Team: Smithies, Bidwell, Hall, Lynch, Perch, Borysiuk (Onuoha), Cousins, Wszolek, Manning (El Khayati), Mackie, Sylla (Washington)
Subs Not Used: Ingram, Sandro, Ngbakoto, Shodipo
Attendance: 15,136 (including 2,324 Ipswich fans)
Pawel Wszolek’s late winner saw Ian Holloway win back-to-back games for the first time since taking over at QPR.
Idrissa Sylla volleyed the hosts ahead when he reacted quickest to Christophe Berra’s poor defensive header.
Tom Lawrence spectacularly equalised early in the second-half as he blasted into the top corner from 25 yards.
David McGoldrick, Myles Kenlock and Lawrence had chances to put Ipswich ahead, but Wszolek rounded the keeper and shot home after a defensive error.
QPR, who had lost six in a row before their win at Wolves on New Year’s Eve, move up to 17th place in the Championship, two points and two places behind Ipswich.
McGoldrick had two good chances early on for the Suffolk side before Sylla’s opener, but Rangers’ Guinean striker was forced off with a neck injury soon after giving his side the lead.
Lawrence equalised soon after the re-start with an effort that is likely to be a contender for Town’s goal of the season, but they missed a series of chances before the home side’s winner.
Adam Webster misjudged the flight of a ball over the top and Wszolek took advantage, controlling well before taking it around fellow Pole Bartosz Bialkowski and slotting home.
QPR manager Ian Holloway: “The window’s massive for us and now people have seen us win two games they might actually want to come here instead of thinking ‘Do I want to go in a dressing room like that?'”
“No-one likes to have a terrible run like that. It’s a horrible feeling and I felt so down, but I never showed the lads because what they were producing at times was quite promising but they were getting nothing.”
“Football’s about having a balance of legs and knowledge and experience and youth. We’ve also got to see fight here – and we saw that again today. Now I can have a look at things and see what’s right for us.”
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy: “We played really well today but we conceded two really bad goals.”
“We created a lot of chances and the second-half was a great performance, but we didn’t manage to score and then we gave away a milky goal.”
“It was a good performance all round, but they put it in the net instead of us. It should have been a 1-1 draw and if we don’t win that game then there’s no way we should lose it.”
We took the lead after 30 minutes following James Perch’s long-throw into the box. Christophe Berra inadvertently knocked the ball on to Idrissa Sylla, and in a flash, he thumped it into the back of the net from six yards.
Unfortunately eight minutes later he left the field looking concussed after a blow to the head. Ian Holloway later confirmed that he had been unconscious for a while!
The visitors equalised three minutes after the break when Tom Lawrence spectacularly belted the ball wide of Alex Smithies from 25 yards.
Grant Hall made an outstanding challenge in the box when Brett Pitman was en route to goal. Trying to make up ground behind him, he timed his tackle perfectly as Pitman was about to pull the trigger.
I have to say that Ipswich were the better side, but Rangers managed to find a winner on 83 minutes. Following Nedum Onuoha’s long punt upfield, Pawel Wszolek took the ball wide of the keeper and poked it in the net.
Well done to Jamie Mackie. There was a great moment in the second-half when he went through two defenders and forced a corner against the odds.
What an inspirational performance it was! He also gave a nice response to the fans applauding him after the final whistle.
Paul Parker and Paul Goddard were the latest ex-players to be inducted into ‘The Forever R’s Club.’