Late goals from Leonardo Ulloa and Stephen Ward secured Brighton a victory over QPR that leaves Harry Redknapp's team nine points off the automatic promotion places.

Ravel Morrison went close to scoring for the visitors when his drive was tipped over by Tomasz Kuszczak.

Bruno Saltor crossed for Ulloa to tap into an empty net for his sixth goal in eight games with 13 minutes left.

Ward got Brighton's second when he turned in from Kazenga LuaLua's corner.

Redknapp's side have now lost four of their last six matches and are nine points behind second-placed Burnley, while Brighton remain two points off the play-offs.

Kuszczak saved comfortably from Armand Traore before pushing Morrison's effort over the bar after the on-loan West Ham midfielder beat two markers.

Brighton goalkeeper Kuszczak pushed Junior Hoilett's shot wide before Ulloa finished from Saltor's cross.

Ward scored his second goal of the season from LuaLua's corner to seal the win for Oscar Garcia's team.

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia:

"I am extremely proud of my players and their performance against Premier League-quality opposition.

"But I don't think it was our best performance. They have a fantastic manager and fantastic players but we have played better than this and lost.

"We knew we would find more space in the second half. And after the first goal we kept going and we didn't sit back."

QPR manager Harry Redknapp:

"It was very frustrating. I thought we were just waiting for a goal to come.

"We had all the play, all the chances. We were strong at the back, good in midfield, making chances, but we just couldn't score.

"I thought it would be a hard game but it wasn't, even though we lost. We were excellent for 80 minutes and we got done against the run of play.

"Our keeper had not had a shot to save, then suddenly we were one down. But that's football. It happens."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (3)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno
  • 17 Ward
  • 04 Andrews
  • 05 Dunk
  • 20 Upson
  • 38 Ince
  • 18 Forster-Caskey (Lua Lua - 75' )
  • 19 Ulloa
  • 30 Buckley (Stephens - 90' )
  • 35 Lingard Booked

Substitutes

  • 06 Stephens
  • 09 Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 14 Calderón
  • 16 Ankergren
  • 21 D. López
  • 25 Lua Lua
  • 27 March

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto (Maiga - 79' )
  • 16 Jenas
  • 05 Dunne
  • 06 Hill
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 17 Barton
  • 12 Keane
  • 04 Morrison
  • 03 Traore

Substitutes

  • 18 Hughes
  • 19 Kranjcar
  • 20 Henry
  • 26 Murphy
  • 35 Benayoun
  • 36 O'Neil
  • 40 Maiga
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 28,019

Match Stats

Shots

6 21

On target

3 9

Corners

4 8

Fouls

13 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.

90:00 +4:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.

90:00 +3:40

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

90:00 +3:40

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:20

Attempt saved. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

90:00 +2:29

Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:29

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

89:24

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

89:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens replaces William Buckley.

88:33

Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

88:33

Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Queens Park Rangers 0. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua with a cross following a corner.

85:17

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jermaine Jenas.

84:31

Foul by Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers).

84:31

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:07

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Keith Andrews tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

82:42

Foul by Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers).

82:42

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:49

Attempt saved. William Keane (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross.

81:20

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

81:19

Attempt saved. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

80:32

Attempt blocked. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Armand Traore.

79:16 Booking

Booking Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

79:06

Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:06

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

78:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Modibo Maiga replaces Benoit Assou-Ekotto because of an injury.

76:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Queens Park Rangers 0. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno with a cross.

74:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

73:12

Attempt blocked. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

72:10

Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:10

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

71:52

Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:52

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

69:47

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:47

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

68:57

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tomasz Kuszczak tries a through ball, but William Buckley is caught offside.

68:29

Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jermaine Jenas following a fast break.

67:06

Attempt saved. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by William Buckley.

66:24

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Benoit Assou-Ekotto tries a through ball, but William Keane is caught offside.

65:02

Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:02

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

63:51

Attempt missed. Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

63:18

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

63:03

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Jenas.

58:47

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

58:47

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:43

Attempt saved. Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joey Barton.

57:14

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:14

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

57:06

Attempt blocked. Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:00

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

54:13

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

53:42

Foul by Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers).

53:42

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:33

Delay in match Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

51:16

Attempt blocked. Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

51:15

Attempt blocked. Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

51:12

Attempt missed. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

51:07

Attempt blocked. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joey Barton.

50:37

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

50:35

Attempt saved. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

48:57

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

48:01

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 +1:30 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 +0:55

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey following a set piece situation.

44:51

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

44:51

Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:14

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

42:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:19

Delay in match Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

40:34

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jake Forster-Caskey.

40:21

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jesse Lingard.

38:34

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:34

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

37:12

Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:12

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

29:25

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

29:20

Attempt saved. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

27:10

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:10

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

23:04

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

21:09

Attempt saved. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joey Barton with a headed pass.

18:40

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Clint Hill tries a through ball, but William Keane is caught offside.

17:09

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by William Buckley.

16:34

Attempt saved. Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:39

Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:39

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

12:59

Attempt missed. William Keane (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

11:07

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bruno.

9:27

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

5:23

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

5:23

Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:56

Attempt missed. Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Armand Traore.

3:00

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

3:00

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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