QPR put one foot in Premier League
Sheffield United 0
Published 05/04/2011 | 05:00
QPR boss Neil Warnock took another step towards promotion back to the Premier League -- and shoved his old club Sheffield United closer to the drop.
Two Wayne Routledge goals either side of Alejandro Faurlin's strike secured another victory for Warnock's runaway leaders who are now nine points clear at the top of the Championship and, crucially, 13 ahead of Cardiff in third.
If results elsewhere go their way Rangers could even be celebrating promotion at Barnsley in eight days, with five games to spare, such has been their dominance.
By contrast, Sheffield United are staring at life in League One just four years after relegation from the top flight under Warnock.
Micky Adams is their fourth manager of the season -- the sort of turnover common at Rangers not so long ago -- but they have won just twice since he took charge 17 games ago and are seven points adrift of safety.
Rangers looked capable of scoring every time they attacked and they made the breakthrough just before the half-hour.
Faurlin's chip found Heidar Helguson and his cross from the byline was swept in first time by Routledge from eight yards out.
United had their chances to hit back before the break, only for Shaun Derry to hack Danile Bogdanovic's effort off the goal-line and Quinn to scuff a close-range shot wide.
However, they were down and out six minutes into the second half when Adel Taarabt's corner was cleared by Matthew Lowton to Faurlin, who smashed it straight back into the net from the edge of the box.
Routledge added a third in the 66th minute, rounding off a neat move between Tommy Smith and Helguson to fire across Steve Simonsen.
The Rangers bandwagon shows no sign of slowing down, while the Blades are surely going down.