2017-18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Matt Smith (90'+3')
  • Luke Freeman (90'+4')
  • Lasse Vibe (52', 81')

Stoppage-time heroics earn QPR point against Brentford

QPR 2-2 Brentford: West London derby thriller (1:42)

Queens Park Rangers stormed back with two, stoppage-time goals to steal a point against Brentford in the West London derby. (1:42)

QPR scored twice in stoppage time to snatch a point from a 2-2 draw with Brentford in a west London derby thriller.

The Bees looked home and hosed as they led by two Lasse Vibe goals with 92-and-a-half minutes on the clock.

But substitute Matt Smith headed what looked like a consolation, and Luke Freeman bundled in the unlikeliest of equalisers a minute later.

The fightback was all the more remarkable as Rangers manager Ian Holloway was forced to make do and mend with a defence shorn of six specialist centre-halves through injury.

His patched-up side rattled the frame of the goal as they chased an equaliser and were also denied what appeared to be a clear penalty.

But just as Rangers stood on the brink of a fourth straight defeat they completed a stunning turnaround.

Brentford, looking to complete a Loftus Road double having thumped their rivals 4-1 in the Carabao Cup in August, immediately set about trying to expose the makeshift backline.

Winger Sergi Canos almost opened the scoring in spectacular fashion, playing a neat one-two with Vibe and hitting a curler which was destined for the top corner until Rangers keeper Alex Smithies intervened at full stretch.

After the break Rangers were inches from taking the lead when a half-cleared corner was headed back into the area by Josh Scowen.

Idrissa Sylla nodded the ball on only to see it crash back off the crossbar with Bees keeper Daniel Bentley beaten.

Instead Vibe opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, controlling a Nico Yennaris cross with his midriff and swivelling to bury his shot past Smithies.

Shortly after Smith's shot clearly hit the outstretched arm of defender John Egan in the area but referee Steve Martin waved away the appeals for a penalty to the clear frustration of Holloway.

Nine minutes from time Vibe grabbed his second, turning in a cut-back from Romaine Sawyers to seemingly clinch the points in front of an ecstatic away end.

But Smith had other ideas and headed in Freeman's cross to halve the deficit, before the latter applied the finish to Jake Bidwell's free-kick to somehow snatch a point.

English League Championship Standings

1 Leeds United 37 +26 71
2 West Bromwich Albion 37 +27 70
3 Fulham 37 +14 64
4 Brentford 37 +31 60
5 Nottingham Forest 37 +10 60
6 Preston North End 37 +5 56
7 Bristol City 37 -2 55
8 Millwall 37 +4 54
9 Cardiff City 37 +2 54
10 Blackburn Rovers 37 +7 53
11 Swansea City 37 +1 53
12 Derby County 37 0 51
13 Queens Park Rangers 37 -4 50
14 Reading 37 +4 48
15 Sheffield Wednesday 37 -3 48
16 Birmingham City 37 -9 47
17 Stoke City 37 -6 42
18 Huddersfield Town 37 -13 42
19 Middlesbrough 37 -10 41
20 Wigan Athletic 37 -12 41
21 Hull City 37 -14 41
22 Charlton Athletic 37 -10 39
23 Luton Town 37 -28 35
24 Barnsley 37 -20 34