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Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Cardiff City

QPR defender Clint Hill heads his side into the lead against Cardiff

Scott Malone's stunning late goal helped Cardiff come back from two goals down to earn a draw at QPR.

The home side took the lead against the run of play when an unmarked Clint Hill headed in a Matt Phillips corner.

Another corner appeared to hit defender Hill's arm before it was turned in by Charlie Austin from close range.

Cardiff pulled one back with Sean Morrison's stooping header, and Malone equalised when he fired in a dipping 22-yard strike.

QPR boss Chris Ramsey will rue his side's failure to make the most of their counter-attacks as the visitors pushed forward for a leveller.

Austin had a shot cleared off the goal-line, while Matt Phillips ran on to a knockdown and raced at the Cardiff goal only to have his angled shot saved by keeper Simon Moore.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was also guilty of missing a late chance for the home side just before Malone's eye-catching strike.

Cardiff will feel a point is the least they deserved not just because QPR's debateable second goal was allowed, but that they conceded both goals when they were on top of proceedings at Loftus Road.

QPR boss Chris Ramsey:

"It's not a good result. We should have taken the points.

"Even before we gave away the two goals we had lots if chances to seal the game and it should have been over well before they scored.

"If Charlie's chance goes in - and the guy's done magnificently to clear it - it would have taken the sting out of them. We also had a one-versus-one just before they scored and Matt Phillips had a one-versus-one as well.

"Cardiff were fantastic in possession and looked dangerous. But we've had balls flashing across the goal and when you haven't taken those chances you get punished in the end.

"We need to work on getting more bodies into the box but even when we did that we didn't take our chances."

Cardiff manager Russell Slade:

"We all went out for a walk this morning and Scott told me he always scores at Loftus Road. I thought, 'Chance would be a fine thing'.

"It was a great finish and gave us something we deserved. They were 2-0 up against the run of play and were fortunate for the second goal - it was definitely handball.

"We were disappointed with the goals we conceded from set plays but between the boxes we had a good structure, good movement and made good choices.

"We just needed a goal - and we got one from a set-play ourselves. I thought our application and attitude were first class."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 24Perch
  • 5Onuoha
  • 6Hill
  • 15Konchesky
  • 21Luongo
  • 20Henry
  • 7Phillips
  • 8CherySubstituted forDoughtyat 55'minutes
  • 11GladwinSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 76'minutes
  • 9AustinSubstituted forPolterat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hall
  • 13Lumley
  • 14Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 16Doughty
  • 18Faurlin
  • 33Polter
  • 42Kpekawa

Cardiff

  • 21Moore
  • 2Peltier
  • 16Connolly
  • 4Morrison
  • 28Malone
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forAmeobiat 82'minutes
  • 15DikgacoiSubstituted forNooneat 69'minutes
  • 7Whittingham
  • 8Ralls
  • 10Mason
  • 19RevellSubstituted forJonesat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Fabio
  • 9Jones
  • 11Noone
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 18Doyle
  • 30Wilson
  • 38Ameobi
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
14,927

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Cardiff City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Cardiff City 2.

Offside, Cardiff City. Sammy Ameobi tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers).

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Cardiff City 2. Scott Malone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

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

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

Hand ball by Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt saved. Joe Mason (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Peltier.

Attempt missed. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sebastian Polter.

Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Sammy Ameobi replaces Anthony Pilkington.

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Massimo Luongo with a headed pass.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by James Perch.

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Doughty (Queens Park Rangers).

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Ben Gladwin.

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Attempt missed. Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Matthew Phillips tries a through ball, but Sebastian Polter is caught offside.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Ben Gladwin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Karl Henry.

Offside, Cardiff City. Kenwyne Jones tries a through ball, but Anthony Pilkington is caught offside.

Scott Malone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers).

goal

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