QPR 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Tuesday night terror for Owls as Daniel Pudil is left with horrific head injury and they crash to defeat at Loftus Road
- Tomer Hemed nodded home on the rebound from Pawel Wszolek’s strike
- Lucas Joao flicked the post with header in second half for visitors at Loftus Road
- Soon after Luke Freeman doubled QPR advantage with header into top corner
- Nahki Wells made it 3-0 with a low finish across keeper and into bottom corner
Forget a masked murderer, demons or ghosts – for Sheffield Wednesday there is nothing scarier than the sight of a fixture on a Tuesday night.
Just over a week from Halloween they posted another horror show. Blood was spilled as they fell to a defeat at Queens Park Rangers, their sixth consecutive loss on this day.
Goals came for the hosts from Tomer Hemed, Luke Freeman and Nahki Wells, but it was the sight of Daniel Pudil, blood pouring from his head, that stuck.
QPR striker Tomer Hemed nodded home on the rebound from Pawel Wszolek’s strike
Luke Freeman (left) doubled the QPR advantage with a smart header into the top corner
Nahki Wells made it 3-0 with a low finish across the keeper and into the bottom corner
Wednesday defender Daniel Pudil was left bloodied after being kicked in the head
Pudil was caught by QPR defender Angel Rangel but referee John Brooks gave no penalty
MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE
QPR (4-2-3-1): Lumley; Rangel, Leistner, Lynch, Bidwell; Luongo, Cameron; Wszolek, Eze (Scowen 85), Freeman (Cousins 88); Hemed (Wells 65)
Unused subs: Ingram, Hall, Smith, Osayi-Samuel
Goals: Hemed 36, Freeman 56, Wells 83
Sheffield Wednesday (4-3-3): Dawson; Baker, Hector, Pudil (Thorniley 63), Fox; Bannan, Pelupessy (Penney 75), Onomah; Reach, Nuhiu, Joao (Fletcher 75)
Unused subs: Wildsmith, Lees, Kirby, Palmer
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No one will forget Pudil’s clear anger at referee John Brooks, who somehow missed Hemed raking his face at a corner kick. This was as clear a penalty as you’ll see.
It spoke for a fiesty second hour of a match that had initially failed to catch fire. That may have stemmed from Jos Luhukay choosing to make five changes from the side that lost to Middlesbrough – including dropping captain Tom Lees. Steve McClaren kept faith in his most recent 11.
Perhaps inspired by Adam Reach’s recent heroics from range, Wednesday repeatedly fired towards goal from a minimum of 25 yards in the opening half hour. If only the images in their heads had matched the reality on the pitch.
Hemed celebrates with the QPR fans after heading them ahead on 36 minutes at Loftus Road
The on-loan Brighton forward reacted quickest to put QPR ahead against Sheffield Wednesday
In the 35th minute QPR broke the deadlock. Pawel Wszolek broke past the last line of defence and struck. Cameron Dawson parried. Israel international Hemed was there to score his third in three for club and country after heading home.
Wednesday had their moments after the break, with a Reach cross bouncing back off the QPR upright and Lucas Joao unlucky to see a rocket of a strike blocked.
However McClaren’s side soon doubled their lead. Wszolek perfectly weighted a cross into the box and Freeman, flying through the air, headed into the top corner.
Rangers celebrate the opening goal as they looked to move into the Championship top half
The QPR goalscorers celebrate together after Freeman made it 2-0 before the hour mark
Then came the kick to Pudil’s head. A ball was delivered before he went down in a heap after a challenge from Hemed, boot first.
The 1,700 Wednesday fans behind the goal knew their man had been wronged. They told Brooks as much. It was obvious to most inside Loftus Road. Pudil eventually left the pitch, angry at the reason behind his substitution.
Still, no penalty, no comeback, and when Wells dribbled across the Wednesday defence with 10 minutes to go, it already felt over. Soon the Jamaican had rifled a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box, and this one had its climax.
Forget Friday the 13th. Any given Tuesday is enough to send shivers up Wednesday spines.
Halloween arrived early at Loftus Road as Pudil was left with a truly gruesome head injury
Wells’ fine finish into the bottom corner wrapped up three points in an impressive performance
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