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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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  1. Goodnight

    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...

    Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

    Brighton celebrate

    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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  2. Saturday's EFL action

    FT: QPR 1-2 Brighton

    Sheffield United celebrate

    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.

  3. 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

    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.

  4. 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

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Post update

    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."

  7. 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.

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

    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...

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

    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
  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. 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
  18. GOAL - QPR 1-2 Brighton

    Matt Smith

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Post update

    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.