Brighton on top with win over Luongo's QPR

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Brighton & Hove Albion moved back to the top of the Championship table with a 2-1 win over Massimo Luongo's Queens Park Rangers.

With Brighton locked in a title fight with Newcastle United, a win at Loftus Road 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.

Luongo played a full game as a QPR side featuring seven changes from their defeat against Aston Villa - including a second full debut for Ravel Morrison - but Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed saw efforts for Brighton 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.

Sebastien 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.

Source Omnisport