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Brentford win at QPR for first time in 52 years

Romaine Sawyers scores Brentford's second goal

Romaine Sawyers joined Brentford in July on a free transfer after leaving Walsall

Romaine Sawyers scored his first goal for Brentford as they beat Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road for the first time in 52 years.

Josh Clarke opened the scoring, moving past Nedum Onuoha before squeezing a shot under QPR keeper Alex Smithies.

Sawyers met a Maxime Colin pass with a fine first-time effort into the top left-hand corner to add a second.

Idrissa Sylla went closest to a QPR response, only for John Egan to nod his goal-bound header over the bar.

  • Relive Brentford’s win at QPR

Victory lifted Brentford to within a point of the Championship play-off places after 15 games, but Lewis Macleod was carried off the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a knee injury.

Defeat leaves Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s QPR 13th in the table with only one win from their past seven home league matches.

In a high-tempo start to the west London derby, Brentford carved out several chances with Sawyers forcing Smithies into the first save of the match after 20 minutes.

Scott Hogan twice threatened for the Bees, while Conor Washington was the first to test Brentford keeper Daniel Bentley before Clarke put the visitors ahead.

QPR looked brighter after the interval, with Tjaronn Chery a particular menace, but it was Sawyers’ neat side-footed finish that ensured victory for Dean Smith’s side and ended a four-match winless run.

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Josh Clarke’s goal against QPR was only his second of the season

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Tjaronn Chery of QPR is upended in a collision with Brentford’s Ryan Woods

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told BBC Radio London:

“It was frustrating and painful, as I did not see it coming. We made Brentford look very good.

“We made them counter-attack us and that is not what we set out to do. They won the midfield.

“We have taken a step back. It was not the performance I was looking for or the kind of performance we have put in in the last six games.

“I am disappointed for the fans as well. We have to put our hands up, say sorry, and try to put it right.”

Brentford boss Dean Smith told BBC Radio London:

“In the first half we were outstanding, with the intensity of our pressing and our intensity on the ball. The only disappointment was we weren’t out of sight at half-time.

“We played deeper in the second half but our counter-attacking at pace was a joy to watch, and it created a number of chances.

“We had four warriors at the back and we defended our box well. We were the better team in both boxes.”

On Lewis Macleod’s injury: “I’m not too sure at the moment. He told the medical staff he heard a click in his knee, which doesn’t sound nice.

“It didn’t look good but I’m hoping it is not too serious.”

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Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Brentford 2.

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Brentford 2.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

Attempt blocked. Konstantin Kerschbaumer (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Attempt missed. Konstantin Kerschbaumer (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Scott Hogan.

Attempt saved. Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek with a cross.

Konstantin Kerschbaumer (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution, Brentford. Konstantin Kerschbaumer replaces Josh Clarke.

Attempt missed. Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution, Brentford. Sullay Kaikai replaces Lewis MacLeod because of an injury.

Delay in match Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) because of an injury.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Brentford).

Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Ben Gladwin replaces Ariel Borysiuk.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Tjaronn Chery tries a through ball, but Idrissa Sylla is caught offside.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by John Egan.

Attempt blocked. Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek with a cross.

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers).

Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 0, Brentford 2. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

Substitution, Brentford. Lewis MacLeod replaces Josh McEachran.

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Sebastian Polter replaces Conor Washington.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tjaronn Chery.

Attempt saved. Scott Hogan (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Clarke.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Andreas Bjelland.

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Pawel Wszolek replaces Jack Robinson.

Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt blocked. Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Jack Robinson tries a through ball, but Idrissa Sylla is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Jordan Cousins tries a through ball, but Conor Washington is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37724480