2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Conor Washington (22', 59' PEN)
  • Tiago Ilori (56')

Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Reading

Conor Washington scored both goals for QPR as they beat 10-man Reading 2-0 at Loftus Road.
Washington headed in from close range on 22 minutes and slotted home a penalty 14 minutes into the second half after Tiago Ilori had been red-carded for fouling Pawel Wszolek in the box.
It was a miserable afternoon for last season's beaten Championship play-off finalists, whose new signing Jon Dadi Bodvarsson went off injured.
Rangers went ahead when Luke Freeman's skill on the right dug the ball out of a tight spot and Wszolek crossed for Washington to apply the finish.
Boss Ian Holloway paired Jamie Mackie and Washington up front and they had combined in the opening few minutes, exchanging passes before Washington saw a shot saved by keeper Vito Mannone.
After going ahead, QPR almost doubled their lead when Freeman shot narrowly wide following nice link-up play involving Mackie and Wszolek.
And Massimo Luongo went even closer when he fired against the far post from near the left-hand edge of the Reading penalty area.
Washington missed a great chance five minutes before the interval, shooting high and wide after Liam Kelly's awful back-pass left the striker with just Mannone to beat.
Rangers continued to press early in the second half and Freeman sent another effort wide after being set up by Mackie.
The home side were very much on top at that stage but they needed Alex Smithies to produce a brilliant save to maintain their lead following an error by Nedum Onuoha shortly before the second goal.
After the Rangers captain's lapse in concentration let in substitute Mo Barrow, the ball broke to Bodvarsson, who was denied by keeper Smithies at point-blank range.
It proved to be a pivotal moment in the match because a couple of minutes later Reading were two behind, down to 10 men and without Bodvarsson, who had been their main threat.
With Bodvarsson lying injured near the halfway line, play was allowed to continue and Mackie teed up Wszolek, who was taken down by Iloro near the edge of the six-yard box.
Ilori was sent off for a professional foul and, after a delay as Bodvarsson received treatment and was then helped off the pitch, Washington steered his penalty into the corner of the net.
Washington picked up an injury of his own but by the time he went off late on after appearing to hurt his back, the game was as good as won for Rangers.

English League Championship Standings

1 Leeds United 27 +18 54
2 Sheffield United 27 +18 50
3 Norwich City 27 +14 50
4 West Bromwich Albion 27 +20 47
5 Middlesbrough 27 +11 46
6 Derby County 27 +4 43
7 Bristol City 27 +5 41
8 Birmingham City 27 +9 39
9 Nottingham Forest 27 +8 39
10 Hull City 27 +6 39
11 Queens Park Rangers 27 -2 39
12 Aston Villa 27 +6 38
13 Swansea City 27 +4 37
14 Blackburn Rovers 27 -6 37
15 Stoke City 27 -3 35
16 Sheffield Wednesday 27 -13 32
17 Brentford 27 +2 31
18 Preston North End 27 -5 30
19 Wigan Athletic 27 -12 29
20 Millwall 27 -10 28
21 Rotherham United 27 -17 25
22 Reading 27 -11 23
23 Bolton Wanderers 27 -22 22
24 Ipswich Town 27 -24 18