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Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Nakhi Wells scores for Huddersfield
QPR have only lost once in 14 games at Loftus Road despite Nahki Wells' goal for Huddersfield

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's wait for his first win as QPR boss continues after Nahki Wells snatched a point for Huddersfield with a late free-kick.

The Terriers were the brighter side before the break and Wells' header brought a fine save from Rob Green.

Matt Phillips tested Joe Murphy at the other end before sub Sebastian Polter gave QPR the lead from close range.

It looked like it might be enough for the win, but Wells stepped up to find the corner after Joe Lolley was fouled.

The result moved QPR up to 13th, seven points outside the play-off places, with the Terriers in 18th.

The wait goes on
Huddersfield have never won an away league game against QPR, where they have now drawn three and lost seven. Their only success at Loftus Road came in a 1999 FA Cup tie.

Following their Boxing Day win over Preston, Huddersfield head coach David Wagner freshened up his side by making six changes, with Murphy back in goal following Jed Steer's return to Aston Villa.

Jason Davidson, one of those drafted in by Wagner, fizzed a shot across face of the goal before producing the cross which saw Wells test Green's agility.

The absence of injured Charlie Austin left QPR short of a cutting edge up front and they offered little in attack in the first half apart from a couple of off-target Junior Hoilett efforts.

Huddersfield continued to dominate territorially and after Murphy saved superbly from Phillips in a rare Rangers attack, they should have gone in front when Jamie Paterson headed over from Ben Chilwell's cross.

Hasselbaink bolstered his attack by bringing on Polter, Tjaronn Chery and Jay-Emmanuel Thomas and they were rewarded when the former turned the ball home for only his second goal for the club.

Rangers midfielder Daniel Tozser fouled Lolley just outside the box and Wells picked his spot from 25 yards for his eighth of the season, and Green had to be alert to deny Sean Scannell and prevent Huddersfield claiming all three points.

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: "We're very disappointed. I think the boys just need a win. I'm not really thinking about myself, it's more for the boys - I want this for them.

"I can't fault them, even for the first half, because they are working hard. We are doing things right.

"It didn't look like it in the first half because we were under the cosh, but Huddersfield didn't create a chance - all their play was in their half.

"We had to change the shape and did that, and after that I thought it was a lot better."

Huddersfield head coach David Wagner: "I think a point was the least we deserved for this performance.

"The first half was very good from my team and after that we could have expected more than a point.

"It may only be one point today, but I am pleased we have shown people what we can do on the pitch.

"I expect everyone to give 100 per cent when on the pitch and at the moment they are. I have been here for seven weeks now and the players have responded very well."

Sebastian Polter
Sebastian Polter slides home his first goal for Rangers since mid-August
Sebastian Polter
Sebastian Polter slides home his first goal for Rangers since mid-August

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 5Onuoha
  • 4Hall
  • 6Hill
  • 15Konchesky
  • 30Guimaraes CordeiroSubstituted forPolterat 65'minutes
  • 28Tözsér
  • 20Henry
  • 10FerSubstituted forCheryat 69'minutes
  • 23Hoilett
  • 7PhillipsSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Chery
  • 14Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 18Faurlin
  • 21Luongo
  • 25Smithies
  • 26Angella
  • 33Polter

Huddersfield

  • 13Murphy
  • 2Smith
  • 5HudsonBooked at 77mins
  • 14Cranie
  • 3DavidsonSubstituted forChilwellat 60'minutes
  • 6Hogg
  • 16HuwsBooked at 90mins
  • 17Bunn
  • 8PatersonSubstituted forScannellat 73'minutes
  • 10CarayolSubstituted forLolleyat 60'minutes
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 7Scannell
  • 18Lolley
  • 25Chilwell
  • 26Allinson
  • 29Billing
  • 33Lynch
  • 36Bojaj
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
16,662

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

  6. Post update

    Emyr Huws (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers).

  8. Booking

    Emyr Huws (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Emyr Huws (Huddersfield Town).

  10. Post update

    Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Huddersfield Town 1. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  14. Post update

    Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Queens Park Rangers).

  16. Post update

    Emyr Huws (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

  19. Post update

    Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Bunn.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough23154434122249
2Derby23138235132247
3Hull24135634171744
4Brighton23111113123844
5Burnley24118534231141
6Ipswich2310763330337
7Sheff Wed249963528736
8Brentford2410683633336
9Birmingham2410682826236
10Cardiff238962825333
11Wolves248793132-131
12Reading2486102928130
13QPR247982931-230
14Leeds237972325-230
15Nottm Forest237882322129
16Blackburn2361072220228
17Preston2461081921-228
18Huddersfield2467112836-825
19Fulham235993641-524
20MK Dons2464142032-1222
21Rotherham2363142838-1021
22Bristol City2449112243-2121
23Charlton2447132041-2119
24Bolton24211111937-1817
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