QPR put on a sublime first-half performance to produce one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Ilias Chair opened the scoring in the 10th minute before Ethan Laird doubled their advantage in the 15th minute. Chris Willock made it three in the 40th minute before Tyler Smith scored a consolation goal in the 85th minute.
QPR’s Michael Beale: “It was a gamble to throw the same team out there, but it’s something I’ve been waiting to do. In every game, I’ve had to make three or four changes. It was a gamble because of the amount of energy we put into the weekend and the lack of time to recover. The Championship is relentless. But they gave me everything that I wanted in the first half. That’s more like what I want from us – especially here at home, playing on the front foot. After that, we were a little bit unsure at times and Hull made a really good push of the game.”
Hull’s Shota Arveladze: “I don’t know which minute it is better to start from; missing the first half an hour of the game or after 20 minutes when Oscar (Estupinan) could keep us in the game – twice – and he didn’t, or to start from the kick-off. I don’t blame Oscar or anyone else. I’m not picking up on one or two of the players. In general, we are looking at and observing the opposition for too long sometimes and it has cost us the game. Leave the last year. It was last year and we should better now concentrate on this year. But it doesn’t mean that I’m not counting or I don’t know how to count. But like I say, sometimes we observe matches too long. We have to react earlier.”
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