LNB] [LNB][LNB] The Morocco international, replaced by Akos Buzsaky after 73 minutes, had signalled his intent in the opening minutes with a brilliant curved pass that picked out Jamie Mackie and, midway through the first half, he executed an audacious spin and turn that bamboozled two opposition players. [LNB]There was also plenty of end product to Taarabt's play; a precise free-kick forced a low save while a teasing ball into the box was headed towards the Scunthorpe goal by Iron defender Niall Canavan, that drew a brilliant reaction stop by Murphy. [LNB]But the Iron keeper was powerless to prevent Orr from converting Taarabt's corner with a glancing header after the former Bristol City defender made a determined run towards the near post. [LNB]Helguson should have headed a second for Rangers with a powerful effort after a precise cross from Orr but again Murphy came to Scunthorpe's rescue. [LNB]However, Helguson did extend his team's lead before the break, with a goal that was a combination of great vision, skill and execution. [LNB]The veteran striker, 33 on Sunday, controlled a pass from Taarabt with his chest before lifting the ball beyond Murphy. [LNB]At times in the opening 45 minutes it appeared as though Nigel Adkins' side were being completely over-run. [LNB]The visitors might have scored through Jonathan Forte but, after beating the offside trap, his audacious lob flew harmlessly over. [LNB]Scunthorpe, who won at Reading on the opening day of the season, enjoyed a much greater share of the contest after the break. [LNB]Rangers keeper Paddy Kenny was finally forced into action, saving crisp long-range strikes from Martyn Woolford and Michael O'Connor, as well as pulling off a brilliant one-handed stop to deny Forte. [LNB]It looked as though Rangers had lost a little of their first-half drive but they still created enough openings to extend their lead. [LNB]Kaspars Gorkss headed against the crossbar after a Taarabt free-kick, while Helguson missed from seven yards after the Rangers captain and Hogan Ephraim had combined to slice open the opposition defence. [LNB]Substitute Buzsaky forced a one-handed save with a strike across goal and Alejandro Faurlin narrowly missed with a long-range strike in the closing minutes. [LNB][LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Saturday, 21 August 2010[LNB] Npower Championship[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time QPR 2-0 Scunthorpe FT (HT 2-0) Orr 17 Helguson 41 QPR 01 Kenny 02 Orr 03 Hill 13 Gorkss 16 Connolly 04 Derry (Leigertwood 87) 07 Taarabt yellow card (Buzsaky 73) 11 Faurlin 25 Ephraim 09 Helguson (German 90+1) 12 Mackie Substitutes 24 Cerny, 22 Ramage, 06 Leigertwood, 10 Buzsaky, 35 Parker, 08 Clarke, 33 German Scunthorpe 01 Murphy 03 McNulty (Byrne 82) 12 Raynes 21 Nolan 25 Canavan 04 Togwell 07 Woolford (Grant 76) 08 O'Connor 16 Wright 09 Dagnall 14 Forte Substitutes 13 Slocombe, 06 Byrne, 28 McClenahan, 02 Wright, 18 Collins, 17 Grant Ref: SalisburyAtt: 12,046 QPR SCUNTHORPE Possession QPR 60% Scunthorpe 40% Attempts on target QPR 7 Scunthorpe 4 Attempts off target QPR 6 Scunthorpe 3 Corners QPR 2 Scunthorpe 4 Fouls QPR 6 Scunthorpe 11 Final Result Full Time 90:00+5:05 The referee ends the match. 90:00+4:39 Defending throw-in by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe). 90:00+3:58 Attacking throw-in by Akos Buzsaky (QPR). 90:00+3:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin by Sam Togwell. Akos Buzsaky restarts play with the free kick. 90:00+0:44 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). 90:00+0:44 Substitution QPR substitution: Heidar Helguson replaced by Antonio German (tactical). 90:00+0:44 Shot by Mikele Leigertwood (QPR) drilled left-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar. 89:50 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR). 89:16 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR). 88:37 Shot by Alejandro Faurlin (QPR) volleyed left-footed from left channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). 86:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Forte by Kaspars Gorkss. Michael O'Connor delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel. 85:54 Substitution Mikele Leigertwood on for Shaun Derry. 85:54 Effort from just outside the area by Bobby Grant goes over the bar. 85:26 Bradley Orr has a drilled shot. Save by Joe Murphy. 82:20 Niall Canavan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick. 81:50 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). 81:05 Substitution Scunthorpe substitution: Jim McNulty replaced by Cliff Byrne (injury). 79:32 Shot by Akos Buzsaky (QPR) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). Outswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Akos Buzsaky (QPR) to centre, clearance by Michael O'Connor (Scunthorpe). 78:11 Foul by Michael Raynes (Scunthorpe) on Heidar Helguson (QPR). Free kick crossed right-footed by Akos Buzsaky (QPR) from left channel, clearance by Chris Dagnall (Scunthorpe). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Akos Buzsaky (QPR) to far post, save (punched) by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). 77:47 Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR). 77:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Grant by Jamie Mackie. Free kick taken by Jim McNulty. 75:58 Substitution Scunthorpe substitution: Martyn Woolford replaced by Bobby Grant (tactical). 75:18 Shot by Jonathan Forte (Scunthorpe) left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Patrick Kenny (QPR). 73:25 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 72:43 Substitution QPR substitution: Adel Taarabt replaced by Akos Buzsaky (tactical). 71:24 Heidar Helguson produces a right-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar. 69:59 Defending throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR). 67:23 Headed effort on goal by Heidar Helguson from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal. 66:09 Attacking throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 65:18 Jonathan Forte has a volleyed shot. Save by Patrick Kenny. 64:57 Sam Togwell fouled by Jamie Mackie, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Raynes takes the direct free kick. 64:02 Foul by Chris Dagnall (Scunthorpe) on Shaun Derry (QPR). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Patrick Kenny (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play. 63:26 Michael O'Connor takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Patrick Kenny. Michael O'Connor takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Clint Hill. 61:52 Niall Canavan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Adel Taarabt fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Joe Murphy. 61:06 Defending throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR). 59:05 Foul by Jonathan Forte (Scunthorpe) on Kaspars Gorkss (QPR). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Patrick Kenny (QPR) from own half, resulting in open play. 56:43 Foul by Heidar Helguson (QPR) on Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). Direct free kick taken left-footed by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe) from own half, resulting in open play. 55:45 Attacking throw-in by Bradley Orr (QPR). 54:59 Jamie Mackie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy. 54:04 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR). 53:16 Attacking throw-in by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe). 52:38 The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Dagnall. Patrick Kenny takes the indirect free kick. 51:19 Adel Taarabt fouled by Michael Raynes, the ref awards a free kick. Adel Taarabt delivers the ball, Close range headed effort by Kaspars Gorkss clears the crossbar. 50:39 Foul by Matthew Connolly (QPR) on Jonathan Forte (Scunthorpe). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Josh Wright (Scunthorpe) from left channel, passed. 50:08 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). 49:15 Defending throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR). 48:05 Shot by Shaun Derry (QPR) drilled left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). Foul by Matthew Connolly (QPR) on Martyn Woolford (Scunthorpe). Direct free kick taken left-footed by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe) from own half, passed. 46:11 Foul by Alejandro Faurlin (QPR) on Jonathan Forte (Scunthorpe). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor (Scunthorpe) from right channel, passed. Shot by Martyn Woolford (Scunthorpe) drilled left-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (parried) by Patrick Kenny (QPR). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor (Scunthorpe) to near post, clearance by Heidar Helguson (QPR). 45:01 The game restarts for the second half. Half Time 45:00+1:14 The half-time whistle blows. 45:00+0:47 Shot by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe) drilled left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR). 44:42 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR). 43:39 Header by Heidar Helguson (QPR) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), save (parried) by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt (QPR) to near post, clearance by Michael O'Connor (Scunthorpe). 43:21 Josh Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Heidar Helguson. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny. 42:24 Booking Adel Taarabt booked. 40:32 Assist (pass) by Adel Taarabt (QPR) from left channel. 40:32 GOAL - Heidar Helguson:QPR 2 - 0 Scunthorpe Goal by Heidar Helguson (QPR) lobbed left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards).QPR 2-0 Scunthorpe. 38:23 Defending throw-in by Bradley Orr (QPR). 37:52 Attacking throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 36:50 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 36:32 Defending throw-in by Bradley Orr (QPR). 36:07 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). 34:25 Foul by Sam Togwell (Scunthorpe) on Adel Taarabt (QPR). Free kick crossed right-footed by Adel Taarabt (QPR) from left wing, clearance by Michael O'Connor (Scunthorpe). 34:12 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR). 33:25 Shot on goal by Jonathan Forte from just inside the area clears the crossbar. 32:39 Attacking throw-in by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe). 31:44 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). 31:18 Attacking throw-in by Bradley Orr (QPR). 30:23 Josh Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Adel Taarabt. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adel Taarabt from left wing, clearance by Jim McNulty. 30:11 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR). 29:44 Defending throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR). 28:37 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 26:40 Shot by Michael Raynes (Scunthorpe) drilled right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Kaspars Gorkss (QPR). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor (Scunthorpe) to far post, clearance by Kaspars Gorkss (QPR). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Michael Raynes (Scunthorpe) to near post, save (parried) by Patrick Kenny (QPR). Shot by Adel Taarabt (QPR) drilled right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Michael Raynes (Scunthorpe). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt (QPR) to far post, resulting in open play. 26:17 Attacking throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 26:04 Defending throw-in by Bradley Orr (QPR). 25:39 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy. 23:34 Foul by Clint Hill (QPR) on Chris Dagnall (Scunthorpe). Free kick drilled right-footed by Michael O'Connor (Scunthorpe) from left channel (35 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR). 23:09 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). 22:38 Attacking throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 21:24 Unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin by Martyn Woolford results in a free kick. Adel Taarabt delivers the ball, Alejandro Faurlin produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal. 20:15 Clint Hill fouled by Jonathan Forte, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick. 19:48 Attacking throw-in by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe). 18:00 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt (QPR) to near post, clearance by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe). 17:15 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 17:05 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 15:34 Assist by Adel Taarabt (QPR) from left by-line. 15:34 GOAL - Bradley Orr:QPR 1 - 0 Scunthorpe headed goal by Bradley Orr (QPR) (bottom-right of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).QPR 1-0 Scunthorpe. 15:34 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Adel Taarabt (QPR) to near post, 15:01 Attacking throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 14:04 The offside flag is raised against Adel Taarabt. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick. 13:15 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). 12:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Togwell on Adel Taarabt. Adel Taarabt delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save by Joe Murphy. 11:56 Attacking throw-in by Heidar Helguson (QPR).Attacking throw-in by Bradley Orr (QPR). 11:01 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). 10:30 Bradley Orr has a drilled shot. Blocked by Niall Canavan. 9:53 Defending throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR). 9:26 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 9:00 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 8:43 Attacking throw-in by Adel Taarabt (QPR). 7:31 Foul by Chris Dagnall (Scunthorpe) on Hogan Ephraim (QPR). Free kick drilled right-footed by Adel Taarabt (QPR) from right channel (20 yards), save (parried) by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt (QPR) to far post, clearance by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe). 7:08 Attacking throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 5:55 Shot by Alejandro Faurlin (QPR) drilled left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). 5:30 Attacking throw-in by Clint Hill (QPR). 5:05 Goal kick taken long by Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe). 4:22 Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR). 3:05 Sam Togwell fouled by Clint Hill, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael O'Connor, Matthew Connolly manages to make a clearance. 2:03 Attacking throw-in by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe). 1:36 Goal kick taken long by Patrick Kenny (QPR). 0:46 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 0:29 Defending throw-in by Jim McNulty (Scunthorpe). 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match. Live text and data provided by The Press Association.[LNB]

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