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Dozzell was sent off late for QPR and we pick up all three points in the capital! 


Lowe's substitution

The Cherries have been a little bit under the cosh in recent minutes so the introduction of Jamal will hopefully allow them to keep the ball in the opposition half for longer periods.

Perhaps even hit on the counter attack.


Our second change

Jamal Lowe comes on for Ryan Christie as the Cherries make our second substitution. 


Excellent from Travers

The goalkeeper has made two good interventions in the last few minutes, rushing out to beat Lyndon Dykes to a loose ball, timing his challenge perfectly.

He then collects a cross in the middle to ease the pressure.

The Cherries are aware that there are opportunities on the counter attack but have been a little wayward with their passing in the last few minutes. 


Solanke has the chance to break away

QPR have pushed forward with their latest substitutions and the Cherries can hit them on the counter.

Cook feeds Solanke who has a clean drive at goal, but takes too long to get his shot off and a defender gets back to make the block.

Moments later Christie plays a nice one-two with Solanke at the edge of the box and attempts to curl an effort towards the far corner but Dieng punches it away.

Billing then receives a yellow card for time wasting. 


Travers makes the save

The shot stopper is alert from a corner as Cahill glances on a QPR cross, making sure he gets two hands behind it.

There appeared to be appeals for a handball in the midst of the madness, I can't see a replay to see if there was any contact. 


Two changes for QPR

Two experienced changes for the hosts as Andre Gray and Albert Adomah come on for Osman Kakay and Lee Wallace.


More pressure from the Cherries

The noise coming from the away end is exceptional at the moment as the Cherries really ramp up the pressure for the second goal.

Zemura's clipped cross is touched behind before Solanke can apply the finish, while Cook fires a shot into a crowded box.

We're winning the ball back so quickly too which is adding to the pressure but Parker will be wary that we haven't netted the second yet. 



The Cherries are looking really sharp now and Anthony has a glorious opportunity to double the lead.

The ball is worked down the right flank and Stacey sends in a delicious cross into the middle, Solanke lunges for it but it goes all the way to Anthony at the back post.

It clearly takes the winger by surprise and he can't keep his effort down.

Moments later, Billing plays in a nice pass to Solanke, who spots the goalkeeper off his line and tries to catch him out with an early effort but Dieng makes the block with his feet.

Two good chances for the Cherries. 


Change for the Cherries

It's the first substitution of the evening for Scott Parker's side and Jaidon Anthony replaces Junior Stanislas, who has been superb. 


Yellow card for Dozzell

A tactical foul by Dozzell as he pulls back Billing, who had been released by Stanislas on the left flank.

The Cherries take the corner short, Christie touching it for Stanislas who plays in Solanke in the box.

His low cross is defended well. 


Not a lot to report at the moment

QPR have definitely come out for the second half with more attacking intent and have held more of the ball in the second half.

There's not been any chances to note, as the Cherries defenders are doing well so far.

Ryan Christie does pick up a yellow card for a late challenge on the right touchline, but the resulting free-kick is caught by Travers.


Stanislas takes a whack

Travers tries to clip a goal-kick into Stanislas near the half-way line, and takes a heavy blow as the QPR defenders win the header.

No foul there but needs treatment for his shoulder, taking up a couple of minutes. He thankfully looks okay to continue. 


Superb header by Mepham

A lofty cross into the box looks for a moment to land directly on a QPR attacker, but Mepham makes sure to get his head on it and send it behind for the corner, which the Cherries eventually clear.

QPR have made a half-time substitution, Andre Dozzell coming on for Ilias Chair, who had picked up a knock in the first period.


Second half is underway

The Cherries get this second half started and immediately need to do some defending, Cahill heading clear. 


Nice moment at HT

It's hard to hear the PA announcer here so apologies if I've gotten this wrong, but it looks like a young QPR fan has gone onto the pitch at HT to ring the bell to signify they've beaten cancer.

They receive a lovely ovation from everyone in attendance, a really nice moment for the youngster and their family. 


An excellent header!



The Cherries have the lead at half-time thanks to Solanke's 18th goal of the season. 

Chances had come and gone from Solanke and Christie in the opening period but Scott Parker's side kept plugging away, growing stronger and stronger in the half.

The reward came just before the break as Solanke glanced home Stanislas' free-kick, leaving Dieng with no chance. 


One minute added



He missed one good opportunity with his head but he hasn't missed that one!

Stanislas sends in the free-kick from the left and with the gentlest of touches, Solanke glances the ball towards the far corner.

Dieng is rooted to his spot and can't do anything about it. Deserved for Dom!


Yellow card for Field

Zemura wins the ball with a good tackle on the left touchline deep in the QPR half and Field reacts by fouling Lerma, and receives a yellow card.


A frustrating few minutes

The Cherries have looked increasingly threatening in the last 10 minutes, especially when the likes of Billing and Solanke drive forward with the ball.

However, as has perhaps been reflective of our recent form, we're not efficient in the final third, the missed chances will be of frustration as will some of the misplaced passes in and around the box.

Nonetheless, we're finding some really nice areas and definitely are the most dangerous of the two teams so just need to keep plugging away and hopefully the reward will come!


In and amongst it


Christie shot saved now!

The chances are coming for the Cherries!

Billing makes a good intervention in the defensive third and sparks a counter attack.

Solanke shows excellent strength and ball control to drive forward under pressure and the ball is worked to Billing at the edge of the box.

He finds Christie, who shuffles the ball onto his right foot and fires at goal, Dieng catching the ball at his midriff. 



That's a big, big chance for Solanke.

The Cherries work the opening really nicely, Stanislas finding Billing in the box with a superb reverse pass.

He clips in a cross towards the back post where Solanke has risen, but his header is over the bar.

Billing takes a whack in the build-up and needs treatment, but is good to continue.



Solanke makes a good run on the left side of the box and gets clattered, winning a free-kick.

It initially looks like a crossing location, but Stanislas decides to aim one at goal.

He hits it really well, gets it on target and Dieng is forced to tip it over for a corner!

From the set-piece, Solanke finds space at the near post but his header is deflected behind for another corner. From the next, Cook takes aim from distance but it flies well wide. 


Our first chance

Stanislas has our first shot on goal!

It's nice build-up play as Solanke wins the ball in an advanced position.

He lays it off to Christie, who drills a good pass to Stanislas, who was in acres of space on the left.

The winger cuts in onto his right foot and aims an effort towards the far corner, Dieng gets down well to make the save.

Better from Parker's side!


Not much to report so far

Ilias Chair needed a couple minutes of treatment for QPR, but is good to continue.

Since that short break, the tempo has been slower. QPR still look the most threatening, but the only chance was a shot from distance from Chair, which was easily collected by Travers.

The Cherries haven't really caused any issues on the attacking front either, we're moving the ball fairly well around the back but finding it hard to link up in the attacking third.


Chair strikes the wall

QPR's Ilias Chair has an early chance to fire a shot at goal as Lerma concedes a free-kick at the edge of the box.

The Moroccan steps up and hits it with power but the wall does its job and makes the block.

Moments later, a good cross from Kakay threatens the Cherries but Mepham gets a good head on it to clear before Lerma wins a free-kick to ease the pressure.


An early battle


A little bit rusty

It's probably fair to say both teams are a tad rusty in the first 10 minutes.

The Cherries haven't played in nine days while QPR have been out of action for three weeks.

While both teams are playing some nice bits when they get on the ball, and good football is the clear intention, some passes have gone a little haywire so far. 


A frantic start

This has been an open start in west London!

No real chances to note so far as a skewed QPR cross goes behind for a goal-kick but the pitch feels long and both teams have had opportunities to drive forward in the opening few minutes.

Zemura concedes the first corner of the game, Chair's delivery causes problems as it bounces around in the middle before Stanislas hooks clear.


The early set-up

The Cherries are lined-up in our usual 4-3-3 formation, Jefferson Lerma operating as the holding midfielder.

Chris Mepham has started at right centre-back, with Gary Cahill to his left.

Junior Stanislas is on the left-wing. 



QPR get this first half underway!

Let's go lads!


Here come the teams!

The Cherries are the first to take to the field at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium and are roundly booed by the home support.

The travelling fans behind the goal to the right of the dugouts, containing over 2,600 Cherries fans, are making a lot of noise in fairness to combat the home crowd!

Kick-off is only a matter of minutes away...


The skipper tonight!

He's captained England. He's captained Chelsea.

Tonight, he captains the Cherries.

Gary Cahill is wearing the armband tonight, in Lloyd Kelly's absence. 


Words from Ryan Christie...

The Scottish midfielder spoke to Sky Sports ahead of kick-off and has insisted the Cherries are working hard to get out of our current run of form.

Scott Parker's side have the opportunity in just over 30 minutes time. 


Here's how QPR line-up...


100 appearances for Billing!

It's a landmark appearance for Philip Billing this evening.

The Dane will make his 100th appearance in a Cherries shirt..

Congratulations, Phil! 


Stanislas is back!

It's a first start since August for Junior Stanislas, who is one of three changes to the line-up.

Jaidon Anthony is the man to make way for the experienced winger, whose last start came in the game against Blackpool.

Jefferson Lerma returns from suspension to replace Gavin Kilkenny in the team.

The final change is Chris Mepham coming in for Lloyd Kelly. We're not sure what the latest is on Lloyd but we'll update you as soon as we find out,

In Lloyd's absence, Gary Cahill is wearing the captain's armband.



Here's how the Cherries line-up for this evening's game...


Welcome to our live coverage!

Thank you for joining us ahead of this evening's Sky Bet Championship clash with QPR.

Over 2,600 Cherries fans are expected in the away end this afternoon so it promises to be an excellent atmosphere!

Scott Parker's side have had nine days to prepare for the game so will hopefully have a near full-strength squad to choose from, we'll find out at 4.30pm. 

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3 Blackburn Rovers 23 +14 42
4 West Bromwich Albion 24 +12 41
5 Middlesbrough 24 +4 36
6 Huddersfield Town 24 +2 36
7 Queens Park Rangers 22 +5 35
8 Stoke City 22 +5 35
9 Nottingham Forest 24 +5 34
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11 Sheffield United 22 +1 32
12 Millwall 22 0 30
13 Blackpool 24 -5 30
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16 Swansea City 22 -5 27
17 Birmingham City 23 -8 27
18 Bristol City 23 -9 27
19 Hull City 23 -8 23
20 Cardiff City 22 -14 22
21 Reading 22 -7 21
22 Peterborough United 23 -24 19
23 Barnsley 23 -19 14
24 Derby County 23 -2 7

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