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Rearguard action prevailed at the KC Stadium as Hull and QPR ground out a goalless stalemate in their npower Championship encounter on Saturday afternoon.

Rangers boss Neil Warnock will take his team back to London the happier of the two thanks to a point that keeps them five points clear at the top of the table.

However, it was a frustrating afternoon for the promotion favourites as they were worked hard by an equally well-marshalled Hull team, who missed out on the chance to make up vital ground on the play-offs.

Ishmael Miller had one ruled out for offside in the first half and Matty Fryatt spurned a sitter at the death for Hull, but there was little to separate either side.

Norwich edged into the automatic promotion places desite being held by lowly Crystal Palace.

The Canaries are dreaming of back-to-back promotions having lost just once in their last 14 games.

But Palace have not let in a goal at Selhurst Park in nearly 10 hours and rarely looked like conceding until City skipper Grant Holt came up with a dreadful late miss.

Wes Hoolahan had earlier forced a fine save from Julian Speroni, while the hosts went close through James Vaughan, Paddy McCarthy and Wilfried Zaha.

However, City's leading scorer Holt should have snatched the points as full-time approached only to blaze over the top.

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Norwich City
James Vaughan
Football
Championship
Wes Hoolahan
Julian Speroni
Matty Fryatt
Everton
Queens Park Rangers
Crystal Palace
Grant Holt
Ishmael Miller
Hull City

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