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QPR 1 – 3 Barnsley


Barnsley’s Sky Bet Championship play-off continued as she beat QPR 3-1 to six straight wins.

Charlie Austin’s equalizer called off Daryl Dike’s opener, but Alex Mowatt’s free kick and Carlton Morris’ second-half goal gave the visitors the points.

Barnsley is now undefeated in eight games, while the back-to-back losses are a blow to the Rangers, whose recent four-game winning streak has raised hopes they could still fight for the play-offs.

Dike gave the Tykes the lead by preventing Lee Wallace from heading for Mowatt’s 23rd minute turn at the near post – the US forward’s second goal since signing the Orlando City loan early last month .

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Daryl Dike celebrates the opening goal for Barnsley

The Rangers hit back four minutes later with Austin’s fifth goal in 10 appearances since returning for a second spell at the club.

Ilias Chair’s lifted free kick reached Yoann Barbet, whose left-footed volley was parried by goalkeeper Brad Collins in Austin and the loaned West Brom forward finished flat.

But Barnsley quickly regained the lead with a fabulous goal from Mowatt, who cut his 25-yard free kick past goaltender Seny Dieng and into the top corner of the net.

And Morris doubled that lead 12 minutes after the start of the second half, just after being a substitute.

Morris, signed in January by MK Dons, snagged Mowatt’s ball over the top and slipped past QPR captain Geoff Cameron before scoring his third goal in six games.

The Rangers were well beaten, but the outcome could have been very different if either Austin or Lyndon Dykes had been able to take early chances when the game was goalless.

Austin shot a few inches after being found by Stefan Johansen’s excellent pass and the Dykes stretch was simply unable to shove Todd Kane’s low cross off the right.

It continued a frustrating first season in West London for Scotland striker Dykes, who has scored only once in open play since his summer move from Livingston.

QPR struggled to create clear chances in the second half and never seemed to pull off a comeback after Morris’ goal.

And their poor defense for two of the goals they conceded will frustrate boss Mark Warburton.

Mowatt’s strike was a beauty, but the Rangers’ failure to handle a free kick led to first base and a routine long ball caught them for third.





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