Ipswich Town 1-3 Queens Park Rangers

Niko Kranjcar

QPR kept up the pressure on the Championship's top two thanks to victory at in-form Ipswich.

Niko Kranjcar gave QPR the lead on 52 minutes with a low right-foot finish, before Gary O'Neil pounced on a rebound from Charlie Austin's shot.

Armand Traore added a third six minutes after coming off the bench after some indecisive defending from Tommy Smith.

Smith scored a stoppage-time consolation for the home side, who fell to their first defeat in 10 games.

The result leaves QPR a point off the automatic promotion places in third, while Ipswich slip three places to ninth.

A goalless first half saw both sides miss chances to take the lead.

Ipswich's Luke Chambers was denied by a smart save from Rob Green, before a goalmouth scramble saw the ball cleared by Joey Barton.

Austin then had two chances to put QPR ahead, the first a close-range header which was tipped over by Dean Gerken before Christophe Berra made a last-ditch tackle inside the area.

The breakthrough did not come until seven minutes into the second half from Croatia midfielder Kranjcar, who calmly slotted home after skipping into the box. And within 22 minutes, they were 3-0 up thanks to O'Neil and Traore.

Smith's late goal was not enough to end Ipswich's recent run as they dropped out of the play-off spots.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"We were excellent first half and I was immensely proud of that performance against a team who are probably still favourites to go up with Leicester.

"But we let them off the hook and then slightly gifted the game to them. They had that bit of quality with Niko Kranjcar's first goal before the second goal killed us."

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond:

"It was always going to be a difficult game as they have been on a terrific run. Ipswich started very brightly and had a couple of good opportunities.

"But we came back into the game and we were much better in the second half.

"The goals didn't look like coming in the first half but the first goal eased us a little and meant they had to chase the game."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2517351954
2Burnley2514831950
3QPR2514741449
4Derby2513571544
5Nottm Forest25101141041
6Brighton251096839
7Reading251087338
8Blackburn251078337
9Ipswich25997736
10Wigan241068536
11Leeds2510510135
12Huddersfield25979534
13Middlesbrough25898733
14Blackpool25889-632
15Watford24798530
16Bournemouth258611-1330
17Birmingham257810029
18Bolton256109-528
19Sheff Wed245109-125
20Charlton245910-824
21Millwall255713-2422
22Doncaster255614-2421
23Yeovil244515-1917
24Barnsley243813-2117
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