Late strikes down Reds
Jamie Mackie scored a dramatic injury-time winner to move QPR out of the relegation zone with a highly fortuitous 3-2 win over Liverpool at Loftus Road.
The Reds laid siege to the home goal in the first half but could not find a way through until nine minutes after the break when Sebastian Coates opened his Liverpool account with a brilliant scissor-kick. Dirk Kuyt made it 2-0 with a close-range tap-in and the home fans made clear their disappointment when they booed off captain Joey Barton in the second half.
Shaun Derry gave the hosts a glimmer of hope with a 77th-minute header and Djibril Cisse stepped up to head home his third goal in four games with just four minutes left for the equaliser. And the home crowd erupted into ecstasy in the 91st minute when substitute Mackie slotted home through Jose Reina's legs to give QPR an unlikely win.
QPR were a shambles early on as Samba Diakite and Barton both misplaced passes leading to Liverpool attacks. Barton chose to quote Rudyard Kipling in his programme notes, reminding his team-mates of the importance of keeping their heads in the heat of a relegation battle.
His message failed to have an impact however, and the Rangers skipper was the first player to lose concentration, laying a pass straight into the path of Charlie Adam, who released Luis Suarez with a long pass down the middle. The Uruguayan skipped past Nedum Onuoha, but could only muster a weak shot at Paddy Kenny.
Liverpool continued to lay siege to the Rangers goal and they got their reward with Coates' stunning opener. Bobby Zamora cleared off the line from Stewart Downing's strike, but the ball flew straight up in the air to the Uruguayan centre-back who let fly with an athletic kick which beat Kenny from 12 yards.
Barton's night ended in the 62nd minute when he came off for Mackie amid boos from the home fans, who were clearly unhappy with their captain's efforts. Kenny put in a fantastic save to keep the score at 0-1 but the R's stopper was beaten moments later by Kuyt.
Suarez's brilliant drive rebounded off the post to Downing, who waltzed closer to goal before firing a fierce drive that Kenny did well to save, but the rebound fell to Kuyt who tapped in.
The unlikely comeback began in the 77th minute, however, when Derry rose to head home Adel Taarabt's corner. There then followed five barmy minutes which ended with QPR grabbing the win that puts them two points clear of danger.
Cisse headed home Taye Taiwo's cross in the 86th minute before Mackie raced onto Luke Young's flick before calmly slotting past Reina deep into added time.