Hulse sinks Rangers
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rob Hulse struck to give Leeds the points at QPR, but David Healy was sent off.A first half goal from Rob Hulse gave Leeds a 1-0 win over QPR at Loftus Road, but their second away success only came after David Healy was sent off midway through the second half.
Rangers, who went into the match unbeaten at home this season, failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage as they created few chances to equalise.
Leeds should have been ahead as early as the seventh minute, but Jonathan Douglas' attempt from Eddie Lewis' pinpoint cross cleared the crossbar from six yards.
Rangers threatened sporadically through Dean Sturridge and Paul Furlong without really testing Neil Sullivan in the Leeds goal.
And they were punished in the 40th minute when Gary Kelly's free-kick found its way through to Hulse at the far post and he calmly turned it past Simon Royce with his left foot.
Leeds almost doubled their advantage straight after the interval when a powerful header from Gylfi Einarsson was blocked on the line by Marc Bircham.
But the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Healy kicked out at Bircham as he prepared to take a free-kick and referee Philip Walton showed him a straight red card.
Rangers had plenty of time to find a way back into the match, but they failed to trouble Sullivan, with Georges Santos and Furlong both off target with late chances.