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Summary

  1. Grant Leadbitter's 93rd-minute penalty gives Boro victory
  2. QPR's Leroy Fer sent off for handball
  3. Middlesbrough go third in the Championship
  4. Interim QPR boss Neil Warnock missing for personal reasons

Live Reporting

By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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Good night

FT: Middlesbrough 1-0 QPR

So it was a good night for Middlesbrough, who at least temporarily leap-frog Burnley into third place and who are a point behind leaders Hull City.

QPR stay 13th, but can be caught by any one of five teams if the results go a certain way this weekend.

Hope you have enjoyed following this one with us here on the BBC, and don't forget Bristol City v Hull - tomorrow afternoon from around midday.

Until then, goodnight.

FT: Middlesbrough 1-0 QPR

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka told Sky Sports:

"I'm really pleased we won the game.I was really confident, it's not the first time he's scored an important penalty. I trust him a lot.

"It's a good test for us after the defeat against Hull, I'm proud of this team."

FT: Middlesbrough 1-0 QPR

With interim manager Neil Warnock absent tonight, the QPR players did everything they could to impress under his interim assistant to the interim manager Kevin Blackwell.

They were dogged, quick to close down and grew in adventure as the game went on.

Unfortunately for Blackwell, the fans and all connected at Loftus Road they were edged out at the end, a defeat that extends their away losing streak to five games.

FT: Middlesbrough 1-0 QPR

Grant Leadbitter
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The scenes on the touchline and on the pitch said it all tonight, Middlesbrough know just how important that win was - not just for the three points but for the manner in which they were acquired.

Queens Park Rangers were tough to break down and it took persistence and pressure to force the error that brought about the penalty.

When it came, Grant Leadbitter was there to finish and his leadership was keenly felt after his absence in the 3-0 defeat by Hull last time out.

Middlesbrough 1-0 QPR

Grant Leadbitter told Sky Sports:

"It was a big three points, we had possession all game and persistence paid off.

"Every three points is big, we win our home games and we keep in touch with the pack."

FULL-TIME

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Middlesbrough have won it, celebrations all round, Rangers look stunned, and undeserved losers in a way.

SUBSTITUTION

Middlesbrough 1-0 QPR

Yun Suk-young off, Michael Petrasso on for Rangers as they seek a last-gasp equaliser.  

GOAL - Grant Leadbitter (pen)

Middlesbrough 1-0 QPR

Grant Leadbitter
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Coollness in bucketloads from GrantLeadbitter to tuck his penalty past Rob Green and seemingly snatch all three points here at the Riverside for Boro.

Leroy Fer had been dismissed for handling a goalbound overhead kick, a decision prompted by the referee's assistant on the right flank's keen eye.

Cruel on QPR, Boro feel the tension and pressure seep away into the cold night sky.

RED CARD - Leroy Fer

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What's gone on here? Daniel Ayala's shot is blocked on the line but the assistant referee is flagging. And Leroy Fer has been sent off. Either way, it's a penalty for Boro and Rangers are down to 10.

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Kike shoots, ball skims off a QPR player and out for a corner.

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Christian Stuani of Middlesbrough
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Middlesbrough fans voicing frustration, largely at QPR's spoiling tactics now. Into added time. Five minutes.

Home side trying to work an opening, but Rob Green again smart.

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James Perch down, eating up the clock.

Middlesbrough fans don't like it. He finally gets up and walks off, having chalked off a good minute.

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

What QPR have done majestically tonight is press Boro higher up the pitch, thus cutting their supply at source.

They've two and a half minutes to hold out. Plus stoppages.

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Nsue scampers down the right and wins a corner for Middlesbrough.

However sheer weight of numbers from QPR sees them hook it clear but Boro continue to press.

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Dimi comes out to claim a QPR corner and ease some Boro nerves.

The game has become slightly scrappy, and harder to predict if or when we'll get a goal or not.

Form would say it's more likely to be Boro, given they've only conceded two in nine home games.

SUBSTITUTION

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Sandro off, JET (WHOOO-OOOH-OOOH-OOOH - sorry, Wings joke there) comes on.

JET is Jay Emmanuel-Thomas by the way.

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Leroy Fer
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Last 10 minutes at an increasingly chilly Riverside.

Boro head-coach Aitor Karanka has gone for the big, comfy bench coat. Might be rueing leaving that cashmere sweater at home now...

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Rangers preparing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to come on.

Boro have got two centre forwards on now, with David Nugent and Kike providing an option up top.

SUBSTITUTION

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Middlesbrough follow suit, bringing off wideman Albert Adomah and sending on Spanish striker Kike.

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Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Daniel Tozser comes on, replacing Alejandro Faurlin, who has does enough to deserve a nice sit down and bottle of energy drink for the next quarter of an hour or so.

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Hoops defender Grant Hall goes close with a header, couldn't get the solid connection he needed.

Boro survive and are straight up the other end to apply pressure.

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Starting to get a bit niggly now.

Boro again finding a foothold possession-wise but Rangers are again frustrating them with solid and plentiful defence.

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Only 20 minutes to go then.

How might the two teams freshen things up?

Boro have Kike on the bench, Carlos de Pena or Bruno Zuculini perhaps?

Rangers could bring on Jay Emmanuel-Thomas? Or maybe Daniel Tozser or Michael Petrasso?

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Ball cleared by QPR, and when Boro try to recycle, they concede a free-kick.

Rangers regain possession.

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Cristhian Stuani has the ball pinched right off his toe in the box after Nsue swung in a cross.

Boro get the ball back again and George Friend's centre is just stubbed behind for a corner.

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On the subject of kits, there's a pleasingly retro feel to the Boro one. Pinstripes.

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Another tidy move from Boro gives Stewart Downing the position to shoot from the edge of the box, but his effort skims wide.

Goal kick.

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Leroy Fer of QPR
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Boro are finding this tough. QPR have come out with more intent, they have not parked the bus.

Neil MaddisonEx-Boro midfielder on BBC Tees

SUBSTITUTION

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Cristhian Stuani comes on for Diego Fabbrini. The Uruguayan hasn't played for Boro since 3 October.

Corner came to nothing by the way...

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Yun scrambles back to clear and Boro have a corner

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Roused perhaps by QPR's response, George Friend goes close with a fizzer from the edge of the box for Boro.

He's as good an attacking full-back as there is outside the Premier League.

Reminds me of a less intense Stuart Pearce when he's flying down the flank.

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Consistent pressure on Boro now from Rangers, with a corner and a string of crosses into the box.

Pendulum has swung.

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Grant Leadbitter sweeps his free-kick high and over the bar. Three points in union, two in league, nowt in football sadly.

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

The warning signs are there for Boro as QPR keep getting behind them.

Neil MaddisonEx-Boro midfielder on BBC Tees

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Airshot from Matty Phillips as the ball dropped to him in the box.

At the other end, David Nugent heads a cross back across the area but it's cleared.

James Perch fouls Diego Fabbrini. Boro free-kick.

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Matt Phillips
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Really positive from QPR this half, Matt Phillips is looking sharp.

Dimi Konstantopoulos (should have that on a shortcut) denies Alejandro Faurlin to keep it goalless.

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By the way, what is that QPR kit all about?

As far as I'm concerned, QPR should play in blue and white hoops. Always. Unless they're playing someone else in that scheme, say Reading.

If there's a clash, red and black. That 1980s kit, the one of Alan McDonald, John Byrne, Paul Goddard, Glenn Roeder's era... that's what I'm talking about.

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Kevin Blackwell
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Bit more open this one after half-time, perhaps Kevin Blackwell has called for a bit more adventure from Rangers at the break.

By way of evidence Matt Phillips bundles his way into the Boro box and tees up Leroy Fer, but his tame shot is held.

Middlesbrough 0-0 QPR

Stewart Downing shoots from the edge of the box and it's deflected wide for a corner to Boro.

That delivery is headed away but when Boro swing it in again, Rob Green is equal to it in the Rangers goal.

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How did QPR NOT score?!

Great ball in from the left across the box and no-one can get a clean connection, leaving Dimi Konstantopoulos with the chance to gather safely.

Huge chance for the visitors.