Wolves rally to beat 10-man QPR 2-1
Updated: February 04, 2012, 12:24
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LONDON(AP) Substitute Kevin Doyle helped Wolverhampton Wanderers rally for a 2-1 victory at 10-man Queens Park Rangers, whose two new key signings gave contrasting performances in their first home game.
Doyle came off the bench at halftime and set up Matt Jarvis for an equalizer 51 seconds later, before firing home the winner.
Debutante Bobby Zamora had given QPR a deserved halftime lead just days after his transfer from Fulham, but fellow January signing Djibril Cisse's straight red card for an altercation with Roger Johnson in the 34th allowed Wolves a way back into the game.
It was Wolves' first win in 10 league games and helps relieve some of the pressure on under-fire manager Mick McCarthy.
However, McCarthy's side came into the match looking devoid of confidence as the hosts controlled the opening minutes. Fresh from netting on his debut in midweek, Cisse tested Wayne Hennessey inside four minutes before strike partner Zamora forced the Wales international to parry a fierce 20-yard drive.
QPR's confidence in the opening exchanges was epitomized by the returning Adel Taarabt, who played a neat one-two with Zamora before curling just wide of the far post.
The hosts made their dominance count in the 16th minute when Shaun Wright-Phillips held up a ball from Taarabt and laid off for Zamora to lash home.
Wolves' afternoon soon got worse when on-loan Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong limped off and was replaced by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, but the visitors soon began to improve.
Fletcher curled a 20-yard free-kick wide of Paddy Kenny's goal soon after as McCarthy's side pushed for an equalizer.
While Cisse was causing problems for Wolves with his pace, his afternoon only lasted 34 minutes after he reacted to a late Johnson challenge.
Cisse retaliated and raised his hands to the defender, leading referee Mark Clattenburg to issue a straight red card.
McCarthy replaced Richard Stearman with Doyle at the break, and the Ireland international made an immediate impact as his right-wing cross was not cleared by the QPR defense and fell to Jarvis, who cut inside Luke Young and curled home past Kenny.
QPR looked stunned and only a last-ditch goalline clearance by Anton Ferdinand stopped Ebanks-Blake poking home an already goal-bound Fletcher effort.
Wolves then took the lead in the 71st minute through Doyle.
Jamie O'Hara played the ball through to Ebanks-Blake, who laid off for the substitute to slot home from close range and deservedly put the visitors ahead.
Wright-Phillips, Joey Barton and Ferdinand all had late efforts for QPR but Wolves held on for victory.