A towering first-half header from skipper Chris Samba earned struggling Blackburn a draw at QPR.

Heidar Helguson put Rangers ahead with a floated cross-cum-shot that drifted into the top corner.

Rovers, who had almost led when Anton Ferdinand clipped his own crossbar with a poor clearance, then drew level when Samba rose above Fitz Hall.

Rangers substitute Adel Taarabt shot wide after the break as Rovers ended a sequence of back-to-back defeats.

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It might have been three in a row had referee Mark Clattenburg decided that a clumsy-looking challenge from recalled Blackburn defender Michel Salgado on Taarabt late in the game was a penalty, but the Lancashire side were given the benefit of the doubt and held on for a point.

Rovers went into the contest 19th in the Premier League table, with manager Steve Kean under mounting pressure after one win in seven top-flight games this season.

And despite taking a point at Loftus Road, Blackburn slipped to the bottom of the table after Bolton, 20th at the start of the day, defeated Wigan 2-1.

Protests against Kean's tenure are planned before next week's home game against Tottenham, but at least the Scot has something to build on after a point at Rangers.

QPR came into the contest on the back of a 6-0 thrashing at Fulham and may look back on a missed opportunity against Rovers, especially as they now face tough-looking fixtures against Chelsea and Tottenham.

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Both teams showed a willingness to attack and were occasionally aided by some atrocious defending.

Ferdinand made a complete mess of his attempt to clear a low cross from the industrious Martin Olsson, the ball skimming off the top of his boot before hitting the crossbar.

There was also an element of poor defending for Rangers' opener. Rovers should have cleared the danger after blocking Helguson's header from a corner but their failure to do so was punished when a weak clearance fell to the Icelander, who floated the ball across the area and into the top corner for his 100th goal in English football.

QPR threatened to score a second, Samba deflecting a fierce low strike from Joey Barton wide and a Shaun Wright-Phillips long-range effort narrowly off target.

But between those two chances Rovers had equalised, the physically imposing Samba climbing above Hall to head into the top corner directly from a corner.

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The goal seemed to breathe confidence into the beleaguered Rovers players. Junior Hoilett found a good position but made a poor connection with a cross and later cut in from the left and forced a goal-line clearance from Ferdinand with a curling shot.

After the restart, QPR holding midfielder Shaun Derry, in a rare advanced position, was inches away from connecting with a cross from Jamie Mackie, who was making his first start since he suffered a double leg break against Rovers in an FA Cup tie in January.

Taarabt, dropped to the bench after storming out of Craven Cottage when he was substituted at the break during the hammering at Fulham, had arguably the best chance of the half.

He beat Michel Salgado to the ball and charged towards goal but, with Samba closing fast, the Moroccan miscued his shot horribly wide.

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Salgado and Taarabt then tangled in the box and referee Clattenburg decided it was not a penalty as Rovers appeared to be holding on.

But Kean's side did threaten once more when the impressive Swede Olsson forced a good save from Kenny with a rasping left-foot strike.

QPR boss Neil Warnock: "We worked ever so hard but my frustration is losing a goal like that. It was diabolical. I know that Chris Samba is a big lad but he did not have to work hard.

"If you cannot mark at a corner then you are going to lose goals.

"But Heidar Helguson took his opportunity really well and Jamie Mackie worked ever so hard and never stopped trying."

Blackburn boss Steve Kean: "I am happy enough with a point in one respect but I think they scored against the run of play.

"I was disappointed but we got back into the match straight away and, on balance overall, the stats on the game are pretty equal.

"The point gets the momentum moving again, which is important."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (3)

QPR

  • 01 Kenny
  • 05 Hall Booked
  • 13 Traore Booked
  • 18 Young
  • 35 Ferdinand
  • 04 Derry
  • 11 Faurlin
  • 17 Barton
  • 32 Wright-Phillips Booked (Smith - 83' )
  • 12 Mackie (Taarabt - 64' )
  • 22 Helguson

Substitutes

  • 26 Murphy
  • 02 Orr
  • 07 Taarabt
  • 14 Buzsaky
  • 42 Puncheon
  • 10 Bothroyd
  • 21 Smith

Blackburn

  • 01 Robinson
  • 02 Salgado
  • 03 Olsson
  • 04 Samba
  • 05 Givet
  • 16 Dann
  • 14 Petrovic
  • 15 Nzonzi Booked
  • 35 Lowe Booked
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 30 Roberts (Goodwillie - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Bunn
  • 31 Hanley
  • 10 Formica
  • 29 Vukcevic
  • 20 Rochina
  • 24 Yakubu
  • 25 Goodwillie
Ref: Clattenburg
Att: 16,487

Match Stats

Shots

12 10

On target

6 9

Corners

5 7

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:10

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jason Lowe, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.

90:00 +0:52

Martin Olsson takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.

89:01

Alejandro Faurlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

87:04

Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, Header from deep inside the area by Fitz Hall goes over the bar.

86:40

Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.

82:41 Substitution

Substitution Tommy Smith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shaun Wright-Phillips.

81:00

Martin Olsson takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny.

78:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Nzonzi on Alejandro Faurlin. Joey Barton takes the free kick. Header from deep inside the area by Fitz Hall goes over the bar.

76:01

Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.

76:01 Booking

Booking Jason Lowe is shown a yellow card.

75:42

Unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin by Jason Lowe results in a free kick.

75:15

Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a comfortable save.

74:32

Foul by Armand Traore on Radosav Petrovic, free kick awarded. David Hoilett fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Joey Barton.

73:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Shaun Derry. Jason Lowe restarts play with the free kick.

72:30

David Hoilett fouled by Shaun Derry, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.

72:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Radosav Petrovic on Joey Barton. Luke Young takes the direct free kick.

71:28

Adel Taarabt produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

66:52 Substitution

Substitution David Goodwillie is brought on as a substitute for Jason Roberts.

63:05

Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.

63:05 Substitution

Substitution Adel Taarabt on for Jamie Mackie.

63:05 Booking

Booking Armand Traore receives a yellow card.

62:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Armand Traore on David Hoilett.

61:07

Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

61:07 Booking

Booking The referee books Shaun Wright-Phillips for unsporting behaviour.

60:59

Shaun Wright-Phillips gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet.

57:57

Gael Givet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Mackie. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.

56:09

Alejandro Faurlin takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.

54:56

Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Michel Salgado gets a block in.

53:11

Anton Ferdinand fouled by Jason Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.

51:37

Alejandro Faurlin restarts play with the free kick.

51:37 Booking

Booking Steven Nzonzi receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

51:21

Foul by Steven Nzonzi on Joey Barton, free kick awarded.

47:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Dann by Heidar Helguson. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

46:23

The referee blows for offside against Martin Olsson. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:17 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:21

Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.

44:55

Shot from just outside the box by Radosav Petrovic misses to the left of the target.

43:21

Luke Young takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

42:26

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jason Lowe.

41:01

Corner taken by Jason Lowe from the left by-line.

40:24

David Hoilett takes a shot. Blocked by Armand Traore.

35:15

Heidar Helguson is ruled offside. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

33:15

Effort on goal by Shaun Wright-Phillips from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

31:16

Steven Nzonzi challenges Alejandro Faurlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Young takes the direct free kick.

29:57

Shaun Wright-Phillips has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

28:44

Jason Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fitz Hall. Direct free kick taken by Luke Young.

25:28

Foul by Luke Young on Martin Olsson, free kick awarded. Centre by Jason Lowe, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.

23:55

Assist on the goal came from Jason Lowe.

23:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Christopher Samba - QPR 1 - 1 Blackburn Christopher Samba grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. QPR 1-1 Blackburn.

23:52

Corner taken right-footed by Jason Lowe,

22:15

Martin Olsson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Anton Ferdinand gets a block in.

22:15 Booking

Booking Fitz Hall is booked.

22:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Fitz Hall.

21:46

The referee blows for offside against Jamie Mackie. Indirect free kick taken by Christopher Samba.

20:09

Inswinging corner taken by Alejandro Faurlin.

19:42

Joey Barton takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.

18:58

Unfair challenge on Jamie Mackie by Scott Dann results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alejandro Faurlin.

17:57

Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, clearance by Scott Dann.

15:42

Assist on the goal came from Jamie Mackie.

15:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Heidar Helguson - QPR 1 - 0 Blackburn Heidar Helguson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. QPR 1-0 Blackburn.

15:09

Corner taken left-footed by Alejandro Faurlin to the near post, Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.

13:36

Corner taken right-footed by Jason Lowe from the right by-line, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.

12:49

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jason Lowe from the left by-line.

10:12

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jason Lowe from the left by-line, Alejandro Faurlin manages to make a clearance.

8:46

Gael Givet concedes a free kick for a foul on Anton Ferdinand. Anton Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.

6:56

Heidar Helguson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Lowe. Jason Lowe restarts play with the free kick.

5:55

Shot from just outside the box by Alejandro Faurlin misses to the left of the target.

2:57

Handball by Martin Olsson. Anton Ferdinand takes the free kick.

0:45

Heidar Helguson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

0:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michel Salgado on Jamie Mackie. Armand Traore restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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