QPR travel to Oakwell to take on recently-promoted side Barnsley in the Championship.
The Hoops go into the game without a win in 11 away games; something which they’ll be hoping they can put right this evening.
The hosts currently sit just outside the relegation zone with seven points from nine games, and have endured a tough start to a season resigned to battling relegation.
It’ll be midfielder Josh Scowen’s first visit back to south Yorkshire since joining the Hoops over the summer. As much as he’ll be looking forward to returning to his former club, any good will is bound to disappear when the game kicks off at 7.45.
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Full time: Barnsley 1 QPR 1
The game finishes with the Hoops taking home a point after Luke Freeman’s late equaliser.
GOAL! Barnsley 1 QPR 1 (Luke Freeman)
An absolute belter from Freeman!
He cuts in from the right flank and fires an effort from 25 yards stagight past the keeper.
Not meant to be?
A cross from the right finds the head of Conor Washington who knocks it just past Matt Smith.
Is that a sign it’s not going to be QPR’s night?
Great play by Kazenga Lua Lua tees up Matt Smith who prods the ball straight at the keeper.
Ian Holloway is having a right go at Tom Bradshaw who went down like he’d been shot after contact with Jake Bidwell.
Safe to say he seems to be okay now...
Jamie Mackie is being replaced by Kazenga Lua Lua
A Freeman free-kick finds Steven Caulker who heads onto the roof of the net.
It’s his final action as he’s replaced by Matt Smith.
I can hear Jamie Mackie screaming at his team-mates to stop sitting so deep.
It’s something that has proven costly due to it leading to increased pressure from the opposition.
The best chance all night....
AN excellent piece of build-up play from Washington, Scowen and Mackie tees up Wszolek on the far side but he lashes his shot wide.
Should at least be hitting the target from there.
Nearly a worldie...
An outstanding effort from Adam Hammill forces Alex Smithies into action as he tips over a 25-yard dipping effort.
QPR are pushing forward now with Luke Freeman at the centre of every attacking move.
An attack leads to Freeman’s corner which finds Josh Scowen. The midfielder gets a good connection but heads over the bar.
Chances at both ends.
End to end stuff here.
Both sides pushing forward but it’s the hosts who look most likely to get a goal.
A great counter by Scowen and Freeman forces a corner which doesn’t create anything.
Both sides going for it
An energetic passage of play with both sides looking to dominate.
I think there’s more goals to come in this one.
Jake Bidwell fizzes a cross across the face of goal and just evades Washington and Mackie.
A lot better from QPR
Conor Washington does excellently to break down the left, he cuts inside and wins a corner.
Luke Freeman swings it in and Steven Caulker’s header is cleared.
It finds it’s way back out to Freeman who crosses in towards Mackie who volleys over.
Much better from QPR.
A Luke Freeman free-kick finds it’s way to Jake Bidwell who volleys just over.
Kick off- Barnsley 1 QPR 0
Second half underway at Oakwell.
One change at the break, with Conor Washington replacing Bright Osayi-Samuel.
As much as I rate Conor Washington, I don’t think he is what is needed to create a breakthrough here.
I think the introduction of Matt Smith and Kazenga Lua Lua would be more suitable; the Hoops need to get on the ball and carry it into the final third, as there just doesn’t seem to be a an outlet in attack.
Half time analysis
It’s been a disappointing first half for QPR.
Although by no means out-classed, it’s simply been a tale of Barnsley making the most of what dominance they have had.
In terms of possession, shots and overall dominance, it’s been a fairly even game so far, but the Hoops just seem short of ideas going forward.
Hard work is excellent, but it doesn’t win football matches on it’s own; and that is an issue that QPR face at the moment.
Jamie Mackie puts in a real shift up front on his own, however in my view he needs a target man like Matt Smith to orbit, create space and picking up any knock-downs from the former Leeds United front man.
It’ll be interested to see how Ollie approaches the second half, because it will be slightly concerning if the Hoops fail to create any real chances for the second match in a row.
Who has stood out for the Hoops so far?
Half time: Barnsley 1 QPR 0
The hosts hold the lead at the interval; the Hoops struggling to create any real chances of note.
A more direct approach?
Luke Freeman plays the ball short to Alex Baptiste who swings a great ball into the box but the keeper claims it well. The Hoops need to replicate that slightly more direct style of play to get it in the box.
A Barnsley attack falls to full-back Jason McCarthy who fires an effort high over the bar.
A corner comes in and finds the head of Adam Jackson who loops a header just wide of Alex Smithies’ post.
A Luke Freeman corner comes to nothing after Jake Bidwell deflects the ball off the defender.
QPR have responded well.
They don’t look downbeat and there’s a real urgency in their play now. Unfortunately we’re just not getting the ball down in the final third.
GOAL- Barnsley 1 QPR 0 (Harvey Barnes)
It all came from some slack defending in the corner as one pass cut between Alex Baptiste and Pawel Wszolek.
Barnes had one effort blocked by Caulker and it came back to him and he curled a wonderful effort into the top corner from 25 yards.
A great strike but he had far too much space.
First chance goes to QPR
A break down the left sees a cross into the box which finds Pawel Wszolek, but the winger plants a tame header straight at the keeper.
Harvey Barnes showing his pace down the left, nearly catching Baptiste out but Caulker clears up the danger.