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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 Derby County 33 65
2 Middlesbrough 33 63
3 Ipswich Town 33 60
4 Bournemouth 33 59
5 Norwich City 33 59
6 Watford 33 59
7 Brentford 33 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 54
9 Nottingham Forest 33 47
10 Blackburn Rovers 33 44
11 Sheffield Wednesday 33 43
12 Huddersfield Town 33 42
13 Cardiff City 33 41
14 Leeds United 33 41
15 Reading 33 40
16 Charlton Athletic 33 39
17 Birmingham City 33 39
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 33 37
19 Bolton Wanderers 33 37
20 Fulham 33 36
21 Rotherham United 33 34
22 Millwall 33 31
23 Wigan Athletic 33 25
24 Blackpool 33 22

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