QPR 0-1 Hull City
Premier League | Loftus Road | Saturday 16th August 2014
James Chester’s second half header and a late Allan McGregor penalty save earned the Tigers all three points at QPR on the opening day of the 2014/15 Premier League campaign.
Against a QPR side celebrating their return to the top tier of English football, Steve Bruce’s side was pushed all the way by a well-drilled home side who had the better of the first half.
Alejandro Faurlin dragged a shot on the turn wide from inside the box, Joey Barton struck the side-netting with a curling free-kick from 20 yards and Steven Caulker had a header cleared off the line by Andy Robertson.
But for most top-flight sides, football is all about taking your often limited chances and in this regard, the Tigers gave the newcomers a valuable refresher lesson. Seven minutes after the break Chester put City in front, getting the better of Rio Ferdinand inside the box to head Stephen Quinn’s corner into the bottom left-hand corner from eight yards.
Quinn was influential again 12 minutes later as he led a breakaway and played in Tom Ince, but his goalbound effort was kept out by the legs of Rob Green.The Tigers survived two late scares to claim
The Tigers survived two late scares to claim a first win at Loftus Road in 50 years as QPR searched desperately for an equaliser. First, Tom Huddlestone hacked the ball off the line after it had bounced goalwards off the knee of Ferdinand.
Then, after referee Craig Pawson harshly adjudged Chester had handled the ball in the area, McGregor dived low to his right to save Austin’s weak effort to ensure the Tigers began their campaign on a winning note.
QPR: Green, Caulker, Dunne (Zamora 78), Ferdinand, Traore, Simpson (Phillips 68), Barton, Mutch, Faurlin (Hoilett 69), Austin, Remy.
Subs Not Used: Murphy, Hill, Onuoha, Henry.
Hull City: McGregor, Chester, Davies, Bruce (McShane 46), Elmohamady, Robertson, Huddlestone, Livermore, Snodgrass (Quinn 40), Ince (Meyler 82), Jelavic.
Subs Not Used: Harper, Figueroa, Brady, Aluko.
16’ – Sloppy play from Snodgrass on the edge of his own box gifts QPR a chance to apply pressure from a corner, which eventually falls for Faurlin to strike but it’s blocked.
18’ – Barton comes close to breaking the deadlock as he steps up to curl a free-kick round the side of the wall and into the side netting of McGregor’s goal.
33’ – Jelavic is sent tumbling in the box by Traore as he bears down on goal but the referee somehow says ‘no penalty’.
44’ – Off the line! The Tigers somehow survive on this stroke of half time as Robertson clears Caulker’s header off the line and McGregor tips the rebound over the bar.
52’ – Chester opens the scoring! A decent free-kick is turned into a very good one as the centre-back loses Rio Ferdinand before stooping to nod beyond Green.
63’ – Save! Robert Green keeps his side in the game as Quinn springs a counter attack and Ince is fed in behind, but Green makes himself big to smother the winger’s shot.
81’ – Off the line! A QPR corner causes havoc inside the Tigers’ box. The ball strikes Ferdinand on the knee and bobbles towards goal where Huddlestone is perfectly placed to hack clear.
85’ – Penalty to QPR! And it’s a harsh one as Chester is adjudged to have handled Hoilett’s shot – despite only being a yard away – but the referee awards it. However, McGregor comes to rescue as he gets down well low to his right to keep out Austin’s spot-kick.
“That’s one win, we need nine more. So that’s one win per month – it sounds easy but it’s not if that was anything to go by.” Steve Bruce
Some days it just doesn’t go your way. You get a penalty late on and I think if we’d scored the penalty we had time to win the game, the momentum was with us. Some days you get the breaks and some days you don’t. I thought in the first half we played well – we had good control, a good shape to the team, we passed it well and created some good chances so it was encouraging.” Harry Redknapp
“If Harry Redknapp needed a reminder of how cruel the Premier League can be, this was it. Queens Park Rangers could have been 2-0 up at half time against Hull, but seven minutes into the second half they were on their way to defeat thanks to James Chester’s winner.” Daily Mail