FORMER Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock left his old club deep in the relegation mire while he took another step towards a return to the top flight with a 3-0 QPR win at Loftus Road, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
Promotion chasing QPR went ahead in the 29th minute when Wayne Routledge found the back of the net from deep inside the penalty box.
Assisted by Heidar Helguson, Routledge struck the ball low into the middle of the goal.
Sheffield United were still in the game as they kicked off the second half,
But Alejandro Faurlin doubled QPR’s lead in the 52nd minute and 14 minutes later Routledge got his second to make it 3-0.
The hosts have lost only one of their last 14 league matches and another win takes boss Warnock a step closer to his goal of another crack at Premier League management
Still smarting from Sheffield United’s controversial relegation under him in 2007, lifelong Blades fan Warnock is desperate to work in the top flight again before his retirement.
He is on course to do so, thanks partly to another former United man, goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, who has conceded only 23 league goals this season and kept an unrivalled 21 clean sheets.
The Republic of Ireland international made his 450th league appearance.
While Rangers close in on the title, United remain third from bottom, have lost 11 of their 17 Championship games since Christmas, and have now suffered six consecutive away defeats.
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FIXTURE: Monday, April 4, 2011:
QPR v Sheffield United (HT: 1-0) 3-0
Tuesday, April 5:
Sheffield Wednesday v Tranmere