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QPR
QPR
Played
March 2, 2013 8:30 PM IST
St. Mary's Stadium — Southampton, Hampshire
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 31728‎
 
45+1′ G. Ramírez
Loïc Remy 15′
 
Jay Bothroyd 77′
Top of the Match
Robert Green
Robert Green
QPR
Ji-Sung Park
Ji-Sung Park
QPR
Flop of the Match
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Southampton
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Southampton

Southampton 1-2 QPR: Remy & Bothroyd give rock-bottom Rs a lifeline

The visitors went ahead against the run of play in the first half with the Saints responding late in the same period, before Redknapp's men secured a vital win late in the day

By John Stammers at St Mary's

EPL: Loic Remy, Southampton v QPR
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QPR ended a six-game Premier League winless streak with a crucial victory over Harry Redknapp's former club and fellow relegation candidates Southampton on Saturday.

Loic Remy's opener silenced the home supporters clearly fired up by the unpopular Redknapp's return, the manager met with boos on his appearance, but Gaston Ramirez put the hosts level right before half-time.

And the crowd were stunned once more with just over ten minutes remaining when Jay Bothroyd finished from close range to give the visitors all three points.

Luke Shaw was on the bench for Saints but Jose Fonte returned at the back, while Jason Puncheon, Adam Lallana and Gaston Ramirez all started as Jay Rodriguez dropped out.

Remy replaced the injured Bobby Zamora for QPR, but Esteban Granero recovered in time. Adel Taarabt, Andros Townsend and Jamie Mackie all dropped out with Bothroyd, Park Ji Sung and Junior Hoilett starting.

Despite a bright start by Saints it was the visitors who took the lead early in the game, Remy beating Artur Boruc in a one-on-one after some poor defending by the hosts allowed a long ball to fall to the Frenchman.

Mauricio Pochettino's side looked rocked by the goal as their earlier sharpness just faltered a little, with a number of sloppy passes creeping into their play and their attacking players failing to find the right final ball.

The sides failed to create anything of note for the majority of the rest of the half, with both sets of players' final ball still lacking. However, after coming on for the injured Lallana, Jay Rodriguez's hopeful long-range effort was spilled by Julio Cesar, and Ramirez was on hand to chip delicately home to level the scores.

Shortly after the break Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte fizzed an effort just wide of the post, with the bright substitute Rodriguez also going close to adding a second.

Saints continued to look the more dangerous side without really creating many chances, with Rodriguez going closest with another long-range effort spilled by Cesar.

However, again against the run of play, it was QPR who got the crucial next goal. Park Ji-Sung was allowed to stroll down the right wing before his low ball into the Saints area found an unmarked Bothroyd, who finished with ease.

Robert Green came on to replace the injured Cesar in the QPR goal, and the substitute was called into action late on producing a stunning save to deny Fonte's header by clawing the effort wide, and the Rs held on to end their winless run of six matches.


Southampton

31
Artur Boruc
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
Nathaniel Clyne
Defender
3.00
3
Maya Yoshida
Defender
2.00
6
2.50
13
Daniel Fox
Defender
57′
2.50
4
3.50
10
G. Ramírez
Midfielder
46′ 75′
3.50
18
Jack Cork
Midfielder
2.50
20
Adam Lallana
Midfielder
43′
2.50
13
Jason Puncheon
Midfielder
2.00
7
2.50

QPR

2.50
30
Julio César
Goalkeeper
75′
3.00
3
2.50
22
3.00
6
Clint Hill
Defender
2.50
3
3.00
13
Ji-Sung Park
Midfielder
77′
2.00
25
3.00
17
3.50
14
Loïc Remy
Striker
15′
3.50
23
3.00
9

Substitutes

1
Kelvin Davis
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
23
Luke Shaw
Defender
57′
2.00
8
Steven Davis
Midfielder
 - 
16
2.50
21
 - 
9
3.50

Substitutes

3.50
1
Robert Green
Goalkeeper
75′
 - 
15
 - 
35
 - 
7
Adel Taarabt
Midfielder
2.50
8
Jermaine Jenas
Midfielder
53′
 - 
17
 - 
12
Jamie Mackie
Midfielder

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