Glenn Murray and Sebastien Pocognoli were on target as Brighton and Hove Albion temporarily moved back to the top of the Championship table with a 2-1 win over QPR.
With Brighton locked in a title fight with Newcastle United, a win at Loftus Road on Friday sent Chris Hughton’s side to the summit and put the pressure on the chasing pack – third-placed Huddersfield Town sit 12 points back but with two games in hand.
Against a QPR side featuring seven changes from their defeat against Aston Villa, including a second full debut for Ravel Morrison, Murray and Tomer Hemed saw efforts ruled out for offside in a tight first half.
But when Murray was granted another opportunity in the 58th minute, running clear of the home defence, he took it to turn the game in Brighton’s favour.
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Pocognoli added a second with a sublime free-kick – his first goal for the club – six minutes later, but QPR threatened an unlikely comeback just as Hughton’s men appeared to be cruising to victory.
Matt Smith rose to nod a header past David Stockdale to halve the deficit, with further home pressure just coming up short of an equaliser as Conor Washington and Idrissa Sylla squandered late chances.
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