QPR go top; Royals win

A review of Wednesday night's action in the Sky Bet Championship, as QPR went top after a 0-0 draw with Brighton.

Last Updated: 18/09/13 at 23:01 Post Comment

Alex Pearce celebrates Reading's victory over Leeds

Alex Pearce celebrates Reading's victory over Leeds

QPR edged a point clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship but endured a frustrating evening in front of goal against Brighton.

Harry Redknapp's side were looking for a fifth straight win but wasted a string of chances to secure it with Charlie Austin the main culprit.

They had won their previous four matches 1-0 but could not even muster the solitary goal which would surely have seen off a Brighton side who are hardly prolific themselves.

With Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson sidelined it was left to Austin to shoulder the goalscoring burden.

And the fact Rangers ended the night with Armand Traore joining the attack showed why Redknapp wants to bring in another striker on loan.

Brian McDermott's return to Reading was not a happy one as Adam Le Fondre, one of the players he signed, gave the Royals a 94th-minute win over Leeds in the night's other game.

Stephen Warnock had been sent off for conceding the free-kick and from it, Royston Drenthe found Le Fondre who undid his old boss.

McDermott - sacked by Reading in March after more than 12 years at the club, mostly as chief scout but also as a title-winning manager - received a warm welcome back from the home fans, as did former striker Noel Hunt.

The pair had nothing to celebrate, though, as Nigel Adkins' Royals got a win they just about deserved.


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