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Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

Sam Gallagher
Sam Gallagher scored his second goal since joining Blackburn on loan from Southampton

Sam Gallagher's header earned Blackburn just their second Championship point of the season as they salvaged a draw against Queens Park Rangers.

Tjaronn Chery's sublime 25-yard free-kick had given the hosts the lead just past the hour mark at Loftus Road.

But Gallagher met Corry Evans' cross and sent the ball over goalkeeper Alex Smithies reach to bring Rovers level.

QPR striker Idrissa Sylla was denied late on by Jason Steele as the visitors held on for a share of the points.

An injury to new signing Charlie Mulgrew forced the Blackburn striker off after only 34 minutes in an uneventful opening half.

The match sparked into life when Ben Marshall's foul allowed Chery the opportunity to curl the ball into the top right-hand corner.

Rovers looked to be heading to their fifth league defeat, but Mulgrew's replacement Evans scooped the ball into the box and Gallagher rose highest to net his second league goal of the season.

Despite their hard-earned draw, Rovers remain bottom of the Championship and are the only club yet to win a league match.

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink:

"I thought the performance was really good. We deserved more, but you have got to put the ball in the net.

"We created chances with good play, had three one-on-ones and their keeper made some good saves.

"Did we deserve more from this game? Yes, big time. But you have to go and earn it. If you think you can stroll through this division, you are wrong.

"But we knocked on the door and on a better day would have won 2-1 or 3-1. That is why I am happy with the performance and happy with the players."

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle:

"Our first two games of the season were very poor but from there we have progressively got better with each game.

"We've brought a number of players in and the more you work together, the more you see what type of team you're going to be.

"Regardless of how the game went, if we continue to perform consistently like that we will win games and will move up the table.

"It's not about a knee-jerk reaction after four or five games. It's about 46 games and there's work to be done."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 24PerchBooked at 61mins
  • 5Onuoha
  • 4Hall
  • 3Bidwell
  • 8Cousins
  • 20Henry
  • 27ShodipoBooked at 50mins
  • 10Chery
  • 19El KhayatiSubstituted forSyllaat 80'minutes
  • 17PolterSubstituted forWashingtonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Borysiuk
  • 9Washington
  • 13Ingram
  • 22Caulker
  • 34Kakay
  • 37Paul
  • 40Sylla

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 6LoweBooked at 74mins
  • 3Greer
  • 4Hoban
  • 5WilliamsBooked at 42mins
  • 32Conway
  • 21AkpanBooked at 47mins
  • 14MulgrewSubstituted forEvansat 34'minutes
  • 10Marshall
  • 12GrahamSubstituted forSamuelsenat 83'minutes
  • 19GallagherSubstituted forEmnesat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 8Byrne
  • 11Samuelsen
  • 17Emnes
  • 23Guthrie
  • 29Evans
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
13,210

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    James Perch (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Martin Samuelsen (Blackburn Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Washington with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Gordon Greer (Blackburn Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

  11. Post update

    Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tjaronn Chery (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Olamide Shodipo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Martin Samuelsen replaces Danny Graham.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Olamide Shodipo (Queens Park Rangers).

  19. Post update

    Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Idrissa Sylla replaces Abdenasser El Khayati.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield651094516
2Newcastle6402104612
3Barnsley6402149512
4Birmingham632185311
5Norwich632197211
6Fulham632175211
7QPR631296310
8Brentford631274310
9Bristol City631297210
10Reading631279-210
11Wolves62318539
12Nottm Forest5302111109
13Brighton62228628
14Burton6222111018
15Ipswich62227708
16Sheff Wed622257-28
17Aston Villa51225505
18Cardiff612369-35
19Derby612315-45
20Rotherham6123514-95
21Wigan6114910-14
22Leeds6114510-54
23Preston610547-33
24Blackburn6024513-82
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