Queen Park Rangers boosted their hopes of promotion to the First Division with a three-nil win over Preston on Saturday (6 January) in London.
GV QPR (in stripes on the attack.
SV. throw in by QPR and kicked by Don Givens, saved by Preston goal-keeper, Alan Kelly.
STV. Preston goal-keeper, Alan Kelly takes free kick to centre, defender heads it away.
Don Givens of QPR scores first goal after drawing goalkeeper.
GTV. Second half QPR attack, Givens scores after goal-keeper slows it down and ball hits inside of post.
GTV. Preston takes corner, headed on and saved twice by QPR goalkeeper.
GTV. QPR Player, Gerry Francis, beats two players to score, zoom into goalmouth.
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Background: Queen Park Rangers boosted their hopes of promotion to the First Division with a three-nil win over Preston on Saturday (6 January) in London.
Don Givens for Rangers scored twice - the first goal coming in the twentieth minute. Mike Ferguson spotted a gap on the right, passed to Givens who scored after drawing the preston goalkeeper, Alan Kelly, clear of the goalmouth.
He scored again in the 68th minute when substitute, Barry Salvage, played through the Preston defence allowing Givens to score with a low twenty yard kick. The ball trickled into the net after being slowed down by the Preston goalkeeper and hitting the inside of one of the goalposts.
In the closing stages of the match, Gerry Francis for Rangers beat two defenders to score the third goal. Rangers were well on top throughout the game.
SYNOPSIS: Queens Park Rangers boosted hopes of being promoted to England's first division after a three-nil win over Preston on Saturday.
Rangers, in striped uniforms, dominated the game. From this throw-in early in the match, Don Givens came close to getting it past the preston goalkeeper.
Preston was rarely on the offensive, a free kick which could have given Rangers trouble, was headed away.
In the twentieth minute, Mike Ferguson spotted a gap in Preston's defence and passed to Don Givens who scored past the Preston goalkeeper, former Irish international, Alan Kelly.
Givens scored again for Rangers half way through the second half. Substitute Barry Salvage set up the opportunity and Givens had a low, twenty-yard kick. The bell trickled into the net after being slowed by the Preston keeper.
Another chance for Preston. From a corner the ball was headed on and Rangers goal-keeper, Phil Parkes made two successful saves.
In the final stages of the match, Gerry Francis played past two Preston defenders to score, bringing the final result to three-nil.