Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Leeds United

Ross McCormack

Championship promotion hopefuls QPR came from behind to claim a point against Leeds, but their winless run was extended to five matches.

Ross McCormack, who had earlier seen a penalty saved by Rob Green, gave Leeds the lead with a deflected free-kick.

The hosts levelled just before the break when Jermaine Jenas slotted past Jack Butland from the edge of the area.

Armand Traore fired straight at Butland and Leeds debutant Connor Wickham twice went close, but it ended all-square.

The draw does little for either side's promotion hopes, with QPR nine points behind second-placed Burnley, while Leeds are eight points adrift of the play-off places.

The hosts had lost their past three matches and went into the game looking for a first home win over Leeds since November 1994.

But after an even opening few minutes, the visitors were presented with a great opportunity to open the scoring when Richard Dunne was adjudged to have felled McCormack in the area. The Scot took the kick himself but his tame effort was easily saved by Green down to his left.

The Leeds skipper did not have long to wait to make amends, though, netting his 23rd league goal of the season on 14 minutes.

Harry Redknapp

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Post-match: QPR manager Redknapp

After Traore fouled Rodolph Austin on the edge of the area, McCormack put Leeds in front from the resultant free-kick, via a slight deflection off Rangers striker Kevin Doyle.

The visitors were looking good value for their lead; new signing Wickham linking up well with McCormack on two occasions, though neither could force Green into more action.

Harry Redknapp's side were in danger of being overrun and the QPR boss switched to a 4-4-2 formation to give lone frontman Doyle more support.

The move paid dividends as Jenas played a neat one-two with the Republic of Ireland international before sliding a measured finish beyond Butland just before half-time.

Straight after the restart the R's created a fine chance to go ahead with Ravel Morrison threading a pass through to Traore, but he fired straight at Butland from eight yards out.

With the game getting scrappier, Leeds rallied and Wickham flashed a low shot just past the post from the edge of the area before forcing Green into a fine late save with a header from Alex Mowatt's free-kick.

QPR defender Clint Hill thought he had snatched victory with a fiercely-struck volley in added time, but his effort was rightly ruled out for offside.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott:

"You'd take a point before the game here, but as the game panned out it was disappointing not to take all three.

"We should maybe have killed the game off in the first half. But it is what it is, another point on the board and I just want positivity around Leeds United. We haven't had much lately.

"We are still waiting for the takeover to be completed but it is a much calmer place now."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3323553074
2Burnley33181232666
3Derby3318781861
4QPR3216971257
5Nottm Forest33141361555
6Wigan32157101152
7Reading33149101351
8Brighton3213109749
9Ipswich3312129748
10Blackburn32121010-146
11Watford33111210945
12Leeds3212812444
13Huddersfield3312714143
14Middlesbrough3391311440
15Sheff Wed3291211139
16Bournemouth3210913-939
17Birmingham339915-336
18Bolton3381213-836
19Blackpool3381114-1935
20Doncaster337917-2530
21Millwall3361017-3028
22Charlton306915-1727
23Yeovil326818-2026
24Barnsley3251116-2626
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