DEFENSIVE mistakes cost QPR again as they slumped to defeat at Middlesbrough.

Jay Simpson and Mikele Leigertwood hit the woodwork for the visitors, but two first-half penalties from Barry Robson handed the hosts victory.

And boss Mick Harford admitted his side are battling against the drop.

He said: "I can't fault the work-rate or commitment of the players throughout and we did well for most of the game but I am sick of saying it, we have given away silly goals. We are looking over our shoulder at relegation."

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