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Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Birmingham City: Scott Hogan scores twice in draw

Scott Hogan
Scott Hogan (right) has now scored six goals in seven appearances for Birmingham

In-form Scott Hogan scored twice to extend Birmingham City's unbeaten Championship run to 10 matches as they took a point from QPR.

Hogan, on loan from City's rivals Aston Villa, put Blues in front midway through the first half, latching on to Maxime Colin's ball before slotting home.

QPR turned the game on its head with two quick goals soon after the break, Marc Pugh levelling before Jordan Hugill's near-post finish put the hosts in front.

But Hogan had the last word, heading home from close range following Dan Crowley's corner.

Hogan, who has now scored six goals in seven appearances for Birmingham, could even have won it during eight minutes of injury time, but was denied by a block from QPR's Conor Masterson.

The lengthy period of added time was due to a stoppage while Blues' Jeremie Bela was taken off on a stretcher.

Hogan's opener could have amounted to nothing, when Rangers hit back early in the second half - and Ebere Eze was involved in both goals.

Eze's free-kick was headed into the path of Pugh for the opener before he combined with Bright Osayi-Samuel who set up Hugill to make it 2-1.

Rangers keeper Liam Kelly did well to deny Marc Roberts an equaliser before being beaten by Hogan's header.

Birmingham keeper Lee Camp, formerly of QPR, then got a hand to Eze's effort.

Blues' 13-game unbeaten run in all competitions, which dates back to their last loss at home to Wigan Athletic on New Year's Day, is their best since 15 matches without defeat under Chris Hughton, between December 2011 and February 2012.

They have drawn six of their previous eight games, however, and this result keeps both teams firmly mired in mid-table - a place behind QPR, who are also nine points off a play-off place with 10 games left.

QPR manager Mark Warburton:

"We didn't attack the ball well enough and we were sloppy and paid the price. The first goal was a soft one to give away and the second was a soft set-piece and then we didn't defend it well.

"We dropped two points. We were 2-1 up, controlling the game and had big chances. We went 1-0 down and needed to change the tempo.

We did that and got two quick goals but I think we should have had three or four and we didn't take the chances."

Birmingham City head coach Pep Clotet told BBC WM:

"We knew it was very difficult to come to QPR. We had total control of the first half but, when QPR changed the game, it was good that the resilience we have in the squad got us back into the game.

"We're very happy with Scott Hogan. It's a very symbiotic relationship. He feels very good here. We said at the beginning we wanted the Scott that we saw at Brentford, and slowly we're getting him.

"Jeremie felt something in the hamstring. He was in a lot of pain. We're assessing him and we'll get him some treatment."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 32Kelly
  • 22Rangel
  • 23Masterson
  • 29Barbet
  • 14Manning
  • 12Ball
  • 5Cameron
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 10Eze
  • 7PughSubstituted forChairat 74'minutes
  • 9Hugill

Substitutes

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 8Amos
  • 17Shodipo
  • 18Oteh
  • 19Chair
  • 47Clarke

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 11BelaSubstituted forMonteroat 73'minutes
  • 20Gardner
  • 34Sunjic
  • 7CrowleySubstituted forKieftenbeldat 83'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 40Hogan

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 15Montero
  • 18Mrabti
  • 22Bellingham
  • 27Trueman
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
14,113

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Birmingham City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Birmingham City 2.

  3. Post update

    Ilias Chair (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ilias Chair (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jefferson Montero (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gary Gardner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Conor Masterson.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Hogan (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Sunjic.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

  13. Post update

    Jefferson Montero (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

  17. Post update

    Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Masterson.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Maikel Kieftenbeld replaces Daniel Crowley.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Birmingham City 2. Scott Hogan (Birmingham City) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gary Gardner following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom361912564372769
2Leeds36208854302468
3Fulham36189951371463
4Nottm Forest351611846331359
5Brentford361691159332657
6Preston36168124942756
7Bristol City36159125052-254
8Blackburn3614111152421053
9Swansea361313104645152
10Millwall36121594140151
11Cardiff36121595050051
12Sheff Wed36139144644248
13Derby361212124649-348
14QPR36138155561-647
15Birmingham361211134754-747
16Reading36129154341245
17Huddersfield36119164556-1142
18Hull36118174858-1041
19Wigan361010163850-1240
20Charlton36109174453-939
21Stoke36116194454-1039
22Middlesbrough35813143445-1137
23Barnsley36810184260-1834
24Luton36104224371-2834
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