Hull City

Match Recap: Late Goal Denies Tigers At Loftus Road

19 August 2017

Idrissa Sylla scored a stoppage-time winner for QPR as they came from behind to snatch a 2-1 victory over the Tigers.

Leonid Slutsky’s had looked on course to secure all three points at Loftus Road after leading through Jarrod Bowen’s first-half strike, only for second half substitute Matt Smith to level the scores 16 minutes from time.

Things then went from bad to worse for the Tigers when, in the seven minutes of additional time played at the end of the game, Sylla tapped in from close-range to condemn the team in black and amber to a second successive league defeat.

Key Action

INJURY: Kevin Stewart
On what was his first competitive appearance in black and amber, Kevin Stewart endured a day to forget as his afternoon lasted just nine minutes before being forced off with a recurrence of the injury that forced him to miss the first three games of the campaign.

CHANCE: Luke Freeman
Conor Washington’s run took him in behind Michael Hector down City’s left channel and though a precise pull-back found Luke Freeman arriving late in the penalty area, the QPR midfielder dragged wide from 12 yards out when he should’ve done better.

SHOT: Jarrod Bowen
A tight contest called for a touch of magic and it almost came from Jarrod Bowen. Quick feet from the City wide-man took him past both Alex Baptiste and Nedum Onuoha, but a fierce shot from a tight angle brought an excellent save from Alex Smithies to ensure the scores remained level.

GOAL: Hull City 1-0 QPR (Jarrod Bowen)
The Tigers opened the scoring ten minutes before the break when David Meyler sent in a cross from the right and Bowen held off a weak challenge from Kazenga LuaLua at the far post before stabbing the ball under goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

GOAL: Hull City 1-1 QPR (Matt Smith)
After twice going close to finding an equaliser following his introduction from the bench, it was a case of third time lucky for Matt Smith as he sent a header past Allan McGregor 16 minutes from time. Freeman’s cross was sent into the six-yard box from the left and Smith climbed highest to beat the helpless McGregor.

CHANCES: Jarrod Bowen & Seb Larsson
QPR’s desire to find a winner presented two golden chances for the Tigers in the closing stages. Bowen fired over from a good position before Seb Larsson spurned an even better opportunity when failing to beat Smithies from inside the box.

GOAL: Hull City 1-2 QPR (Idrissa Sylla)
A long punt forward from Smithies bounced all the way through to Washington, who lifted the ball over McGregor before Sylla applied the finishing touch from close range.

OFF THE LINE: Michael Hector
Hector came agonisingly close to securing a point for their efforts in stoppage time, but Smith somehow managed to keep out to his header to preserve the victory for QPR.

Post-Match Reaction
“With Kevin it was the same injury. I will not know more until we have the results of the scan. It is the same with Fraizer Campbell. It is very hard for us because we lost players before this game and now we have lost two more. Of course, I am very disappointed. It’s a very difficult time for us – a very difficult period. We played with maximum energy and showed willpower, but it is a very difficult time. We will keep on fighting. Smith changed the game. We were not very good at controlling the second ball.” Leonid Slutsky

“They are in a great place at the moment. That was character. James Perch did his knee and I wanted him to come off and he wouldn’t come off. I should be happy about that but part of me wants to tell him off for not doing as he was told. It shows the spirit we’ve got. They’re learning as a group and I’m loving what they’re doing at the moment. I think our identity’s coming. It won’t be the best looking at times but we’re going to build a name for ourselves for not giving in.” Ian Holloway

Line-Ups

Queens Park Rangers: Alex Smithies, James Perch, Nedum Onuoha, Alex Baptiste (Pawel Wszolek 63), Kazenga LuaLua (Matt Smith 57), Josh Scowen, Massimo Luongo, Luke Freeman, Jake Bidwell, Conor Washington, Jamie Mackie (Idrissa Sylla 72).
Subs Not Used: Matt Ingram, Darnell Furlong, Ryan Manning, Ariel Borysiuk.

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Ola Aina, Michael Dawson, Michael Hector, Max Clark, Jarrod Bowen, David Meyler, Kevin Stewart (Adama Diomande 10), Kamil Grosicki, Seb Larsson, Fraizer Campbell (Ondrej Mazuch 46).
Subs Not Used: Will Mannion, James Weir, Dan Batty, Greg Olley, Brian Lenihan.

Officials

Referee: James Linington
Assistant Referee: Michael George
Assistant Referee: Adam Matthews
Fourth Official: Ian Cooper

Attendance: 12,609 (inc 829 visiting Supporters)

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