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Queens Park Rangers 0-0 Blackburn Rovers

QPR v Blackburn
QPR v Blackburn

QPR missed the chance to go top of the Championship as they were held to a goalless draw against Blackburn.

Harry Redknapp's side dropped points at home for only the second time this season and are now behind new leaders Burnley on goal difference.

Rangers' best chance fell to Charlie Austin, who was denied by the woodwork in the second half.

The closest Rovers came to a winner was a Jason Lowe half-volley that was cleared off the line by Clint Hill.

Rangers have developed a knack of grinding out 1-0 victories from similarly uninspiring matches this season, but this time their goal touch deserted them.

The home side barely tested Blackburn goalkeeper Simon Eastwood in the first half, while the visitors created a string of chances.

The clearest fell to Lowe, who met Ben Marshall's cross at the far post but was thwarted by Hill. Blackburn's Chris Taylor also sent a header over before Jordan Rhodes nodded wide.

QPR were brighter after the interval and came close to breaking the deadlock from a swift counter-attack after 55 minutes.

Matt Phillips then placed a shot too close to Eastwood, before Austin's big chance arrived in the 70th minute after a fine run down the left by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

His low cross was met by the 10-goal striker six yards out, but his effort came off the inside of the post, hit the bemused Eastwood and bounced back out.

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond:

"In the end it was frustrating.

"It was a game of few opportunities but we had two really good ones and obviously it's a different game if we take them.

"We are a very attacking team but we found it difficult to break them down."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We came with a game plan. We were very good in the first half and we should have gone in leading with the chances we had.

"In the second half we had to show some character and we displayed some battling qualities against a top team."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 2Simpson
  • 39Assou-EkottoSubstituted forTraoreat 87'minutes
  • 17Barton
  • 5Dunne
  • 6Hill
  • 7PhillipsSubstituted forO'Neilat 59'minutes
  • 10Carroll
  • 8Johnson
  • 9Austin
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forKranjcarat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Traore
  • 15Onuoha
  • 16Jenas
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 20Henry
  • 26Murphy
  • 36O'Neil

Blackburn

  • 13Eastwood
  • 27HenleyBooked at 34mins
  • 3SpurrBooked at 70mins
  • 17Williamson
  • 16DannBooked at 49mins
  • 5Hanley
  • 12Marshall
  • 6Lowe
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forCampbellat 76'minutes
  • 19TaylorBooked at 65mins
  • 45CairneySubstituted forKingat 63'minutesSubstituted forDunnat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kilgallon
  • 7King
  • 8Dunn
  • 10Campbell
  • 23Rochina
  • 25Judge
  • 34Kean
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
15,987

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Attempt saved. Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by David Dunn.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Armand Traore replaces Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. David Dunn replaces Joshua King because of an injury.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by DJ Campbell.

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ben Marshall.

Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Johnson.

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

Foul by DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. DJ Campbell replaces Jordan Rhodes.

Foul by Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers).

Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a cross.

Booking

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Gary O'Neil.

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

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Williamson.

Attempt missed. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto following a corner.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King replaces Tom Cairney.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1911621739
2QPR1911621239
3Leicester1912251038
4Derby1910451434
5Nottm Forest19874731
6Reading19874631
7Blackpool19874231
8Leeds19937630
9Ipswich19856629
10Brighton19775628
11Huddersfield19757226
12Watford19676325
13Blackburn19667024
14Wigan18648-122
15Bolton19577-322
16Bournemouth19649-1222
17Millwall19568-1421
18Middlesbrough19487020
19Birmingham19559-220
20Doncaster19559-1420
21Charlton19469-718
22Yeovil194411-1016
23Sheff Wed18288-914
24Barnsley193511-1914
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