Match Review – Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham enjoyed a strong week in the Premier League after completing a dramatic 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road to move within a point of Liverpool.

Returning to form against Swansea City on Wednesday night, Mauricio Pochettino was keen to push on and gain another valuable three points at Loftus Road. QPR began the game the better of the two sides, with an early chance pushed over by Hugo Lloris in glorious sunshine in West London.

QPR, led by former Spurs assistant manager Chris Ramsey were restricting Tottenham early on, with much of the first-half lacking any fizz.

The home side surprisingly had the majority of chances, with Charlie Austin striking the underside of the bar on the half hour mark, much to the shock of the Tottenham fans.

But it was Tottenham that took the lead through Harry Kane. Andros Townsend delivered a dangerous free-kick into the middle, in which Kane rose above all others to smash a darting header past Rob Green.

The statistics go on for the youngster, with the goal his ninth consecutive away league goal. Kane is the first Tottenham Hotspur player to do that in a Premier League campaign, with only Diego Costa and Sergio Agüero (17) having scored more Premier League goals this season.

The sides entered the break level, with QPR perhaps unlucky to be behind.

The second half was far more exciting, with both sides fighting for the win. Christian Eriksen was back to his best, as he saw an effort come off the inside of the post, having well beaten Rob Green with a curling effort.

Tottenham were making use of the counter-attack, as Nacer Chadli was unlucky not to connect to the Eriksen cross before the hour mark. Minutes later, Eriksen himself was unfortunate not to double their lead, as Walker’s effort was fumbled into the middle by Green, only for the Dane’s effort to be blocked.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side doubled their lead after 66 minutes. Ryan Mason delivered a wonderful ball over the QPR defence to Harry Kane, allowing for the striker to run clean through, round the keeper and slot the ball home. Spurs deservedly led 2-0 after a strong second half showing.

Despite Spurs fans chanting “Rio Ferdinand, it’s time to retire,” the Hoops were far from giving up on their hunt to survive, as Sandro pulled one back for the home side. A smart finish into the right of Hugo Lloris’ goal, the former Spurs midfielder refrained from celebrating, although his vital goal gave them hope heading into the final minutes.

Although QPR pushed right until the final moments, Tottenham held on to record their second victory in a week.

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