Championship: Barnsley 5 QPR 3
PUBLISHED: 17:18 14 December 2019 | UPDATED: 17:19 14 December 2019
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Conor Chaplin’s hat-trick helped struggling Barnsley beat QPR to record only their third Championship victory of the season.
Barnsley took a seventh-minute lead when Jacob Brown did well on the right-hand side, creating space for himself and sending over a low cross which resulted in a fine, first-time finish from Chaplin.
Rangers levelled five minutes later when Jordan Hugill's curling effort came back off a post and Luke Amos was on hand to sweep the ball into the unguarded net.
But Chaplin struck again on 18 minutes to restore Barnsley's lead, rifling in a shot at the far post from Alex Mowatt's corner.
Rangers keeper Joe Lumley had to make a good save to prevent a third goal when Todd Kane went close to diverting the ball into his own net following a cross into the area.
Eberechi Eze put a free-kick over the bar as the visitors went in search of an equaliser before the interval.
Cauley Woodrow fired over before the hosts took a 3-1 lead in the 52nd minute.
The goal came when Brown had a shot beaten away by Lumley, with Chaplin getting on the end of the loose ball and firing into the net to complete his hat-trick.
Rangers reduced the arrears just two minutes later when Amos grabbed his second goal of the match after keeper Sami Radlinger could only parry Ryan Manning's shot.
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But Woodrow restored Barnsley's two-goal advantage from the penalty spot on the hour mark after he was fouled inside the area.
Rangers had a good chance to score again when Nahki Wells pulled the ball back to Bright Osayi-Samuel inside the area, but he shot well over.
Radlinger made a superb save to keep out a shot from Eze and then substitute Ilias Chair's shot struck the bar with his first touch just moments after coming on.
A fifth goal, scored by Bambo Diaby, effectively killed off any hopes Rangers had of staging a comeback. Brown got to the byline, sent over a low cross and Diaby hammered the ball into the net from close range.
A flare-up in the closing stages of the game, involving most of the players, resulted in referee Keith Stroud handing out several yellow cards.
Chair scored a third goal for the visitors in stoppage time, with the referee blowing the final whistle as soon as the game restarted.
The result boosts Barnsley's survival hopes while denying Rangers a third straight win.
QPR: Lumley, Kane, Hall, Leistner, Wallace (Wells 56), Cameron (Chair 67), Amos, Manning, Eze, Osayi-Samuel, Hugill.
Unused subs: Smith, Pugh, Ball, Mlakar, Barnes.
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