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REPORT: West Ham United loanee and Liverpool target Ravel Morrison inspires QPR victory over Yeovil Town

By WGSweet  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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RAVEL Morrison's impressive double and a gift of a header allowed QPR to ease to a 3-0 victory over Yeovil Town in the Sky Bet Championship.

Cheered on by almost 1,400 traveling fans, Gary Johnson's men started brightly only to fall flat as the Rs proved their quality.

The Premier League promotion-chasing hosts barely broke sweat on a sunny afternoon at Loftus Road, with the Glovers again lacking attacking clout but also looking devoid of ideas in the final third.

Not even the 29th-minute tactical removal of Duane Holmes had the desired impact as Yeovil toiled in the spring warmth.

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An injury in the warm-up to Ruben Palazuelos prompted the only change to the XI defeated by Ipswich Town, right back Matteo Lanzoni making his full debut with Luke Ayling shifting to central midfield.

The Glovers enjoyed a bright opening ten minutes at Loftus Road with Tom Lawrence taking little time to show his quality by twisting and turning into the box before shooting at Rob Green.

Ayling had the ball in the net when he lobbed the former England keeper, but James Hayter's infringement further up the pitch saw it ruled out.

The midfielder then curled narrowly wide from the edge of the area with Green rooted to the spot.

On 11 minutes the Rs battled back. With Yeovil static in defence, Joe Edwards had to throw his body in the line of Joey Barton's shot. The subsequent corner dropped in the six yard box and Nedem Onuoha tumbled trying to turn the ball goal-wards.

Ten minutes later the Glovers continued to live dangerously in front of their own goal. Armand Traore get in from the left flank and his shot was deflected behind.

Again the visitors were sloppy at the set piece as Richard Dunne's wayward drive was stabbed into the stand by an out-stretched knee.

Will Keane was next to go close on 24 minutes, denied by Marek Stech's excellent one-handed diving save when helping on Barton's attempt.

West Ham United loanee Morrison, however, did beat the Czech Republic stopper seconds later. Given too much respect by a defence content to continually stand off, the talented youngster rifled home from 20 yards.

Joe Edwards burst into the area on 34 minutes but his penalty appeal fell on deaf ears when he went down under pressure from Onuoha.

Substitute Niko Kranjcar stung the hands of Stech three minutes into the second period when hitting the target with a rasping effort.

Lawrence announced Yeovil's arrival after the break by rattling the goal-frame. The talented attacker created a shooting angle and curled against the upright from 20 yards.

On 69 minutes Rangers themselves hit the cross bar as Jermaine Jenas's dipping volley skimmed into the crowd.

Bobby Zamora was then handed the simplest of second goals after 70 minutes - just four minutes after replacing Will Keane.

Both Stech and Byron Webster were sucked under Junior Hoilett's left wing cross and Zamora nodded into the empty net.

Morrison then completed victory with a minute to spare. Kranjcar broke unopposed through the middle of the park, selflessly laying off for the reported Liverpool to confidently sweep home.

QPR (4-4-1-1) - Green (Murphy, 68); Hughes, Dunne, Onuoha, Hill; Traore (Kranjcar, 43), Jenas, Barton, Hoilett; Morrison; Keane (Zamora, 66). Unused subs: Carroll, Henry, Benayoun, Maiga.

Goals: Morrison 25, 89, Zamora 70.


Yeovil Town (4-4-2) - Stech; Lanzoni, Duffy, Webster, McAllister (Twumasi, 76); Holmes (Dawson, 29), Ayling, Edwards, Lawrence; Hayter (Morgan, 76), Miller. Unused subs: Dunn, Moore, Hoskins.


Bookings: McAllister (unsporting conduct), Dawson (foul), Lawrence (foul).

Referee: M Brown.

Att: 16,667.

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