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Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Glenn Murray scores Brighton's first goal
Glenn Murray's 21st league goal of the season opened the scoring for Brighton in the second half

Brighton beat QPR to return to the top of the Championship with their third win in the space of six days.

Glenn Murray's 21st goal of the season broke the deadlock in the second half after he and Tomer Hemed saw first-half finishes disallowed for offside.

Sebastien Pocognoli doubled the Seagulls' lead soon after with a spectacular free-kick.

Matt Smith's header from a corner pulled one back for QPR but Brighton held on to go two points clear.

Victory for Brighton - their fifth in their past six games - stretched their advantage over third-placed Huddersfield to 12 points with five games remaining.

The Terriers, who still have seven games to play, are in action at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, while second-placed Newcastle travel to Sheffield Wednesday.

Brighton's first win at Loftus Road in almost 60 years came after a dour first half of few chances.

But, approaching the hour mark, Murray broke the Rangers' offside trap to latch on to Hemed's neat through ball and finish past Alex Smithies.

Left-back Pocognoli, whose last goal was in 2011, then executed a pinpoint free-kick with his left foot which flew in off the crossbar for an unstoppable second.

QPR striker Smith flicked in a header at the near post to make it a nervous last 15 minutes for the visitors.

David Stockdale had parried an earlier effort by Smith from close range and the Brighton goalkeeper had to be alert to prevent his team-mate Steve Sidwell accidentally diverting a Ryan Manning cross into his own net.

QPR manager Ian Holloway:

"If the league are looking at us wondering if we had a go, then boy oh boy did we have a go. We were absolutely terrific.

"I'm in total admiration. We did everyone else in the league proud by giving everything."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"It's a big win and at this moment every win feels like the biggest one.

"I thought we deserved it, we rode our luck near the end but over the 90 minutes I felt we were the better side.

"It became an old-fashioned game at the end, when you are 2-0 down you are going to go direct. They were difficult to handle but we showed great character and determination."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 5Onuoha
  • 4Hall
  • 6LynchSubstituted forSyllaat 77'minutes
  • 24Perch
  • 21Luongo
  • 41Manning
  • 18RobinsonSubstituted forN'Gbakotoat 66'minutes
  • 49MorrisonSubstituted forFreemanat 66'minutes
  • 9Washington
  • 17Smith

Substitutes

  • 2Freeman
  • 3Bidwell
  • 10Goss
  • 13Ingram
  • 15Wszolek
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 40Sylla

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 5DunkSubstituted forTomoriat 45'minutes
  • 12PocognoliBooked at 86mins
  • 11KnockaertSubstituted forNorwoodat 83'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 14Sidwell
  • 20March
  • 17Murray
  • 10HemedSubstituted forMurphyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 8Skalak
  • 15Murphy
  • 21Norwood
  • 25Forren
  • 27Tomori
  • 28Akpom
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
16,503

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Attempt missed. Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Solly March.

Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Stockdale tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

Foul by Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers).

Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Massimo Luongo tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bruno tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

Foul by Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers).

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Glenn Murray with a headed pass.

Booking

Sébastien Pocognoli (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Oliver Norwood replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Attempt missed. Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Tomer Hemed.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Idrissa Sylla replaces Joel Lynch.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Sébastien Pocognoli.

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross.

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Yeni N'Gbakoto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Luke Freeman replaces Ravel Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Yeni N'Gbakoto replaces Jack Robinson.

goal

As It Stood

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1Brighton41268769353486
2Newcastle40266873334084
3Huddersfield39235115044674
4Reading40227115550573
5Leeds402161352391369
6Sheff Wed401991251401166
7Fulham4017131069511864
8Preston4016131159481161
9Derby401611134640659
10Norwich40169156561457
11Aston Villa401512134239357
12Brentford40168166457756
13Barnsley401411155656053
14Cardiff401410165457-352
15Wolves39149165049151
16QPR41148194755-850
17Ipswich401116134248-649
18Birmingham401113164058-1846
19Burton401111184054-1444
20Nottm Forest40119205466-1242
21Bristol City40118215060-1041
22Blackburn40913184761-1440
23Wigan40810223249-1734
24Rotherham4045313390-5717
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