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Loftus Road (ATT 13,497) 13th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Tanner

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

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Rangers blunt Blades

By Tom Adams.   Last Updated: 13/08/05 7:00pm

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Sheffield United's 100 percent start to the season was ended by QPR as the London side ran out 2-1 winners at Loftus Road.

Marc Bircham and Stefan Moore opened up a two goal lead, although Steve Kabba pulled back a consolation strike in the dying moments as Neil Warnock's side lost top spot in The Championship.

The Blades started well as both Paul Ifill and Neil Shipperley went close, although Rangers also had chances through Kevin Gallen and Paul Furlong.

Moore was introduced after Tommy Doherty suffered an injury and he made a positive impact when his cross was cleared to Bircham who lashed in a first time shot past a hapless Paddy Kenny.

The former Aston Villa man completed his impressive performance with injury time approaching as he capitalised on Matthew Rose's parried volley to steer past Kenny in the United goal.

There was still time for Kabba to net his second of the season after a goalmouth scramble although it was too little too late for Warnock's defeated side as they lost their early season momentum.

The game ended in acrimonious circumstances as Warnock had to restrain skipper Chris Morgan from confronting his opponents, particularly Bircham, as reports of a tunnel bust-up followed the game.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 43 60
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 43 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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