2016/17 English League Championship, 2016/2017 English League Championship
  • Idrissa Sylla (20')
  • Adam Reach (12')
  • Daniel Pudil (31')

Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday moved a step closer to the Sky Bet Championship play-offs with a 2-1 victory at QPR.
Daniel Pudil's 31st-minute strike proved to be the winner after Adam Reach's opener had been cancelled out by Idrissa Sylla's 10th goal of the season for Rangers.
The win moved Wednesday up a place to fifth in the table courtesy of rivals Leeds losing at home to Wolves.
Rangers, meanwhile, have lost five matches in a row and sit just six points above the relegation zone with three games left.
Wednesday dominated most of the first half and went ahead in the 12th minute.
Pudil's left-wing cross ricocheted into the path of Reach, who blasted in from near the edge of the six-yard box.
Sylla equalised from a similar position nine minutes later. After Jamie Mackie exchanged passes with Ryan Manning and went down in the box, the loose ball rolled to Sylla, who fired past keeper Keiren Westwood at the near post.
But the Owls hit back just after the half-hour mark, when Pudil followed up to head home after goalkeeper Alex Smithies had managed to keep out Jordan Rhodes' header from Ross Wallace's right-wing free-kick.
Wallace might then have made it 3-1 had Jack Robinson not thwarted him with a last-ditch challenge after the winger had been found by Reach's pass.
Westwood denied Sylla a second goal shortly before half-time, tipping over the striker's header from Robinson's long throw.
And Jake Bidwell missed a decent chance to equalise a couple of minutes into the second half by volleying over from inside the penalty area after Wednesday were unable to properly clear Luke Freeman's free-kick.
The hosts maintained their early second-half pressure and had appeals for a penalty waved away after Westwood clattered into Mackie on the right-hand side of the area.
On-loan Brighton winger Kazenga LuaLua, brought on as a half-time substitute for the R's, then sent a wayward effort high and wide of the target as Ian Holloway's side appeared to run out of ideas.
The visitors remained a threat and Rhodes had a header saved by Smithies, Barry Bannan sent a long-range effort narrowly off target and Pudil headed over from Bannan's corner.
QPR boss Holloway brought target man Matt Smith on for the final 15 minutes and switched to three up front in an attempt to find a second equaliser.
And it almost worked as Smith headed wide from Bidwell's late cross.

English League Championship Standings

1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 +30 62
2 Derby County 27 +21 52
3 Cardiff City 27 +15 50
4 Aston Villa 27 +15 47
5 Bristol City 27 +8 47
6 Sheffield United 27 +9 43
7 Leeds United 27 +8 43
8 Fulham 27 +6 42
9 Middlesbrough 27 +8 41
10 Preston North End 27 +4 41
11 Brentford 27 +6 40
12 Ipswich Town 27 +1 39
13 Norwich City 27 -4 37
14 Queens Park Rangers 27 -6 33
15 Nottingham Forest 27 -10 32
16 Millwall 27 -1 31
17 Sheffield Wednesday 27 -4 31
18 Reading 27 -5 29
19 Barnsley 27 -10 27
20 Hull City 27 -5 25
21 Bolton Wanderers 27 -20 25
22 Burton Albion 27 -25 24
23 Birmingham City 27 -23 23
24 Sunderland 27 -18 22

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