Diakité sees red as Vaz Te piles agony on Rangers


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Queen's Park Rangers gave away 3-D glasses with their matchday programme last night. Unfortunately for their fans, they don't change the way the Premier League table looks. Bottom after six games, and with just two points, Mark Hughes is under pressure. He signed 11 players at some cost in the summer and they gave away two soft goals in the first 35 minutes last night to a newly promoted team and finished the game with 10 men after the dismissal of substitute Samba Diakité.

If all that sounds like a shambles then that is what it felt like for much of the game. Adel Taarabt scored an inspired goal for QPR two minutes after coming on as a substitute – his first appearance since the opening day.

For Sam Allardyce, the win takes his team up to seventh, above Arsenal, although he will be less pleased that his side picked up eight bookings. There was no start for Andy Carroll, pictured, although he played 18 minutes as a substitute, his first appearance since his injury against Fulham, on his debut last month.

The first West Ham goal on three minutes was fortunate. The lively Ricardo Vaz Te exchanged passes with Kevin Nolan and the West Ham captain got the ball back from the cross. Nolan's shot was comically mis-hit but it fell to Matt Jarvis and, unmarked, he headed the ball in.

James Tomkins, who came on when Winston Reid collided with Jussi Jaaskelainen, provided the cross from which Vaz Te scored the second on 35 minutes. QPR had cleared the ball under pressure and Tomkins got it back quickly. Vaz Te's connection was good but it took a deflection off Stéphane Mbia that deceived Julio Cesar.

Then two minutes after Hughes had introduced Taarabt into the game, for the first time since the opening day, he scored the goal that changed the mood. It was a beauty, curled in from the channel with his right boot after he had swept past Guy Demel with what seemed like the minimum of effort.

The home crowd expected that Taarabt might drive them on to an equaliser, but it never came.