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Loftus Road (ATT 13,904) 21st February 2009 - Kick off 17:20 Ref: S Attwell

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Town rampant on travels

QPR out of sorts against Ipswich

Last Updated: 21/02/09 9:26pm

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Counago: Vital goal

Counago: Vital goal

Queens Park Rangers endured an afternoon to forget at Loftus Road as Ipswich Town claimed a 3-1 away day scalp.

Pablo Counago and Jon Walters did the damage in the second half after the two sides went into the interval level at 1-1.

Spanish striker Counago pounced on a mistake by Gavin Mahon to fire the visitors into the lead and substitute Walters killed Rangers off to lift some of the pressure on Town manager Jim Magilton, who has been under fire from his own supporters lately.

By contrast, it is the natives at Loftus Road who are becoming restless, barracking their hapless skipper Mahon and chanting 'you don't know what you're doing' when boss Paulo Sousa took off their best player - Liam Miller - towards the end.

Ipswich are now just two points from the play-off spots while Rangers, falling to defeat for the first time in 10 games, saw their own promotion hopes suffer a dent.

England boss Fabio Capello, fresh from watching Chelsea's win at Aston Villa, made it back to west London in time to enjoy the hospitality of Rangers chairman Flavio Briatore.

And the two Italians were treated to a goal by one of their countrymen after just two minutes. Former Tottenham winger Wayne Routledge wriggled past Ben Thatcher down the left and crossed to the near-post, from where on-loan Fiorentina striker Samuel Di Carmine's first-time effort flew past Richard Wright and into the net.

But Ipswich, whose away form is up there with the best in the division this season, dragged themselves level in the 14th minute.

Away days

David Norris' initial shot was wayward, but Counago helped the ball into the path of Jon Stead who tucked away his 10th goal of the season.

Rangers had a huge let-off in the 35th minute when Mahon attempted to head the ball back to Lee Camp, having not noticed Counago lurking.

The Spaniard fed the ball back to Stead, but his strike partner placed his shot wide with the goal gaping.

Rangers midfielder Mikele Leigertwood was claiming a penalty at the start of the second half when he felt he was impeded by Norris as he shaped to

shoot, but referee Stuart Attwell - having one of his quieter games - waved away the appeal.

But it was Ipswich who took the lead on the hour following another mistake by Mahon, who dawdled on the ball and allowed Counago to rob him, stride into the penalty area and curl a superb finish past Camp.

And 10 minutes later substitute Walters latched onto a stunning cross-field pass from Alan Quinn, brought the ball down with his first touch and lashed it past Camp with his second.

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8 Charlton Athletic 17 27
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 27
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11 Cardiff City 18 26
12 Nottingham Forest 17 25
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
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16 Leeds United 17 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 17 18
19 Rotherham United 17 18
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 17 17
21 Bolton Wanderers 17 17
22 Wigan Athletic 17 16
23 Birmingham City 17 16
24 Blackpool 17 7

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