Millers secure long-awaited away win in the second tier...
It looked as though Paul Warne’s men had two priceless extra points snatched from them as Osayi-Samuel's goal five minutes from time cancelled out Ajayi’s lovely long ranger, but the big man popped up at the death with a typically towering header to seal a dramatic win.
Millers boss Paul Warne was forced into two changes after Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby defeat at Sheffield United. Richard Wood came in for the injured Clark Robertson, whilst Richie Towell replaced suspended Will Vaulks. Elsewhere, Zak Vyner stepped in for Billy Jones at full-back.
After a relatively scrappy start in West London, the first chance didn’t fall until the eighth minute as Michael Smith connected with a Zak Vyner free-kick but he could only nod straight at Lumley. Moments later at the other end, Marek Rodak made a splendid save with his legs to deny Hemed from close-range.
Hemed had another decent chance from close-range but he couldn’t direct a free header on target with only Rodak to beat from a right-wing delivery.
Marek Rodak had a more comfortable shot to contend with on 24 minutes as he caught Eze’s long-range strike down the centre. One of the hosts’ busier players, Bright Osayi-Samuel, flashed a wicked cross along the Millers’ box, forcing Mattock to expertly turn away at the far post.
As the first-half came to a close, Rotherham were growing in confidence and causing problems for the hosts down both flanks. First Smith forced Bidwell into a cynical foul, resulting in a booking, and then Wiles struck wide for the last action of the first-half after picking up from some great work by Joe Newell on the left.
Both teams had pot-shots from range as Eze volleyed wide for the Hoops and Jon Taylor curled straight at Lumley but it was the Millers who were enjoying more of the ball in the third quarter of the match.
The goal sparked even more confidence amongst the Millers who created another chance through Zak Vyner. His teasing cross from the right eventually dropped for Newell from Smith’s attempt at controlling, but Furlong flung himself in front of the wide-man’s attempt prompting appeals for handball which were ignored by referee David Webb.
QPR should have levelled it up on 76 minutes as substitute Nahki Wells pounced on a loose ball in the box only to prod inches wide of the post as hearts were in mouths of the Millers.
When it looked like the points would be shared, Anthony Forde’s desire to get forward and win a free-kick on the left proved vital. The winger dusted himself down before curling a dangerous cross into the box which Semi Ajayi met to power home a header, sending the travelling Millers wild.
QPR: Lumley, Furlong, Leistner, Lynch, Bidwell, Osayi-Samuel, Cousins (Shodipo 72), Luongo, Freeman, Eze (Wszolek 80), Hemed (Wells 72).
Subs not used: Ingram, Cameron, Scowen, Manning.
Millers: Rodak, Vyner, Ihiekwe, Wood, Mattock, Ajayi, Taylor, Towell (Crooks 64), Wiles (Jones 90+2), Newell (Forde 83), Smith.
Subs not used: Price, Palmer, Williams, Yates.