QPR 2-1 Leeds: Rangers finally win first FA Cup match in 22 years

FA Cup cheer is so rare around these parts that you can probably forgive QPR players for their lap of honour after dumping out Championship leaders Leeds.
Despite sitting just eight places behind their opponents in the league, this felt like a monumental win for a club that has not reached the fourth round of the competition without aid of a replay since beating Tranmere in 1996.
Since then replays have been needed to get the better of Huddersfield, Luton, Torquay, MK Dons and West Brom. It will have been to Steve McClaren's relief that another wasn't needed to separate these two sides after Jake Bidwell rose to head home Luke Freeman's corner 15 minutes from time. 
 (4-4-2): Ingram 5.5
; Kakay 6
, Furlong 6
, Hall 6
, Bidwell 7.5
; Osayi-Samuel 6.5
(Wszolek 86), Scowen 6
, Cousins 6.5
, Freeman 6.5
; Eze 6.5
(Smith 90), Oteh 6.5
(Chair 84)
 Lumley (GK); Manning, Baptiste, Smyth
 Oteh (PEN 23), Bidwell (75), Kakay (90+3)
 Furlong (73)
 Steve McClaren 7
 (4-1-4-1) Peacock-Farrell 6.5
; Ayling 6
, Shackleton 6
, Halme 6
(Pearce 46 5
, Temenuzhkov 79), Davis 6.5
(Odour 87); Forshaw 6
; Baker 6
, Roberts 6
, Clarke 6
, Alioski 6.5
; Harrison 5.5
 Huffer (GK); Diaz, Stevens, Gotts
 Halme (25)
 Halme (20), Alioski (85), Baker (88)
 Marcelo Bielsa 6
 Geoff Eltringham 7
 Loftus Road
The goal also ensured QPR avoided the unwanted distinction of becoming the first club to lose 50 third-round ties. Creating the right kind of history is a knack McClaren can get used to.
'Last few weeks we've created a bit of history by beating Forest away for the first time in 85 years and we're into the fourth round for the first time in a long time,' he said.
'But it's not just about that, it's the performance and deserved result that is the most pleasing for me. I thought we deserved to win.
'We wanted to get through this one. It makes a busy week when it happens but despite a lot of injuries that we have, it shows the depth of the squad.'
Both managers, in fact, delved into the bowels of their resources. While McClaren made five changes from the side he picked on New Year's Day, his opposite number named his entire side, and all six changes, during his press conference on Friday.
But it was one of his trusted regulars who set the tone for a ferocious first half, Tyler Roberts seeing his fizzing drive smack both uprights before rolling to safety with barely 30 seconds of the game elapsed.
QPR matched the intensity, drawing mistakes from the visitors with their pace. 
'You can make a mistake during a game but generally the performance is good,' said Bielsa. 'Today we made too many mistakes and we can't say we did many good things.'
Their most telling error of the first half was Leif Davis' foul on Bidwell that presented Aramide Oteh with a chance to put the hosts ahead from the spot. Despite the howls from Leeds supporters behind the goal, he 20-year-old made no mistake.
The same cannot be said for Matt Ingram, who spilled a straightforward Lewis Baker free-kick into the path of Aapo Halme, who gratefully accepted the gift to tap home the equaliser moments later.
That had looked to set up the replay neither side wanted, until Bidwell arrived to get Loftus Road up for the cup. 

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