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BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion2QPRQueens Park Rangers0
Rob Green and Joey Barton

Late goals from Leonardo Ulloa and Stephen Ward secured Brighton a victory over QPR that leaves Harry Redknapp's team nine points off the automatic promotion places.

Ravel Morrison went close to scoring for the visitors when his drive was tipped over by Tomasz Kuszczak.

Bruno Saltor crossed for Ulloa to tap into an empty net for his sixth goal in eight games with 13 minutes left.

Ward got Brighton's second when he turned in from Kazenga LuaLua's corner.

Redknapp's side have now lost four of their last six matches and are nine points behind second-placed Burnley, while Brighton remain two points off the play-offs.

Kuszczak saved comfortably from Armand Traore before pushing Morrison's effort over the bar after the on-loan West Ham midfielder beat two markers.

Brighton goalkeeper Kuszczak pushed Junior Hoilett's shot wide before Ulloa finished from Saltor's cross.

Ward scored his second goal of the season from LuaLua's corner to seal the win for Oscar Garcia's team.

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia:

"I am extremely proud of my players and their performance against Premier League-quality opposition.

"But I don't think it was our best performance. They have a fantastic manager and fantastic players but we have played better than this and lost.

"We knew we would find more space in the second half. And after the first goal we kept going and we didn't sit back."

QPR manager Harry Redknapp:

"It was very frustrating. I thought we were just waiting for a goal to come.

"We had all the play, all the chances. We were strong at the back, good in midfield, making chances, but we just couldn't score.

"I thought it would be a hard game but it wasn't, even though we lost. We were excellent for 80 minutes and we got done against the run of play.

"Our keeper had not had a shot to save, then suddenly we were one down. But that's football. It happens."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 4Andrews
  • 5Dunk
  • 20Upson
  • 38Ince
  • 18Forster-CaskeySubstituted forLua Luaat 75'minutes
  • 19Ulloa
  • 30BuckleySubstituted forStephensat 90'minutes
  • 35LingardBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 6Stephens
  • 9Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 14Calderón
  • 16Ankergren
  • 21López Moreno
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 27March

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 15Onuoha
  • 39Assou-EkottoSubstituted forMaigaat 79'minutes
  • 16Jenas
  • 5Dunne
  • 6Hill
  • 23Hoilett
  • 17Barton
  • 12Keane
  • 4Morrison
  • 3Traore

Substitutes

  • 18Hughes
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 20Henry
  • 26Murphy
  • 35Benayoun
  • 36O'Neil
  • 40Maiga
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
28,019

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home6
Away21
Shots on Target
Home3
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

  4. Post update

    Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  6. Post update

    Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens replaces William Buckley.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

  11. Post update

    Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Queens Park Rangers 0. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jermaine Jenas.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers).

  15. Post update

    Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Keith Andrews tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers).

  18. Post update

    Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. William Keane (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester34245565323377
2Burnley341912354272769
3Derby35188960431762
4QPR34179840281260
5Nottm Forest351414755411456
6Reading3515101056411555
7Brighton34141193728953
8Wigan321571041301152
9Ipswich351312104539651
10Blackburn331210113941-246
11Watford341112114941845
12Middlesbrough351014114438644
13Leeds34128144749-244
14Huddersfield34127154546-143
15Bournemouth33119134351-842
16Bolton35913134650-440
17Sheff Wed33912123940-139
18Blackpool35911153049-1938
19Birmingham3499163944-536
20Doncaster3599173254-2236
21Millwall35710183262-3031
22Yeovil3478193049-1929
23Barnsley34611173159-2829
24Charlton3069152441-1727
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