QPR debutant Tomer Hemed scores controversial winner for the Hoops as Latics suffered defeat in the capital.
- Match Report: QPR 1 – 0 Wigan Athletic
- Latics lose out to controversial Tomer Hemed goal as brief unbeaten run ended in the capital
- Chey Dunkley almost got late leveller for Paul Cook’s side
QUEENS PARK RANGERS 1
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0
Attendance: 11,564 (546 away)
Latics were dealt a cruel blow in the capital on Saturday afternoon as a controversial Tomer Hemed winner saw the points head the way of Steve McClaren’s Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
The better side on the afternoon, Latics forced Joe Lumley in the QPR goal into a number of saves but couldn’t quite get a leveller as frustration was the over-riding emotion in West London.
Paul Cook was forced into a change from Wednesday night’s 3-0 win at Stoke City as Michael Jacobs missed out due to injury. That meant Josh Windass made his first start for Latics whilst last season’s Player of the Year Nathan Byrne made his first start of the campaign with Reece James dropping to the bench with the view the 18-year-old needed a rest after a heavy workload of fixtures.
Latics started brightly and first Nick Powell forced Joe Lumley into an early save with a swerving drive from 20 yards.
Lumley then further protected his side’s clean sheet when he superbly sprung to his left to claw away a Josh Windass effort from 20 yards. From the resulting corner, Powell glanced just wide from a superb Evans delivery.
Will Grigg was then agonizingly close to adding to his three goals in the two games preceding the trip to Loftus Road but he couldn’t quite get a foot to a Gavin Massey cross at the back post.
After Windass then fired a free-kick inches wide, the hosts got their controversial opener when Hemed volleyed home despite what looked to have been a clear foul on Dunkley in the six-yard box.
Early in the second-half, the hosts almost doubled their advantage as Luke Freeman fired narrowly wide seconds after the restart.
Three minutes later and Powell saw a header back across goal diverted behind for a corner before he was again denied from range by a Lumley save. In same attack, Grigg saw a header saved by Lumley at the near post after an Evans cross.
After Christian Walton produced a fine save to deny Nahki Wells, Latics’ best chance for a leveller fell to Dunkley, who met an Evans delivery at the back post only to see his effort skim narrowly wide.
QPR: Lumley, Bidwell, Freeman, Eze (Wszolek 86), Scowen, Hemed (Washington 79), Luongo, Rangel, Wells (Smith 86), Lynch, Leistner.
Subs: Ingram, Cousins, Baptiste, Kakay
Latics: Walton; Byrne (Vaughan 74), Dunkley, Kipre, Robinson; Morsy (Capt), Evans; Massey (James 31), Powell, Windass (Roberts 82); Grigg.
Subs: Jones, Bruce, McManaman, Connolly.