DONCASTER’s hit and miss season continued as they lost 1-0 at home to Championship leaders QPR - who extended their lead at the top to nine points, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
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Hogan Ephraim earned QPR their first win at the Keepmoat Stadium when the diminutive midfielder struck in the 47th minute.
He was handed a start after the influential Adel Taarabt was sidelined with an illness.
The lead was no more than the visitors deserved, having dominated most of the game against a Doncaster side who have not won at home since February 1.
And with Norwich failing to win away at Hull, the London club are looking in prime position to secure a return to the Premier League.
It took just two minutes of the second half for QPR to take the lead as Ephraim fired in a low shot from just inside the area.
Despite controlling large parts of the game, Rangers’ one-goal advantage still looked vulnerable and goalkeeper Paddy Kenny had to react quickly to claim substitute Ryan Mason’s cross.
Sean O’Driscoll attempted to rally his charges with the introduction of veteran striker Jason Euell, whose presence ruffled a few feathers in the Rangers defence as he saw a late header fly just wide.
But QPR held on to complete the double over Doncaster, who may yet find themselves embroiled in a relegation battle.
FIXTURES: Saturday, March 19, 2011:
Sheffield United v Leeds Unit (HT:0-0) 2-0
Barnsley v Reading (HT:0-0) 0-1
Doncaster Rovers v QPR (HT:0-0) 0-1
Southampton v Sheffield Wednesday (kick of 5.20pm GMT)
RESULT: Friday, March 20, 2011:
Chesterfield v Rotherham United (HT: 3-0) 5-0
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