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Men’s football Ilias Chair’s second-half screamer sees off Rovers

QPR 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

By James Nalton at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

ILIAS CHAIR was the difference-maker for Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday evening as they saw off Blackburn Rovers thanks to a much-improved second-half display.

Albert Adomah also stood out, showing glimpses of inventive skill and immense work rate from his right-wing back position.

But it was another game in which Chair showed his class, leading to questions afterwards around whether the club will be able to resist the inevitable offers that come their way in upcoming transfer windows.

“I don’t want Ilias to leave,” said Rs boss Mark Warburton. “But if he goes to another club he goes at QPR’s value.

“From our point of view we don’t want to lose any players but if they do go, they go at our price.”

Warburton was pleased with the way his side responded after half-time following a drab opening period by both teams.

“I thought first half we were too slow and laborious,” he said. “It was like a training game and we didn’t play with energy or purpose.

“We needed to step it up a gear and the second half was much better.

“We moved the ball quicker, Lyndon [Dykes] working tirelessly, Albert [Adomah] was excellent, and we looked a much better team in the second half and deserved the win.”

There was a scare for the home side early in the second period, though, when Yoann Barbet got in the way of Tayo Edun’s cross but diverted the ball towards his own goal.

Luckily for the French centre-back and his side, the ball came back off the post. From then on, QPR went from strength to strength.

The best chance of the game fell to Hoops centre-back Jimmy Dunne, but he scooped his shot over from close range after Chris Willock headed the ball into his path.

There was another lull in proceedings as Rob Dickie carried the ball out from the back, eventually offloading it to Chair who had drifted into space.

Though he had space for himself, there weren’t many options for the Moroccan international so he eventually decided to shoot. A good decision, as it turned out. 
His strike flew past Blackburn goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski at the Loft end to win the game for QPR.


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