Bothroyd earns QPR crucial win

QPR carved out just their third win of the Premier League season

at Southampton to renew hope of avoiding relegation.

Loic Remy struck against the run of play after 14 minutes to

take the lead, but Saints equalised through Gaston Ramirez before


Jay Bothroyd tapped the ball home from close range to restore

the lead, and fine saves from substitute goalkeeper Rob Green, on

for the injured Julio Cesar, helped the west London side through to

a vital win.

Southampton were left to rue the fact that they did not

capitalise on all their pressure on their bottom-of-the-table

opponents, who lustily celebrated their first win in two


With so much hanging on this game, the return of Harry Redknapp

to St Mary’s for the first time since his ill-starred year as

Saints’ manager added even more spice and the QPR boss received a

predictably hostile reception from some sections of the home


The home side ignored the day’s added context to start

confidently, with Adam Lallana and Jack Cork having shooting

chances that did not worry Cesar in the QPR goal.

However, Rangers steeled themselves after a nervy opening spell

to take the lead totally against the run of play.

Junior Hoilett’s superb diagonal pass from the left allowed Remy

to get in between Daniel Fox and Maya Yoshida, the striker then

shooting high beyond Cesar from an angle inside the area. Fox did

his best, but the ball ricocheted in off the defender’s knee to

give QPR a shock lead.

The goal rocked the home side, who could find little of the

fluency that had put paid to Manchester City in their last home


They lost Lallana following a clash of heads with Clint Hill,

but replacement Jay Rodriguez made his mark to restore parity

before half time.

After Morgan Schneiderlin superbly robbed Hoilett in defence,

Saints broke and allowed Rodriguez to get in a testing shot from

distance. Cesar spilled the ball into the path of Ramirez, who

delicately chipped the ball back over the advancing keeper for a

sublime equaliser.

Saints looked to have carried the goal’s momentum into the

second half, dominating possession and going close through long

range shots from Jose Fonte and Rodriguez.

Cesar required treatment for a dead leg after punching away a

cross, struggling on until eventually replaced by Green, who was to

make a crucial contribution in the closing stages.

QPR were back in the lead after soaking up more pressure,

Ji-Sung Park staying on his feet to elude a tackle from Yoshida

before pulling the ball back to Bothroyd, who had the simplest of

chances to tap home from close range.

Green made his cameo appearance a memorable one with two fine

saves in quick succession, flicking out his right hand to stop a

powerful Yoshida header, and then dropping to his right to push

Fonte’s shot around the post seconds later.

With QPR holding the hosts at bay for the remainder of the

match, Green’s contribution was as vital as the goal scorers and

Redknapp’s delight at the final whistle was clear to see and may

signal another unlikely act of escapology.