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Saturday 23 September 2017

New boys QPR suffer Dyer loss

Jim van Wijk

QPR's first top-flight game at Loftus Road since 1996 ended with a disappointing defeat by Bolton -- and what appeared to be a serious injury for Kieron Dyer.

Last season's Championship winners had started brightly, DJ Campbell seeing an effort ruled out for offside, before Dyer, signed on a free transfer from West Ham, was carried off with a reported broken metatarsal.

Dyer stretched for a 50/50 challenge and landed awkwardly, leading to extensive treatment before he was carried off on a stretcher, his foot already in a protective boot.

Bolton took the lead on the stroke of half-time with a fine curling effort from Gary Cahill. The centre-back, a target for Arsenal, took one touch before curling a sublime effort into the top left corner.

And Bolton were 2-0 up after 68 minutes. Kevin Davies won a free-kick when bundled over outside the area and Chris Eagles' low cross was deflected off the wall and across the six-yard box towards the far post, where Danny Gabbidon put the ball into his own net.

And before QPR could mount a recovery, Ivan Klasnic made it 3-0 when he drilled home via a deflected effort off Bradley Orr after a knockdown from Davies. Fabrice Muamba made it 4-0 following a swift counter-attack with 11 minutes left.

QPR defender Clint Hill was shown a red card in stoppage-time for pushing his head into Martin Petrov's chest as the pair tussled on the near touchline.

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