R’S LATE SHOW STINGS THE BEES

The Football League Paper - - MIDWEEK ROUND-UP - By John Lyons

A COU­PLE of amaz­ing come­backs stole the show amid some tasty mid­week ac­tion.

QPR set the ball rolling by com­ing back from 2-0 down in injury time to snatch a dra­matic draw against neigh­bours Brent­ford on Mon­day night.

Two well-taken sec­ond-half goals from Lasse Vibe seemed to have the Bees coast­ing to vic­tory, but then came the last­gasp R’s hero­ics.

Striker Matt Smith nod­ded home in the 93rd minute for what ap­peared to be a mere con­so­la­tion. How­ever, it took on a new light when he then knocked the ball down for Luke Free­man to turn in the equaliser a minute later.

Relieved QPR boss Ian Hol­loway said: “For me, it feels like a win. For them, it prob­a­bly feels like a de­feat.”

The R’s chief also had a pop at sup­port­ers who left early.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with our fans and with their fans,” he said.

“I’d like to say to ours, ‘You should have stayed’. Every­place body who did stay, well done, you de­served that. Don’t go home early.

“If you missed it, you ain’t half missed some­thing.”

How­ever, in a video mes­sage, Ol­lie later apol­o­gised to R’s fans if his re­marks had up­set them.

Cruis­ing

In­cred­i­bly, there was an ac­tion re­play of the west Lon­don events at Charlton the fol­low­ing night in League One. Vis­i­tors Peter­bor­ough led 2-0, cour­tesy of goals from Gwion Ed­wards and Jack Mar­riott and ap­peared to be cruis­ing to vic­tory.

How­ever, the Addicks had a glim­mer of hope when Ricky Holmes net­ted from the spot in the 91st minute af­ter Jake Forster-Caskey had been fouled by Ed­wards. And three min­utes later Kar­lan Ahearne-Grant pounced on a Naby Sarr knock­down to level.

Fum­ing Posh boss Grant McCann hit out at ref­eree John Brooks for his side’s fail­ure to cling on to all three points. He felt his side should have had a penalty for a ‘foul’ by Ahmed Kashi on Ed­wards and also dis­puted the one given against Ed­wards.

“It’s an ab­so­lute howler of a show from the ref­eree,” McCann told BBC Ra­dio Cam­bridgeshire.

“He couldn’t wait to give them the penalty. It’s ex­actly the same in their box. My man gets ab­so­lutely smashed. No penalty. Theirs does. Penalty.”

Im­por­tant

Back in the Cham­pi­onship, there were two fix­tures on Tues­day night. Ip­swich pulled off a gutsy 1-0 win at in-form

Derby to climb to ninth in the ta­ble, just three points be­hind the sixth-placed Rams.

Ever­ton loa­nee Cal­lum Con­nolly headed home in the fifth minute to give the Tractor Boys the lead and they hung on doggedly to grind out an im­por­tant vic­tory.

Read­ing moved up to 16th by brush­ing Barns­ley aside at the Made­jski Sta­dium. Dave Ed­wards headed home in the 20th minute to give the Roy­als the lead and Jaap Stam’s men had breath­ing space when Joey van den Berg drove home the sec­ond nine min­utes later.

Sub Jon Dadi Bod­vars­son put the ic­ing on the cake with the third two min­utes from time as Barns­ley’s slide con­tin­ues.

In the other League One game, on-song Black­burn

Rovers made it four suc­ces­sive league wins and climbed to fourth in the ta­ble with an im­pres­sive 4-2 win at Black­pool.

Rovers’ Mar­cus An­ton­s­son drew first blood in the Lan­cashire derby with a 25th-minute goal, but the Seasiders were level four min­utes later through a Kelvin Mel­lor header.

The game turned back in the vis­i­tors’ favour when Bradly Dack slot­ted home on the stroke of half-time.

Sec­ond-half goals from Char­lie Mul­grew and Paul Down­ing put Tony Mow­bray’s men in to­tal con­trol, be­fore sub Danny Philliskirk net­ted a con­so­la­tion for Black­pool.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

WHAT A FIN­ISH: Luke Free­man scores then cel­e­brates, inset, the sec­ond of Rangers’ added-time goals GOOD HIT: Read­ing’s Joey van den Berg scores their sec­ond goal against Barns­ley

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