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Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Birmingham City

Steven Caulker
Steven Caulker equalised for QPR with his second goal of the season

Birmingham City stretched their unbeaten run to five Championship games as they drew at Queens Park Rangers.

Both goals came from first-half corners as first Lukas Jutkiewicz headed the visitors in front before an unmarked Steven Caulker levelled for QPR.

Adam Legzdins saved from Tjaronn Chery after the break as QPR failed to win for a fifth game in all competitions but ended their three-match losing run.

Birmingham, unbeaten away from home so far this term, remain in the top six.

Having gone 28 months without a goal before scoring his stoppage-time winner against Sheffield Wednesday, Jutkiewicz found his second goal in two games to give Blues the lead as he nodded in from close range after Michael Morrison's header.

He had forced a good save from Alex Smithies early on, as Birmingham - who were without striker Clayton Donaldson through injury - started brightly.

All 11 of QPR's league goals so far this season have come from set-pieces and the result keeps them 16th in the table.

Both sides pushed for a winner in the second half but Idrissa Sylla missed the target for the hosts after his team-mate Nedum Onuoha had blazed well over.

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink:

"Our display was very good. We had a setback when they scored but it didn't affect us and that was really pleasing to see.

"In the second half there was only one team in it and we did very well. Unfortunately for us their keeper made good saves.

"But I must say I am happy with that performance and we need to put that kind of performance in regularly.

"If you can make a string of these kind of performances then you will win games and that is what we now need to do."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

"Ryan Shotton lost his man. He apologised to the other lads at half-time. He just switched off for a second and didn't get tight.

"We knew QPR, given that they're under pressure after recent results, might go a little bit more direct and put balls in to make us defend.

"I felt we were fairly comfortable, and we scored, but it was very disappointing that we then allowed them to get into an area to get a corner and then score."

"In the second half we had to weather it a bit. It was a combination of QPR's desperation to get that win they're looking for and us being poor."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Smithies
  • 5Onuoha
  • 22Caulker
  • 4HallBooked at 90mins
  • 3Bidwell
  • 7Borysiuk
  • 21Luongo
  • 8CousinsSubstituted forWszolekat 16'minutes
  • 10Chery
  • 27ShodipoBooked at 35minsSubstituted forPolterat 65'minutes
  • 40Sylla

Substitutes

  • 6Lynch
  • 9Washington
  • 13Ingram
  • 15Wszolek
  • 17Polter
  • 19El Khayati
  • 20Henry

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Legzdins
  • 23Spector
  • 28Morrison
  • 5Shotton
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 68mins
  • 26DavisSubstituted forRobinsonat 82'minutes
  • 14AdamsSubstituted forStewartat 62'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 15JutkiewiczSubstituted forStorerat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robinson
  • 11Cotterill
  • 12Wiggins
  • 18Brown
  • 20Stewart
  • 27Trueman
  • 38Storer
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
13,693

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Birmingham City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Birmingham City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek with a cross.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Sebastian Polter.

  6. Booking

    Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Greg Stewart (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jack Storer (Birmingham City).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ariel Borysiuk (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Idrissa Sylla.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Jack Storer replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers).

  14. Post update

    Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson replaces David Davis.

  16. Post update

    Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Idrissa Sylla following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich96211610620
2Huddersfield9612117419
3Brighton9522126617
4Reading95221010017
5Newcastle95131771016
6Birmingham9441117416
7Barnsley95041913615
8Wolves94321310315
9Brentford9423148614
10Bristol City94231611514
11Sheff Wed94231112-114
12Leeds94141011-113
13Fulham9342810-213
14Ipswich933388012
15Nottm Forest93241719-211
16QPR93241115-411
17Aston Villa91629909
18Burton92341315-29
19Preston9306812-49
20Blackburn92251218-68
21Cardiff9225815-78
22Derby913539-66
23Rotherham91351022-126
24Wigan91261013-35
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