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DEVELOPMENT SQUAD SUFFER HOME DEFEAT TO QPR

3 November 2014

Collison and Stewart both feature but U21's lose 3-0 to league leaders QPR at Playford Road

Jack Collison and Cameron Stewart were both in action for the U21s yesterday but Blues went down to a 3-0 defeat to table toppers QPR at the training ground.

Jordan Gibbons and Darnel Furlong scored twice in two minutes at the end of the first-half for the visitors, with Olamide Shodipo adding the third late on.

QPR came close to scoring the opener when some good work between Reece Grego-Cox and Gibbons allowed the latter to flash the ball across the face of goal, finding Cole Kpchauwa at the back post who saw his effort blocked. 

Adel Taarabt, looking to stake a claim for a first-team return, sent an effort wide of the post from the edge of the box and seconds later, QPR went close again, this time Grego-Cox headed over from Kpchauwa’s excellent cross from the left wing.

Jacob Marsden was called into action 15 minutes before the interval, getting down low to his left to prevent Shodipo from finding the net.

Town had some joy down the right-wing with Josh Emmanuel making a strong run into the box before seeing his low cross fall to Collison on the edge of the area, his strike deflected wide for a corner.

The visitors got the opener three minutes before half-time. Harry Wise’s great long ball from defence found Gibbons who buried his shot ball past Marsden.

Two minutes later and the R’s doubled their lead with Furlong firing across Marsden into the bottom corner.

Town substitute Victor Guldbrandsen almost made an instant impact but the Danish midfielder didn’t get his head fully behind Stewart’s corner and Rangers’ goal remained intact.

Mark Kennedy’s side continued their strong start to the second-half and were inches away from scoring when Monty Patterson’s long range effort rattled the crossbar.

The Londoners continued to carry a threat though, Marsden doing well to hold Greco-Cox’s shot in the wet conditions.

A clever set-piece from the visitors almost resulted in a third goal, but Max Ehmer curled the ball wide of the post from the edge of the box.

Taarabt then played Shodipo through on goal with five minutes remaining but the winger couldn’t keep his shot on target.

He soon atoned for his earlier miss though, racing into the box before sending the ball past Marsden at his near post with four minutes left on the clock.

Town also came out on the wrong end over the 90 minutes against QPR at U18 level at the weekend, going down 1-0 to the Londoners.

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