QPR vs Barnsley Match Report

Brilliant Barnsley won again for what was their sixth successive league victory, that’s the first time the club has achieved that in the second tier in its history. Goals from Dike, Mowatt, and Morris lead the away side to a 3-1 victory over QPR. The win sees the away side move into sixth temporarily with Bournemouth able to leap back above them should they beat Bristol in the late kickoff. 

As we come to expect with Ismael, he again rotated his side for this one making a few changes from the side that started the win against Millwall. Sibbick and Chaplin were handed starts for the away side with Morris and Sollbauer dropping back to the bench.

Barnsley came into the game bang in form with the hosts looking to bounce back after a late defeat to Birmingham last time out. It was the home side that started much the brighter here in this one and they had a few chances early on to take the lead.

The first fell to on-loan striker Charlie Austin after he was picked out well with a long ball over the top. He was in space in the area but his first-time effort was fired over, the powerful strike did just clip the top of the bar on its way over.

The next chance came soon after and this was an even better opportunity for the hosts. It fell to Austin’s strike partner Lydon Dykes who was linked to a move to Barnsley in the summer but ended up joining the Rs. The chance came via a great cross from Kane on the right, he found the Scotland international in the middle but his sliding effort went wide under pressure from Collins.

He did look to be offside from what I could see but the flag stayed down and it would have counted had it gone in. A big chance wasted by the powerful forward.

Barnsley then started to get into the game following the good opening spell by the home side, the away side with Dike and Chaplin at the heart of the good work. The two almost combined for the opener but Dike was denied by a great clearing header by Barbet at the back post. Chaplin did well to latch onto a long ball before crossing but it was just cut out.

The away side came close again soon after when Brittain and Dike combined down the right before the American picked out Palmer on the edge of the box. His shot was well saved by Dieng but it looped up into the air with the keeper having to punch it away on the line before Woodrow could nod it home.

From the resulting corner though, Barnsley did take the lead. Captain Alex Mowatt swung in an inch-perfect corner to the near post and there was Dike to head home from close range for his second goal of the season since joining from the MLS.

This goal then paved the way for a crazy spell in which a further two goals came within an eight-minute spell. Just minutes after falling behind the home side levelled the scores. Just as they had done at the weekend, Barnsley had a lapse in concentration at the back and let their lead slip moments after going ahead.

Ilias Chair delivered a lovely cross from the right from a freekick, it was met by Helik who looked to clear but the ball fell to Barbet who volleyed an effort towards the goal. His shot was saved by Collins but the ball was parried straight to Austin who smashed home from close range to make it 1-1.

This was a blow for Barnsley who had got into the lead following a good spell before the goal, they did not take long to respond though as they went back in front almost instantly. Just two minutes after the QPR leveller the away side were back in front and it was a lovely goal.

Romal Palmer was brought down on the edge of the area and the ref awarded a freekick. Captain Mowatt stepped up and his curling effort found the top corner to put Barnsley back in front.

QPR rallied again before the break as they looked to level yet again and they did have chances before the break. The first came from another fabulous Chair delivery from a freekick. It was flicked on at the near post and looked destined for the net but the ball struck the back of another QPR player before hitting the post. As it hit the other player the flag went up and the reds escaped.

Soon after a Dykes long throw found its way to Austin in the middle but his effort went just over the bar via a deflection off young Toby Sibbick.

The last action of the first half saw Barnsley come close to extending their lead as Romal Palmer was picked out on the edge of the box. His strike went just wide clipping the side netting as it went behind.

Half Time – QPR 1-2 Barnsley 

It was a very end to end opening half with both sides having good spells. QPR probably edged the game on chances created but two moments of magic from Mowatt saw the away side go in at the break leading.

It was a very quiet start to the second half, this prompted Ismael to look to his bench slightly earlier than normal. Not long before the hour mark he made a triple change as he replaced his full front three with Morris, Adeboyejo and Frieser all coming on. This proved to be an inspired move by the Barnsley head coach just moments later.

QPR committed bodies forward but Barnsley broke quickly and made the hosts pay. Alex Mowatt picked up the ball in the middle of the park and his long ball over the top found Morris who controlled well and ran through on goal. He had the pace to stay ahead of the defender before slotting the ball into the net under Dieng to make it 3-1 with what was his first involvement after coming on.

The third goal really took the sting out of QPR and the game went a little flat following this with Barnsley happy to defend the lead they had and look to catch the hosts on the break. Adeboyejo did come close to adding a fourth when the ball fell to him in the area from a long throw but his volley went just wide.

Barnsley came again on the break soon after, this time Dom Frieser came close as his curling effort from the edge of the box went just wide. Soon after this The Austrian slipped Mowatt in again on the break but this time the reds skipper couldn’t beat Dieng.

QPR almost pulled a goal back very late on but they were denied by Brad Collins. Firstly, the Barnsley keeper saved well at his near post to deny Sam Field. Just moments later the Tykes stopper was on hand to tip over a very late effort from Johansen as the away side stood firm to claim the win.

Full Time – QPR 1-3 Barnsley 

MOTM – Alex Mowatt, two assists and a wonderful free-kick in what was a fantastic all-action performance from the skipper. He covered pretty much every blade of grass and was superb throughout.

It was a very even and open first half but following the third goal in the second half, the reds gained full control and were able to see the final part of the game out fairly easily for another deserved three points. QPR offered some scares in the opening half but struggled to create anything after the break until those two chances in added time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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