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Taarabt inspirational as QPR move five clear

Adel Taarabt inspired QPR to a 2-1 victory over Coventry as Neil Warnock's side moved five points clear at the top of the Champion-ship.

Coventry took a shock lead midway through the first half through Marlon King's close-range finish, but Taarabt cut in from the left before curling a shot beyond Keiren Westwood to level the scores just before the break.

And Taarabt then turned provider as his superb through ball with the outside of his right foot played in Wayne Routledge to slot home the winner on his (second) Rangers debut with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Rangers boss Neil Warnock hailed Taarabt after the game. "Either goal was fit to win any game," he said.

"And you won't see a better ball for the second anywhere in the world. There's baggage with him and he'll make some mistakes. He was bombed out by the previous two managers here and rightly so.

"But it couldn't be better for me at this time of my career and I think I'm the right manager for him.

"My son brought his mate today just to see Taarabt. He thinks he should be playing for Real Madrid. And he could, but first of all he's got to help me."

Irish Independent