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Loftus Road (ATT 13,492) 13th September 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Thorpe

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Luton Town Luton

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Luton 0

Cook cuts down Luton

By Rob Lancaster.   Last Updated: 13/09/05 7:34pm

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Lee Cook handed Luton just their second defeat of the season as his second-half free-kick was enough to give 10-man QPR a 1-0 win Loftus Road.

The former Watford midfielder curled home an effort just before the hour mark to give the home side all three points as they turned in an improved performance after the break.

However, Rangers were forced to hang on in the final minutes as Tommy Doherty was given his marching orders after a clash with Chris Coyne.

It was the high-flying Hatters who dominated the first 45 minutes and they will curse themselves for not taking their chances.

Only a smart save from Simon Royce stopped Warren Feeney giving the away team the lead, while the hosts' custodian had to be at full stretch to keep out Kevin Nicholls's flighted free-kick just before the interval after the ball had missed everyone in the penalty area.

But it was Ahmet Brkovic who wasted the best chance of the half when he went for goal rather than square the ball to the unmarked Steve Howard.

Home manager Ian Holloway would no doubt have had some harsh words to say to his troops at the break, and they certainly seemed to do the trick in the second half as they finally managed to get into the game.

Marlon Beresford somehow kept out Gareth Ainsworth's point-blank header, but the deadlock was soon broken as a careless foul on Paul Furlong gave Cook the chance to find the target.

The game should have been wrapped up on 67 minutes, but Furlong failed to find the net after good work by Stefan Moore had deserved better.

Doherty's dismissal 10 minutes from time set up a nervy finish and Luton will feel they might have had a penalty in injury time when substitute Dean Morgan was blocked by Marcus Bignot.

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