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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.

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Table

Sky Bet Championship

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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