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Wolves hold on to beat 10-man QPR

Helder Costa scored

Helder Costa scored his fourth league goal of the season in Wolves’ win at QPR

Wolves ended their nine-game winless run and picked up their first victory under new boss Paul Lambert by beating 10-man QPR.

Rs defender James Perch was sent-off before half-time for two yellow cards, and Dave Edwards fired in from 10 yards on the hour to put Wolves ahead.

Helder Costa then cut in from the right to double the lead.

Joel Lynch pulled one back from close range and then missed a glorious chance to equalise as Wolves held on.

  • Relive Wolves’ win over 10-man QPR

That miss – an airshot five yards out – came in eight frantic minutes of stoppage time when play swung from one end to the other as QPR searched for an equaliser and Wolves looked to hit them on the break.

Costa, twice, and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson were both brilliantly denied by Rangers keeper Alex Smithies as Wolves looked for the third goal that would have settled the contest.

The finale was in contrast to the first half in which Smithies again saved from Costa before Perch was dismissed after being booked first for dissent and then for a late tackle on Matt Doherty.

QPR’s 10 men began the second half brightly but fell behind when Edwards shot into the top corner from Dominic Iorfa’s pull-back before Costa made it 2-0.

Another smart Smithies save from Doherty kept the Rs in the game and they were rewarded when Lynch reduced the arrears.

But Wolves, whose keeper Carl Ikeme pulled up with an apparent lower leg injury when taking a second-half goal kick, held on to secure their first victory since beating Brentford on 24 September and move three points clear of the relegation zone in 19th.

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Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by George Saville.

Attempt blocked. Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yeni N’Gbakoto.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers).

Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Coady.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Jack Robinson (Queens Park Rangers).

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Yeni N’Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Yeni N’Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tjaronn Chery with a cross.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

Attempt blocked. Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tjaronn Chery.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Batth.

Attempt blocked. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Iorfa.

Foul by Yeni N’Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers).

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Andy Lonergan replaces Carl Ikeme because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Yeni N’Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Nouha Dicko.

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

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Massimo Luongo tries a through ball, but Yeni N’Gbakoto is caught offside.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38087758