Date: 4th August 2018 at 5:10pm
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4/08/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 13418

Referee: England

Preston QPR
Browne (50)
Rudd Ingram
Fisher Kakay
Clarke Leistner
Davies Lynch
Hughes Bidwell
Pearson Luongo 66
Barkhuizen 71 Scowen
Browne Osayi-Samuel 45
Harrop 83 Freeman
Robinson Eze
Moult 77 Smith 77


Gallagher 77 Cousins
Woods Washington
Horgan 71 Lumley
Ledson 83 Manning
Burke Baptiste
Maxwell Smyth 66
Huntington Sylla 77

Game Statistics

15 Goal attempts 8
3 On Target 2
6 Corners 4
15 Fouls 13
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
64 % 36

Queens Park Rangers headed to Deepdale to face Preston North End earlier today as the Championship campaign of 2018/19 kicked off for real.

A newish face in the dugout, a competitive debut for summer signing Toni Leistner and delight amongst the fans, as they saw Luke Freeman take his place in the starting line up following the speculation about his future the last week and a bit.

All that was needed then was a win.

Somebody hadn’t told the hosts that though and after a goalless first half, they seized advantage five minutes into the second period. There was plenty of huffing and puffing from the QPR team though, but clear-cut chances were at a premium and the players largely struggled to test their goalkeeper other than on two isolated occasions.

A 1-0 defeat to open the season will leave plenty disappointed but looking at the stats from the match, you can hardly begrudge Preston their win. Manager Steve McClaren will be looking for a quick response in the next fixture as he continues to seek his first victory – but the opening game of a season isn’t all defining.