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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 December 2006, 17:10 GMT
Crystal Palace 3-0 QPR
Shefki Kuqi's fine display inspired Crystal Palace to a derby win over QPR.

The Finn outmuscled Damion Stewart and cut the ball back for Dougie Freedman, who scored from close in on 13 minutes.

Just past the half-hour Freedman turned creator, releasing fellow striker Kuqi, whose eight-yard shot went in off Rangers goalkeeper Simon Royce.

Palace scored their third goal in the 86th minute, when Michael Hughes sent Tom Soares clear and the midfielder squared for Clinton Morrison to score.

606 DEBATE: Give your thoughts on this encounter

  • Crystal Palace boss Peter Taylor:
    "I still feel we can be involved in the play-offs.

    "There have been teams who have managed it who have been worse off than us at this stage of the season.

    "It is all about how we perform, because we are a lot better than we have shown so far."

  • QPR boss John Gregory:
    "If there had not been anything wrong, I would not be here in the first place.

    "In the first half we had opportunities which we have been taking recently, but we look very fragile in terms of confidence.

    "We have been poor in our last two home games, and we were poor today as well."

    Crystal Palace: Turner, Granville, Ward, Hudson, Butterfield (Lawrence 44), McAnuff, Watson, Soares, Hughes (Green 89), Freedman (Morrison 81), Kuqi.
    Subs Not Used: Flinders, Kennedy.

    Goals: Freedman 13, Kuqi 32, Morrison 86.

    QPR: Royce, Bignot, Rehman, Mancienne, Stewart, Gallen, Rowlands, Smith, Blackstock (Furlong 77), Ray Jones, Nygaard (Ward 76).
    Subs Not Used: Cole, Milanese, Bailey.

    Booked: Gallen, Rehman.

    Att: 17,017.

    Ref: M Dean (Wirral).


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