QPR 0-1 Blackpool: Josh Bowler scores just before half time

QPR 0-1 Blackpool: Josh Bowler scores just before half time as Tangerines secure second victory of the season

  • Josh Bowler scored the only goal as Blackpool won 1-0 away to QPR
  • Blackpool move up to seventh in Championship while QPR are now in 15th 
  • Substitute Sinclair Armstrong missed an opportunity for QPR in closing stages 

QPR were made to rue missed chances as academy graduate Josh Bowler helped Blackpool snatch a crucial victory at Loftus Road.

Michael Appleton’s side had not won at QPR since 1972, but Bowler’s strike on the brink of half-time helped them break that duck.

The hosts almost took an early lead when Leeds loanee Tyler Roberts stung the palms of Blackpool goalkeeper Daniel Grimshaw with a low drilled hit. But the Tangerines responded — Jerry Yates coming within a whisker of putting them ahead.

Josh Bowler put Blackpool in the lead as he found the net just before half time at Loftus Road

QPR boss Mick Beale emphasised his hopes for Manchester United loanee Ethan Laird, who immediately showed signs of his attacking threat on debut.

Less than five minutes had gone when the full back, who finalised his move on Monday, fizzed a dangerous cross across goal.

Lyndon Dykes should have given his side the lead shortly after. Stefan Johansen won the ball on the edge of the box but the Scotland striker’s tame attempt was straight at Grimshaw.

Arsenal loanee Charlie Patino impressed for Blackpool but had to go off due to an injury


QPR: Dieng, Laird, Dickie, Dunne, Paal (Adomah 86), Field, Johansen (Armstrong 68), Dozzell, Roberts (Shodipo 80), Chair, Dykes

Booked: Dunne 

Subs: Kakay, Hamalainen, Masterson, Walsh 

Blackpool: Grimshaw, Connolly, Ekpiteta, Williams, Thompson, Fiorini (Gabriel 64), Patino (Carey 45), Dougall, Bowler (Corbeanu 87), Yates, Lavery (Thorniley 90)

Subs: Maxwell, Husband, Hamilton, Thorniley

Goal: Bowler 45

Booked: Ekpiteta, Thompson 

QPR goalkeeper Sery Dieng punches the ball clear during the clash at Loftus Road

And QPR were made to pay on the brink of half-time when Bowler bended one in after Lewis Fiorini started a lethal Backpool counter attack.

On Saturday, QPR relied on goalkeeper Seny Dieng to score a dramatic equaliser away to Sunderland but they had no such luck in front of their own fans.

Their best chances of a second-half equaliser came with minutes remaining, with Sinclair Armstrong twice going close — first dragging wide from the edge of the box, then heading Albert Adomah’s cross over the bar from close range.

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