QPR 1-0 Birmingham City

A wonderful 25 yard strike from Samuel Di Carmine helped 10 man Queens Park Rangers beat Birmingham City in their Championship game on Tuesday night. The result means that Wolverhampton Wanderers, who beat Swansea 2-1, regain their position as Championship leaders.

Gareth Ainsworth started off on a good note against Reading, making the Hoops the first team to come out of the Madjeski with points this season. And despite having Mikele Leigertwood sent off for studs up challenge on Lee Carsley, Di Carmine’s second half goal ensured that QPR condemned Birmingham to their first away defeat of the season.

Damiano Tommasi got his first start of the season, and the ex Roma midfielder was the creator of the goal for Di Carmine, having robbed the ball of former Everton man James McFadden.

The referee in charge of the game was Stuart Attwell ( If the name sounds familiar, you aren’t wrong- he was the ref in the Watford phantom goal controversy)

Birmingham had two great chances to go ahead early, with Cameron Jerome and Kevin Phillips both coming close. The Blues were given a jolt when they lost Stuart Parnaby to injury. Jared Wilson, who replaced Parnaby had a decent game.

Despite the introduction of Quincy and Marcus Bent, Birmingham were unable to find a way past Radek Cerny. QPR’s next game is against Ipswich on Saturday.

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