Queens Park Rangers 4-3 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 03, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's defensive weaknesses were exposed once more, as Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored in the final minute to give Queens Park Rangers a 4-3 victory over Wanderers.

Having scored twice inside the opening 11 minutes at Loftus Road, courtesy of Gary Madine and Liam Feeney, the Trotters were pegged back at 2-2 going into the half-time interval thanks to Emmanuel-Thomas and a strike from Leroy Fer.

Tjaronn Chery gave QPR the lead for the first time just after the hour mark, but the visitors hit back and looked to have secured a point five minutes from time through Wellington Silva, only for Emmanuel-Thomas to grab his second and secure a 4-3 victory for the home side with the final kick of the game.

Neil Lennon made two changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Brighton & Hove Albion last time out, with Dorian Dervite and Darren Pratley returning from injury to take the places of David Wheater and Wellington Silva, who both took up places on the substitutes' bench.

Pratley, featuring for the first time since the opening day of the season, took the captain's armband, with Mark Davies, who wore it in the skipper's absence, joining him at the heart of the Wanderers midfield.

Bolton started brightly in the capital, with Neil Danns seeing an early sighter fly over the crossbar after the ball was laid off to him by Madine.

Dervite came close to scoring his first Wanderers goal with five minutes on the clock, glancing a header from a Feeney cross just wide of Robert Green's post, before Nedum Onuoha headed a free-kick from Daniel Tozser straight at Ben Amos at the other end.

The visitors' early pressure paid off with eight minutes played, as Feeney's ball into the box picked out Madine, who stretched to head the ball past Green and raise the travelling supporters to their feet.

That lead was doubled three minutes later, with the provider of the first netting his third goal of the season - matching the total he managed in the entire of the previous campaign. After Green had failed to hold on to a stinging drive from Pratley, Feeney pounced to slot the ball into the empty net to make the score 2-0.

Rangers' two-goal deficit lasted little more than 60 seconds, however, as they got back into the game almost immediately, with Emmanuel-Thomas heading home at the far post to bring the score back to 2-1.

Max Clayton had a glorious opportunity to restore Bolton's two-goal cusion on the quarter-hour, but a moment of indecision cost him as he failed to find a telling touch when played clean through on the Rs goal.

It wasn't until the half-hour that the next chance of note arrived, with Amos diving low to keep out a goalbound header from Onuoha, moments before Tozser fired high and wide after receiving the ball on the right-hand side.

Tozser was involved again as the half went into the final five minutes, with his free-kick being headed over the top by Gabriele Angella, but the hosts did have the ball in the net before the break as Fer tapped the ball into an empty net after Amos had kept out an initial attempt.

After working themselves back into the match from two goals down, QPR almost took a lead into the break but Amos stood firm to keep out a long-range piledriver from Matt Phillips to keep the score at 2-2.

There were no changes to the Rangers team that emerged for the start of the second period, although Wanderers were forced into one substitution - as Wheater came on for Francesco Pisano, who took a knock late in the first half.

The first chance of the half fell the way of the hosts, with Amos getting down quickly to deny Emmanuel-Thomas from point-blank range.

Tozser went into the referee's notebook for a challenge on Davies shortly afterwards, moments before Dervite volleyed wide after he got on the end of a cross from Clayton.

Onuoha headed wide for the hosts on the hour, as he advanced unopposed into the Wanderers box, shortly before QPR completed their comeback by taking the lead on 62 minutes, as Chery picked out the top corner with an outstanding strike from the angle of the 18-yard box.

Phillips was then presented with the chance to seal victory for Rangers, as he raced clear from the next attack, but he wasted the opportunity by driving his shot wide of the target and giving the Bolton backline an almighty reprieve.

Lennon responded by introducing Jay Spearing in place of Pratley on 64 minutes, with the captaincy being handed over to Davies.

Bolton pushed forward in search of an equaliser as the game entered the final 20 minutes, with Danns seeing a goalbound shot turned behind for a corner, before Madine shot straight at Green from a Clayton ball into the box.

Clayton thought he was in with a chance of drawing the visitors level moments later, only to be denied by the assistant's offside flag, although Rangers fell into the same trap at the other end as a goal was disallowed in similar circumstances.

Amos threw himself across goal to push away a long-range strike from Sandro on 84 minutes and that saved soon turned into a vital one, as substitute Silva cut in from the left-flank before drilling his shot into the bottom corner of Green's goal to level the scores at 3-3.

After blowing an early lead, Bolton looked set to take a point back to the North West but were left wondering what might have been in the final of four added minutes for stoppages when Emmanuel-Thomas picked out the far corner of Amos' net to spark a frenzy in the stands as QPR stole all three points with the final kick of the game.

Their latest loss means Wanderers go into the international break occupying a place in the Championship's relegation zone. They return to action in a fortnight, when they face Burnley at Turf Moor.

Queens Park Rangers: Green, Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Konchesky, Henry, Tozser, Phillips, Fer (Sandro 76), Chery, Emmanuel-Thomas
Subs Not Used: Doughty, Faurlin, Luongo, Perch, Smithies, Polter
Booked: Chery, Tozser, Henry
Goals: Emmanuel-Thomas 13, Fer 44, Chery 62, Emmanuel-Thomas 90+4

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Pisano (Wheater 46), Gouano, Dervite, Moxey, Danns, Davies, Feeney, Pratley (Spearing 64), Clayton (Silva 80), Madine
Subs Not Used: Vela, Rachubka, Casado, Dobbie
Goals: Madine 8, Feeney 11, Silva 85

Referee: Darren Drysdale
Attendance: 16,026

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