Barnsley 3-2 Queens Park Rangers

18 Aug

Marley Watkins


Marley Watkins heads Barnsley into the lead

Josh Scowen scored a 90th-minute winner as Barnsley ended QPR’s winning start to the Championship season.

The hosts took the lead through Marley Watkins’ free header at the back post.

QPR turned the game around with two penalties, as Tjaronn Chery fired down the middle and Sebastian Polter placed his strike into the corner.

Conor Hourihane’s spectacular free-kick levelled and Scowen finished on the half-volley to snatch a dramatic win before Rangers had Grant Hall sent off.

The defender was shown a second yellow card within half an hour in injury time for pulling down Stefan Payne.

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Sebastian Polter’s penalty had put QPR 2-1 up

Barnsley move up to seventh in the table with their second win of their season, while QPR are fifth on goal difference.

The hosts were unchanged from their victory over Derby on Saturday and a good start saw them take the lead when Alfie Mawson headed the ball across the box for Watkins to nod in from three yards.

Scowen glanced a header wide but QPR grew in strength as the game went on and Chery’s free-kick came back off the crossbar.

Just 30 seconds into the second half, Chery made it 1-1 from the spot after Polter was brought down by Marc Roberts.

Polter then netted a penalty himself when James Bree clipped the heels of Yeni Ngbakoto.

But Barnsley won it with a dramatic turnaround as Hourihane’s free-kick flew into the top corner and the winner arrived when Scowen pounced after Payne’s nod down.

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield:

“I’m delighted with the result. Adam Davies didn’t have a shot to save, apart from the two penalties.

“We watched a lot of QPR in the first few games and they really dominated teams with the aggression, organisation and running power, but we more than matched them.

“We got what we deserved and the pleasing thing is we can get better.”

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink:

“Barnsley were the better side in the first half, but we got ourselves together in the second half and played better and got the two goals from deserved penalties.

“But if the referee is going to give one of those soft free-kicks for their second goal, that he hasn’t been giving all game, I think that is painful.

“And then the third goal, what is the difference between the second goal? The player is in the air, trying to win the ball, he gets a nudge, what is the difference? I don’t understand it.

“Referees need to make decisions and it looked like the wild west out there. They could do what they wanted, there was no authority.”

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 3, Queens Park Rangers 2.

Second Half ends, Barnsley 3, Queens Park Rangers 2.

Second yellow card to Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) for a bad foul.

Foul by Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers).

Stefan Payne (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Karl Henry.

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Conor Washington replaces Jordan Cousins.

Goal! Barnsley 3, Queens Park Rangers 2. Josh Scowen (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Payne.

Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

Josh Scowen (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sebastian Polter.

Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aidan White (Barnsley).

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Abdenasser El Khayati replaces Yeni N’Gbakoto.

Offside, Barnsley. Alfie Mawson tries a through ball, but Stefan Payne is caught offside.

Substitution, Barnsley. Sessi D’Almeida replaces Marley Watkins.

Yeni N’Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Kent (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Sebastian Polter with a headed pass.

Goal! Barnsley 2, Queens Park Rangers 2. Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers).

Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Goal! Barnsley 1, Queens Park Rangers 2. Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Queens Park Rangers. Yeni N’Gbakoto draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by James Bree (Barnsley) after a foul in the penalty area.

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Barnsley).

Offside, Barnsley. Josh Scowen tries a through ball, but Ryan Kent is caught offside.

Foul by Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers).

Alfie Mawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sebastian Polter.

Substitution, Barnsley. Stefan Payne replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers).

Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Kent.

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