Swindon 3 QPR 1

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Last updated : 01 March 2003

Swindon manager Andy King paid a glowing tribute to striker Sam Parkin after he had helped keep alive his side's hope of a play-off place and deliver QPR's bid for a top six finish a blow.

Parkin produced the moment of an entertaining game when he fired his side into the lead in the 64th minute with a brilliant piece of individual skill.

There appeared to be little on for the former Chelsea striker when he collected the ball on the edge of the area but he skipped past two tackles before calmly side footing inside the right hand post for his 20th goal of the season.

King said: "It was a brilliant piece of play from Sam and he has got great feet for such a big lad.

"I was first aware of how good he was when I saw him in pre-season and he is the future of this club.

"I don't want to say too much about him because that will alert interest from other clubs but he is as good a striker as there is in this division.

"This was a great performance from us in difficult conditions and it's as good a display as there has been since I took charge." Defender Matthew Heywood headed a third, four minutes after Parkin's effort to put the game beyond QPR reach and hand them only their second defeat in the last ten league games.

The scoreline could of been even more at the end with Parkin and strike partner Eric Sabin going close but Swindon had to come from behind to record their win in front of a crowd of 7,716 - the biggest attendance at the County Ground this season.

Poor marking at a corner had allowed giant defender Danny Shittu to head his side into a 15th minute lead but midfielder Steve Robinson was on hand to level the scores just two minutes later with only his second goal of the season.

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