Double derby disappointment for QPR

Brenford's Jota celebrates scoring a goal (pic Paul Harding/PA)

Brenford's Jota celebrates scoring a goal (pic Paul Harding/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

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Brentford claimed their first double over west London derby rivals QPR in more than half a century with a convincing win at Griffin Park.

Spanish winger Jota netted two second-half goals in four minutes to add to Yoann Barbet’s first-half strike as the Bees outclassed the Hoops, whose goal came from Joel Lynch.

The hosts broke the deadlock after the half hour when centre-back Barbet smashed Jota’s corner into the roof of the net on the half volley.

Brentford dominated the first half possession-wise, but it was Rangers who created the more clear-cut chances with Matt Smith a physical threat.

But Jota made it 2-0 on the hour mark when he sent Rangers keeper Alex Smithies the wrong way from the spot after Maxime Colin was scythed down in the box by Nedum Onuoha.

Lynch gave the visitors hope two minutes later when he glanced home Luke Freeman’s corner at the near post.

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But it was only a temporary reprieve as Jota made the points safe seconds later with a goal of the season contender as he took Barbet’s drilled diagonal ball in his path, left former Bees Jake Bidwell for dead with his first touch and slotted home coolly beneath Smithies to send the home fans delirious.

From the start, Brentford were on the front foot, as top scorer Lasse Vibe’s sharp turn and drive found the side netting.

Big Rangers striker Smith caused problems, though, and when his header was diverted towards goal by Lynch it looked an odds-on certainty to find the net, but for keeper Daniel Bentley’s full-length stop.

Lynch went close again just before the opening goal, racing on to Smith’s headed flick-on only to fire well wide on the volley.

After Barbet’s opener, Brentford were switching play effortlessly but their final ball lacked the quality to breach a Rangers defence and add to their score.

Left-back Rico Henry almost extended the home side’s lead 10 minutes before the break, but his low cross shot was well saved by Smithies.

Rangers’ best chance of the first half came just before the interval when Bidwell crossed for Smith, whose powerful header was parried into the path of Conor Washington by Bentley only for the Northern Ireland striker to blaze wide.

Massimo Luongo’s long-range effort bounced harmlessly off the top of the crossbar to leave the Bees lead intact.

But after the break Rangers looked dangerous and might have equalised when Lynch’s far-post header appeared to loop over the Brentford defence only to be headed off the line by Barbet, much to the fierce protests of the visitors who insisted it was over.

However, as Ian Holloway’s side pressed, Brentford cut them open at the back and Vibe was only denied by a smart Smithies stop.

A five-minute period then settled the game as Jota scored his penalty, only for Lynch to give his side some hope just two minutes later.

Jota’s wonder goal in the 64th minute sealed the point and Rangers’ final effort of a disappointing game came when Kazenga LuaLua raced onto a through ball and dinked his first time effort over the onrushing Bentley but his effort drifted agonisingly wide.

The win made it the Bees first double over Rangers since 1965 and followed their 2-0 win at Loftus Road earlier in the season.

A sixth successive defeat leaves QPR down in 19th place and just five points above the relegation zone with two games remaining, at home to Nottingham Forest and away to Norwich.

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