Norwich heap misery on QPR
Nahki Wells’s Queens Park Rangers suffered a 4-0 defeat away to league leaders Norwich City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.
It was an eighth-straight victory for Norwich, who were two goals up inside 12 minutes at Carrow Road, Emi Buendia putting them in front from close range and Marco Stiepermann firing in from 20 yards.
Teemu Pukki netted in his 25th goal of the season to extend his side’s lead before the interval.
Norwich were reduced to ten men when Buendia was shown a red card for a reckless challenge on Josh Scowen in the 71st minute.
It mattered little, however, with Pukki adding a second late on to heap more misery on the visiting side, who sacked their manager Steve McClaren last week.
John Eustace, the QPR caretaker manager, said: “We were up against a really good Norwich side who are probably going to win the league and it was always going to be a tough game for us.
“Having said that I was very disappointed with the way we defended early on. When Norwich scored their first it seemed to drain the confidence out of the lads and it was a very difficult first half for us.
“I was disappointed with the way the goals were conceded but you have to give full credit to Norwich, who were playing very well.”
Reggie Lambe played a full 90 minutes in Cambridge United’s 1-0 defeat away to Mansfield in League Two on Saturday.
Tyler Walker was on target for Mansfield, Lambe’s former club, in the 64th minute.
Kacy Milan Butterfield delivered an all-action display in midfield in Kidderminster Harriers’ 3-0 victory at home to Bradford Park Avenue in the Vanarama National League North on Saturday.
Joe Ironside scored a brace while Ashley Chambers also netted. In the same division, Osagi Bascome was an unused substitute in Darlington’s 2-0 win at home to FC United of Manchester, as was goalkeeper Jahquil Hill in Hereford United’s 2-2 draw at home to Stockport County.
Zeiko Lewis scored his second goal of the season in Charleston Battery’s 2-0 win over Charlotte Independence in the United Soccer League Eastern Conference yesterday. Ian Svantesson was also on target.
Roger Lee picked up a yellow card in Tallinna Kalev’s 2-0 win at home to Kuressaare in the Estonian Meistriliiga yesterday. The defeat leaves Lee’s side bottom of the table with no points from their opening four league games.
Danté Leverock, the Bermuda captain, played a full 90 minutes as Sligo Rovers suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Bohemians in the SSC Airtricity League on Saturday.
Bermudian goalkeeper Nathan Trott has played his first match in 2019, posting a shutout as relegation-threatened West Ham United beat Leicester City 1-0 on a 76th-minute Daniel Kemp penalty yesterday in Premier League 2.
Trott, who last played on December 15 in a 4-2 home defeat by Brighton&Hove Albion and has since penned a new deal with the East London club, made four saves on his return from a nagging leg injury.
The result lifts West Ham out of the relegation places in Premier League 2 and into ninth place on goal difference.
They have two matches remaining — against fourth-placed Derby County and leaders Everton — while Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur, who are also on 22 points, have three left.
Swansea City are all but relegated on 16 points with two matches left.
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