QPR v Reading
- FT 90 +7
- HT 0-1
Struggling QPR and Reading are still searching for their first Premier League win of the season after playing out a disjointed draw at Loftus Road.
Kaspars Gorkss's acrobatic volley gave the Royals a deserved first-half lead.
But Rangers, who did hit the bar through Esteban Granero's free-kick, improved significantly after the break and levelled courtesy of Djibril Cisse's cool close-range finish.
Adel Taarabt almost won it late on but Alex McCarthy saved with his feet.
Hope for Rangers?
Three clubs have avoided relegation from the Premier League after failing to win in their first 10 matches of the season: Everton in 1994-95, Blackburn Rovers in 1996-97 and Derby County in 2000-01.
Taarabt's chance on the break, after great work by Cisse, was QPR's best opportunity of an increasingly frantic and end-to-end second period.
But although Reading could also have won it late on when substitute Jimmy Kebe's shot was blocked - and had been much the better side before the interval - the visitors will ultimately have been relieved to hang on for a point after being outplayed for much of shapeless second half.
The point is enough to lift QPR off the bottom of the table, moving them above Southampton on goal difference.
But seeing as neither team had a Premier League victory between them prior to the game, two of the top flight's bottom three had pinpointed this fixture against fellow strugglers as an opportunity to put that right.
And the match - although predictably short on real quality - at least provided plenty of tension and excitement from two teams desperate to get their season up and running.
The Royals showed no signs of a hangover from their astonishing midweek Capital One Cup capitulation against Arsenal and played with confidence and discipline from the outset.
Rangers old boy Gorkss misdirected a decent early headed chance and the busy Jay Tabb teed up Noel Hunt who screwed his shot wide.
Their early dominance was rewarded when Gorkss smashed the ball home on the volley after Sean Morrison's looping header came back off the bar.
Rangers manager Mark Hughes had said his side must start winning after a series of decent displays against some of the division's top sides had only produced three points from their opening nine games.
But the patience of owner Tony Fernandes, who has continued to publicly back Hughes, will have been tested again by a sub-standard first-half performance.
Stuttering Rangers were sloppy in possession and, in the main, restricted to a series of long-range efforts.
The shooting threat came from moments of individual quality from Taarabt, Junior Hoilett and, to a lesser extent, Jamie Mackie and Cisse.
Taarabt had at least four long-range strikes and Cisse smashed a shot over the bar after a purposeful run.
There were some boos around Loftus Road from the home fans at half-time and Reading were deservedly ahead. But QPR were sharper and brighter and much more competitive after the break and had the chances to take all the points.
But the closest they came was when Granero's fine free-kick produced a brilliant fingertip save from McCarthy during the home side's best spell of pressure.
That dangerous period before the interval - and, no doubt, a half-time lecture from Hughes - sparked the hosts into life.
And their improvement was rewarded when Cisse cleverly controlled Jose Bosingwa's right-wing cross with his first touch and poked the ball past McCarthy with his second.
Taarabt soon tested McCarthy again and was then denied by the keeper's superb reaction stop with his right foot.
At the other end, Reading's Jason Roberts had a shot blocked, as did Kebe after a mazy run.
But neither side could find the crucial breakthrough and both remain winless and in the relegation zone.
Reading manager Brian McDermott:
"It was a good point and a really good away performance.
"We could have had a second goal and I thought if we got that second goal, the game would have been done and dusted. But having said that, Alex McCarthy made a couple of wonderful saves and they hit the bar in the first half.
"We showed great spirit I know these players. People talk about picking the players up [after losing to Arsenal], but it was never an issue. We have a real spirit and we just kept going.
"QPR have some real quality, and Chelsea and Everton only drew here, so this in not an easy place to come to. We'll take the point."
- 33 Julio Cesar
- 03 Traore (Onuoha - 84' )
- 05 Ferdinand
- 17 Nelsen
- 19 Bosingwa
- 02 Diakite
- 10 Taarabt
- 14 Granero
- 09 Cisse
- 12 Mackie (Zamora - 81' )
- 23 Hoilett
- 01 Green
- 06 Hill
- 15 Onuoha
- 04 Derry
- 11 Wright-Phillips
- 32 Faurlin
- 25 Zamora
- 21 McCarthy
- 02 Gunter
- 03 Shorey
- 15 Morrison
- 17 Gorkss
- 08 Leigertwood
- 11 McAnuff (Robson-Kanu - 79' )
- 16 Tabb
- 10 Hunt Booked
- 12 McCleary (Kebe - 62' )
- 33 Roberts (Le Fondre - 88' Booked )
- 01 Federici
- 05 Pearce
- 24 Cummings
- 14 Kebe
- 19 Robson-Kanu
- 07 Pogrebnyak
- 09 Le Fondre
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee ends the match.90:00 +6:11
Djibril Cisse has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.90:00 +5:54
Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Ryan Nelsen gets a block in.90:00 +4:51
The offside flag is raised against Noel Hunt. Free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.90:00 +4:16
A cross is delivered by Nedum Onuoha.90:00 +3:31
Noel Hunt has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.90:00 +3:18
The referee blows for offside. Soares Julio Cesar takes the free kick.90:00 +2:36
Soares Julio Cesar takes the indirect free kick.90:00 +2:36 Booking
Booking The referee shows Adam Le Fondre a yellow card.90:00 +1:34
Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save.90:00 +1:19
Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Save by Soares Julio Cesar.89:23
Foul by Bobby Zamora on Nicky Shorey, free kick awarded. Nicky Shorey takes the direct free kick.88:07
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Esteban Granero played to the near post, Noel Hunt manages to make a clearance. Samba Diakite takes a shot. Blocked by Jay Tabb. Noel Hunt fouled by Esteban Granero, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.87:34
Direct free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.87:34 Substitution
Substitution Adam Le Fondre is brought on as a substitute for Jason Roberts.87:34
Hal Robson-Kanu concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Bosingwa.86:33
Mikele Leigertwood produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.84:34
Adel Taarabt produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.82:47
Esteban Granero takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Mikele Leigertwood manages to make a clearance.82:47 Substitution
Substitution Armand Traore leaves the field to be replaced by Nedum Onuoha.
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Fantastic save by Alex McCarthy.81:03
Samba Diakite challenges Jay Tabb unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Shorey takes the free kick.79:49 Substitution
Substitution Jamie Mackie leaves the field to be replaced by Bobby Zamora.79:49
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nicky Shorey, Hal Robson-Kanu has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.77:52 Substitution
Substitution (Reading) makes a substitution, with Hal Robson-Kanu coming on for Jobi McAnuff.77:52
Djibril Cisse fouled by Kaspars Gorkss, the ref awards a free kick. Esteban Granero fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.75:49
Unfair challenge on Jason Roberts by Armand Traore results in a free kick. Kaspars Gorkss restarts play with the free kick.73:50
Samba Diakite has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.73:28
Chris Gunter delivers the ball, clearance by Anton Ferdinand.72:51
Shot by Adel Taarabt. Kaspars Gorkss gets a block in.72:31
Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by Soares Julio Cesar.71:33
Jason Roberts takes a shot. Anton Ferdinand gets a block in.70:01
Centre by Chris Gunter, Soares Julio Cesar makes a save.68:51
Jimmy Kebe has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.68:03
Adel Taarabt has an effort at goal. Save by Alex McCarthy.65:38
The assist for the goal came from Jose Bosingwa.65:38 Goal scored
Goal! - Djibril Cisse - QPR 1 - 1 Reading Djibril Cisse finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 1-1 Reading.65:36
Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball,65:22
Adel Taarabt delivers the ball, Mikele Leigertwood makes a clearance.64:58
Esteban Granero decides to take a short corner.64:35
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen by Jason Roberts. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Nelsen.62:05
Kaspars Gorkss concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Mackie. Free kick taken by Jamie Mackie.61:40
The referee blows for offside. Soares Julio Cesar takes the indirect free kick.61:03 Substitution
Substitution Jimmy Kebe replaces Garath McCleary.60:24
Noel Hunt challenges Jose Bosingwa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Bosingwa takes the direct free kick.59:30
David Hoilett takes a shot. Mikele Leigertwood gets a block in. Esteban Granero takes a corner.58:24
Shot by Djibril Cisse. Nicky Shorey gets a block in.57:39
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jamie Mackie. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.56:49
Esteban Granero takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Kaspars Gorkss.56:00
Foul by Jason Roberts on Esteban Granero, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Esteban Granero.54:49
Corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey from the left by-line, Close range header by Mikele Leigertwood goes over the crossbar.52:38
Jose Bosingwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Jobi McAnuff. A cross is delivered by Nicky Shorey, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Sean Morrison misses to the right of the goal.48:00
Foul by Jay Tabb on Samba Diakite, free kick awarded. Esteban Granero produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.46:08
Corner from left by-line taken by Nicky Shorey.45:01
The second half has started.45:00 +1:13 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.45:00 +0:25
Adel Taarabt decides to take a short corner. The ball is crossed by Adel Taarabt, Chris Gunter manages to make a clearance.44:41
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samba Diakite by Jason Roberts. Esteban Granero takes the direct free kick.43:40
The referee penalises Noel Hunt for handball. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Nelsen.41:45
Adel Taarabt challenges Jay Tabb unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Nicky Shorey from left wing, clearance by Jose Bosingwa.41:00
Foul by David Hoilett on Garath McCleary, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.40:08
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Tabb on Armand Traore. Free kick taken by Samba Diakite.39:22
David Hoilett fouled by Garath McCleary, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Esteban Granero from left channel, clearance made by Noel Hunt.37:34
Sean Morrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Mackie. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Esteban Granero, save by Alex McCarthy. Shot from deep inside the area by Jose Bosingwa clears the bar.36:21
The offside flag is raised against Jason Roberts. Free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.35:19
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Comfortable save by Alex McCarthy.34:39
Jose Bosingwa has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.33:23
Esteban Granero delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Chris Gunter.33:23 Booking
Booking Noel Hunt is shown a yellow card.33:19
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samba Diakite by Noel Hunt.31:15
Jason Roberts takes a shot. Anton Ferdinand gets a block in. David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Tabb. Nicky Shorey shoots direct from the free kick.29:35
A cross is delivered by Jobi McAnuff, clearance made by Armand Traore.28:58
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy. Anton Ferdinand gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Roberts. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.27:15
Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, save by Alex McCarthy.25:37
Effort from just outside the box by Adel Taarabt goes over the bar.24:22
Nicky Shorey sends in a cross, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.23:43
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jobi McAnuff on Esteban Granero. Soares Julio Cesar restarts play with the free kick.22:35
Esteban Granero decides to take the corner short. Centre by Jamie Mackie, Nicky Shorey gets a block in. Esteban Granero crosses the ball, Alex McCarthy makes a save.21:55
Jose Bosingwa produces a cross.21:01
Mikele Leigertwood has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.20:36
Foul by Jason Roberts on Jose Bosingwa, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.19:59
Djibril Cisse has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.18:42
Garath McCleary takes a shot. Djibril Cisse gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey from the left by-line, Sean Morrison challenges Anton Ferdinand unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Soares Julio Cesar.17:54
Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Shorey.15:53
The assist for the goal came from Sean Morrison.15:53 Goal scored
Goal! - Kaspars Gorkss - QPR 0 - 1 Reading Kaspars Gorkss finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. QPR 0-1 Reading.15:22
Corner from the left by-line taken by Nicky Shorey, Sean Morrison takes a shot. Kaspars Gorkss takes the chance to get an effort at goal.14:33
David Hoilett has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.13:45
Jobi McAnuff produces a cross.12:16
Corner taken by Nicky Shorey from the left by-line played to the near post, Adel Taarabt makes a clearance.11:13
Djibril Cisse has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.9:34
Jamie Mackie is caught offside. Nicky Shorey takes the free kick.6:52
The referee blows for offside against Djibril Cisse. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.5:10
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Blocked by Sean Morrison. Corner taken by Esteban Granero from the right by-line played to the near post, Mikele Leigertwood makes a clearance.4:35
Noel Hunt takes a shot. Blocked by Samba Diakite. Jobi McAnuff decides to take the corner short.2:19
Foul by David Hoilett on Nicky Shorey, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.0:47
Jamie Mackie challenges Jay Tabb unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Nicky Shorey, Kaspars Gorkss takes a shot.0:00
The referee gets the game underway.
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