Pawel Wszolek slides home the equaliser for QPR: credits REX FEATURES
Ian Holloway made it two wins in a row after a late win sealed another hard-fought victory.
QPR, who had lost six in a row before their win at Wolves on New Year’s Eve, move up to 17th place in the Championship, two points and two places behind Ipswich.
QPR started poorly and would count themselves fortunate to go ahead.
A long throw in from the right hand side of the penalty area was inadvertently flicked on by Ipswich Captain Luke Chambers to Idrissa Sylla who volleyed into the roof of the net from inside the 6 yard area.
David McGoldrick had two good chances early on for the Suffolk side before Sylla’s opener, though Rangers’ Guinean striker was forced off with a neck injury soon after giving his side the lead.
The outstanding Tom Lawrence equalised soon after the restart with an effort that is likely to be a contender for Town’s goal of the season, however they missed a series of chances before the home side’s winner.
Brett Pitman had a great chance to put Ipswich ahead after receiving a bouncing ball over the top from strike partner David McGoldrick though Pitman delayed too long and allowed Grant Hall to recover brilliantly to intercept.
With the game nearly at an end, substitute Nedum Onuha cleared a long ball over the top which beat Adam Webster, allowing Wszolek to control and round Bartosz Bialkowski before slotting into an empty net to seal a surprise 2-1 win.
QPR lack tempo
Ian Holloway will be a happy Hoop; credits standard.co.uk
There is no doubt manager Ian Holloway will be delighted with the six points collected over the Christmas period, although the performance levels will have been disappointing.
Holloway stuck with the formation from the Wolves victory and the same scorers produced again with Sylla and Wszolek on the score sheet again.
The 4-2-3-1 deployed against the Tractor boys saw QPR rarely threaten, with Ipswich controlling possession and the team performance was similar to the Aston Villa game, where the away team had the majority of the ball and dominated proceedings.
With the added numbers in midfield it suited QPR to play out from the back, and the back four split to do so, although as soon as Ipswich man marked their two centre backs, QPR decided to kick long and often lost the first ball.
It appears Ian Holloway’s men need some rotations to get out against sides that field a front two or who prevent them building up.
When QPR did play long and regain the second ball, they were too keen to go forward early with long balls and often surrendered possession straight back, and no one was more guilty than substitute Abdenasser El Khayati.
He was introduced to add some impetus and tempo to the game in the second half, however, he slowed the game down and was too ponderous in possession, often incurring the wrath of the home crowd who wanted more dynamic play.
The crowd also grew restless as the Hoops attempted short corners, rather than delivering into the area as Rangers rarely threatened the Ipswich goal.
A set piece, such as a corner, provided the chance to do so,however the short corners were poor and they may be better delivering into the opponents penalty area to test the opposition, rather than trying to be too clever when not in the run of form to do so.
Positive signs for Ipswich despite the result
Lawrence celebrates his stunning equaliser; credits eadt.co.uk
Cole Skuse was terrific in midfield, always looking to link with the front two and by playing with two forwards, naturally it enabled the Ipswich midfielders to look forwards rather than sideways and it was via Skuse that Ipswich equalised.
For the Town equaliser he received in midfield and with no option wide to the right, turned back inside before finding Lawrence between the lines, who shifted the ball onto his right foot before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top right hand corner.
Welshman Lawrence, on loan from Leicester City, was a real threat on the wing all game, even before he scored and, as Ryan Fraser before him, it seems Mick McCarthy has made another shrewd loan signing.
He started on the left and was able to shift the ball and deliver brilliant in swinging crosses as well as provide great service from set plays.
Once QPR realised he was becoming too dangerous, they doubled up on him, however he still tried to cut back onto his right foot into traffic, when attacking down the line and delivering with his left foot would have been the better option.
QPR (4-2-3-1): Smithies; Perch, Lynch, Hall (cpt), Bidwell; Cousins, Manning (El Khayati 69); Wszolek, Mackie, Borysiuk (Onuoha 58); Sylla (Washington 38).
Subs ( not used) : Ingram, Shodipo, Ngbakoto, Sandro.
IPSWICH TOWN (5-3-2): Bialkowski; Emmanuel (Ward 46), Chambers (cpt), Webster, Berra, Kenlock (Knudsen 77); Skuse, Bru (Douglas 69), Lawrence; McGoldrick, Pitman.
Subs ( not used) : Gerken, Dozzell, Sears, Varney.
Referee: T Harrington