Bright Osayi-Samuel ran from his own half before firing into the top of the net

Queens Park Rangers youngster Bright Osayi-Samuel smashed home the goal of a lifetime to seal victory for the resurgent Hoops against Birmingham City.

After captain Grant Hall had struck for QPR in first-half injury time, Blues had briefly looked like turning the tide early in the second half.

But 21-year-old Osayi-Samuel effectively closed the door on 67 minutes with a stunning solo effort.

Picking up the ball inside his own half, he galloped down the left flank, held off all challenges from the home defence and then lashed home a left-foot screamer of a shot into the roof of the net.

Having started the night 15th in the Championship, a place below Blues on goal difference, QPR’s second straight win elevates them to 12th, within three points of the play-off places.

But the euphoria of Saturday’s 3-2 away win at Reading quickly evaporated for Blues as they suffered a third straight home game without a victory.

Other than a few moments of menace from Jeremie Bela down the right and the odd neat touch from teenager Jude Bellingham, the first half was for the most part 45 minutes of honest sweat and toil.

Kristian Pedersen did have a promising left-foot shot deflected wide for a corner and, from Bela’s low delivery across the face of goal, Alvaro Gimenez slid in and only just failed to connect.

But on the stroke of half-time Blues failed to clear Eberechi Eze’s right-wing free kick and Hall was on hand to stab home his third goal of the season.

And, once Osayi-Samuel had produced his bolt from the blue to brighten up the coldest of nights in the second city, Rangers were home and hosed.

More to follow.

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