QPR 3-0 Cardiff: Lyndon Dykes double steers Hoops to victory

QPR 3-0 Cardiff: Lyndon Dykes double steers Hoops to victory

In-form striker Lyndon Dykes scored twice as QPR beat ten-man Cardiff 3-0 amid speculation over manager Michael Beale’s future.

Dutch left-back Kenneth Paal’s first Rangers goal sealed a comfortable win for the R’s at Loftus Road, where Bluebirds defender Jack Simpson was sent off.

However, home supporters’ spirits were greatly dampened by the prospect of Chef Beale’s departure.

Beale is reportedly poised to take his first managerial role at Wolves in less than four months – and just 15 Sky Bet Championship games.

His departure would be a blow for the west London club whose victory could see them top the table depending on the results of games with fellow high-flyers Sheffield United and Burnley later in the evening.

Dykes has now scored four goals in three games since failing to score ten times.

He put Rangers ahead with a penalty in the 18th minute after Sinclair Armstrong went down in the box after firing between centre-backs Simpson and Cedric Kipre while chasing a through ball from Stefan Johansen.

Simpson was accused of fouling Armstrong and received a very harsh red card for apparently denying the teenage striker a clear scoring opportunity.

Dykes almost doubled the lead when Ilias Chair’s teasing ball from the left was slammed against the bar by the Scottish striker.

But Dykes scored his second in the 33rd minute and again Chair was the provider, running on Ethan Laird’s pass and delivering from the right for Dykes to seal a close-range finish.

Chair had been in the center of the action before the opening goal, missing a good chance, shooting wide, shooting over after a nice build-up from Armstrong and Sam Field and seeing a free-kick smashed by goalkeeper Ryan Allsop.

Rangers failed to claim a penalty after loanee Manchester United right-back Laird appeared to be brought down by Simpson.

But when a free kick was later missed and Simpson was sent off, the home side was able to take control.

Paal added a late third after being picked by Field, directing a header in a loop from near the six-yard box past Allsop into the back corner of the net.

Allsop kept the respectable result, producing saves to deny Chair and Tim Iroegbunam.

What the managers say…

QPR’s Michael Bel: “I haven’t spoken to (QPR football director) Les Ferdinand or anyone so nothing has changed as far as I know. I made the decision to turn my phone off because we needed to focus on that game, the moment Les talks to me I know either way and then the club communicates what we communicate. If an offer comes officially, you don’t have to accept it. You have to weigh everything. There are many of questions you need to get answers to.

“I came from the Premier League to work here. I know this level. I’ve worked for some of the biggest clubs so I know the expectations of those places. I felt overwhelmed for this job and I feel “I’m very confident in this job. It’s 100 per cent a dream of mine to make it in the Premier League. That’s no secret. But it has to be the right opportunity, be the right moment and the right club. And they would have to give me.” a really clear understanding of where this club is going. When I was with (Glasgow) Rangers I turned down seven or eight chances to be a manager. There are some things I’m looking for.”

Cardiff’s interim manager Mark hudson: “The turning point in the game was the penalty and the red card. I have to be very careful what I say or I’ll get in trouble. But for me it’s never a red card. The worst scenario is a penalty. But I looked it back and the forward kicks Jack’s leg. I don’t agree with the decision and spoke to the referee about it at half-time, but he made his decision. I can’t see how it’s a red card.

“This is a very difficult place and QPR are in good form. I asked the players to play with courage and determination and you saw that they are ready to run and close gaps. But it will be difficult, if you are below 10 men I feel sorry for our fans who got this far on a Wednesday night and are coming back late.


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