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Loftus Road Stadium (ATT 18,174) 17th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Dean

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Southampton So'ton

QPR 1

J Hoilett (49)

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So'ton 3

R Lambert (23)
J Puncheon (45+1)
A Ferdinand (og 83)

QPR stay bottom of the Premier League after a 3-1 home defeat by Southampton

Last Updated: 17/11/12 6:38pm

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Rickie Lambert: Heads in Southampton's opening goal

Rickie Lambert: Heads in Southampton's opening goal

Southampton piled the pressure on QPR boss Mark Hughes by winning the battle of the Premier League's bottom two 3-1 at Loftus Road.

With managers in both dug-outs under severe pressure, first-half goals from Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon gave the Saints a deserved 2-0 lead at the break, before Junior Hoilett headed QPR back into the game early in the second period.

Southampton, though, kept pushing forward and secured the points seven minutes from time, when Adam Lallana's low cross was poked into his own net by Anton Ferdinand.

Best of the game

  • Man of the match: QPR struggled to contain Rickie Lambert, but Jason Puncheon was in unstoppable form.
  • Goal of the match: Puncheon curled in a delightful effort from the edge of the box after rolling his defender.
  • Save of the match: Julio Cesar made a stunning diving save low to his left to deny Puncheon a second goal.
  • Move of the match: An early, sweeping one-touch move which ended with Lallana lashing a 20-yard volley just over.
  • Best banner: After conceding the third, QPR fans made their point clear: 'HARRY, COME AND SAVE US'.
  • Talking point: Can Mark Hughes keep his job? His players lacked confidence, desire and a plan.

With the victory, Nigel Adkins' side have established a four-point gap between themselves and their beaten hosts.

Both he and Hughes stuck with the same starting line-ups that played last weekend, with Southampton the quickest to settle. Captain Lallana came close in the seventh minute, firing just over after a neat one-two with Gaston Ramirez, but their defensive frailties remained.

Adel Taarabt - so often a threat for QPR - drove in-between Nathaniel Clyne and Jose Fonte, before forcing a reaction save out of Paulo Gazzaniga, who then shovelled a Hoilett shot around the post less than a minute later.

Saints returned to the attack and got the game's crucial opener in the 23rd minute, when a corner was not cleared properly by the home defence. Ramirez pulled back for Fonte, whose shot was prodded goalwards by Puncheon. That effort was cleared off the line but Lambert showed his strength to bundle home.

Southampton pushed for another, which came on the stroke of half-time, when Puncheon collected the ball from Clyne, turned Alejandro Faurlin, and fired home a left-footed strike.

QPR were booed off at half-time after their inept display and Hughes replaced Faurlin with Jamie Mackie at the start of the second period, which was only four minutes old when Taarabt's floated cross was nodded home by the unmarked Hoilett.

Saints quickly retained their momentum, though, and Puncheon forced Julio Cesar into a smart save before firing wide twice within a minute.

The game was flowing from end to end and Cesar had to be at his best to deny a Maya Yoshida scissor-kick 10 minutes from time.

Nelsen headed straight at Gazzaniga moments later and then Saints secured victory, with Puncheon playing a short corner to Schneiderlin for the Frenchman's cross to squeeze in off Ferdinand at Cesar's near post.

QPR fans bellowed 'You're only here for the money' at their players and duly booed the side off at the end of the game, while Adkins and the Saints fans celebrated their first points earned away from home.

Queens Park RangersTeam StatisticsSouthampton
1Goals3
01st Half Goals2
5Shots on Target10
6Shots off Target5
1Blocked Shots5
4Corners13
13Fouls8
1Offsides1
1Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
76.8Passing Success77.3
32Tackles28
68.8Tackles Success75
46.7Possession53.3
35.4Territorial Advantage64.6
405Total Passes467
26Total Crosses27
185Lost Balls196
65Recoveries67
52.81st Half Poss.47.2
392nd Half Poss.61

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 12 32
2 Southampton 12 26
3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
6 West Ham United 12 18
7 Swansea City 12 18
8 Arsenal 12 17
9 Everton 12 17
10 Tottenham Hotspur 12 17
11 Stoke City 12 15
12 Liverpool 12 14
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 13
14 Sunderland 12 13
15 Crystal Palace 12 12
16 Aston Villa 12 12
17 Hull City 12 11
18 Leicester City 12 10
19 Burnley 12 10
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8

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