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Birmingham City 1 QPR 0

PUBLISHED: 13:26 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 24 August 2010

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 04:  Kevin Phillips of Birmingham City scores under pressure from Mikele Leigertwood of QPR during the Coca Cola Championship match between Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers at St Andrews on October 4, 2008 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 04: Kevin Phillips of Birmingham City scores under pressure from Mikele Leigertwood of QPR during the Coca Cola Championship match between Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers at St Andrews on October 4, 2008 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

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By Noam Friedlander QPR were defeated for the third time in four days after a poor display in front of the Sky TV cameras at St Andrew s. A defensive slip in the first half allowed City striker Garry O Connor the chance to cross to Kevin Phillips, who sli

By Noam Friedlander

QPR were defeated for the third time in four days after a poor display in front of the Sky TV cameras at St Andrew's.

A defensive slip in the first half allowed City striker Garry O'Connor the chance to cross to Kevin Phillips, who slipped between his markers and tapped home from close range just before half-time.

"We paid the price for not taking our chances," admitted QPR defender Damian Delaney after the game. "We started well but they're an experienced side, so it was always going to be difficult to get back in.

"They've got a strong back four, all of them have played at Premier League level but I still feel we dominated the first half - and then Phillips scored. It burst the balloon a bit for us."

Rangers offered very little in response during the second half and the failure to link up with danger man Lee Cook cost them dearly as Blues keeper Maik Taylor barely had saves to make in the entire game.

Manager Iain Dowie stuck with the same side that had started the second half of the 1-1 draw against Blackpool, with Mikele Leigertwood and Patrick Agyemang in the starting line up in a 4-4-2 formation.

"The manager knew this was a difficult place to come," added Delaney. "So he picked an experienced physical team to play against them while leaving out the flair players.

"Plus, we've played so many games recently. The likes of Dani [Parejo] and Manny [Ledesma] have played a lot of games recently, so it was going to be difficult for them but you've just got to pick yourself up and get on with it."

It was a frustrating game that failed to really ignite and, even when QPR strung a series of passes together and enjoyed moments of possession, they failed to puncture the Birmingham defence.

The weather might have played a part as well, with strong winds ripping across the ground as the sides played on a pitch that was strewn with rubbish.

But, at times, the sight of the litter blowing in the wind was more entertaining than the football on display - and Rangers left St Andrews still searching for their first league win at the ground since 1984.

QPR: Cerny, Ramage, Hall, Stewart, Delaney, Rowlands (Ledesma 80), Leigertwood, Mahon (Buzsaky 68), COOK*, Blackstock, Agyemang. Subs not used: Camp, Parejo, Connolly.

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