Queens Park Rangers maintained their title push with victory over strugglers Portsmouth at Loftus Road.
Pompey enjoyed the best of the opening exchanges with Greg Halford and Dave Kitson both testing keeper Paddy Kenny.
But Adel Taarabt broke the deadlock for the home side with a long range shot that slipped through keeper Jamie Ashdown's hands.
And defender Clint Hill clinched it when he rose to head Taarabt's corner into the net from close range.
Taarabt, who had asked to be substituted during the first half of the goalless draw at Hull on Saturday, was back to his best against Pompey.
The visitors, by contrast, are tumbling down the table after their winless streak was extended to eight games.
Yet they almost stunned the hosts inside the first 30 seconds after Bradley Orr felled David Nugent and Halford got on the end of the resulting free-kick, but his effort was too close to Rangers keeper Kenny.
At the other end Taarabt fired wide from 25 yards before full-back Hill sent a rising drive over the crossbar.
Pompey threatened again midway through the first half when Kitson jinked his way into the area and tried to dink the ball over Kenny, only to find the roof of the net.
With the visitors well on top, Matt Connolly earned himself a booking when he brought down Liam Lawrence and Halford forced a fine save from Kenny with his fiercely-hit free-kick.
Then, from Lawrence's corner, Halford put his header narrowly over the top.
Rangers created their best chance of the opening half just before the break when Wayne Routledge teed up Alejandro Faurlin, whose curling shot was well saved by Ashdown.
At the start of the second half Taarabt embarked on a trademark mazy run, beating three players before finding Ishmael Miller who turned and fired narrowly wide.
The breakthrough came in the 59th minute when Taarabt let fly again from outside the area and Ashdown fumbled the shot before turning in horror to see the ball bounce over the line.
Pompey attempted to hit back and Jonathan Hogg should have levelled when Kitson dummied Lawrence's cross into his path but the Aston Villa loanee put his effort wide.
And Rangers made the points safe in the 71st minute when Hill met Taarabt's corner with a towering header which gave Ashdown no chance.
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Tuesday, 1 February 2011
16 Connolly yellow card
07 Taarabt (Moen 90+2)
15 Routledge (Hall 84)
29 Miller (Hulse 69)
05 De Laet
20 Ward (Ciftci 83)
Ref: HegleyAtt: 14,078
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:51 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+1:15 Substitution Petter Vaagan Moen is brought on as a substitute for Adel Taarabt.
89:46 Hayden Mullins takes a shot. David Nugent gets a block in.
88:39 Corner from right by-line taken by Liam Lawrence.
88:15 Nadir Ciftci takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.
86:02 Effort on goal by Hogan Ephraim from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
83:47 Corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt, Jamie Ashdown makes a save.
83:47 Substitution Fitz Hall on for Wayne Routledge.
82:06 Substitution Nadir Ciftci joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joel Ward.
80:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Hogg on Hogan Ephraim. Adel Taarabt produces a shot on goal direct from the free
76:30 Wayne Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Mokoena. Aaron Mokoena restarts play with the free kick.
75:20 Unfair challenge on Joel Ward by Rob Hulse results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Mokoena.
74:53 David Nugent has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
73:49 Aaron Mokoena is ruled offside. Patrick Kenny takes the indirect free kick.
72:44 Adel Taarabt takes the outswinging corner, Adel Taarabt provided the assist for the goal.
72:44 GOAL - Clint Hill:QPR 2 - 0 Portsmouth Clint Hill finds the net with a headed goal from close range. QPR 2-0 Portsmouth.
71:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Halford on Adel Taarabt. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adel Taarabt from
right wing, clearance made by Hayden Mullins.
71:01 The referee blows for offside against Adel Taarabt. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
70:03 Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, David Nugent has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
68:59 Substitution Ishmael Miller leaves the field to be replaced by Rob Hulse.
67:01 Effort from inside the area by Jonathan Hogg misses to the left of the target.
66:45 Corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line.
Correction - 65:57 Corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, Greg Halford has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
65:57 Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence.
Correction - 65:36 Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, Ishmael Miller manages to make a clearance.
65:36 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, Ishmael Miller manages to make a clearance.
63:58 Wayne Routledge fouled by Aaron Mokoena, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adel Taarabt
from right channel, clearance made by Hayden Mullins.
61:09 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
60:37 Unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Clint Hill results in a free kick. Liam Lawrence takes the free kick.
58:32 Wayne Routledge provided the assist for the goal.
58:32 GOAL - Adel Taarabt:QPR 1 - 0 Portsmouth Adel Taarabt fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. QPR 1-0 Portsmouth.
Correction - 58:18 Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.
58:18 Hayden Mullins takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.
57:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Greg Halford by Ishmael Miller. Greg Halford restarts play with the free kick.
55:19 Shaun Derry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Lawrence. Free kick taken by Liam Lawrence.
Correction - 54:45 Adel Taarabt takes a inswinging corner.
53:37 Shot from just outside the area by Jonathan Hogg misses to the left of the target.
52:38 Alejandro Faurlin fouled by Dave Kitson, the ref awards a free kick. Clint Hill takes the direct free kick.
48:45 Ishmael Miller produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
46:00 Dave Kitson challenges Kaspars Gorkss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kaspars Gorkss takes the free kick.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:00+1:08 The match has reached half-time.
42:09 Alejandro Faurlin takes a shot. Jamie Ashdown makes a save.
41:31 Corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line, clearance by Ritchie De Laet.
40:57 Hermann Hreidarsson challenges Wayne Routledge unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adel
Taarabt from right channel.
34:34 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line to the near post, Greg Halford takes a shot.
Patrick Kenny makes a save.
33:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Lawrence by Matthew Connolly. Greg Halford has a direct shot on goal from
the free kick, save by Patrick Kenny.
33:31 Booking Matthew Connolly receives a yellow card.
28:50 Volleyed right-footed shot by Adel Taarabt. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
26:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by David Nugent. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
22:17 Strike from close range by Dave Kitson clears the bar.
20:28 The assistant referee flags for offside against Ishmael Miller. Hermann Hreidarsson takes the free kick.
15:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ritchie De Laet on Adel Taarabt. Adel Taarabt crosses the ball, Hogan Ephraim takes a shot.
Hayden Mullins gets a block in.
13:40 Effort on goal by Clint Hill from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
10:49 Wayne Routledge fouled by Hermann Hreidarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Adel Taarabt.
10:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin by Liam Lawrence. Free kick taken by Wayne Routledge.
6:15 Adel Taarabt has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
5:05 Unfair challenge on Liam Lawrence by Shaun Derry results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Lawrence,
save by Patrick Kenny.
4:20 Foul by Bradley Orr on David Nugent, free kick awarded. Liam Lawrence crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from
3:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Hogg on Hogan Ephraim. Wayne Routledge takes the direct free kick.
0:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Orr on David Nugent. Centre by Liam Lawrence, Greg Halford takes a shot. Save by Patrick
0:00 The referee gets the match started.
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