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Rotherham 3-1 QPR: Freddie Ladapo double boosts struggling Millers


Freddie Ladapo
Freddie Ladapo’s double took his tally for the season to nine

Freddie Ladapo scored twice as Rotherham came back from behind to beat QPR and boost their chances of staying in the Championship.

Lyndon Dykes smashed home the opener following the break with his fourth in three games after Osman Kakay’s cross sat up nicely for him on the edge of the area.

Ladapo finished well to level for the hosts before putting them in front with a composed shot after Wes Harding had played him in behind the QPR defence.

As the visitors pushed up for an equaliser striker Michael Smith broke away from the halfway line and clipped in a lovely effort on the run to make it 3-1 in time added on.

The Millers, for whom this was the second of four games in eight days, are now just three points adrift of 20th-placed Coventry.

They host the Sky Blues on Thursday and a victory over Mark Robins’ side would see them move out of the relegation zone for the first time since 20 February.

Rotherham boss Paul Warne made a triple substitution just before the hour mark with his side 1-0 down and the changes paid dividends in a big way as the hosts wrestled control of the game.

One of them, Lewis Wing, played in Ladapo for his first in the 64th minute and the former Plymouth man slotted in his second just two minutes later from Harding’s wonderful outside-of-the-foot pass as the Millers turned the game on its head.

Ladapo had to be subbed off with nine minutes to go with what appeared to be a groin injury, which could put his participation in their forthcoming two games in doubt.

Sub Smith wrapped up the win with a cute finish and he will likely come into the starting XI if Ladapo does miss out on Thursday.

QPR, who visit Middlesbrough on Saturday, could have gone up to ninth with a win but they remain in 11th.

Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Johansson
  • 19Harding
  • 21MacDonaldBooked at 41mins
  • 15Robertson
  • 22OlosundeSubstituted forWoodat 45′minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 26Barlaser
  • 4MacDonaldBooked at 38minsSubstituted forWingat 59′minutes
  • 8WilesSubstituted forLindsayat 59′minutes
  • 30Giles
  • 25CrooksSubstituted forSmithat 59′minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 10LadapoSubstituted forSadlierat 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Wing
  • 6Wood
  • 9Hirst
  • 11Ogbene
  • 16Lindsay
  • 17Sadlier
  • 24Smith
  • 27Blackman
  • 28Jozefzoon

QPR

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 13Dieng
  • 4Dickie
  • 5de WijsSubstituted forKaneat 45′minutes
  • 6Barbet
  • 24Kakay
  • 15FieldSubstituted forChairat 80′minutes
  • 14Johansen
  • 25Hämäläinen
  • 19ThomasSubstituted forWillockat 80′minutes
  • 29KelmanSubstituted forBonneat 67′minutes
  • 9Dykes

Substitutes

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 7Bonne
  • 10Chair
  • 12Ball
  • 21Willock
  • 26Bettache
  • 37Adomah
  • 41Duke-McKenna

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