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Portman Road (ATT 29,008) 26th February 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A D'Urso

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

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QPR dent Ipswich hopes

By Tom Adams.   Last Updated: 26/02/05 5:43pm

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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.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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