West London side Queen's Park Rangers - the only southern side with a chance of the English League soccer championship - maintained Saturday (17 January).
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GV Queen's Park Rangers mount two attacks but Birmingham clear.
GV Masson scores simple goal from Beck's cross.
GV Masson heads goal from cross as crowd applaud. (2 shots)
GV Latchford saves from Masson who shoots rebound wide as crowd watch. (2 shots)
GV Francis breaks through the middle and scores for Birmingham.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GAME INCLUDING ALL THREE GOALS.
BLAKEY: "Queen's Park Rangers in the hooped shirts began their match against Birmingham as though they were going to score half a dozen goals. Birmingham were constantly under pressure in the early part of the match as Rangers tried to regain the form which began to fade in the last few weeks.
Despite all their superiority it took Rangers thirty minutes to score their first goal, the move began down the centre and switched to the right.... The goal scored by Don Masson who had a superb game for Rangers.
A through ball by Bowles to Hollins led to Masson's second goal - two-nil and that was the score at half-time and the celebrations wouldn't have pleased the members of the FA committee who frown on kissing and hugging. Masson should have got his hat-trick just before half-time but Latchford produced a fine save.
Unaccountably Rangers went off the boil and Francis scored for Birmingham. That was the result two-nil to Rangers but it was a game that in the end Rangers were lucky to win."
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This film has a commentary by BBC Sports reporter Michael Blakey. A transcript appears overleaf.
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Background: West London side Queen's Park Rangers - the only southern side with a chance of the English League soccer championship - maintained Saturday (17 January).
Rangers were without injured England captain Gerry Francis, but midfield man Don Masson came to the fore with two goals in an outstanding display.
Rangers have had a lean time recently but they began with a continuous spell of attack which had the Birmingham defence at full stretch for long periods.
Birmingham held out until the 19th minute when goalkeeper Latchford and defender Burns missed a cross by Rangers' John Beck who was replacing Francis. The ball came to Masson who scored a simple goal from close in.
Masson added a second goal quarter of an hour later when he put his header immaculately inside Latchford's left hand post from Hollins' cross and he would have had a hat-trick had not Latchford made an excellent save minutes later.
Unaccountably Ranger lost their bustle in the second half and Birmingham's Trevor Francis was allowed through the middle to score for the Midlanders. Birmingham came more and more back into the game but Rangers held their 2-1 lead to full time.
SYNOPSIS: English soccer....and in the First Division west London side Queen's Park Rangers - the south's only side with a chance of the League Championship - maintained their challenge with a 2-1 win over Midland side Birmingham City. The BBC's Michael Blakey was sat the match....