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Header from deep inside the area by Leon Clarke goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Fitz Hall takes a shot. Mark Hudson gets a block in.
Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.
Tommy Smith goes off and Fitz Hall comes on.
Patrick Agyemang is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Mackie.
Seyi Olofinjana fouled by Alejandro Faurlin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
Leon Clarke is given a yellow card. Leon Clarke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham from right channel, Shaun Derry makes a clearance.
Leon Clarke is brought on as a substitute for Adel Taarabt.
Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Kyle Walker.
Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Rob Hulse makes a clearance.
The referee shows Craig Bellamy a yellow card.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rob Hulse by Mark Hudson. Alejandro Faurlin delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
Clint Hill booked. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton by Clint Hill. Peter Whittingham crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Craig Bellamy.
Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Blocked by Kaspars Gorkss.
(Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Michael Chopra coming on for Chris Burke.
Tommy Smith fouled by Seyi Olofinjana, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adel Taarabt, clearance made by Lee Naylor.
Jason Koumas takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.
Alejandro Faurlin takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
Jay Bothroyd fouled by Kaspars Gorkss, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham from own half.
Adel Taarabt gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. QPR 2-1 Cardiff.
Outswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt, clearance by Peter Whittingham.
Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
Header by Rob Hulse from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Clint Hill challenges Chris Burke unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
Peter Whittingham is cautioned. Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Whittingham on Adel Taarabt. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adel Taarabt.
Rob Hulse has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Jason Koumas goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Jason Koumas on Kyle Walker, free kick awarded. Adel Taarabt crosses the ball in from the free kick, Seyi Olofinjana manages to make a clearance.
Daniel Drinkwater goes off and Jason Koumas comes on.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Daniel Drinkwater goes wide left of the goal.
Corner taken by Peter Whittingham, clearance by Jamie Mackie.
Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin by Peter Whittingham. Alejandro Faurlin crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Mark Hudson.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Adel Taarabt, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.
Jay Bothroyd fouled by Matthew Connolly, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Naylor delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Kyle Walker.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Adel Taarabt. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Adel Taarabt. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.
Alejandro Faurlin takes a shot. Save made by Tom Heaton.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Darcy Blake on Rob Hulse. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adel Taarabt, Tom Heaton makes a save.
Chris Burke takes the inswinging corner, Shaun Derry makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Craig Bellamy. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Chris Burke from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Clint Hill.
Inswinging corner taken by Chris Burke from the right by-line.
Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal. Blocked by Shaun Derry.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Jay Bothroyd goes wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Hudson on Adel Taarabt. Adel Taarabt restarts play with the free kick.
Jamie Mackie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Seyi Olofinjana. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Jay Bothroyd on Kaspars Gorkss, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
Shot from just outside the box by Adel Taarabt misses to the right of the target.
Seyi Olofinjana challenges Rob Hulse unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adel Taarabt crosses the ball, Effort on goal by Craig Bellamy from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Hudson.
Kaspars Gorkss finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. QPR 1-1 Cardiff.Assist by Tommy Smith.
Mark Hudson concedes a free kick for a foul on Rob Hulse. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adel Taarabt.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton by Jamie Mackie. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Derry.
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
Craig Bellamy gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. QPR 0-1 Cardiff.The assist for the goal came from Jay Bothroyd.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt.
Foul by Clint Hill on Seyi Olofinjana, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
Peter Whittingham takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Foul by Mark Hudson on Rob Hulse, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adel Taarabt from right channel.
Short corner worked by Craig Bellamy, Adel Taarabt manages to make a clearance.
Effort by Rob Hulse from a long way out goes over the target.
Jamie Mackie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
The match has kicked off.
The first half comes to an end.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee ends the match.
Derry to face Bluebirds
Shaun Derry returns to the QPR side for the top-of-the-table clash with Cardiff.
Combative midfielder Derry missed last weekend's win over Preston through suspension after collecting five yellow cards this term.
Bradley Orr is also available after a three-match ban but is likely to be on the bench with Tottenham loanee Kyle Walker performing well at right-back.
Striker Heidar Helguson is fit after a neck injury but Rob Hulse should get the nod up front after opening his goalscoring account for Rangers on Saturday.
Tommy Smith could be added to the squad after missing out last week but Georgios Tofas (hamstring), Akos Buzsaky, Peter Ramage and Lee Cook (all knee) are still missing.
Mikele Leigertwood, Rowan Vine and Josh Parker all left Loftus Road on loan this week.
Cardiff manager Dave Jones hopes to boast an almost fully-fit squad.
Influential winger Chris Burke (thigh) and defender Lee Naylor (groin) missed last weekend`s disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest while Kevin McNaughton and Darcy Blake emerged with muscle injuries.
The quartet will be assessed ahead of the Loftus Road encounter, as will midfielder Stephen McPhail who was ruled out due to illness.
Several members of Cardiff`s squad have struggled with the virus at the start of this week, while manager Dave Jones battled through last Saturday despite suffering.
But the bug appears to have been shaken off in plenty of time for the eagerly-anticipated clash.
Forward Craig Bellamy will captain the Bluebirds having earlier this week admitted he is finally getting back to full fitness for the first time since his loan move from Manchester City.
Taarabt sends Rangers clear
Adel Taarabt was once again QPR's match-winner as Neil Warnock's side moved five points clear at the top of the npower Championship.
The mercurial Moroccan showed why he is regarded as one of the best players in the Championship with an another inspirational display capped with a second-half winner against second-placed Cardiff.
Craig Bellamy's first goal in seven games put the the Bluebirds in front in the first half at Loftus Road, but Kaspars Gorkss equalised soon after and former Spurs midfielder Taarabt struck in the second half to give Rangers a deserved victory.
The Hoops are still unbeaten in the Championship and look destined for a long-awaited return to the top flight, while stuttering Cardiff have now lost their last two matches.
Jamie Mackie had an early chance to put Rangers in front but the Scotland striker flashed his right-foot strike wide from 20 yards.
The Bluebirds responded and midfielder Peter Whittingham left fly from just outside the penalty area but failed to keep his shot down.
But Dave Jones' side were in front 12 minutes in when Jay Bothroyd crossed from the left and Bellamy was on hand to turn the ball home from six yards out.
Cardiff were fortunate to be in front and the home side were rewarded for their dominance when they equalised five minutes later.
Tommy Smith was the architect, producing some trickery on the right flank before crossing for centre-back Gorkss, who planted a header beyond Tom Heaton.
Taarabt was just off target with a strike from 20 yards out as QPR remained on the front foot.
But the Hoops were almost caught out and it took a good reaction save from Paddy Kenny with his feet to deny Bothroyd from six yards out after 33 minutes.
Bluebirds goalkeeper Heaton had to be alert to palm away a well executed long-range volley from Alejandro Faurlin two minutes before the break.
Rob Hulse had the first real chance of the second half but the former Derby striker volleyed wide from the edge of the penalty area.
Hulse was in the thick of the action and he was once again guilty of failing to test Heaton with a header from 12 yards out after 65 minutes as Neil Warnock's side piled the pressure on.
But that elusive second goal arrived three minutes later courtesy of the inspirational Taarabt.
The home captain skipped past Lee Naylor and surged into the penalty area then, after a neat piece of skill, he found the top-left corner with a clinical strike.
Cardiff almost equalised after 71 minutes when Jason Koumas cut into the box but Kenny did well to keep out the on-loan midfielder's right-foot finish.
Seyi Olofinjana could have snatched a point right at the death but he headed straight at Kenny as Cardiff slipped up once again.
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