Nahki Wells’s controversial goal gave QPR victory and dealt another blow to Leeds’s promotion bid. Wells clearly hand the ball before scoring after 20 minutes while Patrick Bamford had a second-half penalty saved by Liam Kelly and Kalvin Phillips was sent off for a crude challenge on the QPR midfielder Geoff Cameron in the 89th minute.
The pair have history, with Cameron having missed more than three months of last season because of an equally reckless challenge by Phillips when these clubs met at Elland Road in December 2018.
Phillips lost his cool towards the end of a hugely frustrating game for Leeds, whose defeat continued an alarming run with one win in their past seven league matches.
With Brentford and Fulham breathing down their necks, and having run out of steam in last season’s promotion race, they have every reason to be worried.
They certainly had reason to be angry about the winner. Luke Ayling attempted to block Ebere Eze’s free-kick and the Leeds defender inadvertently headed it towards Wells, who controlled the ball on his right arm before firing past Kiko Casilla from close range. The goal – Wells’s 14th of the season and fifth in his past three matches – would certainly have been ruled out if VAR were operating in the Championship.
Luck was on Leeds’s side when Wells missed a great chance to double the lead as he miscued after being found unmarked by another Eze free-kick.
Bamford then missed for the visitors, shooting over with just Kelly to beat after Conor Masterson had misjudged Casilla’s long punt.
Bamford was unable to score from the spot just after the hour mark. He latched on to Ayling’s pass and went down after minimal contact from Kelly, who dived to his left and pushing away the penalty.
Leeds dominated much of the second half but the penalty was by far their best chance to draw level. Kelly held a long-range strike from Phillips and was relieved to see Pablo Hernández’s free-kick flash wide after clipping the post.