Ricoh win takes Rangers seven points clear
PUBLISHED: 10:14 29 December 2010
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KYLE Walker remained vague on his future after helping QPR to win at Coventry and stretch their Championship lead to a commanding seven points.
The right-back, whose loan from Tottenham runs out after next Monday’s clash with Bristol City, was Rangers’ stand-out performer in Tuesday’s 2-0 success at the Ricoh Arena.
A cross-cum-shot from Walker was fumbled into the net by Sky Blues goalkeeper Keiren Westwood early in the second half before Tommy Smith glanced home the visitors’ second.
Walker said afterwards: “It’s always great to be in a winning team – we’ll just have to see what the two clubs can come to an agreement with and go from there.
“I’d like to have scored my first goal, but it’s a win, at the end of the day, so that’s good.”
Walker and the rest of the defence had their backs to the wall at times in the first half, with Coventry applying the pressure as they forced a string of corners.
Gary McSheffrey bundled a chance over and Paddy Kenny did well to scramble Clive Platt’s header behind after the striker had stolen in front of Clint Hill to meet Marlon King’s cross.
The Rangers keeper then produced an even better save to thwart Richard Wood – who had another header cleared off the line soon afterwards by Alejandro Faurlin.
But the visitors seized the initiative four minutes after the restart when Walker burst past McSheffrey and belted the ball at pace, with Westwood uncharacteristically spilling it over the line.
Having taken the lead, the Rs looked much more confident and scored their second 12 minutes later as Adel Taarabt bent the ball cleverly into the box for Smith to flick a header into the far corner.
And they never looked remotely likely to surrender their advantage as Kaspars Gorkss and Matthew Connolly kept Coventry’s front two under wraps for the rest of the match.
Gorkss and Heidar Helguson both went close to snatching a third, while substitute Leon Clarke was denied by Westwood after Walker sent him clear in added time.
With Cardiff taking a 4-1 thrashing at Watford and Leeds pegged back by a late Portsmouth equaliser, Neil Warnock’s side now have a clear lead at the top – and it takes a vivid imagination to envisage them losing it.
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