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Neil Danns handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Clint Hill.
Akos Buzsaky decides to take a short corner.
Adel Taarabt goes off and Akos Buzsaky comes on.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose, clearance by Kaspars Gorkss.
(QPR) makes a substitution, with Hogan Ephraim coming on for Tommy Smith.
Darren Ambrose takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Shaun Derry.
Adel Taarabt receives a caution. The assistant referee flags for offside against Adel Taarabt. Claude Davis takes the indirect free kick.
The referee shows Kagisho Dikgacoi a yellow card. Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi on Heidar Helguson, free kick awarded. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Kaspars Gorkss on Jermaine Easter, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Darren Ambrose.
Close range header by Kaspars Gorkss misses to the right of the target.
Heidar Helguson fouled by Claude Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Adel Taarabt restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Easter by Kaspars Gorkss. Kagisho Dikgacoi takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fitz Hall by Jermaine Easter. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
Alejandro Faurlin takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
Corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line, volleyed right-footed shot by Shaun Derry. Claude Davis gets a block in.
Wilfried Zaha on for David Wright. Unfair challenge on Tommy Smith by Neil Danns results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Clint Hill.
Corner taken short by Adel Taarabt.
Neil Danns gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Adel Taarabt takes the direct free kick.
Long range shot by Darren Ambrose goes wide right of the target.
James Vaughan goes off and Jermaine Easter comes on.
Shot from outside the box by Adel Taarabt goes wide right of the target.
James Vaughan fouled by Fitz Hall, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Darren Ambrose.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Wayne Routledge. Free kick taken by Anthony Gardner.
Claude Davis replaces Steffen Iversen.
Red card for Patrick McCarthy. Penalty scored by Heidar Helguson. QPR 2-1 Crystal Palace.Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Patrick McCarthy.
Assist by Adel Taarabt.
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick McCarthy.
Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
Corner taken by Adel Taarabt played to the near post, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance.
Adel Taarabt takes the outswinging corner, David Wright manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Darren Ambrose from 20 yards. Patrick Kenny makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathaniel Clyne on Tommy Smith. Fitz Hall takes the free kick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Wayne Routledge clears the crossbar.
David Wright takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Wright by Alejandro Faurlin. Patrick McCarthy takes the direct free kick.
Goal scored by James Vaughan from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. QPR 1-1 Crystal Palace.Assist by Darren Ambrose.
Steffen Iversen is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
Heidar Helguson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Julian Speroni takes the indirect free kick.
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Dean Moxey gets a block in.
Neil Danns is given a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Danns on Clint Hill. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
Heidar Helguson produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
James Vaughan challenges Fitz Hall unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Adel Taarabt goes wide right of the goal.
Heidar Helguson grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 1-0 Crystal Palace.Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Assist by Adel Taarabt.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Heidar Helguson. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
Kaspars Gorkss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steffen Iversen. Darren Ambrose crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steffen Iversen by Shaun Derry. Patrick McCarthy takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Adel Taarabt misses to the right of the target.
James Vaughan is given a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by James Vaughan on Kaspars Gorkss. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Tommy Smith. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
Hoops ace misses out
QPR will be without defender Danny Shittu when his side host relegation-threatened Crystal Palace.
The Nigerian centre-back was shown a straight red card for a professional foul in Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat against Millwall, and will now serve a one-match ban.
Fellow defender Fitz Hall remains doubtful with the hamstring problem that forced him to miss out against the Lions, so Matthew Connolly could be in line to start.
Strikers Ishmael Miller and Tommy Smith will both be hoping for recalls after stepping off the bench in midweek, while defender Pascal Chimbonda is also vying for a starting berth after his substitute appearance against the Lions.
Defender Peter Ramage (cruciate) and strikers Patrick Agyemang and Jamie Mackie (both broken leg) are long-term absentees.
Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman will include new signing Kemy Agustien in his squad for the trip.
The 24-year-old Swansea midfielder, who has made 11 appearances for the Swans in all competitions this season, has signed on loan until the end of season and will go straight into the Eagles party to face the Hoops.
Fellow Midfielder Alex Marrow, who has missed the last six games with an ankle problem, could also be included the squad, but may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Striker Pablo Counago is pushing for a starting role after replacing Steffen Iversen for the final 21 minutes against the Bluebirds, although Jermaine Easter and Wilfried Zaha are also available for a recall.
Goalkeeper Julian Speroni will continue between the posts after getting through 90 minutes unscathed on his return from a groin problem.
Striker Calvin Andrew has joined npower League One side Swindon on a month's loan.
Hoops secure morale-boosting win
QPR put their off-field issues to one side to extend their advantage at the summit of the npower Championship courtesy of a hard-fought 2-1 victory in their London derby with Crystal Palace.
The Hoops could face a possible points deduction after the Football Association this week charged them, along with chairman Gianni Paladini, with breaches of regulations relating to third-party ownership and agents.
The seven charges relate to Argentinian playmaker Alejandro Faurlin and his move from Instituto in 2008.
Faurlin took his place in the starting line-up, but it was another midfielder, Adel Taarabt, who stole the show to help Rangers move 10 points clear of the chasing pack in the second tier.
The mercurial Moroccan put in a virtuoso performance, setting up Heidar Helguson to open the scoring before winning a penalty to allow the Iceland international to net his second after the interval.
Patrick McCarthy saw red on the back of that incident as Palace's challenge petered out after James Vaughan had restored parity on the stroke of half-time.
Most in attendance would have expected QPR to be keen to make an early impact given the recent headlines, yet it was the visitors who enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges.
However, they failed to make their possession count and were soon punished as Rangers took a 19th-minute lead through Helguson, albeit with Taarabt playing a major role.
The latter jinked his way into a dangerous area before finding Helguson with a cross-cum-shot, which the Iceland international duly converted.
As the game wore on, the Eagles backline's struggles were increasing as the league leaders counter-attacked to great effect.
Indeed had it not been for the heroics of Julian Speroni, Dougie Freedman's men would have been further behind with the goalkeeper producing an excellent save to deny the ever-impressive Taarabt.
That stop took on an added sense of importance in the 41st minute as the visitors levelled things up through Vaughan.
Darren Ambrose was the orchestrator, capitalising on Bradley Orr being out of position to find the on-loan Everton striker, who was left with a simple finish.
Their joy was soon extinguished just after the interval as they found themselves down to 10 men and 2-1 behind.
Taarabt again inflicted the damage, skilfully working his way into the penalty area before being brought down by McCarthy, who received a straight red card from referee Martin Atkinson.
Helguson made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick, sparking unsavoury scenes as plastic bottles were thrown on the pitch by Palace's frustrated supporters.
The clash entered a lull thereafter, with QPR seemingly happy to control proceedings rather than fashion openings.
Helguson missed a couple of chances to complete his hat-trick, hitting the post in the 81st minute.
But it did not matter as Rangers saw out the game despite Palace being denied a late penalty when Clint Hill appeared to have fouled Neil Danns.
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