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Northampton Town 0 QPR 1

PUBLISHED: 13:36 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010

By Ben Kosky DEXTER Blackstock s first-half header was enough to earn Rangers the second win of their pre-season programme on Wednesday at Sixfields Stadium. Blackstock nipped ahead of the Cobblers defence to glance Emmanuel Ledesma s 25th-minute cross i

By Ben Kosky

DEXTER Blackstock's first-half header was enough to earn Rangers the second win of their pre-season programme on Wednesday at Sixfields Stadium.

Blackstock nipped ahead of the Cobblers' defence to glance Emmanuel Ledesma's 25th-minute cross into the net for the only goal of the game.

Ledesma and fellow summer signing Matteo Alberti were again the Rs' most eye-catching performers with some pinpoint passes, while Patrick Agyemang put in a good stint up front.

The striker almost doubled Rangers' lead before half-time, latching onto an Alberti pass, but Northampton keeper Mark Bunn did well to tip the shot around the post.

In the QPR goal, Lee Camp was given a full 90 minutes, as were Gavin Mahon and defensive duo Matthew Connolly and Damion Stewart, but Northampton almost equalised following a reshuffle at the back.

Liam Davis weighted a perfect pass through for Leon Constantine, who lobbed Camp but was unlucky to see the ball drop fractionally over the bar.

Rangers might have snatched a second goal late on as Adam Bolder volleyed wide after neat footwork from Samuel Di Carmine, while Gareth Ainsworth teed up Angelo Balanta for an effort that was well held by Bunn.

"We got the ball down and played some good passing football and that's exactly what I asked the boys to do," said QPR boss Iain Dowie. "I was delighted with how Ledesma and Alberti played.

"Ledesma caused them a number of problems - he's a great crosser of the ball. You could tell by his delivery for Dexter's goal that he knows just where to put it."

QPR: Camp; Connolly, Hall (Walton 71), Stewart, Delaney (Rehman 76); Alberti (Ainsworth 65), Rowlands (Bolder 71), Mahon, Ledesma (Ephraim 76); Blackstock (Di Carmine 75), Agyemang (Balanta 75).


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