Live: QPR 1 Southampton 3

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That's it. Southampton deservedly beat QPR 3-1 and pile misery on Mark Hughes while lifting some of the pressure off their own boss, Nigel Adkins.

"Is that it for Mark Hughes? He's 1/4 to be the first Premier League manager to go with victory surely beyond the Hoops now."

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The excellent Lambert is given an ovation by the away supporters as he makes way for Jay Rodriguez.

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As Southampton retain possession, a banner is unfurled among the QPR fans: 'HARRY, COME AND SAVE US'.

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Southampton work a short corner and QPR fail to respond. Lallana drives in and delivers a low cross to the far post, which Ferdinand diverts into his own net. Woeful defending, but Saints deserve it.

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SOUTHAMPTON SCORE A THIRD!

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QPR win a corner, which lands on the head of Nelsen, but he can only direct his effort straight at Gazzaniga. Good chance for the centre-back.

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Off the line! Yoshida chests down Lambert's nod back before acrobatically volleying towards goal, but a QPR body blocks on the line. Saints may regret not putting the hosts out of sight.

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One for each side: Fabio replaces Bosingwa for QPR; Teenager Shaw - impressive throughout - comes off for Danny Fox

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Great save by Julio Cesar! Puncheon dribbles around the left side of the QPR defence and unleashes a low drive which the keeper does brilliantly to get down and touch around the far post.

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Shaun Derry replaces Diakite for QPR. Mark Hughes is clearly concerned about his side's midfield balance.

Lallana delivers, but Ferdinand climbs highest to head away. QPR can't keep it for long though.

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Bosingwa booked for handball on the corner of the QPR box. Dangerous free-kick to come...

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Puncheon almost atones for his miss with a rasping 20-yard drive but, again, the ball whizzes beyond the far post. Saints gaining control once more.

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Great chance for Southampton! Schneiderlin lifts the ball to the far post, from where Lambert nods the ball down to Puncheon, who has time to compose himself but still drags his shot wide of the far post.

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A moment of genius from Taarabt - a fine tackle followed by a nutmeg - comes to nothing as his cross drifts beyond the far post.

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Steven Davis replaces playmaker Ramirez as Nigel Adkins looks to stiffen up the Southampton midfield.

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Mackie's clever pass inside the box is cleared by a Southampton defender as Hoilett prepared to pounce. Neat play from hosts.

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Ramirez wants a penalty for a perceived push by Traore at the far post as a cross drifts over his head, but play is rightly waved on.

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Some cute play in midfield from Lallana results in a Lambert shot from distance, but the effort is straight at Julio Cesar. Southampton, to their credit, have remained positive, despite their lead being cut in half.

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We're going end to end now at Loftus Road. First, Puncheon's low pull-back just evades Lambert, who was ready for a tap-in, before QPR break and force a corner, which is cleared.

Our friends at Sky Bet have already responded to Hoilett's goal: "QPR cut from 16/1 to 5/1 for a comeback win after reducing the deficit."

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Taarabt's delivery from the left tempted Gazzaniga off his line, but Hoilett met the cross first and glanced a header into the gaping net. Game on!

HOILETT PULLS A GOAL BACK FOR QPR!

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Chance for Cisse, who meets Taarabt's cross on the volley but his effort is straight at Gazzaniga. A positive start for QPR.

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Mackie makes an immediate contribution by blocking a clearance, powering down the right and lifting a cross into the box which Southampton clear.

The teams are back and QPR boss Mark Hughes has made a change, with striker Mackie replacing midfielder Faurlin.

A message from our earlier contributor, from @junk_monkey: "You can tell Stephen Pearce Saints fans will testify that getting Harry Redknapp in is by no means a guarantee of being saved." Fair point.

Mark Hughes needs to deliver the team talk of his life down there, and perhaps throw in a substitution or two. Southampton, though, have been excellent.

Boos ring around Loftus Road as QPR retreat to the dressing room 2-0 down.

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Wonderful goal from Puncheon. Clyne does brilliantly to win the ball deep on the right before feeding Puncheon, who rolls a defender and curls a low shot past Julio Cesar from the edge of the box.

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PUNCHEON SCORES FOR SOUTHAMPTON!

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Diakite skins a defender deep on the right, but his dinked delivery is headed away from the danger zone by Jose Fonte.

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The first boos are audible from the home support as another attack breaks down. Schneiderlin gives the ball back to QPR, but Granero drags a long-range shot narrowly wide. QPR fans burst into song: 'Ryan Nelsen, he plays on his own!'

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Southampton midfielder Cork drives forward on the left and fires a speculative shot towards goal. The ball takes an awkward bounce in front of Julio Cesar, but the keeper makes the catch look easy.

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Nigel Adkins' side certainly seem to be playing for their manager, with some really neat passing on show. I can't say the same about QPR so far. They look disorganised off the ball and fearful in possession.

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Southampton break and force a corner. Ramirez has a free header at the far post, with Nelsen forced into a block. Saints want a penalty, but the ball seemed to strike the body of the veteran defender. More poor making from the hosts.

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Taarabt's shot from 25 yards goes tamely into the wall. Really poor effort.

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Southampton have been applying more pressure, but Granero has just won a free-kick in a dangerous area for Rangers...

QPR fan (I think) Stephen Pearce isn't too concerned at the prospect of defeat: "Win win for QPR today I reckon. Either kick starts the season or gets us Harry Redknapp #bruciebonus"

Mark Hughes has been cut to 1/3 favourite to be the first Premier League manager to go by Sky Bet as the Hoops trail at home to the Saints.

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The goal came after another Lambert header from a corner moments earlier was kicked away from in front of the base of the post. From the resulting set-piece, Saints did a great job of keeping the danger alive, with a neat pass from Ramirez featuring in the build up to Lambert's close-range finish.

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Puncheon's shot from close range after QPR failed to clear a corner was blocked on the line by Bosingwa, but Lambert nodded the loose ball into the gaping net from inches out.

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LAMBERT SCORES FOR SOUTHAMPTON!

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Gazzaniga is called into action again, this time to keep out Hoilett's curler from the edge of the box with a diving save low to his left. QPR have woken up.

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Our first glimpse of Taarabt almost results in an opening goal. The QPR playmaker drives at the Saints backline, beats two defenders on the edge of the box, but his drive from an acute angle is beaten away by Gazzaniga. Great effort.

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QPR respond and force a corner, but Ferdinand heads it down into a six-yard box which contained not a single QPR player. Very strange.

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Southampton hit the post! An inswinging delivery from deep on the right misses everyone, including Lallana who threw himself at it from the penalty spot, meaning Julio Cesar can only watch as the ball strikes the far post. Saints have settled quicker than their hosts.

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Close for Southampton, and it would have been a goal of the season contender. Clyne wins a tackle before neat one-touch interplay involving Lambert and Ramirez sets up Lallana to volley narrowly over from the edge of the box. Great effort.

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QPR have had a feel of the ball, but Southampton are easily winning it back as soon as the hosts cross the halfway line. Scrappy opening.

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Southampton go on the game's first attack but Lambert fails to make the most of a shooting opportunity, preferring to lay-off to Lallana, who allows QPR to get men behind the ball. The danger passes.

Both sides have come out of their huddles. Here we go...

A Tweet prediction before kick-off, from Gabriel Sutton: "I think it'll be an exciting game! Both sides need the win so will go for a 3-3 thriller!" I'll be happy with that, Gabriel...

The players emerge from the tunnel, with QPR's unchanged starting line-up featuring 11 different nationalities. Saints also retain the same starting XI for the first time in eight games.

Both sides are back in the dressing rooms, making their final preparations and getting some last minute instructions. Trevor Brooking is in the house today, taking his seat next to QPR chief executive Philip Beard, who looks tense.

This match has been billed as 'El Sackico', because of the pressure on both managers. Does that mean we'll see a tight, tense affair? Let me have your predictions before kick-off.

Saints arrive at Loftus Road still searching for their first Premier League away win of the season and Sky Bet punters don't expect it to happen today. Bottom of the table QPR, without a win themselves at home this season, are 10/11 favourites with Southampton 3/1 and the draw 12/5. With both managers under growing pressure it's 2/1 for either Mark Hughes or Nigel Adkins to leave their jobs by midnight on Sunday.

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Southampton XI: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana, Ramirez, Lambert.

QPR XI: Cesar, Diakite, Traore, Ferdinand, Cisse, Taarabt, Granero, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Hoilett, Faurlin.

The teams are in...

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