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PremierLeague-News.Com - Birmingham City ended their home hoodoo in dramatic fashion with a late, late double to defeat QPR - report and ratings
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Birmingham City came back from the dead with two goals in three late minutes to snatch their first home win since October 28. Blues were struggling badly and trailing 1-0 with eight minutes to go - and looked in danger of going even further behind as QPR pressed forward. That was until Kristian Pedersen and Alen Halilovic struck in 82nd and 85th minutes to hand their side a lifeline in their relegation battle. It also eases the pressure on Aitor Karanka, who had named the same team for the third game running - and was rewarded with another decent first half showing. However, the period ended in frustrating fashion with Blues pushing Rangers back but still going in a goal down. Seny Dieng produced a couple of good saves, the first from Gary Gardner on the quarter hour. Birmingham City players form a team huddle prior to the game against Queens Park Rangers (Image: Jan Kruger/Getty Images) The visitors hacked a clearance straight at the midfielder who took it down on his chest and fired in a dipping volley only to see his effort tipped round the post. The same player had another drive from the edge of the box deflected wide and the Rs needed Dieng ten minutes before the break. Kristian Pedersen lifted a pass into the area, Bela waited for it to drop and went for the near post where Dieng turned behind. Sign up to our Birmingham City newsletter here Then with attention turning to the break, QPR spread play to the right where right back Todd Kane lifted in a curling cross that Austin volleyed perfectly into the net. Blues might have levelled in the 49th minute but an unmarked Bela failed to get anything on Ivan Sanchez's near post corner. They might also have been further behind a few seconds later as QPR countered and Chris Willock found an unmarked Stefan Johansen in the area. Thankfully for Blues he lifted his shot over. Karanka made a triple change on the hour - but one of those subs, Marc Roberts lost possession in his own box and needed Rekeem Harper to intervene. The hosts had offered nothing in attack until Roberts swung in a superb left wing cross which Pedersen headed home. Then in double quick time, now with a spring in their step, Blues poured forward and Halilovic beat Dieng from 25 yards with a vicious curler. Sign up to our Birmingham City newsletter for the latest news and comment Why should you sign up? In our daily Birmingham City bulletin, we'll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans. How do you sign up? It's easy and only takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit sign up. And that's it, you're all set. You can also sign up here. If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters - but we don't think you'll want to. And what's more, it's absolutely free! You can also get all the latest updates by following us on social media here Facebook and Twitter. We also have a free app which you can download. It is always up-to-date with the latest news from across the region. Google Play Store and App Store STARTING FORMATION 4-1-4-1 PLAYERS ETHERIDGE 6 Blues could almost literally have played the first half without their goalkeeper, his only task being to pick Austin's volley out of the net. COLIN 6 Showed some good intent in attack in the first half - then ruined it all by allowing Austin to get behind him. Tried his best but not particularly effective. DEAN 6.
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. Huge block on Dykes' 78th minute drive.
Harlee Dean of Birmingham City battles for possession with Macauley Bonne of Queens Park Rangers
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CLARKE-SALTER 7 Did everything he had to do with composure and precision. Subbed. Stangely. Really strangely. PEDERSEN 8* Spent more of the first half supporting attacks than doing any defending - but didn't do enough to block Kane's cross for the goal. Popped up where he was needed for the equaliser though. HARPER 6.5 Looked neat in possession, when the ball sat down on the bobbling pitch long enough for him to get it under control. Vital interecption on the hour to deny Bonne. SANCHEZ 6 Started again despite carrying an injury. A couple of promising moments of link up in the first half but no end product. GARDNER 7 Came closest to opening the scoring for Blues with a dipping shot saved by Dieng. Ran hard throughout before being surprisingly subbed.
Birmingham City's Gary Gardner (right) and Queens Park Rangers' Macauley Bonne (left) battle for the ball
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SUNJIC 7 Persistent, dogged, energetic. Not the right quality with the ball but a determined display nonetheless. BELA 6.5 Gave QPR trouble when he ran at them but his set-pieces were not good enough. Missed a good chance at the start of the second half when he made no contact on Sanchez's near post corner. Subbed after an hour. HOGAN 6 Misjudged the one cross that came to him in a first half in which he closed down well and tried to link-up play.
Birmingham City players form a team huddle prior to the game against Queens Park Rangers
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SUBSTITUTES Halilovic (Gardner, 63) 7 What an impact Leko (Bela, 63) 5 On the fringes Roberts (Clarke Salter, 63) 5.5 Had an impact at both ends Jutkiewicz (for Hogan, 70) 5.5 Tried up impact the game Valery (for Sanchez, 90) Not used: Prieto, Friend, McGree, Clayton OPPOSITION QPR (3-5-2): Dieng; Dickie, Cameron, Barbet; Kane, Hamalainen; Ball, Willock (Field 55), Johansen; Bonne, Austin (Dykes 55). Not used: Lumley, Chair, Thomas, Kakay, Bettache, Kelman, Adomah GOALS BLUES: Pedersen (82), Halilovic (85) QPR: Austin (44) REFEREE: David Webb The commenting system on BirminghamLive has undergone an overhaul and we want to get even closer to what you're thinking by getting your comments and feedback on all of our stories, particularly where Blues debates are concerned. Let us know how you rated the players by having your say in the comments section below.
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