Live blog: Queens Park Rangers Vs Preston North End

Follow our Live blog from Loftus Road, as QPR take on Preston North End in a bid to bolster their chances of survival in the Sky Bet EFL Championship.

Team news to follow.

Here’s how the hosts lineup:

and for the visitors…

16:49 – Both teams are now out completing their pre-match warm-ups.

Loftus Road is starting to fill itself for this exciting encounter, with the hosts sitting one point from the drop due to Stoke City currently winning against Plymouth Argyle, so the relegation battle is coming to a boil.

17:00 – Just fifteen minutes away from kick-off here!

Both sides looking to get back to winning ways after both losing by a three-goal deficit in their last fixtures.

PNE won here in West London last season but failed against the Hoops earlier this campaign losing 0-2.

So, the hosts will be looking to make it a third league double in their history.

Kick-off coming next…

17:12 – TEAMS ARE OUT! Kick-off coming shortly…

17:15 – And we’re underway here in West London! With Preston kicking things off..,.

17:19 – Preston looking dangerous early on, breaking through QPR’s defence through skipper Alan Browne on the right-hand side of the pitch, hosts looking nervy.

17:24 – Great movement from Jack Colback down the left flank, losing Liam Lindsay and finding Lucas Anderson in the box as he volleys and strikes just wide of the Preston goal! 0-0.

17:30 – Brilliant save from Begovic as Ben Woodburn goes close within six yards.

17:33 – Willock again causing problems down the right-corner QPR.

17:34 – Corner taken short by Willock into the feet of Ilias Chair who tries to whip the ball into the top left corner of the Preston net but fires over.

17:35 – FREE KICK QPR – Ryan Ledson crunches Sam Field just outside the 18-yard box.

Anderson whips the ball in with his right foot but his ball is cleared immediately.

17:37 – GOAL – QPR 1-0 PNE – An awful error from Freddie Woodman in the Preston net as he fumbles Willock’s ball and Lyndon Dykes passes the ball into an empty net.

17:42 – QPR looking composed at the back now after Dykes’ effort, PNE struggling to get a hold of possession. The QPR faithful are enjoying this!

17:46 – Willock goes close forcing a save from Woodman! Creates space yet again this time down the left flank and tries to curve the ball towards the bottom right of the PNE net.

17:48 – Foul by Keane – QPR have a free kick halfway up one’s territory but Anderson is unable to threaten with his ball as it seeps out of play.

17:50 – Chris Willock AGAIN! found himself free in the PNE area, winning a corner for his side with a dangerous effort on goal.

Corner then taken and Woodman almost spills again!

17:55 – CHANCE FOR QPR – Dykes showing determination in a high press dispossessing PNE, Chair picks up the loose ball and slides him in with a free path to goal but he fires wide. Still QPR 1:0 PNE.

18:00 – Ledson fouled by Dykes mid-way into QPR’s half, rash challenge with studs but no yellow.

Brady’s free-kick then halted by an offside call.

18:02 – One minute of additional time before going down the tunnel.

18:03 – HALF TIME – QPR 1:0 PNE – Dykes’ effort is the only one separating the two sides as of yet…

The second half to follow.

18:17 – BOTH TEAMS back out for the second half…

18:18 – Back underway – Big 45 minutes of football for both sides!

18:22 – Willock has come out of the tunnel with the same pace he had in the first half, a brilliant burst down the right allows him to lose his man and fire a ball across the PNE box, but no one is there to convert.

18:27 – QPR piling the pressure on PNE – Anderson Wins a corner on the right-hand side.

18:28 – Willock takes and his ball is not dealt with as Steve Cook picks up the ball to have a pop towards goal from six yards out but scuffs wide.

18:30 – The first yellow of the game goes to Brady as he takes Willock down mid-way into his side’s half.

Anderson takes the free-kick and QPR go close as the ball bounces off the head of Lindsay, corner QPR.

18:31 – Again Woodman struggles to parry the ball out properly as QPR have a chance to put the ball away but it’s then scurried out by Keane.

18:34 – QPR CLOSE AGAIN! This time it’s Chair who directed a header towards the bottom right of Woodurn’s net.

PNE looking shaky at the back and yet to threaten, still QPR 1:0 PNE.

18:38 – FOUL – Clarke Salter concedes a free-kick to the left of his box, PNE dangerous position.

Browne takes but is unable to get into a good area of the QPR box.

18:40 – SUBS PNE – Riis off for Leyton Stewart, Woodburn off for Frokjaer

SUB QPR – Anderson off for Smyth.

18:42 – Chair goes close with a free-kick just outside the PNE area.

18:44 – Stewart is down early into his cameo, after a rash QPR challenge.

Stewart is back on the field.

18:49 – PRESTON CHANCE – Miller goes close with a volley edge of the box but it falls into the palms of Begovic.

18:50 – YELLOW CARD – Hughes picks up PNE’s second of the game for a foul on Field.

18:52 – SUBS PNE – Brady off for Holmes, Keane off for Osmajic.

18:53 – 10 minutes to play here, QPR holding on as PNE continuously look for an equaliser.

18:55 – A great bit of defending by Jimmy Dunne cancels out Osmajic who had a great opportunity to equalise from six yards out, following a ball in by Holmes.

18:57 – PNE corner held up by a rustle and tussle in the QPR box, the ball comes in and is forced out to Holmes on the edge who drives the ball back in but it’s then cleared.

18:58 – OPR SUB – Paal off for Morgan Fox.

19:00 – Dykes and Jordan Storey both pick up a yellow for a grounded conflict following their ariel battle.

19:03 – Final minute of the game now, QPR holding on whilst PNE force attacks.

19:04 – Five minutes off additional time.

Double change for the hosts, Chair off for Isaac Hayden, Dykes off for Sinclair Armstrong.

19:05 – PNE try down the right flank but Clarke-Salter is there to clear.

19:07 – Gavin Ward looks at19 his stopwatch, not long left for PNE to save their woes.

19:08 – Corner for QPR – played short and they hold in the corner, final whistle close!

19:09 – FULL TIME – QPR 1:0 PNE – Ward blows his whistle and Loftus Road Erupts!

A huge win for Martin Cifuentes and his side in their bid to stay in the Championship, as they move up to 18th in the league.

That’s all for the coverage from West London today, thank you for tuning in!