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Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Middlesbrough: Chuba Akpom gets debut goal as Boro draw

Bright Osayi-Samuel scores for QPR
Bright Osayi-Samuel was first to the rebound to level for QPR

Former Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom scored on his Middlesbrough debut but they were denied a first Championship win of the season as they were held at QPR.

The 24-year-old, signed last week from Greek side PAOK, lost his marker and flicked in a near-post header from Paddy McNair's corner to put Boro ahead.

QPR equalised nine minutes later when visiting keeper Marcus Bettinelli could only parry Luke Amos' shot into the danger area, where Bright Osayi-Samuel was on hand to slide in.

Mark Warburton's hosts pressed for a winner, having a strong penalty shout for handball turned down before substitute Tom Carroll hit the post and watched the ball somehow cleared to safety.

The R's have a win, draw and defeat to their name in the league, while Boro - still without manager Neil Warnock as he self-isolates after contracting coronavirus last week - remain without a league win.

Before half-time Boro escaped punishment when an Amos shot appeared to strike George Saville's raised arm in the box, with the midfielder proceeding to go down holding his head.

The visitors had a penalty claim of their own, Grant Hall complaining of being obstructed as he went to attack a free-kick.

Britt Assombalonga came closest to a Boro winner but he miscued his back-post header, while QPR's Carroll saw his effort roll along the goalline and cleared by Dael Fry, who did well to prevent Ilias Chair from turning the ball in.

QPR boss Mark Warburton told BBC Radio London:

"They are a tough team and have good quality and physicality in their squad. You have to stand up against them in the box.

"It feels like we have dropped two points, as we had the better chances and much more of the ball.

"Overall, there was lots of good play and some very pleasing football."

Middlesbrough assistant manager Kevin Blackwell told BBC Tees:

"It was two sides who both worked very hard.

"While they had their spells, I think we had more spells of danger than they did.

"I thought it was a matter of course that the referee was going to blow for a penalty [for the incident involving Hall]. When he looks back on it, I think he will regret he hasn't given the right decision.

"We have only had Chuba here three or four days and he acquitted himself very well."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 13Dieng
  • 24Kakay
  • 4Dickie
  • 6Barbet
  • 3Wallace
  • 8Amos
  • 20Cameron
  • 19ThomasSubstituted forCarrollat 60'minutes
  • 10ChairSubstituted forSmythat 73'minutes
  • 11Osayi-Samuel
  • 9Dykes

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 12Ball
  • 18Oteh
  • 22Carroll
  • 23Masterson
  • 32Kelly
  • 38Smyth

Middlesbrough

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 2DijksteelBooked at 85mins
  • 4HallSubstituted forFryat 55'minutes
  • 17McNair
  • 16Howson
  • 29SpenceSubstituted forMorsyat 64'minutes
  • 7Tavernier
  • 22Saville
  • 3Johnson
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 10Akpom

Substitutes

  • 5Morsy
  • 6Fry
  • 8Wing
  • 12Browne
  • 27Bola
  • 33Coulson
  • 42Pears
Referee:
Dean Whitestone

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Middlesbrough 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Middlesbrough 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Yoann Barbet (Queens Park Rangers).

  4. Post update

    Chuba Akpom (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Paul Smyth (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Sam Morsy (Middlesbrough).

  7. Post update

    Paul Smyth (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Sam Morsy (Middlesbrough).

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yoann Barbet (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Carroll with a cross.

  10. Booking

    Anfernee Dijksteel (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Anfernee Dijksteel (Middlesbrough).

  13. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Sam Morsy tries a through ball, but Marcus Tavernier is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Morsy (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chuba Akpom.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Smyth (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bright Samuel.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Sam Morsy tries a through ball, but Marvin Johnson is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Robert Dickie (Queens Park Rangers).

  18. Post update

    Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Osman Kakay.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Robert Dickie tries a through ball, but Lyndon Dykes is caught offside.

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