QPR still searching for first away point as Sakho seals win for West Ham

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

QPR remain without an away point after going down 2-0 at London rivals West Ham.

An own goal from Nedum Onuoha and second half header from Diafra Sakho secured the three points for the Hammers who more than deserved their victory.

The opening goal came after just five minutes when QPR failed to clear a Stewart Downing corner and under pressure from Diafra Sakho, Nedum Onuoha saw the ball hit it thigh and roll into the net beyond Rob Green.

On nine minutes the lively Sakho then found space on the left and found Enner Valencia inside the penalty area but his effort was fired well wide.

Charlie Austin had the Rs best chance of the half when he worked himself some space inside the peanlty area but his side footed effort was easily dealt with by Adrian in the West Ham goal.

Harry Redknapp sent on Bobby Zamora for Junior Hoilett at half time and switche to a diamond formation in midfield with Karl Henry sitting deep, Sandro moving right, Leroy Fer left and Niko Kranjcar playing just off Austin and Zamora.

Zamora gave the Rs an aerial option as the back four continued to hit long, hopeful balls forward but on 58 minutes they fell further behind when Sakho headed home at the far post.

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Following a corner, Mauro Zarate hit a volley from the edge of the box which was deflected into the path of centre back James Tomkins who spun Rio Ferdinand and delivered an inch perfect ball for Sakho to score his fifth goal in as many starts.

Rangers sent on Adel Taarabt for Sandro and the Moroccan earnt his side a free kick just outside the penalty area. Kranjcar stpeed up but his way strike was tipped around the post by Adrian.

Subsitute Kevin Nolan missed a good chance to extend the lead late on for the home side but Rob Green did well to get down to his strike from close range after he was found by the impressive Downing.

The defeat means QPR go into the international break rooted to the bottom of the table with four points from seven games.