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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 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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