Sinclair Armstrong inspires clinical QPR win at Cardiff

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Queens Park Rangers recorded their first win of the Championship season at a lethargic Cardiff City.

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Queens Park Rangers recorded their first win of the Championship season at a lethargic Cardiff City.

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Aaron Ramsey hit the bar as Cardiff pushed for an equaliser but they were picked off on the break as Armstrong teed up Kenneth Paal to score.

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Ike Ugbo tapped in to give the hosts hope, while Mark McGuinness hit the bar in the 89th minute, but those efforts were too little too late for Cardiff.

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Although these are still very early days in the season, this felt like a significant result for QPR after a turbulent summer and 4-0 thrashing by Watford on the opening weekend.

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That result had appeared to give some credence to the many pre-season forecasts counting Gareth Ainsworth's men among the favourites for relegation.

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As for Cardiff, a sloppy performance and disappointing defeat dampened what had been a celebratory mood at Cardiff City Stadium

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as Wales captain Ramsey made his first home appearance since rejoining his boyhood club last month.

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Ramsey is one of six signings for Cardiff so far this summer, and their new-look team had started their campaign with an encouraging 2-2 draw at Leeds United.

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But they showed precious few signs of that promise against a much-improved QPR.

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New signing Steve Cook gave Cardiff an early warning with a header which was well-saved by Jak Alnwick, before Armstrong put the visitors ahead

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In contrast to their clinical first half at Elland Road, Cardiff offered little in attack on this occasion, with Ugbo's turn and shot wide about as close as they got to a goal 

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