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Summary

  1. FT: QPR 1-2 Brighton
  2. Brighton go top with third win in six days
  3. Glenn Murray opened scoring for Brighton
  4. Sebastien Pocognoli free-kick doubled lead
  5. Matt Smith headed a goal back for QPR

Live Reporting

By Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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FT: QPR 1-2 Brighton

Thanks for your company this evening. I hope you can join us again tomorrow from 14:00 BST, when we'll have live text coverage of Saturday's matches in the EFL on the BBC Sport website and app.

If you missed any of Brighton's victory over QPR, catch up with our match report...

Brighton celebrate

Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

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

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Saturday's EFL action

FT: QPR 1-2 Brighton

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There are plenty of possible ups and downs to keep an eye on, too.

Sheffield United and Doncaster are hoping to confirm promotion from League One and League Two respectively, while Coventry and Chesterfield are keen to stave off relegation from the third tier for another week at least.

Saturday's EFL action

FT: QPR 1-2 Brighton

Referee Keith Stroud felt the ire of Newcastle players, staff and supporters on Wednesday when he disallowed Matt Ritchie's successful penalty against Burton and then wrongly awarded a free-kick to the Brewers.

Matt Ritchie and Keith Stroud
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He has since apologised for the error.  

Ritchie calmed down enough to score the winner, which put the Magpies back on top of the Championship table.

Even though Brighton have won tonight, Newcastle will end the latest round of fixtures at the summit if they beat Sheffield Wednesday in Saturday's 17:30 BST kick-off.

Saturday's EFL action

FT: QPR 1-2 Brighton

BBC Sport's live text coverage of Saturday's EFL games starts at 14:00 BST and the focus early on will largely be at the bottom of the Championship table, rather than the top.

Tony Mowbray
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Blackburn occupy the final relegation spot, but Bristol City, Nottingham Forest, Burton and Birmingham are all nervously looking over their shoulders and desperate to avoid dropping into the bottom three.

All five clubs have home fixtures on Saturday and kick off at 15:00 BST, on what could be a pivotal day at the foot of the Championship.

Brighton go top of the table

FT: QPR 1-2 Brighton

So then, over to you Newcastle.

They're in action tomorrow, when we've got a load of EFL action to throw your way.

FT: QPR 1-2 Brighton

Manager Chris Hughton leads the Brighton team over to their travelling fans, who are understandably delighted.

Brighton striker Glenn Murray tells Sky Sports:  "It's been a big week. Three games and nine points - it's exactly what we needed."

FULL-TIME

QPR 1-2 Brighton

Yeni Ngbakato fires wide from 18 yards, and that's it. Brighton win to go two points clear at the top of the Championship.

Ten points from their final five games will see them promoted to the Premier League.

Reaction on the way shortly, plus a look ahead to tomorrow's matches in the EFL.

QPR 1-2 Brighton

Corner for QPR. Should it have been? Solly March argues otherwise.

Goalkeeper Alex Smithies is up... but it's a dreadful delivery into the box.

QPR 1-2 Brighton

Things never come easy when you're desperately holding onto a one-goal lead in stoppage time.

It seems like there's always a late opportunity for the team that's behind...

QPR 1-2 Brighton

Brighton midfielder Steve Sidwell shows all of his experience to slow the play down once more, staying down a little longer than he perhaps should have after being clipped by Idrissa Sylla and earning a free-kick.

There will be five minutes of added time.

QPR 1-2 Brighton

Brighton have won themselves a couple of cheap free-kicks to stem the flow of QPR attacks.

Is the sun setting on Rangers' hopes of a point? Three minutes and stoppage time left.

Loftus Road
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QPR 1-2 Brighton

Warren Aspinall

Ex-Brighton striker on BBC Sussex

Brighton need to stay calm here, they need to get themselves more into the game.

There's a stoppage in play as Brighton's Dale Stephens receives treatment following a heavy tackle on him by QPR captain Nedum Onuoha. Perhaps the break in play is just what the Seagulls need.

QPR 1-2 Brighton

Oh, almost a QPR equaliser.

A left-wing cross takes a ricochet off someone. Don't know who. David Stockdale keeps it out with his feet.

It's getting exciting. Brighton's Anthony Knockaert makes way for Oliver Norwood.

QPR 1-2 Brighton

Brighton are looking edgy.

They give the ball away cheaply and it finds its way into the box to Idrissa Sylla, who is superbly denied by Uwe Hunemeier's block, and then Conor Washington balloons a shot over.

QPR 1-2 Brighton

There can't be too many better target men in the Championship, for a situation like this when you're chasing a goal, than Matt Smith.

Get it long and be around for the knockdown - that's got to be the tactic in the closing stages for QPR.

QPR 1-2 Brighton

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

There's still a job to be done for the Seagulls with their lead cut down to one. They just need to keep going.

It's getting interesting, though. Matt Smith causes more chaos from a cross, and then QPR make their final change.

Idrissa Sylla for Joel Lynch - a striker for a defender. Ian Holloway's going for it.

Meanwhile, Jamie Murphy replaces Tomer Hemed for Brighton.

Smith reduces QPR deficit

QPR 1-2 Brighton

When Matt Smith headed straight at David Stockdale from six yards, I was about to say that it wasn't his night.

However, from the resulting corner, QPR striker Smith rises highest at the near post to flick in a header and we're back to 2-1.

We've got a game on!

Matt Smith goal
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GOAL - QPR 1-2 Brighton

Matt Smith

QPR 0-2 Brighton

QPR try to pick out Matt Smith with another cross into the box but the big man can't get on the end of it.

The home side made a double substitution shortly after Brighton's second goal - Ravel Morrison and Jack Robinson were replaced by Yeni Ngbakoto and Luke Freeman.

QPR 0-2 Brighton

Steve Brown

Former Charlton Athletic defender on BBC Radio London

If the first goal was poor defending from QPR, the second goal was a bit of brilliance.

What a wonderful free-kick. There's not a lot that Alex Smithies could have done about that.

QPR 0-2 Brighton

Ian Holloway
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Two Brighton goals in six minutes and it looks like Ian Holloway's QPR are heading for a third successive Championship defeat.

Pocognoli screamer doubles Brighton's lead

QPR 0-2 Brighton

Pick that one out.

You won't see many better free-kicks this season than this one from left-back Sebastien Pocognoli.

Left-footed, he bends it into the top corner, taking a flick off the crossbar before nestling into the net.

Alex Smithies had no chance.

Pocognoli free-kick
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GOAL - QPR 0-2 Brighton

Sebastien Pocognoli

QPR 0-1 Brighton

QPR centre-back Joel Lynch was a couple of centimetres away from giving away a penalty for a foul on Brighton goalscorer Glenn Murray.

Fortunately for him, the offence was just outside the box.

Or is he fortunate...

QPR 0-1 Brighton

Brighton fans will be loving life right now, given they've just taken the lead with a goal from Glenn Murray.

If all goes to plan for Chris Hughton's side over the next month or so, they'll be back in west London next season watching the Seagulls taking on Chelsea.

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Brighton break the deadlock

QPR 0-1 Brighton

Glenn Murray gets his 21st league goal of the season and Brighton lead!

Murray beats the offside trap to get on the end of Tomer Hemed's pass and coolly slots past goalkeeper Alex Smithies. He had lots of time to think about it, and took the chance superbly.

Brighton will be going top if they can hang on.

Glenn Murray
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GOAL - QPR 0-1 Brighton

Glenn Murray

QPR 0-0 Brighton

Steve Brown

Former Charlton Athletic defender on BBC Radio London

If you give Anthony Knockaert time and the ball's dead, chances are he's going to deliver it to an area that will hurt you.

Brighton have just upped the tempo somewhat in the last few minutes.

QPR 0-0 Brighton

Now it's QPR's turn to break, and Massimo Luongo's shot deflects wide for a corner to the hosts.

It's a better delivery this time and Matt Smith heads straight at David Stockdale at the back post.

That's the first time Smith's been able to get a meaningful contact to anything inside the Brighton penalty area.

David Stockdale
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QPR 0-0 Brighton

Brighton have started well in the second half.

They win another corner when a Solly March shot is deflected behind, but QPR - who have won their past four home games - clear once more.

QPR 0-0 Brighton

Steve Sidwell puts a delightful ball into the QPR box and Rangers scramble it behind for a corner.

Anthony Knockaert jumps around in frustration as his set-piece is punched away by goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

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Odd squad numbers #bbcefl

Mark Davis: I am not a fan of stupid numbers either but have to admit Huddersfield's Michael Hefele wearing 44 (DD) in homage to Dynamo Dresden is a nice touch.

Nick Cedras:  Watching Inter-Sampdoria & Samp's keeper Viviano was the no2, as a right-back I was disgusted (although I do play in goal sometimes).

Angus McClymont:  Charlton once had an outfield player wearing 1...

Stuart Balmer, if I'm not mistaken. Charlton had one season when their squad numbers went in alphabetical order, so defender Balmer wore one and I'm almost certain goalkeeper Bob Bolder was number two.

KICK-OFF

QPR 0-0 Brighton

A change at the start of the second half, and Lewis Dunk has been replaced by Fikayo Tomori in Brighton's defence.

QPR get us going again.

More surgery for Brentford's Judge

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Alan Judge
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A couple of bits of Championship news to bring you - Brentford midfielder Alan Judge is to have further surgery on the leg he broke in a match at Ipswich in April last year.

The Republic of Ireland international, 28, has not played since and had resumed light training, but will be operated on in the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, Norwich have confirmed that interim boss Alan Irvine will remain in charge of the first team for the remainder of the season.

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Odd squad numbers #bbcefl

I mentioned earlier that Ravel Morrison is wearing squad number 49 for QPR this evening.

I was brought up watching football at a time when numbers 1-11 were still just about in use, and I'm not against squad numbers in general. But I can't stand weird squad numbers.

My team Wolves currently have Andreas Weimann and Ben Marshall regularly in the starting line-up wearing 63 and 64 respectively.

Strikers wearing two and defenders wearing nine - it's not right. Right?

Get in touch with your favourite tales of players wearing odd squad numbers, or feel free to tell me I'm an old fuddy-duddy, using #bbcefl on social media.

Ben Marshall
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HT: QPR 0-0 Brighton

Warren Aspinall

Ex-Brighton striker on BBC Sussex

There have been a couple of half-chances for Rangers and Brighton have probably had the better chances, but they just haven't put them away.

Brighton need to just up the tempo by 2% and they can get through this QPR defence, they're not that strong.

When players have got the ball in wide areas, I'd just like to see players break their necks a bit more to get in the penalty box.

HT: QPR 0-0 Brighton

Brighton have had two goals ruled out for offside. Apart from that, not much else to report.

HALF-TIME

QPR 0-0 Brighton

The half-time whistle blows and it's goalless at Loftus Road.

QPR full-back James Perch somehow escaped a card in the closing stages of the first period, after he went clattering into Sebastien Pocognoli.

Brighton denied again by offside flag

QPR 0-0 Brighton

Brighton have the ball in the net again, but this time it's Tomer Hemed who is denied by the offside flag.

Again, it's the correct call by the officials.

Tomer Hemed
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QPR 0-0 Brighton

Dale Stephens clips Ravel Morrison from behind and QPR get a free-kick 30 yards from goal, which causes some alarm before a tame shot goes flying well over the bar.

Morrison is wearing squad number 49 for Rangers, by the way. Football these days.

Ravel Morrison
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