Soccer

Wells goes close in QPR defeat

Nahki Wells came closest to scoring in Queens Park Rangers 1-0 defeat away to Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship today.

The Bermuda striker connected with a volley from a Luke Freeman corner in the seventeenth minute, which was tipped over the bar by Rovers goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler.

Blackburn grabbed the win in the 87th minute from Bradley Dack after defender Josh Scowen brought down striker Ben Brereton in the penalty area.

Steve McClaren, the QPR manager, said: “We should never have lost the game. I do think we did enough to win it.

“We weren’t good enough on transition or with the ball, didn’t create enough. but they were never going to score.

“I thought in terms of defending with the team, their attitude was magnificent again and that was the only way they were going to score, with a bad decision from a referee.

“It was never a penalty, I have seen it. The linesman an actually never gave it, he walked away and the referee from a bad position from behind gave the penalty.

“It’s a bad decision which has cost us a point and continuation of our run.”

Reggie Lambe also came close to finding the net in Cambridge United’s 1-0 win at home to Grimsby Town in League Two today.

The Bermuda forward squeezed a shot wide from a Jevani Brown cross from the left in the first minute of the game.

Substitute Paul Lewis earned Cambridge the three points six minutes from time with a close-range finish.

Danté Leverock, the Narva Trans defender, could not prevent his side slipping to a 2-1 defeat at home to FC Levadia Tallinn in the Estonian top flight today.

Second-half goals from Roman Debelko and Mark Oliver Roosnupp gave Tallinn a two-goal lead before a late consolation effort from Viktor Plotnikov.