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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 Derby County 17 32
2 Bournemouth 17 31
3 Middlesbrough 17 31
4 Ipswich Town 17 30
5 Watford 17 29
6 Brentford 17 28
7 Blackburn Rovers 17 27
8 Charlton Athletic 17 27
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 27
10 Norwich City 17 26
11 Nottingham Forest 17 25
12 Cardiff City 17 23
13 Sheffield Wednesday 17 21
14 Reading 17 21
15 Leeds United 17 20
16 Huddersfield Town 17 20
17 Fulham 17 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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