Queens Park Rangers tasted defeat for the first time this season as they succumbed 2-0 to Norwich City at Carrow Road on Wednesday. Goals from Nelson Oliveira and Southampton loanee Harrison Reed gave the Canaries their first victory of the campaign, and they move level with the R's on four points from three played. Ian Holloway's side started the game quite well and defended strongly throughout the first 45 minutes, going in at the break still goalless. Daniel Farke wasn't to be denied...
The R's don't often have much success when they travel to Norwich and Wednesday evening was no exception. Ian Holloway's men held their own and created chances but in the end the Canaries had too much for the west Londoners.
Rangers have recorded only one win - a 1-0 victory in September 2008 - in their last 14 visits to Norfolk so safe money would have gone on a home win. Holloway once got beat 6-1 as Millwall manager to Norwich so it's a poisoned challis for club and manager.
The Portuguese striker was dropped from the League Cup victory over Swindon earlier in August after the 26-year-old celebrated his opening-day equaliser over Fulham rather robustly, aiming gestures at Farke, who'd benched Oliveira.
Nonetheless, all has been forgotten after Oliveira apologised and helped himself to his side's opener just after half-time to set them on their way. Expect to see him make his second consecutive start on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Southampton loanee scored a real peach to put the seal on Norwich's first league victory. The central midfielder picked the ball up and smashed home a rasping effort from all of 25 yards, leaving Alex Smithies no chance.
It capped a fine performance from Reed who has now started all four games this season. Expect big things from the Worthing-born man if he can carry his early season momentum through the campaign.
The 6'6" hitman came off the bench for QPR in the 71st minute making his first Championship appearance of the season. Unable to help his side get on the score sheet, Smith has an array of attributes perfectly suited to the rigours that Holloway needs to think about deploying more regularly.
Conor Washington and Jamie Mackie found it tough against the Norwich back four who looked stronger throughout. Taking nothing away from Washington and Mackie - who have impressed so far - Smith offers something different that can unlock the meanest of deafences.
The former Borussia Dortmund reserve team manager saw his side clinch their first league win of the campaign after a draw and defeat previously. If truth be told, Norwich fully deserved the three points on Wednesday and Farke will be hoping this victory will launch their season.
The Canaries travel to Birmingham on Saturday to face a winless Aston Villa and Farke will be quietly confident of making it two games unbeaten.