Norwich v QPR
- FT 90 +4
- HT 1-1
Norwich and QPR recovered from opening-day hammerings to register their first points of the season.
Simeon Jackson headed Norwich in front by finishing off a superb move.
QPR levelled when Djibril Cisse's penalty was saved by John Ruddy, only for Bobby Zamora to convert the rebound, even though he had encroached into the area when the kick was struck.
"After opening day embarrassment, a reshuffle in terms of formation and personnel made it more secure for these sides.
"Simeon Jackson gave Norwich the perfect start. Bobby Zamora equalised controversially after encroaching into the area during Djibril Cisse's penalty kick.
"But by and large it's a bit of respite for Mark Hughes and Chris Hughton."
Russell Martin's late header hit the QPR crossbar, but neither side were able to fashion a winning goal.
Both teams had a similar point to prove following respective 5-0 thumpings on the opening day of the season - away at Fulham for Norwich and at home to Swansea for QPR.
The response from Canaries boss Chris Hughton was to overhaul his back line, handing debuts to new signings Sebastien Bassong and Javier Garrido, and recalling Leon Barnett for his first appearance since February.
But it was a change at the other end of the pitch, with Jackson returning to partner Grant Holt up front, which proved decisive for the opening goal.
An intricate series of passes on the edge of the QPR area saw the ball find its way out wide to Anthony Pilkington, who clipped in a left-footed cross which was met by the head of Jackson from point-blank range.
Rangers boss Mark Hughes, who made only two changes, was equally rewarded by his decision to include Zamora alongside Cisse.
When Bassong and Cisse came together in the area, referee Mark Clattenburg's decision to award a penalty looked harsh, with the striker losing control of the ball before going down.
Cisse's resulting spot-kick was touched on to the post by Ruddy, only for Zamora to apply a finish to the rebound.
However, the twice-capped England international had clearly encroached into the penalty area when the kick was struck, leaving the Canaries doubly aggrieved.
QPR's biggest concern was Clint Hill's inability to get to grips with the power of Holt and it was no surprise that the centre-half, who had been booked for dragging down the Norwich forward, was substituted at half-time.
Hill's replacement Nedum Onuoha was immediately at the centre of the action, getting in a mix-up with keeper Robert Green, who seemed to handle the ball outside the area.
Neither the referee nor his assistant spotted it, however, and ex-Canaries keeper Green, returning to his former club for the first time since he left in 2006, was reprieved.
QPR's most likely source of a winner was the pace of Cisse, but his constant attempts to beat the Norwich offside trap were regularly met by a raised flag.
Norwich should have secured all three points, with Garrido crossing for Robert Snodgrass, who headed over, and the impressive Pilkington swinging in for Martin, who nodded on to the top of the bar.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "I'm quite sure their camp will say something different but it's a soft penalty. Cisse was stretching for the ball and his momentum would have taken him down anyway.
"I accept Seb didn't touch the ball. The double whammy is the penalty itself. On the referee's side Bobby Zamora is at least three yards in the box which gives him an advantage.
"We were hurting from last week and I expected a response. I thought we put in a performance that was worthy of a win."
QPR manager Mark Hughes: "I think the penalty decision was right. Norwich will think it's soft and I'd probably agree with that but there's definitely contact.
"[On Zamora's encroachment] there were probably three of ours encroaching and four of them so I think it evens itself out. [Referee] Mark Clattenburg made the right decision there.
"We showed good character after going behind. In terms of performance we know there's more to come from us."
- 01 Ruddy
- 02 R Martin
- 05 Bassong
- 18 Garrido
- 20 Barnett
- 04 Johnson
- 08 Howson
- 12 Pilkington
- 07 Snodgrass
- 09 Holt (Morison - 87' )
- 10 Jackson (C Martin - 87' )
- 13 Rudd
- 23 Tierney
- 24 R Bennett
- 11 Surman
- 14 Hoolahan
- 16 Morison
- 25 C Martin
- 01 Green
- 03 Traore (Bosingwa - 70' )
- 05 Ferdinand Booked
- 06 Hill Booked (Onuoha - 46' )
- 20 Fabio
- 02 Diakite (Derry - 86' )
- 07 Park Ji-sung
- 09 Cisse
- 12 Mackie
- 23 Hoilett
- 25 Zamora
- 26 Murphy
- 15 Onuoha
- 19 Bosingwa
- 04 Derry
- 10 Taarabt
- 11 Wright-Phillips
- 08 Johnson
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.90:00 +2:47
Djibril Cisse is flagged offside by the assistant referee. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +1:40
The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass, Shaun Derry manages to make a clearance.86:21 Substitution
Substitution (Norwich) makes a substitution, with Chris Martin coming on for Simeon Jackson.86:21 Substitution
Substitution Steve Morison replaces Grant Holt.86:02
The assistant referee flags for offside against Djibril Cisse. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.84:49
Rob Green takes the direct free kick.84:49 Substitution
Substitution Shaun Derry on for Samba Diakite.84:49
Ji-Sung Park fouled by Bradley Johnson, the ref awards a free kick.84:21
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Anthony Pilkington, clearance made by Samba Diakite.84:06
A cross is delivered by Russell Martin, Jose Bosingwa manages to make a clearance.82:44
A cross is delivered by Anthony Pilkington, Russell Martin takes a shot.82:02
Short corner worked by Bradley Johnson.81:04
Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from right channel, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.81:04 Booking
Booking Booking for Anton Ferdinand for unsporting behaviour.80:57
Anton Ferdinand gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt.79:57
Anthony Pilkington takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.79:16
The referee blows for offside. Sebastien Bassong takes the free kick.78:49
Long range shot from Bobby Zamora misses to the left of the target.77:27
Fabio Da Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass. Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
Robert Snodgrass fouled by Fabio Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Russell Martin.75:11
The assistant referee flags for offside against Djibril Cisse. John Ruddy takes the free kick.74:24
Bradley Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora. Ji-Sung Park restarts play with the free kick.73:45
Simeon Jackson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.70:00 Substitution
Substitution Jose Bosingwa on for Armand Traore.69:22
The ball is crossed by Javier Garrido, Robert Snodgrass has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.66:50
Anthony Pilkington produces a cross, Simeon Jackson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rob Green. Free kick taken by Rob Green.66:26
The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass.65:35
The referee blows for offside. Rob Green takes the free kick.64:01
Ji-Sung Park concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Snodgrass. A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Headed effort from close range by Sebastien Bassong goes wide left of the target.63:08
Simeon Jackson fouled by Ji-Sung Park, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Javier Garrido.60:51
Djibril Cisse concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastien Bassong. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.60:27
Djibril Cisse delivers the ball.59:30
Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Johnson on Samba Diakite. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ji-Sung Park from left channel, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.58:14
Sebastien Bassong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Mackie. David Hoilett produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.57:25
Fabio Da Silva crosses the ball, clearance by Russell Martin.56:00
Centre by Russell Martin, clearance made by Fabio Da Silva.53:40
David Hoilett takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jonathan Howson gets a block in.51:31
The ball is swung over by Jonathan Howson, clearance made by Ji-Sung Park. Simeon Jackson has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.49:29
Corner taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington from the right by-line to the near post, Grant Holt challenges Bobby Zamora unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rob Green takes the direct free kick.49:13
The ball is swung over by Simeon Jackson, clearance made by Fabio Da Silva.47:39
Bobby Zamora produces a cross, save by John Ruddy.45:42
Effort from inside the six-yard box by Simeon Jackson goes wide right of the target.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Nedum Onuoha joins the action as a substitute, replacing Clint Hill.45:00 +2:07 Half time
Half Time The match has reached half-time.42:44
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Hoilett on Robert Snodgrass. Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.41:13
Robert Snodgrass produces a drilled left-footed shot from 30 yards. Save by Rob Green. Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line to the near post, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.40:42
Anthony Pilkington crosses the ball, Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.39:49
Jamie Mackie sends in a cross.38:57
Bradley Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Clint Hill.37:48
Fabio Da Silva sends in a cross, Leon Barnett makes a clearance.37:34
Centre by Ji-Sung Park, Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance.37:16
Javier Garrido gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Mackie. Free kick taken by Fabio Da Silva.35:35
Bradley Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Da Silva. Free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.32:52
Anton Ferdinand concedes a free kick for a foul on Simeon Jackson. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Johnson. Clint Hill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt. Free kick crossed right-footed by Anthony Pilkington, free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Clint Hill. Rob Green takes the free kick.31:51
Ji-Sung Park fouled by Grant Holt, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Rob Green.29:42
Simeon Jackson is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Rob Green.28:15
Unfair challenge on Grant Holt by Anton Ferdinand results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Anthony Pilkington from the free kick.27:01
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson by Armand Traore. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.26:27
Jamie Mackie delivers the ball, clearance by Russell Martin.25:41
Shot from 18 yards by Anthony Pilkington. Save by Rob Green.25:02
The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass, Anton Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.23:34
The ball is delivered by Bradley Johnson, Close range headed effort by Russell Martin goes wide of the left-hand post.23:34 Booking
Booking Clint Hill goes into the book.23:26
Free kick awarded for a foul by Clint Hill on Grant Holt.21:59
Outswinging corner taken by Russell Martin, Unfair challenge on Jamie Mackie by Bradley Johnson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rob Green.21:36
Samba Diakite gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Johnson.20:29
Shot from outside the penalty box by David Hoilett goes wide right of the goal.18:29
Assist by Djibril Cisse.18:29 Goal scored
Goal! - Bobby Zamora - Norwich 1 - 1 QPR Goal scored by Bobby Zamora from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Norwich 1-1 QPR.18:21 Penalty
A save by John Ruddy from penalty by Djibril Cisse. Norwich 1-0 QPR.17:36
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Djibril Cisse by Sebastien Bassong.16:52
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Bradley Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.14:24
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington played to the near post, clearance by Bobby Zamora.14:06
The ball is delivered by Anthony Pilkington, clearance by Clint Hill.13:04
A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass.10:58
Assist on the goal came from Anthony Pilkington.10:58 Goal scored
Goal! - Simeon Jackson - Norwich 1 - 0 QPR Simeon Jackson finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Norwich 1-0 QPR.7:32
The ball is swung over by Ji-Sung Park, Grant Holt fouled by Clint Hill, the ref awards a free kick. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.7:04
Short corner taken by Ji-Sung Park.6:28
Shot from 18 yards from Jamie Mackie. Save by John Ruddy.5:58
David Hoilett produces a cross, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.5:23
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Leon Barnett. Ji-Sung Park restarts play with the free kick.4:28
Corner from the right by-line taken by Ji-Sung Park, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.4:04
Djibril Cisse crosses the ball, clearance by John Ruddy.3:32
Foul by Javier Garrido on Jamie Mackie, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ji-Sung Park, Bradley Johnson manages to make a clearance.2:25
The ball is delivered by Bradley Johnson, Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.2:13
Jamie Mackie is ruled offside. Javier Garrido takes the direct free kick.0:31
The ball is delivered by Russell Martin, clearance by Samba Diakite.0:00
The match begins.
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