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St. Mary's Stadium (ATT 25,744) 10th September 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Beeby

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Saints held at home

By Mark Buckingham.   Last Updated: 10/09/05 8:48pm

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Southampton were thwarted in their efforts to climb the table after a 1-1 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers.

Harry Redknapp's men are making encouraging progress but they had to settle for a point at St Mary's after Danny Higginbotham cancelled out Danny Shittu's goal.

QPR keeper Simon Royce's agility was tested by an early Nigel Quashie free kick, after the Scotland international had passed a fitness test to play.

Chances were at a premium and The R's grabbed the lead through their first real opening on 32 minutes when Shittu headed Lee Cook's corner in at the far post.

Saints responded swiftly to the setback and, on 37 minutes, were level through Higginbotham's piledriver of a free kick.

Southampton continued to enjoy the better of things but could not muster a second goal, with Quashie, Djamel Belmadi and Kenwyne Jones all trying their luck.

Late on, QPR could have pinched a win but Marc Nygaard missed the target with his header from Stefan Moore's cross.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 44 96
2 Burnley 44 89
3 Derby County 44 81
4 Queens Park Rangers 44 76
5 Wigan Athletic 43 70
6 Reading 44 67
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 66
8 Nottingham Forest 44 65
9 Ipswich Town 44 65
10 Blackburn Rovers 44 64
11 Bournemouth 44 63
12 Watford 43 60
13 Middlesbrough 44 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 44 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 53
17 Huddersfield Town 44 50
18 Charlton Athletic 43 45
19 Doncaster Rovers 44 44
20 Millwall 44 44
21 Birmingham City 43 43
22 Blackpool 44 43
23 Barnsley 44 39
24 Yeovil Town 44 37

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