Kane strike caps a perfect week for QPR as they see off Cherries to make it six wins out of seven
QPR (0) 2 Johansen 58, Kane 84
Bournemouth (0) 1 Long 69
Todd Kane popped up to score a late winner after Stefan Johansen’s first goal since his loan switch from Fulham had been cancelled out by Shane Long for the Cherries.
The goal concluded a superb week for the Hoops following their midweek triumph over neighbours Brentford and their run of six wins in seven Championship fixtures has propelled them up to mid-table, just a few weeks after they were nervously looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone.
Bournemouth had much the better of it in the first half, missing three great chances, but the game swung in Rangers’ favour when Johansen – moments before he was about to be substituted – nipped in to intercept a suicidal pass across his own penalty area by former Brentford defender Chris Mepham.
The Cherries levelled 11 minutes later when a chip to the far post from Junior Stanislas was headed back across goal by newly-arrived sub Sam Surridge, and Shane Long bundled home off his chest from a yard.
But Albert Adomah came off the bench to cross from the left and although Macauley Bonne could not stretch enough to reach it, Kane ghosted in at the far post to fire home his second goal of the season.
The wing-back had had a fine game down the right side for Rangers, and his goal was a deserved reward for the former Chelsea player's constant marauding.
Bournemouth will curse their first half failures. Early on, Jack Wilshere sent Philip Billing through on the inside left channel but the angle gave Seny Dieng the chance to palm away the final scooped shot.
An even better chance came their way when Long got on the end of a long, accurate pass from Lerma, but the experienced Republic of Ireland striker was thwarted by the QPR stopper, who came out well to smother the strike at goal.
Midweek derby hero Charlie Austin managed to spin onto a Yoann Barbet pass to create space for a ping at goal but his effort was blocked as the Hoops struggled to find openings.
Just before the break, Wilshere and Stanislas combined on the edge of the area to give Lewis Cook an inviting target, but a rasping drive flashed just wide of Dieng’s left-hand post.
Rangers had to improve and Barbet got on the end of an Ilias Chair free-kick to head against the crossbar from close-range, with keeper Asmir Begovic beaten all ends up.
Yet still it was the Cherries who were looking the more likely scorers and Adam Smith missed a sitter after the impressive Lloyd Kelly had joined an attack to send a dangerous ball across the six-yard box.
The goal from Johansen felt against the run of play, and Long soon restored parity as the Cherries raised their game after falling behind.
But Rangers are made of sterner stuff these days and struck again to claim all three points.
Bonne, also on as a sub, should have made the winning margin greater after a cross from the right was spilled by Begovic, but he somehow contrived to put the ball wide of an open net. And he was thwarted in a one v one by the keeper after being played through near the end. Luckily, it did not prove costly.
Hoops: Dieng – Dickie, Cameron, Barbet – Kane, Johansen (Willock 59), Ball, Wallace (Hamalainen 59)– Chair (Adomah 72) – Austin (Field 59), Dykes (Bonne 72). Subs not used: Lumley, Kakay, Bettache, Kelman
Cherries: Begovic – Smith, Carter-Vickers, Mepham, Kelly – Lerma, Cook (Danjuma 86), Billing – Stanislas, Long, Wilshere (Surridge 67). Subs not used: Riquelme, Rico, Pearson, Travers, Kilkenny, Anthony, Zemura