Wells scores in QPR defeat
Nahki Wells scored his fourth goal of the season in Queens Park Rangers 2-1 defeat away to Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship yesterday.
The Bermuda striker, on loan from Premier League side Burnley, put the visiting team ahead in the 26th minute with a cool left-footed shot from the centre of the box after beating two men.
Kemar Roofe equalised for Leeds from close range on the stroke of half-time, and completed the turnaround from the penalty spot eight minutes after the restart after Toni Leistner’s handball.
Leeds climb to second in the table after a fourth straight win.
Steve McClaren, the QPR manager, believes his side were on the receiving end of a poor decision by the referee to award Leeds a penalty.
“The turning point was the goal just before half-time and a poor refereeing decision for the penalty just after. It was never a penalty.
“We feel harshly done by because we lost today to a poor decision, but the boys fought all the way and we gave Leeds a right scare.
“Toni was adamant it didn’t touch his hand and the referee’s position — wow. He’s got fantastic eyes. He can see through people I think to see a handball.
“I think they won ugly today and that’s what you need to do when you’re going for promotion.”
McClaren singled out Wells for praise. “We scored exactly how we wanted to. It was a great finish from Nahki.”
QPR are fourteenth in the table, eight points adrift of the play-offs.
Reggie Lambe came on as a second-half substitute in Cambridge United 1-0 defeat away to Tranmere Rovers in League Two.
James Norwood ended Tranmere’s three-match winless run with a goal in the 77th minute.
Jonté Smith, the Bermuda striker, was substituted in the 79th minute in Lewes’ 2-1 victory away to Bishop Stortford in the Bostik League Premier Division yesterday.
James Hammond and Frankie Chappell scored for Lewes, while Michael Dome-Bemwin notched for Bishop Stortford. Lewes are second in the table.