Championship match report: Brentford 1-0 QPR

Djuricin celebrates his winner. Credit: Reuters

By Chris Mendes

Marco Djuricin scored the only goal as Brentford extended their winning run to four games under caretaker Lee Carsley with a first victory over QPR since 1965.

Austrian striker Djuricin, on loan from Red Bull Salzburg, notched his fourth goal of the season after 55 minutes when he guided a cross from Alan Judge over Rob Green.

The result sees the Bees leapfrog their West London neighbours by one point into 10th spot, four points away from the play-off positions.

QPR responded to Brentford’s goal by sending on top scorer Charlie Austin, returning from a hamstring injury, but the striker was starved of service and failed to make an impact.

The two London clubs may be separated by just five miles, but they hadn't met in more than 11 years, when both teams were in the old football league division two.

After a nervy opening ten minutes, the first clear-cut opportunity of the match fell to Alan McCormack, who leapt highest and headed Jake Bidwell’s cross comfortably over the crossbar.

Three minutes later, Toumani Diagouraga found himself unmarked a few yards outside the area, but the midfielder sliced his volley high and wide.

A game lacking any real quality eventually opened up after the half hour mark, as QPR created their first meaningful attack. A neat one-two between Matty Phillips and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas ended with Phllips drilling a powerful left-footed effort straight at David Button.

Clint Hill shows Brentford fans the badge as he goes off injured. Credit: Reuters

The visitors appeared to grow in confidence from then onwards – enjoying far more of the ball – and they came even closer to taking the lead six minutes later.

Massimo Luongo fed Phillips out wide before darting into the penalty box and forcing Button into a fingers-tips save with a glancing header.

As half-time approached, Judge tested Green with a speculative side-footed effort, but it was QPR who fashioned the finest effort of the first half, again through Luongo, three minutes before the interval.

Playing behind Jay Emmanuel-Thomas in an advanced midfield role, the Australian international picked up the ball just inside Brentford’s penalty box on the left, and curled a sweet effort that cannoned away to safety off Button’s far post.

The home fans did their best to put Konchesky off. Credit: Reuters

Caretaker boss Carsley had recorded three wins on the bounce since replacing Marinus Dijkhuizen, and whatever he said to the players at half-time appeared to have the desired effect.

Moments after the restart, McCormark should have done better with a close-range shot that Green palmed away, as QPR were caught napping in defence.

At the other end, the visitors were also guilty of being wasteful in front of goal. Emmanuel-Thomas lifted a teasing cross into the six-yard box, but Phillips could only guide his header straight into Button’s direction.

The breakthrough eventually arrived ten minutes into the second period, when Judge found himself in space just inside QPR’s penalty area, on the left hand side.

The midfielder, who had already been involved in ten of Brentford’s goals this season, fizzed a ball across the face of goal that Djuricin reached ahead of R’s skipper Nedum Onuoha, and lifted beyond Green to send the home fans wild.

Brentford recorded their first win over QPR in more than 50 years. Credit: Reuters

QPR responded by sending on returning top-scorer Austin and winger Hoilett in search of the equaliser, but they failed to register a single effort on target as Brentford took control of proceedings.

To compound QPR’s misery, veteran defender Clint Hill hobbled off on the 75th minute with what looked like a serious knee injury after landing awkwardly from an aerial challenge.

Hill had played an instrumental role in helping QPR keep a clean sheet in their two matches before this one, and it looks like the club could be without his services for a lengthy period.

Deep into injury time, midfielder Daniel Tozser summed up QPR’s evening when he sliced an effort far wide of Button’s right post from outside the area.

Chris Ramsey's side have now lost their last three away matches on the trot, conceding seven goals and scoring just once.