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Brighton beat QPR 2-1 to return to Championship summit

Brighton beat QPR 2-1 to return to Championship summit
By Reuters

07/04/2017 at 22:51Updated 08/04/2017 at 00:01

Brighton & Hove Albion took another step towards promotion to the Premier League by beating Queens Park Rangers 2-1 to leapfrog Newcastle United at the top of the Championship on Friday.

Chris Hughton's side have 86 points from 41 games, two more than Newcastle, who visit sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, and 12 clear of Huddersfield Town in third.

Brighton need a maximum of 10 points from their final five games to return to the top tier for the first time since 1983.

Queens Park Rangers v Brighton & Hove Albion - Sky Bet Championship - Loftus Road - 7/4/17 Brighton's Glenn Murray scores their first goal

Queens Park Rangers v Brighton & Hove Albion - Sky Bet Championship - Loftus Road - 7/4/17 Brighton's Glenn Murray scores their first goalReuters

Glenn Murray scored the opener when he was released through the middle after 58 minutes before Sebastien Pocognoli scored with a superb free-kick from outside the area six minutes later, his first goal for seven years.

Matt Smith replied with a 74th-minute header for Rangers, who had midfielder Ravel Morrison starting his first game since Nov. 2015 when he appeared for Lazio.

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