Friday 24 January 2014
Phil Masinga netted twice as Leeds United defeated Queens Park Rangers and ended a run of four Barclays Premier League matches without scoring.
The South African international striker, who hit an eight-minute hat-trick in an FA Cup replay win over Walsall seven days earlier, was on target along with David White and Brian Deane as Leeds moved up to seventh.
The defeat, QPR's second in successive matches, dropped the Londoners nearer to the relegation zone.
Leeds began the match with new signing Tony Yeboah on the bench. He watched on as Masinga opened the scoring by heading in Nigel Worthington's corner from six yards on the half hour mark for Leeds' first Barclays Premier League goal since 17 December and first at Elland Road since the week before that.
No sooner had the drought ended than the floodgates opened and White sidefooted in the second after good work by Gary McAllister and Gary Speed.
Either side of half-time, QPR hit back. John Lukic was forced to save from Steve Hodge and Michael Meaker. But the match was over just past the hour mark when Masinga scored from close range after Gary Speed had hit a post.
Deane completed the scoring in the 84th minute and there was also time for Yeboah to make a brief cameo debut before the end.
Leeds went on to finish the season in fifth place and secure a UEFA Cup place for the following season while QPR were eighth, 13 points behind them.