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QPR move eight points clear at top of Championship

Ten-man QPR moved eight points clear at the top of the npower Championship with a 1-0 win at Reading. Rangers boss Neil Warnock was incensed by referee Russell Booth's decision to send off winger Hogan Ephraim in the 42nd minute but Wayne Routledge's late goal eight minutes from time was enough consolation.

The 62-year-old was also not happy with the conduct of Royals captain Matt Mills in Ephraim's dismissal.

Warnock said: "It's one of the best wins of my career to be honest.

"It's nights like this why I don't retire. My heart will probably go first.

"I'm so proud of my lads and you can't buy a feeling like that. Every one of them gave me everything and when I'm sat on my tractor after I've retired, writing the odd newspaper column, I'll miss nights like this."

Ephraim was dismissed for a lunge at Reading winger Jimmy Kebe after losing control of the ball at full pelt.

He said: "I was disappointed to be honest in the red card.

"It's a bad tackle, but it's a winger's tackle isn't it?

"I've seen yellow cards given for that in the past and that would have done it.

"But Mills was at the referee straight away screaming at him which didn't help and he gets a red card. It was a disgrace. I don't know how professionals get away with that.

"I don't think he would have sent him off until Mills got involved to be honest.

"But we wanted to be positive in the second half. I wanted some guts and wanted us to go for it and we did that.

"We could have took Adel Taarabt off, gone one up front and try and hold on for a point but we tried that here last year and lost. I learned a lot from that.

"So I kept three up there and tried to push them back.

"You wouldn't have thought we had 10 men in that half."

Reading boss Brian McDermott insisted that his side must learn from their disappointing second-half showing.

McDermott said: "We were in the ascendancy when it was 11 v 11 so it didn't do us any favours when he went off.

"We had some half chances but we didn't play as well as we should have after they went down to 10 men.

"They had one real chance and took it and that's why they will probably win the league this year.

"There were two honest teams having a go at each other. We had a real opportunity to win but didn't take it and we have to learn from that.

"We didn't make their keeper work enough which is the most annoying thing. We didn't get into the right positions.

"We've took one point from games against Cardiff and QPR but we don't know how."

McDermott agreed that the red card was unfortunate.

He said: "The lad overran the ball and made a tackle so it could have gone either way.

"The referees can deem that a yellow or a red but it wasn't a nasty challenge.

"We don't get beat here very often so it's not a good feeling but there are plenty of points to play for and we are in the running still."

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