QPR ease to victory over Wycombe Wanderers
Pre-Season Friendly: Wycombe 0 QPR 3
Jamie Mackie, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Nedum Onuoha were in target as QPR cruised to a comfortable pre-season win against Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night.
Mackie hit the opener in the first half after excellent build-up play from Adel Taarabt, before Wright-Phillips slotted home the second and Onuoha headed the third with four minutes remaining.
Rangers rarely broke sweat against their League Two opponents at Adams Park, but with manager Mark Hughes able to field four of his summer signings, this was nonetheless a useful workout.
Hughes rested midfielder Samba Diakite, while new arrivals Junior Hoilett and Ryan Nelsen were also absent. Of QPR’s other summer signings, Ji-Sung Park and Fabio started together in central midfield, while Rob Green was in goal and Andy Johnson began on the bench.
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Rangers made a bright start, carving out four opportunities inside the opening 10 minutes. Djibril Cisse fired a shot over the crossbar, Adel Taarabt sent another effort just over and Wright-Phillips saw his low drive brush the side netting on its way wide.
Mackie wasted the visitors’ best early chance when he ran onto Armand Traore’s looping cross from the left, the Scotland international’s downward header kept out by Nikki Bull.
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Cisse tried his luck again with a fizzing shot which Bull saved with his legs, before QPR took a deserved lead. Taarabt’s neat pass allowed Mackie to beat his marker, and power a shot past Bull.
Wycombe carved out a rare chance just before half-time. Clint Hill mis-judged a ball out of defence, and the ball eventually fell to Lee Angol, forced Green into his first serious save of the match.
Joel Grant sent an effort wide of Green’s left-hand post early in the second half, while at the other end Shaun Wright-Phillips and knocked the ball past the keeper, but his effort was cleared.
Hughes replaced Cisse with Zamora and Mackie with Johnson, while Wycombe brought on former QPR player Gareth Ainsworth, to the delight of the travelling Rs fans.
QPR added a second goal with 20 minutes remaining. Hogan Ephraim picked out Wright-Phillips, who rode a challenge, rounded Bull and rolled the ball into the net.
Johnson clipped a shot into the side netting and Zamora wasted two good chances as QPR pressed for a third, and they got it when centre-back Onuoha headed in Kieron Dyer’s late corner.
QPR: Green, Onuoha, Traore (Ephraim), Ferdinand, Hill, Mackie (Johnson), Park (Derry), Fabio, Wright-Phillips (Doughty), Taarabt (Dyer), Cisse (Zamora). Subs: Murphy, Derry, Johnson, Ehmer, Connolly, Ephraim, Dyer, Doughty, Harriman, Zamora.
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