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Rotherham add to QPR woes as Hugill helps down former club with brace
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Jordan Hugill fired Rotherham to victory (Mike Egerton/PA)
Jordan Hugill fired Rotherham to victory (Mike Egerton/PA)

QPR’s dire run of form continued as Rotherham leapfrogged them in the Championship table with a 3-1 victory.

Jordan Hugill, a former Rs loanee, netted a brace which drags Gareth Ainsworth’s side deeper into a relegation battle.

It ensured a fifth straight defeat for the Londoners and they now have just one win from 19 league outings.

Rotherham went in front after 15 minutes when Chiedozie Ogbene was set free down the right by Tariqe Fosu and the winger picked the right pass to tee up Hugill a simple close-range finish.

Goalkeeper Seny Dieng then had to be alert to punch clear Shane Ferguson’s inswinging corner, as Rotherham looked for a swift second.

The visitors responded well and only a diving save from Viktor Johansson kept Rotherham in front after Albert Adomah stood up a cross for skipper Stefan Johansen to strike first time.

Rotherham were back on the attack and Hakeem Odoffin was denied at the near post by Dieng after being put through on goal by Ogbene.

Hugill led a menacing counter-attack for the Millers and his chipped pass was perfect for Ferguson but again Dieng was equal to the effort and pushed it away as the first half finished with the hosts leading 1-0.

The home side were appealing for a penalty early in the second period after Dieng had tangled with Wes Harding but referee Darren Bond was unmoved.

After that, QPR started to enjoy their best period of the match and almost crafted a leveller when Sam Field volleyed over from Tim Iroegbunam’s cross.

They then came within inches of an equaliser when debutant Aaron Drewe picked out Jimmy Dunne and the defender’s shot flashed across goal.

However, it was Rotherham who grabbed the next goal after winning a penalty in the 70th minute.

Hugill was hauled down by Rob Dickie and stopped from getting on the end of Ogbene’s cross, with the striker taking the spot-kick himself and sending Dieng the wrong way.

Jamal Lowe came close to getting one back for the visitors but his shot from the edge of the box flashed just wide.

Hugill almost netted his hat-trick from Ogbene’s cross but he could not get a strong enough connection at the back post.

QPR were handed a lifeline with seven minutes left when they were awarded their own penalty after Harding fouled substitute Sinclair Armstrong. Lowe smashed the resulting spot-kick into the top corner to make it 2-1.

The goal really fired up the visitors and Dickie almost made it 2-2 with a fierce strike from the edge of the box.

But Rotherham sealed the points in the 90th minute when Odoffin lashed into the bottom corner after Georgie Kelly’s initial shot fell kindly to him.


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