QPR dent Ipswich hopes
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: 26/02/05 5:43pm
Ipswich Town lost their automatic promotion spot as they suffered a poor 2-0 home defeat to QPR.
Goals from Paul Furlong and Dan Shittu granted Ian Holloway's side a deserved three points, as Ipswich appeared lacklustre throughout the game.
The Tractor Boys had the best home record in the division at the start of play, but it was the visitors who pushed in front early on in bizarre fashion.
Furlong was gifted a goal when Ipswich keeper Kelvin Davis slipped and made a terrible mistake as he hit the striker on the back from a free kick.
The surprised Furlong spun, collected, and slotted low to the right to embarrass Davis and put his side in the lead.
The referee denied Holloway's side a second as Marc Bircham bundled in from close range only to see his effort ruled out following a penalty box push from Furlong.
Ipswich then had their first real attempt when Darren Currie cut inside from the left, although he passed up a great chance by firing down the throat of Royce.
A fractious first half saw few goalscoring chances, and it was the lively Darren Bent who was providing the attacking impetus for Ipswich as they tried to rescue something from the tie.
QPR were keen to extend their advantage in the second period, and Martin Rowlands came close with a somewhat speculative 25-yard right-foot drive that flew past Davis's right hand post.
They managed to secure a vital second through big defender Shittu, as he latched onto a curling Rowlands free kick.
The stopper was left completely unmarked as he stole in and glanced a header into the net after beating a despairing Davis to the ball.
Substitutes Paolo Counago and Dean Bowditch both had chances to pull back a consolation goal, but Rangers hung on for a good win that sees Ipswich's automatic promotion hopes in jeopardy.
Sky Bet Championship
Sat 26th Feb
Preston1 - 0Burnley
Sunderland2 - 1Cardiff
Plymouth3 - 0Crewe
Ipswich0 - 2QPR
Sheff Utd1 - 0Rotherham
N Forest2 - 2Derby
Brighton1 - 0Millwall
Coventry0 - 0Stoke City
Leeds2 - 1West Ham
Wolves0 - 0Watford
Reading0 - 0Leicester
Gillingham2 - 1Wigan
Sky Bet Championship
|4||Queens Park Rangers||42||73|
|6||Brighton and Hove Albion||43||65|