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QPR   3 - 0   Middlesbrough

Shaun Derry of Queens Park Rangers celebrates

QPR 3-0 Middlesbrough

QPR stayed top of the Championship after beating struggling Middlesbrough.

Heidar Helguson broke the deadlock when he finished a 49th-minute penalty after he was brought down by Barry Robson.

The influential Adel Taarabt floated a cross into the Boro area and Hogan Ephraim guided in a shot to double QPR's advantage.

Jamie Mackie pounced from close range after a Kaspars Gorkss shot was blocked to seal the win before Ephraim saw a shot hit the crossbar.

The win continues QPR's impressive start to the season with Neil Warnock's side having earned 13 points from five games.

But in complete contrast, Boro have won just one league match so far this season.

They are also without an away win in the league as they languish near the foot of the Championship.

The visitors did little to engineer an improvement in their fortunes as keeper Jason Steele had to save from Taarabt and Ephraim as the home side pressed for an opener.

Boro struggled for chances but should have taken the lead when Robson's corner found Kris Boyd, who dragged his shot wide from six yards out.

However, Robson was penalised for a foul on Helguson at the other end as the home side took the lead from the spot and took command to ease to victory.


QPR boss Neil Warnock told BBC London 94.9:
"We played some good football but there were one or two words at half-time. I though we could step it up a gear.

"We needed to be a yard quicker to everything and let the ball do the work. In the second half they did what I wanted them to do.

"We were comfortable and it was a good game, but I just thought we could do more."

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan told BBC Tees:
"The first half was good, it was an enjoyable game with chances at other end, we lost a few tackles where we really needed to win them but after the first goal the players panicked, and the players gave away the other two goals.

"We've not eliminated that panicking, it's something we have to address one way or another.

"There's a way, it's always through hard work and drive and determination, but at this moment after the game it's a dark period."

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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
QPR 3-0 Middlesbrough FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Helguson (pen) 49
  • Ephraim 53
  • Mackie 59

    QPR

    • 01 Kenny
    • 02 Orr (Ramage 69)
    • 03 Hill
    • 13 Gorkss
    • 16 Connolly
    • 04 Derry
    • 07 Taarabt (Buzsaky 70)
    • 11 Faurlin
    • 25 Ephraim
    • 09 Helguson
    • 12 Mackie (Smith 80)

    Substitutes

    • 24 Cerny,
    • 22 Ramage,
    • 06 Leigertwood,
    • 10 Buzsaky,
    • 35 Parker,
    • 19 Agyemang,
    • 21 Smith

    Middlesbrough

    • 30 Steele
    • 04 Bates
    • 05 Wheater
    • 06 McManus
    • 10 Bailey (Halliday 79)
    • 17 Robson yellow card
    • 18 O'Neil
    • 37 Tavares
    • 07 McDonald
    • 09 Boyd (Lita 65)
    • 11 Kink (Hoyte 55)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Coyne,
    • 02 Hoyte,
    • 19 Halliday,
    • 20 Arca,
    • 33 Smallwood,
    • 15 Lita,
    • 16 Miller
    Ref: RussellAtt: 14,784
    QPR
    MIDDLESBROUGH

    Possession

    • QPR 51%
    • Middlesbrough 49%

    Attempts on target

    • QPR 12
    • Middlesbrough 3

    Attempts off target

    • QPR 10
    • Middlesbrough 5

    Corners

    • QPR 7
    • Middlesbrough 4

    Fouls

    • QPR 6
    • Middlesbrough 6
    • Final Result
    • 93:06 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:35 Leroy Lita is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
    • 89:23 Alejandro Faurlin fouled by Matthew Bates, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Akos Buzsaky.
    • Correction - 87:42 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil played to the near post, Leroy Lita produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 87:42 Inswinging corner taken by Gary O'Neil, Close range header by Leroy Lita misses to the right of the target.
    • 86:31 Hogan Ephraim takes a shot.
    • 83:27 Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson from the right by-line, save by Patrick Kenny.
    • 83:15 Justin Hoyte takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Connolly.
    • 79:30 Corner taken by Akos Buzsaky from the right by-line, Heidar Helguson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 79:30 Substitution Tommy Smith on for Jamie Mackie.
    • 79:10 Alejandro Faurlin takes a shot. Blocked by Gary O'Neil.
    • 77:59 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Barry Robson from right wing, Patrick Kenny makes a save.
    • 77:59 Substitution Andy Halliday is brought on as a substitute for Nicky Bailey.
    • 77:59 Unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Kaspars Gorkss results in a free kick.
    • 75:29 Shaun Derry takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
    • 73:44 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Akos Buzsaky played to the near post, clearance by Nicky Bailey.
    • 73:24 Corner taken by Akos Buzsaky, clearance made by Matthew Bates.
    • 73:13 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Bates.
    • 71:48 Gary O'Neil takes a shot.
    • 71:18 Akos Buzsaky fouled by Mickael Tavares, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kaspars Gorkss.
    • 69:25 Direct free kick taken by Stephen McManus.
    • 69:25 Substitution (QPR) makes a substitution, with Akos Buzsaky coming on for Adel Taarabt.
    • 69:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Adel Taarabt on Nicky Bailey.
    • 68:03 Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.
    • 68:03 Substitution Peter Ramage joins the action as a substitute, replacing Bradley Orr.
    • 68:03 Heidar Helguson is ruled offside.
    • 67:38 Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
    • 64:10 Substitution Leroy Lita comes on in place of Kris Boyd.
    • Correction - 60:50 Heidar Helguson has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 60:50 Heidar Helguson produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 58:21 Kaspars Gorkss takes a shot. David Wheater gets a block in.
    • 58:10 GOAL - Jamie MackieQPR 3 - 0 Middlesbrough Goal scored by Jamie Mackie from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 3-0 Middlesbrough.
    • 57:47 Short corner taken by Hogan Ephraim.
    • 57:18 Justin Hoyte challenges Jamie Mackie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adel Taarabt crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Mickael Tavares.
    • 55:15 Bradley Orr takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
    • 54:28 Substitution Tarmo Kink leaves the field to be replaced by Justin Hoyte.
    • 52:30 Assist by Adel Taarabt.
    • 52:30 GOAL - Hogan EphraimQPR 2 - 0 Middlesbrough Hogan Ephraim grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. QPR 2-0 Middlesbrough.
    • 51:54 Alejandro Faurlin takes a shot. Jason Steele makes a save.
    • 49:37 Shot on goal by Heidar Helguson from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 48:41 GOAL - Heidar HelgusonQPR 1 - 0 Middlesbrough Placed penalty scored by Heidar Helguson. QPR 1-0 Middlesbrough.
    • 47:47 Booking Barry Robson is booked.
    • 47:39 Barry Robson gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:07 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+1:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary O'Neil by Jamie Mackie. Barry Robson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:08 The referee blows for offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
    • 41:45 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt, Matthew Bates makes a clearance.
    • 41:31 Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Jason Steele makes a save.
    • 34:59 Scott McDonald produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 31:44 Effort from inside the six-yard box by Kris Boyd goes wide right of the target.
    • 30:42 Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson, clearance made by Bradley Orr.
    • 27:35 Nicky Bailey is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
    • 25:51 Effort on goal by Jamie Mackie from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 25:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kris Boyd on Kaspars Gorkss. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
    • 25:00 Effort by Adel Taarabt from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
    • 23:00 Matthew Connolly challenges Scott McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.
    • 19:34 Shaun Derry concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Bailey. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Gary O'Neil from left channel.
    • 19:00 Adel Taarabt produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 18:10 Adel Taarabt takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Stephen McManus.
    • 17:56 Hogan Ephraim takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
    • 17:32 Stephen McManus gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt. Free kick taken by Shaun Derry.
    • Correction - 16:51 Hogan Ephraim takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.
    • 16:51 Hogan Ephraim takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
    • 15:55 Tarmo Kink takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.
    • 15:03 Adel Taarabt produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 14:39 The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott McDonald. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
    • Correction - 14:22 Tarmo Kink takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.
    • 14:22 Tarmo Kink takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.
    • 11:02 Inswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line played to the near post, Clint Hill has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
    • 9:07 Short corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line.
    • 8:36 Unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Heidar Helguson results in a free kick. Barry Robson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:01 Shot from outside the box by Scott McDonald misses to the left of the target.
    • 3:42 Scott McDonald is caught offside. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
    • 2:52 Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Jason Steele makes a save.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 11 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 5 12 13
    2 Cardiff 5 9 13
    3 Ipswich 5 5 11
    4 Millwall 5 7 10
    5 Burnley 5 4 10
    6 Leeds United 5 3 10
    7 Norwich 5 3 10
    8 Reading 5 3 8
    9 Coventry 5 1 8
    10 Doncaster 5 0 8
    11 Barnsley 5 -2 7
    12 Sheff Utd 5 -2 7
    13 Watford 5 0 6
    14 Swansea 5 0 6
    15 Scunthorpe 5 -1 6
    16 Bristol City 5 -3 5
    17 Nott'm Forest 5 -1 4
    18 Derby 5 -2 4
    19 Hull 5 -6 4
    20 Middlesbrough 5 -6 4
    21 Crystal Palace 5 -7 3
    22 Preston 5 -7 3
    23 Leicester 5 -5 2
    24 Portsmouth 5 -5 2


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