Doncaster Rovers 2 QPR 0

A CALAMITOUS own goal set the tone as QPR s winless run stretched to eight games on Tuesday at Keepmoat Stadium. Matt Mills hopeful punt into the Rs penalty area prompted panic at the back and, as Radek Cerny advanced, Damion Stewart headed the ball over

A CALAMITOUS own goal set the tone as QPR's winless run stretched to eight games on Tuesday at Keepmoat Stadium.

Matt Mills' hopeful punt into the Rs penalty area prompted panic at the back and, as Radek Cerny advanced, Damion Stewart headed the ball over him to gift Doncaster the lead.

And when Rangers failed to defend a corner just eight minutes later, Paul Heffernan pounced to make it 2-0 and increase the pressure on Paulo Sousa.

A combination of results elsewhere in the Championship kept Sousa's side in with a slim chance of reaching the top six - but in reality they now face a battle to even secure a top half finish.

It might have been a different story had Dexter Blackstock been able to convert one of three headed opportunities in the first half, but two were off target and the third saved by Rovers goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.

Mikele Leigertwood's volley whizzed just over and Samuel Di Carmine and substitute Romone Rose also forced good saves from Sullivan during the second period.

Most Read

But Doncaster might have extended their lead, with Cerny doing well to keep out attempts from Heffernan and Richie Wellens.

QPR: Cerny; Ramage, Stewart, Gorkss (Lopez 52), Connolly; Routledge, Mahon, LEIGERTWOOD* (Miller 79), Alberti (Rose 52); Blackstock, Di Carmine.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter