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

So'ton Southampton vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

So'ton 1

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QPR 1

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.

Matches

Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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