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Queens Park Rangers 0-0 West Ham United

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin's penalty miss was his second of the season for QPR

QPR's hopes of avoiding relegation from the Premier League were hit as Charlie Austin missed a penalty as they could only draw at home against West Ham.

Austin's first-half spot-kick, awarded after a handball from James Collins, was saved by Hammers goalkeeper Adrian.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell had a 25-yard free-kick tipped over by QPR goalkeeper Robert Green.

The hosts thought they had scored when Richard Dunne headed in, but the goal was ruled out by referee Mike Jones.

The official thought Steven Caulker had impeded Adrian before the ball fell to Dunne, but the incident summed up a frustrating day for Chris Ramsey's QPR side.

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With Leicester and Hull winning their away games at Burnley and Crystal Palace respectively, it means R's are now four points adrift of safety with only four matches remaining.

To compound QPR's troubles, they have trips to Liverpool and Manchester City in their next two fixtures before ending the season with games against Newcastle and Leicester.

In a frantic encounter, Austin, with 17 Premier League goals this season, had the best chance but his spot-kick was drilled down the middle with Adrian blocking the ball with his legs.

Capital punishment
QPR are winless in their last 14 Premier League London derbies (drew four, lost 10), with their last victory coming away to Chelsea on 2 January, 2013

The Spanish goalkeeper again made a vital save late on as he tipped Matt Phillips's powerful shot over the bar.

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But West Ham, who remain 10th, had chances of their own with Green excellently saving Cresswell's free-kick.

The Hammers, without a Premier League away win in 2015, should have picked up all three points when Enner Valencia sprinted down the right wing and set up an unmarked Cheikhou Kouyate, but from 12 yards out he shot over the crossbar.

QPR, aiming to avoid an instant return to the Championship, pushed men forward late on but they could not score a winner.

QPR boss Chris Ramsey, on how many points his side will need to stay up:

"There is no clear number. I think anybody in the bottom half of the table is just thinking win the next game and get the three points. We know time is running out but what can we do.

"We performed well today and we had the chances to score, we just didn't have that little bit of quality we needed to get the points.

"We still believe. Look at Leicester, they were written off earlier on. The tide can turn and we will look to turn it next week."

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:

"If we finish ninth and we finish on 50 points, then we have done everything we have desired to do this year and that's progress.

"It should have been better than that, we know that but it has tested the squad and perhaps the squad

"Our strength in depth needs to be strengthened - so if we get in this position next time we don't quite slip as many times as we have done."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Green
  • 15Onuoha
  • 22Dunne
  • 4Caulker
  • 6HillSubstituted forYunat 64'minutes
  • 7Phillips
  • 8Barton
  • 30Guimaraes Cordeiro
  • 20Henry
  • 25ZamoraSubstituted forFerat 67'minutes
  • 9AustinBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 10Fer
  • 11Wright-Phillips
  • 12McCarthy
  • 13Yun
  • 14Isla
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 27Taarabt

West Ham

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Adrián
  • 18Jenkinson
  • 19Collins
  • 32Burke
  • 3Cresswell
  • 11Downing
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 16Noble
  • 7JarvisSubstituted forColeat 55'minutes
  • 4Nolan
  • 31E Valencia

Substitutes

  • 12de Carvalho
  • 17O'Brien
  • 21Amalfitano
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 23Poyet
  • 24Cole
  • 35Oxford
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
18,036

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, West Ham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, West Ham United 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, West Ham United. Adrián tries a through ball, but Carlton Cole is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by James Collins.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Phillips with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Adrián.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

  14. Post update

    Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Enner Valencia following a fast break.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Carlton Cole (West Ham United).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Matthew Phillips following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Reece Burke (West Ham United).

As It Stood

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2Man City34207770363467
3Arsenal32206663323166
4Man Utd33198659312865
5Liverpool33177947361158
6Tottenham34177105549658
7Southampton341761147262157
8Swansea34148124144-350
9Stoke34138133942-347
10West Ham341111124242044
11Crystal Palace34119144247-542
12Everton331011124143-241
13West Brom34910153246-1437
14Newcastle3498173657-2135
15Aston Villa3488182648-2232
16Hull33710163145-1431
17Leicester3387183551-1631
18Sunderland33515132649-2330
19QPR3476213859-2127
20Burnley34511182652-2626
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