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Crystal Palace vs QPR
 0 - 2 
Sat Apr 10 15:00:00 BST 2010
Selhurst Park
N Miller

Neil Warnock returned to Selhurst Park and watched his QPR side punish a lacklustre performance by Crystal Palace. The Rangers scored a goal in either half to take a 2-0 win and the three points back to west London.

Rangers' Kaspars Gorkss sealed the win on 60 minutes with a header from a corner after an 11th minute Akos Buzsaky wonder strike had given them the half time lead.


The midfielder struck the ball as straight as an arrow from 25 yards out which evaded a host of bodies and the fingertips of Julian Speroni's outstretched right hand.

It was the perfect start for Neil Warnock, who returned to SE25 expecting a hostile reception, but instead walked out to Selhurst Park to a largely positive reaction with only a smattering of boos heard amongst a chorus of applause.

Prior to the opening goal his afternoon got off to a difficult start when, inside the opening ten seconds, Damion Stewart and Calvin Andrew collided with a clash of heads and both required extensive treament.

The Palace striker eventually made it back to his feet, albeit gingerly, and battled on for another 23 minutes until being replaced by Nathaniel Clyne, but Stewart ended up being stretchered off and replaced by Jay Simpson.

The Arsenal loanee was close to making an immediate impact when he managed to get in behind Matt Lawrence, but he fired tamely at Speroni ten yards out on the angle.

It was a minute past the half hour mark before Palace managed to create their first chance of the afternoon when Clint Hill saw a soft header cleared away comfortably

But QPR continued to create the more dangerous looking chances, and Simpson again should have done better when he ghosted between McCarthy and Lawrence and received a long through ball just outside the area.

He then checked back on to his right and tried to curl the ball beyond Speroni, but he scuffed the effort wide of the post.

Palace though should have restored parity through Hill, who had made a clever run in behind the QPR defence, took the ball in his stride before trying to fire high into the opposite corner.

The strike was clean enough and looked destined for the top corner until Radek Cerny managed to get his fingertips to it and knock it wide.

The home side looked stronger in the final stages of the half and Danns saw a header from 15 yards out intercepted by a covering defender, but they couldn't find a way through a stubborn Rangers defence.

The second half began in similar vein as the first with Palace not keeping the ball for long in the middle and QPR enjoying knocking the ball around on the edge of Palace's box without much end result.

Tamas Priskin ended a passing move between Tosic and Taarabt, receiving it on the edge of the box before firing high and wide.

In reply Stern John, who was struggling to have an effect with very little service, hassled Kaspars Gorkss, robbed him of the ball but blasted his first time effort high into the Holmesdale.

Stern John

After a prolonged lull in the half Palace almost caught QPR unaware when a clever through ball from Danny Butterfield found Danns in the middle, who then carried it into the box but fired wide.

But QPR provided a killer blow on the hour mark when Gorkss stole a yard on Lawrence and met a corner with a header across Speroni and into the far corner.

Speroni was then on top form to make sure it wasn't three when he got a strong hand to Priskin's shot to the near post, while Neil Danns fired straight into Cerny's chest after doing well inside the box to turn and shoot from eight yards.

Darren Ambrose then blasted a shot over the bar from just inside the box after being set up by Neil Danns on 70 minutes, while Sean Scannell fired straight at Cerny from ten yards after nipping round the back of the Rangers' defence and meeting Stern John's clever through ball first time.

Simpson completed his hat trick of missed chances on 83 minutes when he was set through one on one with Speroni but dawdled as he set himself for the shot. That extra time allowed McCarthy to claw back the yards and poke the ball away for a corner.

He came closer five minutes from time when Taarabt was set free down the left flank and crossed to him in the middle, and although closely marshalled by Lawrence he still managed get a toe to it and poke it just wide of the far post.

It proved to be the final chance of the match and Rangers saw out the remaining minutes to take the win back to Loftus Road.

20,430 (away 2,462)

Crystal Palace: 1. Julian Speroni; 3. Clint Hill; 4. Shaun Derry; 5. Patrick McCarthy; 7. Darren Ambrose; 8. Neil Danns; 9. Stern John; 14. Sean Scannell; 17. Matt Lawrence; 18. Calvin Andrew (2. Nathaniel Clyne, 23); 20. Danny Butterfield (19. Alan Lee,  58 (22. Johnny Ertl,70))

Subs: 10. Nick Carle; 15. Lee Hills; 24. Claude Davis; 35. Charlie Mann

QPR: 24. Radek Cerny; 2. Peter Ramage; 3. Damion Stewart (23. Jay Simpson, 8); 6. Mikele Leigertwood; 10. Akos Buzsaky; 13. Kaspars Gorkss; 18. Alejandro Faurlin; 25. Hogan Ephraim; 26. Dusko Tosic; 36. Tamas Priskin; 39. Adel Taarabt (35. Josh Parker, 90)

Subs: 17. Lee Cook; 27. Lee Brown; 28. Joe Oastler; 32. Elvijs Putnins; 33. Antonio German;

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Buzsaky and Gorkss punish a lacklustre Palace performance.
 Match Information
  Crystal Palace QPR
Goals : 0 2
Possession : 41% 59%
Shots On Target : 4 3
Shots Off Target : 4 6
Corners : 4 4
Fouls : 7 3
Most Fouls : McCarthy (3) Tosic (1)
Yellow Cards : 1 1
Red Cards : 0 0
Scorers :
Buzsaky 11
Gorkss 60
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