Mar 25, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Loftus Road
QPRQueens Park Rangers
WiganWigan Athletic
Benayoun (16')
Benayoun (82'), Morrison (87')
Benayoun (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)

McArthur (72')

Result: Queens Park Rangers edge past Wigan Athletic

A first-half goal by Yossi Benayoun gives Queens Park Rangers a 1-0 win against Wigan Athletic.

A Yossi Benayoun goal has given Queens Park Rangers a slender 1-0 win against Wigan Athletic.

QPR started well, with Bobby Zamora getting free in the box from Ravel Morrison's pass. The striker went down under a challenge, but was given offside.

Yossi Benayoun of Queens Park Rangers celebrates his goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road on March 25, 2014© Getty Images

A foul on Jack Collison gave Josh McEachran a chance from a free kick from just outside the area, although it went wide with Robert Green at full stretch.

A move from a corner then saw Clint Hill play in Benayoun, and the midfielder slotted the ball in from the centre of the box.

Wigan responded well to going behind, but James Perch was unable to beat Green with a well-struck shot. The QPR goalkeeper also had to be alert to tip away James McClean's low effort.

Despite being ahead, QPR struggled to contain the Latics, who were the stronger side as the match reached half time.

The hosts needed Green to pull off a decent stop from James McArthur's shot just after the restart, but the crossbar came to their rescue moments later as Ivan Ramis's header beat Gary O'Neil on the post.

With the game opening up, Tom Carroll fired straight at Ali Al-Habsi from the edge of the area, while Morrison smashed a free kick against the crossbar.

Benayoun was sent off late on for a second bookable offence, but the home side held on for the win.

Yossi Benayoun of Queens Park Rangers makes his debut during the Sky Bet Championship match against Leicester City at Loftus Road on December 21, 2013
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