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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 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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