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Bialkowski’s Fault Gifts QPR A Win At The Den

Submitted by jleigh on Sun, 09/22/2019 - 23:23
The den

In form Nahki Wells helped clinch the win with a brace to remain top goalscorer in the Championship

QPR move up to 4th after winning a fourth on the bounce

Millwall drop to 16th and have now failed to win 6 successive League games

The star of the first half was QPR's number 10 Ebere Eze, he was the away teams main threat when going forward, constantly creating chances with a skillful spark and an unpredictable edge to his game that makes him hard to read whilst in possession. The first ten minutes play was very open and consisted of sloppy passes from both sides and other than a half chance from QPR at the 25 minute mark, the first 45 minutes remained reasonably uneventful.

Millwall came out in the second half with much more hunger and were putting QPR under pressure, helped by pace from number 7 Jed Wallace to cause problems for QPR. Suddenly in the 56th minute against the run of play, the R’s prolific striker Nahki Wells receives the ball in the middle of the box and his left foot curls to ball into the top corner.

Following the goal, Millwall continued to push forward with headed a attempt at goal from Shaun Hutchinson but a solid save from the keeper kept QPR in the lead. After concealing a clean sheet for 70 minutes Millwall's high tempo attack amounted to an equaliser from Hutchinson with 20 minutes to go. 2 minutes later, an instant reply was gifted by Millwall keeper Bartosz Bialkowski's as an awful miss kick falls to Wells tapping the ball into an open goal.

The remainder of the game consisted of QPR players slowing down the game and resisting to attack as they looked to see out an away win against London rivals. The Lions went into extra time in hunting mode but couldn’t manage to find an equaliser, meaning they left the den with a disappointing zero points.

QPR Extend Winning Streak

QPR welcome West Brom to Loftus Road as they aim for a fifth league win on the bounce. Their strong start to the season sees them one point behind first place Leeds United. Furthermore, with Nahki Wells in great stead, he will add towards their threat to the top of the Championship in the coming months.

"Don’t Perform, Don’t Play"

Millwall manager Neil Harris believes, when given an opportunity his players should all put in worthy performances to prove they should be in the lineup, although with mistakes that change games like Bialkowski's, other players will deserve to play more than them. Harris accepted the fault ‘’he's a good goalkeeper, but that's football’’ and believes The Lions ''deserved a point'', despite that if the errors continue a keeper change will be made.

Harris Out?

This games deciding moment did not help Harris. Fans are beginning to turn on the manager and if they don’t pick up an away win to bottom of the league Huddersfield in their upcoming fixture, "Harris out" will be a phrase many Millwall fans will be voicing.

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