QPR 1-1 Everton
Relegation-threatened QPR came back from a goal down but were ultimately frustrated in the search for a winner as Everton held them at Loftus Road.
QPR's home form has been poor this season and they fell behind to Royston Drenthe's well-hit 25-yard strike.
But they showed greater spirit than in recent weeks to hit back with a headed equaliser from Bobby Zamora.
Both Adel Taarabt and Akos Buzsaky struck the post as QPR sought a winner, but Everton held out for a point.
Picking up points on your own patch has frequently been acknowledged as the key to Premier League survival for newly promoted teams. For QPR, however, home has been where the heartache is this season.
Coming into this game, Rangers had lost seven of 13 league matches at Loftus Road this campaign and were on a run of six defeats in eight matches overall. Hardly survival form.
During that run, they have also proved their own worst enemy, finishing games a man light due to red cards on five occasions, three of those coming in the last four home league matches.
On this occasion, they kept a full complement of players on the pitch and benefited with an improved display full of endeavour. With a bit more composure and luck they would have claimed a precious two extra points.
That they did not is a testimony to the solidity of an Everton side whose discipline and organisation means they have now conceded just 28 league goals all season and have extended their unbeaten run to six games.
Things appeared to be going according to form when Everton - who had already struck the crossbar through Tim Cahill's hooked shot - took the lead in the 31st minute courtesy of Drenthe's low drive, after Taarabt lost possession in midfield.
But Mark Hughes' men rallied and, after Taarabt had seen a free-kick deflected agonisingly wide of the post, levelled through Zamora's near-post header from Buzsaky's free-kick.
Buoyed by this, the home side finished the half the stronger side and would have led at the break but for Everton keeper Tim Howard's left-hand post denying Taarabt's curling 20-yard shot before Buzsaky somehow struck the other upright with the goal at his mercy seconds later.
Rangers continued to press in the second half but they were marshalled well by the visitors and restricted primarily to long-range efforts that failed to trouble Howard.
QPR will welcome the point but with six of the current top seven Premier League sides to play in their remaining 11 games they could well look back on this as two points dropped rather than one gained.
QPR manager Mark Hughes said:
"I think we made it tough for them. We didn't allow them to play. I thought in terms of which team affected the game most, I think it was certainly the way we played.
"I am delighted with what we have produced. Ideally we would have preferred three points out of the game but, in terms of the manner of the performance, I am pleased with what we produced.
"It has been difficult in recent weeks because you can't really effect the game when you have 10 men on the pitch whereas today I thought everybody put a shift in and was really up to the task."
Everton manager David Moyes said:
"It was a hard-fought point. It was a difficult game with QPR fighting for their lives.
"We found it tough and it will be tough for anybody here on that pitch because it does not make for great passing. It will be worse for QPR who have to play all their home games on it.
"We got a point and I probably don't think we had enough chances to win it. Saying that, I don't think they had enough chances either."
- 01 Kenny
- 03 Hill
- 13 Traore
- 35 Ferdinand
- 42 Onuoha
- 04 Derry Booked
- 07 Taarabt (Mackie - 80' )
- 14 Buzsaky
- 17 Barton
- 32 Wright-Phillips
- 52 Zamora
- 24 Cerny
- 06 Gabbidon
- 18 Young
- 34 Taiwo
- 10 Bothroyd
- 12 Mackie
- 21 Smith
- 24 Howard
- 02 Hibbert
- 03 Baines
- 05 Heitinga
- 15 Distin
- 18 Neville
- 10 Drenthe Booked (Osman - 63' )
- 17 Cahill (Jelavic - 63' )
- 22 Pienaar Booked
- 25 Fellaini
- 11 Stracqualursi (Coleman - 88' )
- 01 Mucha
- 06 Jagielka
- 23 Coleman
- 20 Barkley
- 21 Osman
- 07 Jelavic
- 19 Gueye
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +3:52
The free kick is swung in left-footed by Leighton Baines, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.90:00 +3:52 Booking
Booking The referee shows Shaun Derry a yellow card.90:00 +3:47
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Shaun Derry.90:00 +1:26
Outswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines.90:00 +0:36
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Hill by Marouane Fellaini. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.88:40
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Hill by Nikica Jelavic. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.87:40
Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.87:40 Substitution
Substitution Denis Stracqualursi goes off and Seamus Coleman comes on.87:40
Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Nedum Onuoha results in a free kick.86:36
Marouane Fellaini challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Akos Buzsaky, blocked by Marouane Fellaini.84:51
Shaun Wright-Phillips challenges Tony Hibbert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.83:35
The referee penalises Armand Traore for handball. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.83:02
Corner taken right-footed by Akos Buzsaky from the left by-line, Denis Stracqualursi manages to make a clearance.82:26
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leighton Baines on Jamie Mackie. Free kick taken by Nedum Onuoha.79:27
Akos Buzsaky produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.79:27 Substitution
Substitution Adel Taarabt goes off and Jamie Mackie comes on.79:27
Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Heitinga on Bobby Zamora.78:45
Steven Pienaar handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.76:26
Akos Buzsaky takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
Joey Barton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony Hibbert. Tim Howard takes the free kick.72:53
The referee blows for offside against Marouane Fellaini. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.72:00
Foul by Shaun Wright-Phillips on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Leighton Baines, Bobby Zamora makes a clearance.71:21
Foul by Joey Barton on Marouane Fellaini, free kick awarded. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.70:29
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in. Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Nikica Jelavic.68:08
Corner from the right by-line taken by Joey Barton, Shaun Derry takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.66:23
Adel Taarabt challenges Phil Neville unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.65:43
Shot by Adel Taarabt from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.64:18
Shot from just outside the area by Akos Buzsaky goes over the bar.63:35
Nikica Jelavic is ruled offside. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.61:54
Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.61:54 Substitution
Substitution Nikica Jelavic joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tim Cahill.61:54 Substitution
Substitution Leon Osman on for Royston Drenthe.61:54
Joey Barton fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick.61:12
Akos Buzsaky takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.60:31
Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line to the near post, save by Tim Howard.57:16
Foul by Denis Stracqualursi on Nedum Onuoha, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.50:48
Akos Buzsaky takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.49:54
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Marouane Fellaini goes wide of the right-hand upright.48:07
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the right by-line. Shaun Derry takes a shot. Akos Buzsaky gets a block in.45:01
The referee gets the second half started.45:00 +1:25 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.45:00 +0:52
Unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Akos Buzsaky crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Tim Cahill manages to make a clearance.43:35
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Akos Buzsaky takes a shot. Akos Buzsaky takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. Short corner taken by Leighton Baines. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Anton Ferdinand. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.42:16
Corner taken left-footed by Royston Drenthe.41:36
Inswinging corner taken by Royston Drenthe from the right by-line played to the near post, Bobby Zamora makes a clearance.40:22
Steven Pienaar fouled by Joey Barton, the ref awards a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.36:56
Strike comes in from Royston Drenthe from the free kick, Bobby Zamora gets a block in.36:56 Booking
Booking Booking for Steven Pienaar for dissent.36:56
Foul by Clint Hill on Denis Stracqualursi, free kick awarded.35:46
Assist by Akos Buzsaky.35:46 Goal scored
Goal! - Bobby Zamora - QPR 1 - 1 Everton Bobby Zamora grabs a headed goal from close in. QPR 1-1 Everton.35:09
The ball is swung over by Akos Buzsaky,35:09 Booking
Booking The referee books Royston Drenthe for unsporting behaviour.34:50
Adel Taarabt fouled by Royston Drenthe, the ref awards a free kick.31:20
Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Adel Taarabt shoots direct from the free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Denis Stracqualursi.30:14
The assist for the goal came from Steven Pienaar.30:14 Goal scored
Goal! - Royston Drenthe - QPR 0 - 1 Everton Goal scored by Royston Drenthe from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 0-1 Everton.28:53
Shaun Wright-Phillips has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the right of the goal.27:19
Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.26:40
Shot from outside the area by Royston Drenthe misses to the left of the goal.25:33
Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line to the near post, Clint Hill makes a clearance.23:20
Armand Traore challenges Tim Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Royston Drenthe, Denis Stracqualursi takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga. Johnny Heitinga takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny. Royston Drenthe fouled by Armand Traore, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.22:01
Royston Drenthe takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.19:29
Shaun Wright-Phillips fouled by Sylvain Distin, the ref awards a free kick. Akos Buzsaky has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Tim Howard.16:59
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Royston Drenthe by Anton Ferdinand. Free kick crossed by Leighton Baines, Bobby Zamora makes a clearance.15:56
Denis Stracqualursi challenges Clint Hill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.14:05
Adel Taarabt is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Royston Drenthe, Joey Barton manages to make a clearance.13:20
Joey Barton takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.10:43
Royston Drenthe concedes a free kick for a foul on Adel Taarabt. Akos Buzsaky crosses the ball, Clint Hill has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.10:06
Foul by Bobby Zamora on Johnny Heitinga, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.9:29
Akos Buzsaky has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal. Clint Hill produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.8:53
Corner taken by Joey Barton, Marouane Fellaini makes a clearance.8:04
Denis Stracqualursi concedes a free kick for a foul on Nedum Onuoha. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.5:10
Tony Hibbert fouled by Akos Buzsaky, the ref awards a free kick. Tony Hibbert takes the direct free kick.4:45
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Bobby Zamora. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.3:47
Steven Pienaar takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Bobby Zamora manages to make a clearance.3:13
Tim Cahill takes a shot.2:07
Akos Buzsaky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.1:20
The assistant referee flags for offside against Denis Stracqualursi. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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