Scunthorpe Utd 0 QPR 1
PUBLISHED: 17:40 02 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:40 24 August 2010
JIM Magilton was looking for an improvement after his side s slender victory over Accrington Stanley – and he got just that at Scunthorpe. It meant Rangers claimed their maiden win of the season, after Adel Taarabt s early finish was enough to see off the
JIM Magilton was looking for an improvement after his side's slender victory over Accrington Stanley - and he got just that at Scunthorpe.
It meant Rangers claimed their maiden win of the season, after Adel Taarabt's early finish was enough to see off their newly promoted hosts.
Rangers started the brighter against the home side and it wasn't long before they took the lead - just three minutes had passed when Taarabt scored what was to be the crucial goal.
The Moroccan, on loan from Tottenham, played a neat one-two with £3.5m summer signing Alejandro Faurlin before racing clear of the hosts' defence to slide the ball past Joe Murphy.
An early goal can sometimes work against a team but in this case the Rs looked a superior force in the first half.
New loan signing Jay Simpson could, and probably should have added a second before the break, though he could only flash his header wide when free in the area.
Mikele Leigertwood was getting in on the act too, and Murphy had to be on guard to push the midfielder's shot away.
The Rs knew they would probably have to withstand a certain amount of pressure in the second half, and that proved to be the case.
Scunthorpe looked more of an attacking threat by then and had it not been for Radek Cerny, substitute Garry Thompson would have levelled the scores.
The Iron's attempts to get that elusive goal nearly cost them close to the end when Rangers broke, but substitute Rowan Vine could only shoot wide.
Magilton was sent off late on when he contested referee Graham Salisbury's decision to book Wayne Routledge for diving in the area.
The Rs boss was undeniably upset with the decision in what looked a certain penalty after Routledge appeared to be felled just inside the 18-yard box.
But there was no red card in terms of a Rangers victory and they held on to seal the points.
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