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Palace on rampage as QPR collapse

CRYSTAL PALACE 3

(Zaha 21, McArthur 40, Ward 42)

QPR 1

(Phillips 83)

QUEENS PARK RANGERS’ future in the English Premier League is looking more precarious than ever after fellow London side Crystal Palace ran amok against them in the first half of their clash at Selhurst Park.

For a side staring down the barrel of an immediate return to the Championship, Rangers’ capitulation after a solid start was nothing short of embarrassing.

Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur and Joel Ward all struck what proved decisive first-half efforts for Palace, with Matt Phillips’ late goal-of-theseason contender from long distance a mere consolation as QPR suffered a ninth defeat in 10 league matches.

QPR boss Chris Ramsay admitted: “The only thing we can do is go back to the drawing board. The fact is, we let ourselves down in key moments.”