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Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Reading: Sam Baldock equaliser secures point for Reading

Nahki Wells
Nahki Wells scored his seventh goal of the season to open the scoring for QPR

QPR and Reading played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Loftus Road, ensuring Mark Bowen remained unbeaten in two games as Reading manager.

QPR took the lead against the run of play after George Puscas' carelessness in possession allowed Ebere Eze to set up Nahki Wells, who rifled the ball into the corner from 20 yards.

Puscas atoned for his error by drawing Reading deservedly level three minutes later, sliding a side-footed finish across the goalkeeper and into the far corner after being released by Ovie Ejaria's defence-splitting pass.

QPR regained the lead through Jordan Hugill's deflected half-volley from the edge of the area after an exchange of headers with strike partner Wells, but Sam Baldock turned in from close range to secure a point for Bowen's side.

Reading had the better of the early exchanges, with the impressive Ejaria posing Mark Warburton's side plenty of problems.

The midfielder, on loan from Liverpool, combined with Puscas to set up a good chance for Baldock in the eighth minute, but the striker's firm drive was palmed away by QPR goalkeeper Liam Kelly.

Ejaria then threatened himself with a left-foot shot from distance, but Kelly was able to push the ball around the post.

However, the home side grew into the game around the half-hour mark, and found themselves on the wrong end of two moments of controversy before Puscas cancelled out Wells' opener.

First, Reading could have been reduced to 10 men when Matt Miazga seemed to fling his arm towards the face of Angel Rangel after the pair had tussled in the box, but the incident went unseen by referee Jeremy Simpson.

Simpson then turned down a Rangers penalty appeal after Andy Yiadom blocked Wells' left-foot volley from inside the area with an outstretched arm.

The home side came close to regaining the lead on the stroke of half-time when Miazga's hashed clearance presented a chance for Toni Leistner, but the defender's shot was blocked before Hugill blazed the rebound over.

Hugill spurned another presentable chance shortly after half-time when he missed a good opportunity to get on the end of an inviting Ryan Manning cross, but found the net only minutes later to put his side within touching distance of a seventh win in nine games, only for Baldock to pop up with an equaliser for the visitors.

QPR boss Mark Warburton told BBC Radio London:

"The players worked hard and after we got the second goal we looked in decent shape for 10 or 15 minutes.

"It was a sloppy goal to give away. It is about us a team defending our goal better, but the boys are human.

"Tonight was not a good day at the office but we came away with a point and are still in the top six. The league is so tight but all we can worry about is QPR."

Reading manager Mark Bowen told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"Any point away from home in this league in important. QPR have been flying high and scoring goals.

"To come back twice from going behind, we showed tremendous resilience to do that and take the game to them.

"Their manager changed their shape at half-time because we were causing them so many problems.

"One of the most pleasing things is our two strikers have scored. From the moment I got the job Sam Baldock has been an example to everyone with his work-rate, and George Puscas took his goal fantastically well."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 32Kelly
  • 22RangelSubstituted forKaneat 45'minutes
  • 37Leistner
  • 29Barbet
  • 14Manning
  • 19ChairSubstituted forPughat 77'minutes
  • 11Scowen
  • 5Cameron
  • 10EzeBooked at 90mins
  • 9HugillBooked at 90mins
  • 21WellsSubstituted forAmosat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 7Pugh
  • 8Amos
  • 12Ball
  • 16Mlakar
  • 20Osayi-Samuel

Reading

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 5MiazgaBooked at 90mins
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 17Yiadom
  • 10Swift
  • 8RinomhotaBooked at 56minsSubstituted forMcClearyat 67'minutes
  • 14EjariaSubstituted forTuncará Gomesat 90+2'minutes
  • 27Richards
  • 47Puscas
  • 9Baldock

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Loader
  • 16McIntyre
  • 21Olise
  • 24Blackett
  • 29Tuncará Gomes
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
12,330

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamReading
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Reading 2.

Booking

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers).

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Puscas (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Pelé replaces Ovie Ejaria.

Booking

Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Matt Miazga (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers).

Matt Miazga (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers).

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers).

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

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

Todd Kane (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

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

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Michael Morrison (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Swift with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Todd Kane.

Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Swift.

Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Marc Pugh replaces Ilias Chair.

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by George Puscas with a cross.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers).

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Reading 2. Sam Baldock (Reading) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Yiadom with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Todd Kane (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Manning with a cross.

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Andy Rinomhota.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom137512415926
2Leeds13733178924
3Sheff Wed137241810823
4QPR137242323023
5Preston1364324141022
6Nottm Forest126421610622
7Swansea136431713422
8Charlton126331812621
9Bristol City125521816220
10Fulham125432012819
11Birmingham136161215-319
12Brentford135351511418
13Cardiff134631919018
14Blackburn134361518-315
15Derby123631518-315
16Millwall133641419-515
17Luton124261820-214
18Wigan124261016-614
19Hull123451619-313
20Reading133371419-512
21Middlesbrough122461117-610
22Huddersfield122371420-69
23Stoke132291323-108
24Barnsley131571125-148
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