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Leroy Lita takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Shittu.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Shaun Derry. Leroy Lita takes the direct free kick.
Tony McMahon crosses the ball, Danny Shittu makes a clearance. Corner taken by Merouane Zemmama from the left by-line, clearance by Danny Shittu.
Barry Robson challenges Alejandro Faurlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
Shot from close range by Scott McDonald misses to the right of the goal.
Rob Hulse is brought on as a substitute for Heidar Helguson.
Maximilian Haas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Davies.
Fitz Hall produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Merouane Zemmama concedes a free kick for a foul on Hogan Ephraim. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.
Matthew Connolly replaces Bradley Orr. Scott McDonald produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Clint Hill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson. Merouane Zemmama restarts play with the free kick.
Heidar Helguson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Davies. Andrew Davies takes the direct free kick.
Barry Robson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Heidar Helguson on Barry Robson. Tony McMahon shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Patrick Kenny. Corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line, save made by Patrick Kenny.
Hogan Ephraim replaces Akos Buzsaky. Adel Taarabt has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fitz Hall by Leroy Lita. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
Adel Taarabt scores a penalty. Middlesbrough 0-3 QPR.Merouane Zemmama concedes a Penalty for a foul on Adel Taarabt.
Wayne Routledge is caught offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
Heidar Helguson challenges Seb Hines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Bailey restarts play with the free kick.
Heidar Helguson grabs a headed goal from close in. Middlesbrough 0-2 QPR.Assist on the goal came from Wayne Routledge.
Foul by Tony McMahon on Heidar Helguson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Clint Hill.
Merouane Zemmama replaces Marvin Emnes. Julio Arca leaves the field to be replaced by Barry Robson.
Joe Bennett sends in a cross.
Andrew Davies fouled by Heidar Helguson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.
Handball decision goes against Scott McDonald. Patrick Kenny takes the indirect free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Adel Taarabt goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Akos Buzsaky has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Foul by Shaun Derry on Leroy Lita, free kick awarded. Nicky Bailey restarts play with the free kick.
Clint Hill challenges Seb Hines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.
Andrew Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
Tony McMahon challenges Alejandro Faurlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
Fitz Hall is booked. Foul by Fitz Hall on Leroy Lita, free kick awarded. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Scott McDonald, Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.
Heidar Helguson gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 0-1 QPR.The assist for the goal came from Adel Taarabt.
The ball is swung over by Tony McMahon, save made by Patrick Kenny.
Tony McMahon takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Heidar Helguson.
Tony McMahon produces a cross, Fitz Hall manages to make a clearance.
Tony McMahon delivers the ball, Danny Shittu makes a clearance.
Effort from the edge of the box by Heidar Helguson goes wide of the left-hand post.
Bradley Orr delivers the ball, clearance by Nicky Bailey.
Unfair challenge on Danny Shittu by Leroy Lita results in a free kick. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.
Shot on goal by Adel Taarabt from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
The offside flag is raised against Leroy Lita. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
Centre by Wayne Routledge, clearance made by Andrew Davies.
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Jason Steele makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Wayne Routledge.
Tony McMahon sends in a cross, clearance made by Fitz Hall.
Tony McMahon fouled by Adel Taarabt, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
The official flags Scott McDonald offside. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Adel Taarabt misses to the left of the target.
Centre by Leroy Lita, Fitz Hall manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Wayne Routledge.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Joe Bennett. Direct free kick taken by Adel Taarabt.
Adel Taarabt has an effort at goal. Save by Jason Steele.
Alejandro Faurlin is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Alejandro Faurlin concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Bennett. Free kick taken by Joe Bennett.
A cross is delivered by Wayne Routledge, Seb Hines manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line, Fitz Hall challenges Seb Hines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Adel Taarabt produces a cross, save by Jason Steele.
The ball is sent over by Adel Taarabt. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt, Tony McMahon manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Heidar Helguson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Davies.
Foul by Adel Taarabt on Julio Arca, free kick awarded. Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.
Adel Taarabt is caught offside. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Tony McMahon.
Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.
Boro set for Robson boost
Middlesbrough midfielder Barry Robson could return to the squad for the clash with leaders QPR.
The 32-year-old missed the 3-2 win at Millwall with a hamstring injury, but was due to resume training on Thursday and should be available as long as he suffers no reaction.
That will come as a welcome boost to manager Tony Mowbray as he continues to deal with a lengthy injury list.
Keeper Danny Coyne could return in a fortnight as he recovers from hernia surgery and a back problem, while central defender Stephen McManus is three weeks away from resuming training after ankle ligament damage.
Rhys Williams is stepping up his bid for match-fitness following a long-term pelvic injury, but Willo Flood's comeback from a dislocated kneecap is being delayed by a thigh strain.
Justin Hoyte's expected return from a hamstring injury has been put back by a similar problem, while Kevin Thomson and Matthew Bates remain on the sidelines.
Hogan Ephraim returns to the QPR squad but Tommy Smith will miss out again.
Ephraim has completed a three-match ban for his red card at Reading earlier this month and will probably be on the bench.
Fellow winger Smith has yet to recover from the hamstring injury he sustained against Nottingham Forest a fortnight ago, although boss Neil Warnock hopes he will be back to face Leicester next weekend.
Danny Shittu and Fitz Hall look set to keep their places in central defence after replacing Matt Connolly and Kaspars Gorkss against Ipswich in midweek and helping the leaders to a 2-0 win.
Fellow defender Peter Ramage (cruciate) and strikers Patrick Agyemang and Jamie Mackie (both broken leg) are long-term absentees.
Helguson at the double
Heidar Helguson struck a double as QPR boosted their npower Championship title challenge with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Middlesbrough.
The Iceland international netted either side of the interval as Rangers extended their advantage at the summit to five points.
If Helguson was impressive, it paled in comparison to Adel Taarabt, who was at his irresistible best.
The dynamic midfielder was at his brilliant best as he terrorised Boro's backline, capping his performance with a goal from the penalty spot which wrapped things up.
Clearly buoyed by last week's 3-2 victory at Millwall, Middlesbrough started the brighter of the sides and should have taken the lead in just the first minute.
Australia striker Scott McDonald found space in the area, but, after finding room to work an opening, he saw his effort saved by Paddy Kenny.
QPR, though, were quick to get back into the game with Taarabt and Wayne Routledge causing problems with their direct play.
The former, in particular, was proving particularly difficult to deal with, forcing a smart save from Jason Steele a 20-yard snap-shot.
As the game wore on, Taraabt's influence was becoming increasingly prominent with the the mercurial Moroccan hitting just wide form range before forcing another excellent save from Steele.
He came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock in the 35th minute when he found himself clean through courtesy of some poor Boro defending, only to hit over.
The home side, meanwhile, were playing plenty of good football but their final ball was leaving a lot to be desired.
The Hoops finally got the reward their endeavour deserved in the 41st minute through Helguson.
Predictably, Taarabt was involved, squaring a lovely ball to the striker, who made no mistake from 12 yards.
Picking up where they left off, Rangers continued to dominate after the interval with the hosts often finding themselves chasing shadows.
And the league leaders soon extended their advantage through Helguson's second.
The impressive Routledge was the architect, jinking his way down the left wing before sending in a delicious centre which Helguson nodded past Steele.
The goal seemed to take the wind out of Middlesbrough's sails as QPR continued to dominate.
They found themselves three-up in the 68th minute when, after being brought down by Merouane Zemmama, Taarabt netted from the spot.
Neil Warnock's side took there foot off the gas thereafter, but, with their defence looking impregnable, they easily saw the game out.
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