Saturday, 20 April 2013

Match Report: QPR 0-2 Stoke

Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters were on the scoresheet as Stoke beat QPR to move six points clear of the relegation places.
QPR, now resigned to relegation from the Premier League, created plenty of chances at Loftus Road as livewire Loic Remy saw two first-half shots saved by Asmir Begovic. Remy also bent a wicked effort wide from 25 yards while Walters' volley was spilled by Rob Green at the other end. Stoke, whose last point away from the Britannia Stadium came in a goalless draw at Tottenham before Christmas, took the lead three minutes before half time when Cameron Jerome's cross found Crouch to side-foot the ball home from six-yards, his first goal in 23 games for the Potters. Rangers almost equalised after 55 minutes when Remy danced around three Stoke defenders before firing a shot straight at Begovic, but that was the closest Harry Redknapp's side came to turning the game around. Charlie Adam should have doubled Stoke's lead just after the hour mark when he met Crouch's flick on at the far post but lifted his volley over from close range. Ten minutes later Stoke were awarded a penalty when Rob Huth's header came back off the post and Clint Hill pulled Crouch to ground as the striker tried to get a toe on the rebound. Walters was made to take the spot-kick twice after being made to retake his initial successful penalty but made no mistake at the second attempt, lashing the ball into the bottom left corner of Green's goal. QPR remain 10 points adrift of safety and are surely now contemplating life in the Championship next season, while Stoke's hopes of survival have been boosted by only their second win in 15 league outings.

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