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Loftus Road Stadium (ATT 16,658) 7th April 2013 - Kick off 16:10 Ref: P Dowd

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Wigan Athletic Wigan


B Zamora (S/O 21)
L Remy (85)


Wigan 1

S Maloney (90+4)

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  1. 18:06

    Thanks for joining me this afternoon, hope you have caught your breath! Stay with us for all the post-match reaction.

  2. 90+6

    And that's full time. Great entertainment but ultimately QPR remain seven points adrift and Maloney's free-kick may have just sealed their fate.

  3. 90+5

    Fantastic technique as Maloney's strike beats the wall and finds its way into the top left corner. Fantastic drama late on here at Loftus Road.

  4. 90+4

    GOAL - Super free-kick from Maloney as he makes it all square!!!

  5. 90+3

    Silly foul for Mbia on Maloney even closer to the edge of the box this time. Perhaps the last chance for Wigan to spoil the party.

  6. 90+3

    Gomez's effort hits the wall and rises into the air, before Samba makes an emphatic clearance.

  7. 90+2

    Nervous times for the hosts as Bosingwa trips Gomez for a free-kick in a great position for Wigan.

  8. 90+1

    We are into the first of four additional minutes. Can Wigan provide another twist or are QPR about to collect a vital three points?

  9. 90

    Wigan try to attack down the left but the ball goes free and Espinoza can't keep it in. Goal kick to the delight of the Loftus Road faithful who are in full voice.

  10. 89

    QPR make their final change too, as the probable match-winner Remy is replaced by Mackie.

  11. 88

    Wigan try to respond immediately but have no luck. Espinoza comes on for Figueroa in an attacking switch.

  12. 86

    From one end of the pitch to the other as Figueroa's blasted free-kick is blocked and QPR counter with pace. Mbia races forward and lays it on for Remy, who hits a first-time shot across goal from the right edge of the box into the left corner. Joel had no chance. What a strike!

  13. 84

    GOAL - Remy scores for QPR!!!

  14. 83

    Samba is booked as Wigan have a free-kick.

  15. 83

    Mbia threatens at the near post but all the action is at the other end suddenly, as good play by Di Santo instigates a Wigan attack.

  16. 82

    Wigan prance around with it too much on the edge of the QPR box and are punished for indecision as Taarabt intercepts for the hosts to break. Alcaraz is booked as he halts the counter, leaving QPR with a free-kick.

  17. 80

    Ten minutes to go at Loftus Road. Will there be a winner?

  18. 79

    Taarabt demonstrates what he is all about by showing great skill to beat a couple of WIgan players on the left, before delivering a very poor pass towards the middle for the visiting defence to clear.

  19. 78

    Much better chance for McCarthur now, but he wastes a brilliant chance by heading straight at Cesar from just yards out.

  20. 77

    Corner is worked to McCarthur, but his long-range effort doesn't trouble the target.

  21. 76

    Pressure back on QPR now as Hill makes two vital clearances, the second with his face deflecting the ball behind for a corner.

  22. 75

    Di Santo hits a cross in from the left as if he were blasting a shot at goal. It also lacks direction, going behind for a goal kick.

  23. 74

    Poorly taken corner goes straight into the grateful gloves of Joel.

  24. 73

    This is a really good spell for the hosts as they win a corner from Townsend's deflected shot.

  25. 72

    Mbia reads play excellently to dispossess Gomez.

  26. 71

    Huge, huge waste from Taarabt as instead of crossing the ball in from an inviting position, he overhits a pass down the wing for Bosingwa, which the full-back can't keep in.

  27. 70

    Townsend takes, but his curling effort goes just over. Not a bad effort from one of the match's most impressive players.

  28. 69

    Mbia draws the foul from Figueroa on the edge of the WIgan box, providing QPR with a good shooting opportunity.

  29. 68

    A change for Wigan now as Di Santo comes on to replace McManaman.

  30. 67

    Hill threatens at the far post, but Wigan clear their lines.

  31. 66

    Remy is outnumbered on the left wing but does well to win a free-kick from Scharner. Good chance here with Samba forward.

  32. 65

    Maloney takes a quick corner, with WIgan opting to play the ball back to midfield and work it forward.

  33. 64

    It is not as bad as first feared for Mbia and he is ready to return to the pitch.

  34. 63

    Mbia is down injured following Kone's challenge and may force Harry Redknapp to make his final substitution.

  35. 63

    McCarthur replaces Beausejour.

  36. 62

    Remy heads wide from Taarabt's cross. Wasn't the easiest of chances but he did well to get an effort towards goal.

  37. 61

    Another lively run from Townsend as he takes on the WIgan defence. McCarthy is able to eventually stop him, but concedes a throw in an advanced position as a result.

  38. 60

    Equally, with the amount of the ball Wigan have had in QPR's final third, they have not created all that much.

  39. 59

    QPR have enjoyed a little bit of possession inside WIgan's half for a change in the last few minutes, but with less men, really need to make the most of these spells.

  40. 58

    Taarabt goes down very easily on the left edge of the WIgan box and Phil Dowd is happy to see play continue in WIgan's favour.

  41. 57

    Taarabt comes on for Hoilett as Cesar prepares to take a goal kick.

  42. 56

    McCarthy misplaces a pass straight to the opposition, but it is not long before Wigan are back inside QPR's half.

  43. 55

    Taarabt looks like he is getting ready to come on.

  44. 54

    Remy is booked a bad sliding tackle on Gomez.

  45. 52

    Jenas looks for Remy, who does well to stay onside, but he ends up committing a foul as he tries to get hold of the ball.

  46. 51

    QPR looking very nervy as Samba dallies on the ball waiting for Cesar to help. He ends up making a poor clearance which lets WIgan pile more pressure on the hosts.

  47. 49

    QPR clear but only temporarily as Wigan come back at them.

  48. 49

    Bosingwa tries to play his way out of trouvle and fails as McManaman tackles and goes on to win a corner.

  49. 47

    McCarthy and Figueroa link up well and the former sets up Maloney inside the box with a nice little dink but the Scot can't connect. The ball breaks for Gomez but his deflected strike is an easy save for Cesar.

  50. 46

    Wigan get us back underway at Loftus Road.

  51. 46

    Half-time switch for QPR - Onuoha on for Traore.

  52. 17:01

    Zamora's sending off means WIgan (11/10) are now favourites to win this clash despite the fact the scoreline has not changed. QPR are out to 4/1 to win with 10 men while it is 11/8 for them to hold on for a point. Although they are up against it, it may be worth backing Remy to be the next goalscorer. If Townsend and Hoilett can break with pace out wide, he should get a chance or two and at 7/1, he seems good value to net next. Visit to place your in-game bets.

  53. 45+3

    Gomez volleys at goal but it doesn't trouble the target as the first half is brought to an end. Still goalless at Loftus Road.

  54. 45+2

    Bosingwa crosses for Remy, but Boyce's excellent intervention prevents the striker having a really good chance to open the scoring.

  55. 45+1

    Two minutes to be added on at the end of the first half.

  56. 44

    Great stuff from Townsend again as he races down the right, taking on and beating Wigan defenders. His cross is unmet but QPR stay on the ball.

  57. 42

    Cesar is forced to make a good save, seeing the ball behind for corner. A chance props up for Kone from the corner, but he doesn't make contact and the ball travels through into the hands of Cesar.

  58. 41

    Frustration for QPR as Hoilett is offside as the hosts burst forward on the break, spoiling a good chance to attack the WIgan goal.

  59. 40

    Figueroa is given oceans of space to pick a pass as he approaches the QPR box, but in the end he opts for the offside Gomez.

  60. 38

    Yellow card for McCarthy for his foul on Townsend, although replays suggest he got the ball.

  61. 37

    The ball comes into the box and there's a huge scrap for the ball but Wigan escape free in the end.

  62. 36

    A set-piece opportunity for QPR now on the left as Beausejour fouls Mbia.

  63. 35

    Hoilett does well on the left, beating Boyce before crossing but he can't find a team mate in the box as Wigan clear.

  64. 35

    Maloney's corner doesn't threaten and QPR easily head clear, but they are struggling to hold on to the ball.

  65. 34

    Maloney's misplaced pass encourages QPR to break but Gomez wins the ball back from Mbia before McManaman wins a corner to keep the pressure on the hosts.

  66. 33

    Wigan continue their spell of possession and turn it into a noteworthy chance, but McManaman fires narrowly wide.

  67. 32

    Beausejour and Maloney link up on the left before the ball is switched over to the right wing as Wigan take control.

  68. 31

    McManaman goes close with an effort but it misses the target for a goal kick.

  69. 30

    Beausejour delivers a cross from the left but Hill does well to prevent any danger coming from it.

  70. 29

    Some nice play by QPR, with Remy and Mbia involved, but the latter's attempt to loft the ball into the box is cleared by the Wigan defence.

  71. 28

    Just when it appears QPR have a great chance to take the lead, Remy is flagged for offside after some brilliant dribbling by Townsend to open up the Wigan defence. Just a shame he didn't see that Remy was offside. Was the correct decision.

  72. 26

    Gomez switches play nicely to Boyce out on the right wing, but the full-back's touch is poor. QPR attempt to break but the move breaks down.

  73. 24

    Possession has been with WIgan inside QPR's half ever since.

  74. 23

    Nevertheless, that could prove to be a decisive moment in QPR's relegation scrap, with them now having to play about an hour with less men.

  75. 22

    Phil Dowd did seek the advice of his assistant who had a better view of it. Boos sounding around Loftus Road but together they made the correct decision.

  76. 21

    Echoes of the Nani dismissal against Real Madrid as Zamora is sent off for dangerous play. Except this time it is much more blatant. QPR can't have too many complaints.

  77. 20

    Gomez is receiving treatment after being caught by Zamora's studs. Very high foot there from the striker.

  78. 19

    McManaman does really well to beat his marker and deliver a good ball into the box from the right. QPR fail to head clear but get away with it with no WIgan attackers taking a gamble.

  79. 18

    Alcaraz is forced to clear into touch under pressure from Mbia.

  80. 16

    Open start to the game and you can see a few goals here if it continues in this fashion.

  81. 14

    Hoilett crosses well from the left but Remy is unable to control his touch at the far post and helps it out for a goal kick.

  82. 13

    Gomez plays a good low pass forward for Kone, but the striker's touch is heavy and the ball goes out for a QPR throw.

  83. 12

    Rather sloppy in midfield as both teams lose possession too easily.

  84. 11

    Traore does well under pressure to find a team mate as Wigan press on the right wing.

  85. 10

    Thunderous strike from Remy hits the outside of the post. So unlucky for the French striker, it was a marvellous effort.

  86. 9

    Chance for the visitors now as McManaman sees his effort held by Cesar.

  87. 8

    Bosingwa searches out Samba, who is forced to control it and look for a pass on the edge of the area. Some good defending by McCarthy relieves the pressure on Wigan.

  88. 7

    Figueroa is penalised for a push on Remy. Free-kick in a good crossing position for the hosts here.

  89. 6

    Corner at the other end now, but Hill heads away Beausejour's delivery.

  90. 5

    Townsend is having a lively start as he sprints down the right wing the ball. He crosses but Remy can't connect following Zamora's leave.

  91. 4

    Mbia is told to calm down by Phil Dowd after his over-enthusiastic challenge on Boyce.

  92. 4

    Boyce makes an important intervention to prevent QPR having a scoring opportunity after some good work by Townsend.

  93. 3

    QPR attack down the right but Townsend's cross is straight into the path of Joel in the Wigan goal.

  94. 2

    Mbia does well to shrug off two challenges in midfield before being brought down by McCarthy.

  95. 1

    QPR get this vital relegation clash underway.

  96. 16:06

    Players coming out of the tunnel now as we approach kick-off at Loftus Road.

  97. 15:52

    Our referee today is Phil Dowd.

  98. 15:48

    As promised, here are the confirmed teams...

  99. 15:48

    QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore, Townsend, Jenas, Mbia, Hoilett, Remy, Zamora. Subs: Green, Park, Taarabt, Mackie, Granero, Onuoha, Ben Haim

  100. 15:48

    Wigan: Robles, Alcaraz, Scharner, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, Gomez, Beausejour, McManaman, Kone, Maloney. Subs: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Di Santo, Henriquez, McArthur, Espinoza, Stam

  101. 15:39

    Priceboosts include two 12/1 shots - QPR to win 2-0 and McManaman to score first. You can also get a scorecast boost on Zamora scoring first and QPR winning 2-1 (50/1) amongst others. Visit to place your bets prior to kick-off.

  102. 15:34

    QPR are the 11/8 favourites to grab all three points this afternoon, whilst a Wigan win (2/1) and a draw (23/10) are less fancied. The home side have been shipping goals recently, 14 in their last six matches, but at home they've failed to score in five of their last six games. Roberto Mantinez's men have had no such problems scoring at least three goals in their last three away games in all competitions. It's 11/2 for the Latics to score three or more today. It might be worth waiting till half-time to back goals as 11 of Wigan's 36 league goals have been scored in the 15 minutes immediately following half-time. If you are looking for a goalscoring bet Arouna Kone is 7/1 to net the first goal for the visitors with Loic Remy 5/1 for Rangers.

  103. 15:24

    Good afternoon and welcome to Loftus Road for a huge Barclays Premier League clash between QPR and Wigan. Both teams are in the relegation zone going into today's kick-off, but defeat for the hosts will surely end any hope of beating the drop. The big team news for Harry Redknapp's side is that Hoilett starts in place of Taarabt. I'll bring you the full line-ups in just a moment. In the meantime, send your thoughts on this crucial relegation battle to or by tweeting @obell1990 and I will publish the best ones.

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