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Defeats for all our Football League teams

Yeovil Town, Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United all lost today, and all three teams failed to score a goal.

CHAMPIONSHIP

  • QUEENS PARK RANGERS 3 - 0 YEOVIL TOWN
On-loan West Ham striker Ravel Morrison scored a goal in each half for QPR. Credit: Nigel French/PA

Ravel Morrison grabbed another brace as QPR got back to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Yeovil.

The on-loan West Ham midfielder, whose two goals against Birmingham last weekend earned Rangers their first win in six attempts, repeated the trick against the lowly Glovers.

Forgotten striker Bobby Zamora also got in on the act with his first goal in more than a year as Harry Redknapp's side bounced back from their midweek defeat at Brighton.

The scoreline was harsh on Yeovil, though, who went agonisingly close to equalising when Tom Lawrence's shot hit a post.

The Somerset side remain in with a chance of staying up but the gulf in resources between them and their opponents eventually told at Loftus Road.

While they survive on a League Two budget Rangers continue to throw good money after bad as they bid for promotion, and their recent punt on Morrison looks like paying off.

Rangers had to weather an early storm with Rob Green keeping out an angled drive from Lawrence and Luke Ayling firing narrowly wide.

But the hosts soon began to take control and Joey Barton's shot was deflected over, Armand Traore fired wide and Marek Stech just managed to tip Morrison's scuffed volley around the post.

And the breakthrough came in the 25th minute when Morrison collected the ball just outside the area. The England Under-21 international tip-toed along the 18-yard line, delaying his shot with a couple of neat feints before unleashing an unstoppable drive in off the post.

Rangers could have doubled their lead before the interval but Junior Hoilett dawdled when he should have shot in the area and Clint Hill blazed wide.

Bobby Zamora scored QPR's second goal. Credit: Nigel French/PA

After the break substitute Niko Kranjcar twice tested Stech with curling efforts, and twice the Yeovil keeper was equal to them.

But Town refused to wilt and they were inches from grabbing an equaliser when Lawrence took aim from 25 yards and his fierce, swerving effort cannoned back off the post with Rob Green rooted to the spot.

That scare stung Rangers into life, however, and Jermaine Jenas almost got on the scoresheet with a dipping shot which clipped the top of the crossbar.

The second goal eventually arrived in the 70th minute when substitute Zamora, who had only been on the pitch four minutes, nodded in an inviting cross from Junior Hoilett.

And Morrison grabbed his second to kill Yeovil off in the last minute when he tucked in Kranjcar's pass.

I think it was harsh, we had a great first 20-odd minutes and it would have been nice to be one up.

Then they got their goal and we hit the woodwork which was a great strike and they just aren't going in for us at the moment.

So we're a bit disappointed to lose by three goals but I don't think we've lost anything with the teams around us down the bottom, results went the way we wanted them to and we are still fighting.

– Gary Johnson, Yeovil Town manager

It was very pleasing to score three, to get a win and a clean sheet, and for Bobby Zamora to score.

It's great for Bobby, I thought he did really well when he came on. You could see the goal made a big difference for his confidence and it gave the whole place a lift.

Ravel has got that quality that can make a difference in games, he can do something special when something special is required.

It's his fourth goal for us and he's done really, really well.

– Kevin Bond, QPR assistant manager

LEAGUE TWO

  • CHELTENHAM TOWN 1 - 0 TORQUAY UNITED
Chris Hargreaves, Torquay United manager. Credit: Richard Sellers/PA

Bottom-of-the-table Torquay United were unable to build on Tuesday's win over Rochdale.

The Gulls lost 1-0 at Cheltenham Town. Matt Richards scored the only goal of the game with a 75th minute volley.

Chris Hargreaves' men are now seven points from safety.

  • PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 0 - 2 SCUNTHORPE UNITED
Lewis Alessandra (right) hit the post twice against Scunthorpe. Credit: PA Wire

Plymouth Argyle's play-off hopes have been dented after conceding two late goals against promotion-chasing Scunthorpe at Home Park.

Scunthorpe's Gary McSheffrey had the best chance of the first half, but scuffed his effort wide. At the other end, Argyle's Conor Hourihane saw his shot well-saved by Sam Slocombe.

Lewis Alessandra hit the post twice in the second half, before David Syers slid in to put the visitors in front with just over ten minutes left on the clock.

As Argyle searched for an equaliser, substitute Hakeeb Adelakun’s effort secured the three points with a shot that struck a post and went in off the unfortunate Jake Cole.

The Pilgrims are now 9th in the table, but just one point off the play-off places with a game in hand.

Plymouth Argyle's Dominic Blizzard blocks David Syers' shot. Credit: PA Wire
  • NEWPORT COUNTY v EXETER CITY

Exeter City will be looking for their first win in seven games as they travel to mid-table Newport County tomorrow.

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