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Half-Time Report: Southampton's Matt Targett suffers serious injury in goalless first half

Matt Targett leaves the pitch in a neck brace during the first half of Queens Park Rangers' game with Southampton, which is currently locked at 0-0.

Queens Park Rangers and Southampton are level at 0-0 after a low-key first half which was marred by a serious injury to young full-back Matt Targett.

The 19-year-old was lifted off the pitch on a stretcher after being placed in a neck brace following an innocuous challenge with Matty Phillips.

Matt Targett of Southampton is stretchered off during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Southampton at Loftus Road on February 7, 2015© Getty Images

Sadio Mane could have handed the visitors a sixth-minute lead when he raced onto a through-ball, but although the winger lifted his chip over Rob Green, it drifted wide of the post.

Targett's injury came in the 21st minute and delayed play for a considerable amount of time, but when the game resumed Mane continued to threaten and stung the hands of Green with a low drive after stepping off the wing.

In the 32nd minute, Mane was presented with his third opening of the half and again forced Green into a save.

From the resulting corner, Jose Fonte rattled the crossbar with a towering header as QPR struggled to half time with their clean sheet intact.

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