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Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Blackpool

Blackpool's David Goodwillie scores their decisive winner

Junior Hoilett salvaged a point for Queens Park Rangers against strugglers Blackpool to leave them nine points away from automatic promotion.

Hoilett's impressive strike 12 minutes from time cancelled out a David Goodwillie header in the first half.

Goodwillie, on loan from Blackburn, took advantage of some sloppy defending to bundle home at the far post.

But substitute Hoilett evaded two challenges as his 25-yard strike denied Blackpool a second win in three games.

Harry Redknapp's side produced a lacklustre display apart from the lively Ravel Morrison, who often looked QPR's best hope of forcing three points.

Chris Basham and Goodwillie both shot over as Blackpool threatened to increase their lead before the break.

Redknapp made an attacking change at the interval - sending on Hoilett in place of Nedum Onuoha.

Hoilett made an immediate impact, shooting wide after a fine run towards the penalty area, while Morrison had an effort saved by Matt Gilks as the R's continued to press.

And it was Hoilett who came up with the equaliser, denying Blackpool a first win at Loftus Road since 1972.

The Tangerines, beaten in 11 of their previous 12 away matches, defended resolutely in the final stages and Gilks did well to keep out a stunning strike from Morrison.

But as Rangers pushed forward they left gaps at the back and had an escape when substitute Thomas Barkhuizen got away from Richard Dunne only to shoot wide.

Queens Park Rangers assistant manager Kevin Bond: "I think it's going to be very difficult to go up automatically. It was always going to be, but we've made it more difficult.

"Burnley got beaten today and it was just an opportunity for us. The pace of the game was too slow. We weren't dynamic enough and couldn't get a tempo going. We had enough opportunities to win the game, but it wasn't our day."

Blackpool caretaker manager Barry Ferguson: "I'm happy to come away with a point. It's a good point, because our away form has not been great.

"I knew when I took over that things were not going to be easy, but the boys have responded in the last couple of weeks with two wins and a draw, so we're slowly getting there.

"I had to work hard on the way we defend and we've started to defend really well."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 18HughesSubstituted forSimpsonat 39'minutes
  • 6Hill
  • 10Carroll
  • 15OnuohaSubstituted forHoilettat 45'minutes
  • 5Dunne
  • 12Keane
  • 20Henry
  • 25ZamoraSubstituted forMaigaat 65'minutes
  • 4Morrison
  • 39Assou-Ekotto

Substitutes

  • 2Simpson
  • 13Yun
  • 23Hoilett
  • 26Murphy
  • 36O'Neil
  • 40Maiga
  • 42Petrasso

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 2McMahon
  • 3Robinson
  • 4Perkins
  • 20Cathcart
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 40Foley
  • 17BashamBooked at 35minsSubstituted forBishopat 55'minutes
  • 25Goodwillie
  • 41VelliosSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 67'minutes
  • 14HallidaySubstituted forMartínez Cerveraat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Bishop
  • 15Haroun
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 31Martínez Cervera
  • 35McGahey
  • 39Grandin
  • 50Earnshaw
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
16,638

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home23
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Blackpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Blackpool 1.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Danny Simpson tries a through ball, but Ravel Morrison is caught offside.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

Attempt saved. Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a cross.

Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. David Perkins (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Blackpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the right following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).

Ángel (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Ángel replaces Andrew Halliday.

Attempt saved. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

Attempt blocked. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Modibo Maiga.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Blackpool 1. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

David Goodwillie (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

Offside, Blackpool. Craig Cathcart tries a through ball, but Tom Barkhuizen is caught offside.

Hand ball by Tom Barkhuizen (Blackpool).

Offside, Blackpool. Kevin Foley tries a through ball, but Tom Barkhuizen is caught offside.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Neal Bishop.

Attempt blocked. Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

Attempt missed. Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by William Keane.

Attempt missed. Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Apostolos Vellios.

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

David Goodwillie (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Modibo Maiga replaces Bobby Zamora.

Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

Attempt saved. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

Apostolos Vellios (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Neal Bishop replaces Chris Basham.

goal

As It Stood

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5Wigan381891151371463
6Reading3916121160461460
7Nottm Forest39141695648858
8Ipswich391513115144758
9Brighton381511123933656
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11Watford3813131260471352
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13Middlesbrough391116124943649
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15Leeds38138175258-647
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17Bolton391015145055-545
18Doncaster391110183557-2243
19Blackpool391012173354-2142
20Birmingham391010194959-1040
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