2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Joel Lynch (72')
  • Matt Smith (90'+1')
  • Mark Little (54')

Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Goals from Joel Lynch and Matt Smith gave QPR a 2-0 victory over 10-man Bolton at Loftus Road.
Defender Lynch nodded in the opener in the 72nd minute and Smith headed home in injury time.
Wanderers right-back Mark Little was harshly shown a straight red card for a challenge on Massimo Luongo near the left-hand touchline four minutes into the second half.
The visitors defended resolutely but were undone when Smith met Luke Freeman's left-wing free-kick with a far-post header and Lynch applied the finishing touch from a yard out.
And Smith sealed Rangers' win after being found by a right-wing cross from substitute Paul Smyth.
It took QPR 11 points clear of the drop zone, while Bolton remain in the thick of the battle against relegation and have now lost six of their last seven away matches in the Sky Bet Championship.
Rangers were on top for much of the game, although keeper Alex Smithies produced a superb save to prevent them going behind early on when he kept out Derik Osede's header from Josh Vela's right-wing corner.
It came soon after Jack Robinson's shot brought a save from Bolton goalkeeper Ben Alnwick with a shot following Freeman's corner.
Rangers responded after the early scare and went close to scoring when Smith's header from Jake Bidwell's cross was pushed away by Alnwick.
Reece Burke then turned the ball into his own net after Conor Washington and Smith had both failed to connect with Pawel Wszolek's low cross, but the on-loan defender's blushes were spared by an offside flag.
Target man Smith also headed over from a long Robinson throw-in and, in the final seconds of the first half, he headed over from Bidwell's free-kick.
Smithies was called into action a couple of minutes into the second half, stopping David Wheater's far-post header from Sammy Ameobi's free-kick.
And after Little's dismissal, Tyler Walker missed a decent chance for Bolton when he fired wide after being found by Jem Karacan.
Wanderers were then put under sustained pressure, with Alnwick tipping over a shot from Freeman and Smith heading over before the deadlock was eventually broken.
Lynch almost scored a second but was just unable to connect after Nedum Onuoha had headed the ball back across goal.
Having missed a number of chances, Smith was rewarded for his persistence - his goal was the striker's seventh of the season.

English League Championship Standings

1 Leeds United 28 +17 54
2 Norwich City 28 +16 53
3 Sheffield United 28 +17 50
4 West Bromwich Albion 27 +20 47
5 Middlesbrough 28 +11 47
6 Derby County 28 +5 46
7 Bristol City 28 +6 44
8 Hull City 28 +6 40
9 Swansea City 28 +5 40
10 Blackburn Rovers 28 -4 40
11 Birmingham City 28 +7 39
12 Nottingham Forest 28 +7 39
13 Aston Villa 28 +6 39
14 Queens Park Rangers 28 -5 39
15 Stoke City 28 -2 38
16 Sheffield Wednesday 28 -12 35
17 Brentford 28 +4 34
18 Preston North End 28 -2 33
19 Millwall 28 -10 29
20 Wigan Athletic 28 -13 29
21 Rotherham United 28 -19 25
22 Reading 28 -12 23
23 Bolton Wanderers 27 -22 22
24 Ipswich Town 28 -26 18