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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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