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QPR 1 Ipswich Town 2

PUBLISHED: 10:11 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:53 24 August 2010

RAGGED Rangers paid the price for a shocking first-half performance as they continued their slide down the Championship with a fourth straight defeat. Ipswich tore the home side to pieces and should have been out of sight by the interval while the Rs, ins

RAGGED Rangers paid the price for a shocking first-half performance as they continued their slide down the Championship with a fourth straight defeat.

Ipswich tore the home side to pieces and should have been out of sight by the interval while the Rs, inspired by a half-time reshuffle, improved as the game wore on and might have salvaged an undeserved point.

But their woeful defending had already inflicted the damage. There was no hint of a challenge on David Norris when he received the ball in space, let fly on his left foot and a thick deflection took it past Carl Ikeme to give Ipswich a ninth-minute lead.

Rangers' porous defence were unable to cope when Ipswich broke in numbers and they were fortunate not to fall further behind on several occasions.

Norris was left completely unmarked again and his header was parried by Ikeme before Pablo Counago somehow stabbed the rebound wide from a few yards out. Jon Walters' back-heel then came through to Daryl Murphy and, although the one-time QPR transfer target fired the chance wide, it was he who netted the inevitable second goal seven minutes from the interval.

Jack Colback scythed through the Rangers back line and cut the ball back invitingly, and this time Murphy was at the head of the queue to smash it into the net.

The beleaguered home side almost pulled a goal back just before half-time as Hogan Ephraim's free-kick reached the head of Damion Stewart, but the ball dropped onto the roof of the net.

Ipswich should have wrapped the game up by then - and they wasted another chance to do so when Colback evaded Matthew Connolly and slipped the ball to Murphy, but he fired straight at Ikeme.

The Tractor Boys had cause to regret that in the 66th minute when Rangers scored their first goal in four games, Jay Simpson rifling home after Lee Cook's low cross had been blocked.

The striker almost conjured up an equaliser when he turned and stung the palms of Arran Lee-Barrett, and the keeper also dived to deny Alejandro Faurlin late on and then stretched to tip Cook's corner over, but it was too little, too late.


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