Spot kicks prove decisive at Loftus Road.
Colchester United paid the penalty at Loftus Road on Friday afternoon, as two spot kicks helped QPR to a 3-2 win.
The home side actually had three penalties during the course of the match, but it took a late goal to separate the two sides.
The R's took the lead on 26 minutes from the spot as Eberechi Eze sent James Bransgrove the wrong way to give the home side the advantage.
However, the U's were level on 43 minutes as Decarrey Sheriff reacted the quickest to stab home after his initial shot from close range was blocked by Rangers defender Chris Paul.
Level at the break, the home side had a chance to regain their lead on 52 minutes with another spot kick. But Ryan Manning hit his effort against the bar and, after the ball was recycled, he then chipped Bransgrove, only to see it hit the bar again.
The referee awarded Paul Hall's men a third spot kick eight minutes later, though, and this time they converted to put themselves in front.
Eberechi Eze saw his effort initially saved, but Gianni Crichlow was on hand to tuck home.
The U's stayed in the game and looked like they might have grabbed a late point when substitute Eoin McKeown lofted the ball over the goalkeeper to make it 2-2 late on in the game.
But the home side were to have the final word as Critchlow grabbed his second of the game to make it 3-2 to Rangers at the death.
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