QPR slip up at Loftus Highway to stay near the Championship drop zone as Leeds edge again in direction of the highest
KEMAR ROOFE scored a hat-trick as Leeds beat QPR within the Sky Wager Championship conflict at Loftus Highway.
Roofe opened the scoring within the 63rd minute when he sneaked between defenders Jack Robinson and Jake Bidwell to move residence Ezgjan Alioski’s cross.
And the 24-year-old struck once more 5 minutes later, this time by firing residence from shut vary after being discovered by Pawel Cibicki’s cross from the left.
Leeds have been cruising earlier than a horrible mistake by keeper Felix Wiedwald led to a freak aim for Pawel Wszolek.
After Luke Freeman’s 90th-minute nook was cleared so far as the Pole, Wszolek lifted the ball again into the field, the place Wiedwald inexplicably misjudged the bounce and was then unable to forestall the ball
crossing the road after it sailed over his head.
However Roofe accomplished his hat-trick within the remaining seconds, slicing in from the left-hand fringe of the penalty space and taking pictures previous keeper Alex Smithies.
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It took Roofe’s aim tally for the season to 9 and sealed Leeds’ first win in London since March 2015.
Struggling Rangers, whose defensive damage issues led to captain Nedum Onuoha being chosen simply days after returning to coaching following almost three months out with a torn hamstring, have now misplaced 5 of their final six matches.
Roofe was a thorn of their aspect from the beginning – Smithies needed to claw away a harmful left-wing cross from the midfielder within the opening phases.
On the different finish, Wszolek obtained to the right-hand touchline and pulled the ball again in direction of former Leeds man Matt Smith, who was denied a easy close-range end by an outstanding problem from Luke Ayling.
Proper-back Ayling was additionally efficient going ahead, delivering an correct first-half cross for Caleb Ekuban, who headed over.
Early within the second half, Josh Scowen despatched an effort nicely large and Bidwell headed large of the close to submit from Freeman’s free-kick.
Cibicki, on as an alternative choice to the injured Ekuban, did get a shot heading in the right direction however it was simply gathered by Smithies.
Nonetheless, Smithies was left helpless when Alioski’s terrific cross arrange Roofe for the opener.
After Massimo Luongo went near equalising with a header from Bidwell’s cross, Roofe’s second aim appeared to crush Rangers’ hopes of a comeback.
They got hope by Wiedwald’s error, however the excellent Roofe had the ultimate phrase.