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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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2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6

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