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Rotherham United 2-2 Queens Park Rangers: Hoops equalise late on with Luke Freeman header

Luke Freeman equalises for QPR at Rotherham
Luke Freeman (grounded) headed in QPR's late equaliser in the first minute of stoppage time

A diving header from Luke Freeman in stoppage time earned Queens Park Rangers a point against Rotherham United.

Will Vaulks' clean strike from just outside the box gave hosts Rotherham the lead before QPR front man Nahki Wells equalised when the Millers failed to clear their lines.

Paul Warne's side then immediately restored their advantage when Clark Robertson guided a free header into the back of the net from a Vaulks free-kick.

But as the final whistle approached, Steve McClaren's side bombarded the Rotherham box and levelled when winger Freeman headed past a diving Marek Rodak at the near post.

During the onslaught, QPR had two penalty shouts waved away by referee Andy Woolmer after Eberechi Eze and Joel Lynch believed they had been fouled.

Pawel Wszolek had a golden opportunity to score around the hour mark, but was unable to connect with Freeman's inviting cross in front of goal.

Rodak kept Rotherham in the lead with two great saves to deny Eze and substitute Tomer Hemed in the dying minutes before their defence was eventually breached.

But immediately after the equaliser, Rodak's opposite number Joe Lumley pulled off a excellent save to prevent Jamie Proctor's late-gasp strike snatching the points.

The Millers have now drawn eight out of their past 10 games and remain unbeaten at home since August.

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne:

"We have played against a very good team and I think if we had have got a third goal it would have been enough.​

"Our keeper kept us in it. It's just hard to take because we conceded so late on.​ It was a great header but we should defend better than that.​

​"The lads have got to be pleased with themselves because they are taking on the in-form teams.​

"If you would have asked me at 60 minutes if I would have taken a point then I possibly would have. ​

"We are hard to beat but it would be nice if we were hard to beat and find wins easy. An extra two points would have set us up lovely.​"

Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren:

"I think we deserved more than a point but credit to Rotherham. They've got a great record here and I thought it was a great, end-to-end game.​

"We knew it was going to be difficult and it was but I am proud of the players and their performance. Even if they had lost I would have been proud of that performance.​

"It would have been a travesty not to have come away from here without a point. ​

"The bench made a difference and that is what we need. It is not about the XI but the squad and we need to continue that.

"He (Freeman) can score goals, he can assist but his enthusiasm is infectious. He is one of our most important players."​

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 5Ajayi
  • 15Robertson
  • 3Mattock
  • 4Vaulks
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forProctorat 86'minutes
  • 13Towell
  • 8PalmerSubstituted forWoodat 69'minutes
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forNewellat 60'minutes
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 6Wood
  • 7Forde
  • 9Proctor
  • 12Price
  • 22Newell
  • 25Wiles

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 22Rangel
  • 37Leistner
  • 33Lynch
  • 3BidwellBooked at 23mins
  • 23WszolekBooked at 35minsSubstituted forHemedat 69'minutes
  • 5Cameron
  • 21LuongoSubstituted forScowenat 76'minutes
  • 7Freeman
  • 10Eze
  • 32WellsSubstituted forSmithat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 4Hall
  • 8Cousins
  • 11Scowen
  • 16Hemed
  • 17Smith
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
8,018

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home13
Away17
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Queens Park Rangers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Queens Park Rangers 2.

Attempt missed. Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Smith with a cross.

Attempt saved. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Towell.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 2, Queens Park Rangers 2. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Joe Newell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jamie Proctor replaces Ryan Williams.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Clark Robertson.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Marek Rodák.

Attempt saved. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Angel Rangel (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Marek Rodák.

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Tomer Hemed.

Attempt saved. Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Richard Towell.

Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Zak Vyner (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Josh Scowen replaces Massimo Luongo.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith replaces Nahki Wells.

Attempt missed. Richard Wood (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Newell with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

Attempt blocked. Richard Towell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Semi Ajayi.

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Massimo Luongo following a set piece situation.

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Wood (Rotherham United).

Toni Leistner (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Richard Wood replaces Matthew Palmer.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Tomer Hemed replaces Pawel Wszolek.

Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

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