QPR missed the opportunity to move into the Championship top two as they shared the points at Wigan.

Charlie Austin had an excellent chance to give Harry Redknapp's side the lead but could only hit the side netting with his close-range effort.

Chris McCann had the best chance of the game for Wigan, but saw his point-blank header come back off the post, Callum McManaman sending the follow-up over.

The result means QPR are three points behind league leaders Burnley in third.

Wigan extended their unbeaten home run to six games in the Championship and move into 13th.

A POINT TO PROVE

Both last season's clashes in the Premier League were also drawn; 2-2 at the DW Stadium last December, and 1-1 at Loftus Road in April

The Latics gave a home debut to young goalkeeper Lee Nicholls, while new loan signing Marc Albrighton, who signed a 28-day deal from Aston Villa earlier on Wednesday, had to settle for a place on the bench.

Wigan boss Owen Coyle had said he expected his team to be "ruthless" in front of goal but the early attacking intent came from QPR, Niko Kranjcar seeing a volley fly high over the bar, before Junior Hoillett saw an effort go wide.

At the other end, Manchester United loanee Nick Powell was tormenting Danny Simpson and twisted away from the QPR defender to test visiting keeper Rob Green.

And when QPR's Alejandro Faurlin was dispossessed deep in his own half, McManaman, who signed a new long-term contract at the DW Stadium hours before kick-off, jinked his way past Richard Dunne and Clint Hill, only to hit his shot narrowly wide of the post.

Having withstood a period of Latics pressure, the visitors rallied, Benoit Assou-Ekotto beating Jordi Gomez to find an unmarked Gary O'Neil who could only scuff his effort wide, before minutes later launching a 30-yard drive that Nicholls could only beat away.

Strength in depth

"Looking at Wigan they have a stronger squad than us and certainly more strength in depth."

Harry Redknapp

With five minutes left of the half, QPR should have taken the lead with Faurlin finding Austin, only for the former Burnley man to hit the side netting, before Gomez sent a 25-yard effort just beyond the post.

After the interval, Wigan substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune brought a good save from Green, and McCann should have opened the scoring for Wigan but sent his header against the post, before the generally impressive McManaman struck the rebound high over Green's bar.

Redknapp brought on veteran striker Andy Johnson late on, and the Rangers frontman tested Nicholls with his first touch of the ball.

Both sides pushed for a late winner in a scrappy conclusion, but had to settle for a point apiece.

Wigan boss Owen Coyle:

"I think we had the better chances and I think we had a couple of great chances in the second half to win it. We were much better after the break. We certainly could have got the three points that I'm sure we were worthy of.

"We've got to keep banging on the door and soon those goals will go flying in. We're still unbeaten at home but we certainly feel we should have got the three points tonight. We just need to follow the courage of our convictions more."

QPR manager Harry Redknapp:

"I thought we dominated the first half. It was a good away performance. I think for 70-odd minutes we did well but didn't have the final ball. Looking at Wigan they have a stronger squad than us and certainly more strength in depth.

"At the end it was a free for all, there was free-kicks, fouls and goodness knows what going on all over the place but we couldn't score. We did have good control but the final ball was lacking."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Wigan Athletic

  • 13 Nicholls
  • 17 Boyce
  • 24 Perch
  • 16 McArthur
  • 04 Shotton
  • 25 Barnett
  • 15 McManaman (McClean - 74' )
  • 07 McCann
  • 09 Holt (Fortuné - 45' )
  • 19 Powell
  • 14 Jordi Gómez (Albrighton - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Watson
  • 11 McClean
  • 12 Pollitt
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 32 Fortuné
  • 33 Albrighton

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto
  • 32 Faurlin
  • 05 Dunne
  • 06 Hill
  • 36 O'Neil
  • 16 Jenas
  • 09 Austin
  • 19 Kranjcar (Phillips - 44' )
  • 23 Hoilett (Johnson - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Traore
  • 07 Phillips
  • 08 Johnson
  • 14 Onyewu
  • 18 Chevantón
  • 20 Henry
  • 26 Murphy
Ref: Michael Naylor
Att: 13,143

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

1 1

Corners

5 6

Fouls

12 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

90:00 +3:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

90:00 +2:21

Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:21

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +1:40

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

90:00 +0:59

Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:59

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +0:25

Foul by Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers).

90:00 +0:25

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:54

Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Clint Hill.

89:36

Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:36

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

88:54

Attempt missed. Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

88:09

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:09

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

87:19

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Perch.

86:31

Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:31

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

84:05

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Clint Hill.

80:56

Foul by Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers).

80:56

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:52

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

79:52

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:16

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

78:39

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).

78:39

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:01

Attempt missed. Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

74:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Andrew Johnson replaces Junior Hoilett.

73:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Marc Albrighton replaces Jordi Gómez.

73:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James McClean replaces Callum McManaman.

73:08

Foul by Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers).

73:08

Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:23

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Danny Simpson.

69:28

Attempt missed. Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gary O'Neil with a cross following a corner.

68:56

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by James McArthur.

66:46

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:17

Delay in match Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

65:41

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:41

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

64:05

Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).

64:05

Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:47

Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:47

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

60:45

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Callum McManaman.

58:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

57:12

Delay in match James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

56:11

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

56:11

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:41

Hand ball by Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers).

52:01

Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

52:00

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross.

48:43

Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordi Gómez following a corner.

48:08

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

47:39

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Clint Hill.

47:06

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Clint Hill.

47:04

Attempt blocked. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by James Perch.

46:30

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:30

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic).

46:21

Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

45:00

Second Half begins Wigan Athletic 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Grant Holt.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 +0:42

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).

45:00 +0:42

Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:38

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

44:38

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matthew Phillips replaces Niko Kranjcar because of an injury.

41:23

Attempt missed. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

38:49

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alejandro Faurlin with a cross.

37:26

Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alejandro Faurlin.

33:50

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by James Perch.

32:13

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Nick Powell tries a through ball, but Grant Holt is caught offside.

31:25

Attempt saved. Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

30:46

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.

29:09

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:09

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic).

28:28

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:28

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic).

27:37

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Ryan Shotton tries a through ball, but Grant Holt is caught offside.

26:35

Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).

26:35

Ryan Shotton (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:17

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Jermaine Jenas tries a through ball, but Gary O'Neil is caught offside.

24:12

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a cross.

18:29

Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Holt.

16:50

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Robert Green tries a through ball, but Junior Hoilett is caught offside.

16:25

Attempt missed. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

15:39

Foul by Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers).

15:39

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:24

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.

13:48

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:48

Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

12:29

Attempt saved. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

11:44

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

11:44

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:16

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers).

5:16

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:09

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:09

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

3:23

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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