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Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Leeds United

By Ian WoodcockBBC Sport
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.

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."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 18Hughes
  • 6Hill
  • 16JenasBooked at 60minsSubstituted forCarrollat 81'minutes
  • 15Onuoha
  • 5Dunne
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forKeaneat 62'minutes
  • 20HenryBooked at 88mins
  • 14Doyle
  • 4MorrisonSubstituted forBenayounat 85'minutes
  • 3Traore

Substitutes

  • 10Carroll
  • 12Keane
  • 13Yun
  • 26Murphy
  • 35Benayoun
  • 37Sendles-White
  • 40Maiga

Leeds

  • 30Butland
  • 2Peltier
  • 15WarnockBooked at 33mins
  • 6MurphySubstituted forBrownat 80'minutes
  • 4Lees
  • 5Pearce
  • 38KebeBooked at 46minsSubstituted forByramat 90+6'minutes
  • 8Austin
  • 44McCormack
  • 9Wickham
  • 28StewartSubstituted forMowattat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 10Hunt
  • 17Brown
  • 20Smith
  • 22Wootton
  • 25Byram
  • 33Cairns
  • 36Mowatt
Referee:
Chris Foy
Attendance:
16,448

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Leeds United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Leeds United 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Sam Byram replaces Jimmy Kébé.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Richard Dunne tries a through ball, but Clint Hill is caught offside.

  5. Booking

    Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Kevin Doyle (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Leeds United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

  12. Booking

    Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

  14. Post update

    Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Queens Park Rangers. William Keane tries a through ball, but Yossi Benayoun is caught offside.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Yossi Benayoun replaces Ravel Morrison.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Tom Carroll replaces Jermaine Jenas because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Brown replaces Luke Murphy.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester33235562323074
2Burnley331812352262666
3Derby33187860421861
4QPR32169738261257
5Nottm Forest331413654391555
6Wigan321571041301152
7Reading331491051381351
8Brighton32131093427749
9Ipswich33121294437748
10Blackburn321210103839-146
11Watford331112104839945
12Leeds32128124440444
13Huddersfield33127144544143
14Middlesbrough33913114137440
15Sheff Wed32912113938139
16Bournemouth32109134251-939
17Birmingham3399153942-336
18Bolton33812134149-836
19Blackpool33811142948-1935
20Doncaster3379172853-2530
21Millwall33610173161-3028
22Charlton3069152441-1727
23Yeovil3268182848-2026
24Barnsley32511163056-2626
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