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Wigan Athletic 0-0 Queens Park Rangers

By Karen FazackerleyBBC Sport at The DW Stadium
Wigan

QPR missed the opportunity to move into the Championship top two as they shared the points at Wigan.

Charlie Austin had an excellent chance to give Harry Redknapp's side the lead but could only hit the side netting with his close-range effort.

Chris McCann had the best chance of the game for Wigan, but saw his point-blank header come back off the post, Callum McManaman sending the follow-up over.

The result means QPR are three points behind league leaders Burnley in third.

Wigan extended their unbeaten home run to six games in the Championship and move into 13th.

The Latics gave a home debut to young goalkeeper Lee Nicholls, while new loan signing Marc Albrighton, who signed a 28-day deal from Aston Villa earlier on Wednesday, had to settle for a place on the bench.

Wigan boss Owen Coyle had said he expected his team to be "ruthless" in front of goal but the early attacking intent came from QPR, Niko Kranjcar seeing a volley fly high over the bar, before Junior Hoillett saw an effort go wide.

At the other end, Manchester United loanee Nick Powell was tormenting Danny Simpson and twisted away from the QPR defender to test visiting keeper Rob Green.

And when QPR's Alejandro Faurlin was dispossessed deep in his own half, McManaman, who signed a new long-term contract at the DW Stadium hours before kick-off, jinked his way past Richard Dunne and Clint Hill, only to hit his shot narrowly wide of the post.

Having withstood a period of Latics pressure, the visitors rallied, Benoit Assou-Ekotto beating Jordi Gomez to find an unmarked Gary O'Neil who could only scuff his effort wide, before minutes later launching a 30-yard drive that Nicholls could only beat away.

With five minutes left of the half, QPR should have taken the lead with Faurlin finding Austin, only for the former Burnley man to hit the side netting, before Gomez sent a 25-yard effort just beyond the post.

After the interval, Wigan substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune brought a good save from Green, and McCann should have opened the scoring for Wigan but sent his header against the post, before the generally impressive McManaman struck the rebound high over Green's bar.

Redknapp brought on veteran striker Andy Johnson late on, and the Rangers frontman tested Nicholls with his first touch of the ball.

Both sides pushed for a late winner in a scrappy conclusion, but had to settle for a point apiece.

Wigan boss Owen Coyle:

"I think we had the better chances and I think we had a couple of great chances in the second half to win it. We were much better after the break. We certainly could have got the three points that I'm sure we were worthy of.

"We've got to keep banging on the door and soon those goals will go flying in. We're still unbeaten at home but we certainly feel we should have got the three points tonight. We just need to follow the courage of our convictions more."

QPR manager Harry Redknapp:

"I thought we dominated the first half. It was a good away performance. I think for 70-odd minutes we did well but didn't have the final ball. Looking at Wigan they have a stronger squad than us and certainly more strength in depth.

"At the end it was a free for all, there was free-kicks, fouls and goodness knows what going on all over the place but we couldn't score. We did have good control but the final ball was lacking."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 13Nicholls
  • 17Boyce
  • 4Shotton
  • 25Barnett
  • 24Perch
  • 7McCann
  • 16McArthur
  • 15McManamanSubstituted forMcCleanat 74'minutes
  • 19Powell
  • 14Gomez Garcia-PencheSubstituted forAlbrightonat 74'minutes
  • 9HoltSubstituted forFortunéat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Watson
  • 11McClean
  • 12Pollitt
  • 18Espinoza
  • 22Beausejour
  • 32Fortuné
  • 33Albrighton

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 2Simpson
  • 5Dunne
  • 6Hill
  • 39Assou-Ekotto
  • 16Jenas
  • 32Faurlin
  • 36O'Neil
  • 19KranjcarSubstituted forPhillipsat 44'minutes
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forJohnsonat 75'minutes
  • 9Austin

Substitutes

  • 3Traore
  • 7Phillips
  • 8Johnson
  • 14Onyewu
  • 18Chevantón Espinosa
  • 20Henry
  • 26Murphy
Referee:
Michael Naylor
Attendance:
13,143

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  3. Post update

    Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

  6. Post update

    Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Johnson (Queens Park Rangers).

  9. Post update

    Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Clint Hill.

  11. Post update

    Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Perch.

  17. Post update

    Gary O'Neil (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Clint Hill.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 30th October 2013

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley1310212471732
2Leicester139222113829
3QPR13841146828
4Blackpool136611611524
5Reading136522012823
6Nottm Forest136522115623
7Watford1364325151022
8Derby135442521419
9Huddersfield134541714317
10Leeds135261616017
11Bournemouth135262027-717
12Blackburn134451916316
13Wigan124441411316
14Ipswich134451917216
15Middlesbrough133642321215
16Brighton133641213-115
17Millwall133461526-1113
18Doncaster123361120-912
19Charlton12255914-511
20Birmingham133281420-611
21Bolton131751120-910
22Yeovil13238919-109
23Barnsley132381530-159
24Sheff Wed120841218-68
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