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SkyBet Championship - QPR 3, Yeovil Town 0
YEOVIL Town slipped to a second consecutive league defeat as they were beaten 3-0 by Championship giants QPR.
Ravel Morrison scored twice and Bobby Zamora notched his first goal in almost a year as Rangers cruised to victory.
Yeovil’s day didn’t start well as midfielder Rubén Palazuelos pulled out after sustaining an injury in the warm up – Italian Matteo Lanzoni replaced the Spaniard in the starting line-up.
Yeovil silenced the home crowd after just five minutes when Luke Ayling guided a neat 20-yard lob over Rob Green in Rangers’ goal only it to be disallowed for a foul on the ‘keeper.
Yeovil had most of the early possession and threatened the QPR goal, but it was the West London side that took the lead through West Ham loanee Morrison’s fine strike midway through the first half.
After that boost QPR showed their quality and created further chances with Joey Barton and Armand Traoré both going close.
Shortly after the interval Tom Lawrence struck the post with a 25-yard curling effort, as the visitors began to see more of the ball.
That chance served as a wake-up call for QPR, who went close to doubling their lead courtesy of a Barton free-kick – Jermaine Jenas went even closer minutes later as his volley rattled the crossbar.
Zamora replaced Will Keane in Rangers’ strike force, and he added their second as he headed in from Junior Hoilett’s inch-perfect cross.
Joe Edwards and Shane Duffy both failed to work substitute ‘keeper Brian Murphy from good positions, as Yeovil worked hard to get back into the game.
And that was as good as it got for Yeovil, as Morrison fired past Marek Stech to put the game well and truly beyond The Glovers.
Manager Gary Johnson flet the game could have been very different had Ayling’s goal been allowed to stand and isn’t giving up hope of surviving the drop.
He said: “We’re disappointed that we lost because we thought we’d scored a good goal in the first 20 minutes.
“We had the pressure then in the first 25 minutes and supporters were fantastic for us – that should have been allowed in my view.
“The lads worked hard, they never gave up and they kept their shape, and we weren’t opened up much, apart from the three breaks for the goals.
“I don’t think we’ve lost any ground on the teams around us. I know they got a point – Charlton and Millwall – but if we were to pick a result that would have been it.
“We’ve got to win one more game than the teams around us, that’s how we’ve got to think.”
The Glovers host Bolton Wanderers this Saturday, March 22. Kick-off is at 3pm at Huish Park.