Middlesbrough moved into second spot with a win over QPR this Friday, but while they were arguably good value for the win, Rangers can understandably feel a little aggrieved due to one extremely controversial decision.
Jordan Rhodes opened the scoring – a goal the out of form striker badly needed – capitalising on a defensive error. He pounced on a loose header and rounded the keeper, with his scuffed finish trickling over the goalline just out of reach of a defender.
Jamie Mackie equalised with a top quality finish, with the ball falling fortuitously at his feet for him to lash in off the crossbar with his weaker foot.
QPR looked to be in trouble when they conceded a penalty foolishly, but Alex Smithies’ excellent save appeared to have saved them. From the resulting corner Gaston Ramirez got the better of two defenders and flicked a header into the goal far too easily though, with the Hoops conceding less than 20 seconds after the penalty save.
A matter of minutes later Boro doubled their lead, making the most of some poor defending to sneak a goal in and make it 3-1.
The home side really should have got one back, but they had a goal incorrectly ruled out. The ball was in the back of the net after Junior Hoilett just managed to get his cross in before the ball went out. The linesman claimed it had crossed the line however, despite replays showing the goal clearly should have stood.
QPR did get that goal late on, with Tjaronn Chery smashing one in from distance.
They couldn’t get that all important equaliser though, making that incorrectly disallowed goal all the more important.
Angry words were exchanged between Aitor Karanka and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at full-time, but things eventually calmed down. QPR are still left struggling in mid-table after the loss, while the win gives Boro a fantastic chance of automatic qualification as they move back up into second.