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Blackburn 1-1 Queens Park Rangers

Hope Akpan
Hope Akpan's goal ended a run of three straight defeats for Blackburn Rovers

Hope Akpan's late equaliser earned Blackburn a draw against QPR in a tightly fought Championship encounter.

Leroy Fer opened the scoring from close range after Rovers keeper Jason Steele had missed Junior Hoilett's cross.

Sebastian Polter had a shot well saved by Steele, while Shane Duffy had a header cleared off the line for Rovers.

Both sides struggled to create chance in the second half, before poor defending allowed Akpan to head in Ben Marshall's throw-in at the far post.

Akpan's late goal, his second since joining Rovers from Reading in August, means QPR are still without a win since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was appointed as manager on 4 December.

Rangers were gifted their opening goal, as Steele left Fer the easiest of finishes when he rushed out to gather Hoilett's low cross and failed to gather in the ball.

Duffy almost gave Rovers an unlikely equaliser on the stroke of half-time, but Matt Phillips reacted quickly to stop his header from Craig Conway's corner.

The hosts rarely tested QPR keeper Joe Lumley in the second half, but the 20-year-old failed to deal with Marshall's long throw to gift Akpan an equaliser.

Blackburn manager Paul Lambert said:

"How we went down a goal, I don't know. All credit to the team, I thought the very least we deserved was to get something from it.

"I was happy with them coming back. We've had a wee bit of a hard time the last few weeks and we're playing against a good side.

"I thought it was no more than we deserved. It's a big point."

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said:

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Hasselbaink on QPR draw at Blackburn

"There were so many positives that really I should only look really at those positives and we need to build from those positives. If you keep performing like that, that win will come.

"I'm not really that worried or nervous, I'm very proud of the boys and how they have performed.

"They should have got more but football is cruel, you just need to make sure that the next time it is you that does it and keep on working."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 10Marshall
  • 22DuffySubstituted forWilliamsonat 77'minutes
  • 5Hanley
  • 3Spurr
  • 31Bennett
  • 29EvansSubstituted forLenihanat 66'minutes
  • 21Akpan
  • 32Conway
  • 16LawrenceSubstituted forBrownat 66'minutes
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 9Brown
  • 14Olsson
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor
  • 26Lenihan
  • 33Raya

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 24Perch
  • 5Onuoha
  • 4Hall
  • 15Konchesky
  • 20Henry
  • 18Faurlin
  • 7PhillipsSubstituted forPetrassoat 88'minutes
  • 10Fer
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forCheryat 90+1'minutes
  • 33Polter

Substitutes

  • 8Chery
  • 12Mackie
  • 21Luongo
  • 26Angella
  • 28Tözsér
  • 34Petrasso
  • 45Hudnott
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
12,285

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a cross.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Tjaronn Chery replaces Junior Hoilett.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Michael Petrasso replaces Matthew Phillips.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Queens Park Rangers 1. Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Hanley with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Attempt saved. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Karl Henry.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Shane Duffy.

Attempt missed. Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Hand ball by Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Brown replaces Tom Lawrence.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Darragh Lenihan replaces Corry Evans.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Thomas Spurr tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Sebastian Polter (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Karl Henry following a set piece situation.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Fer with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Hand ball by Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Shane Duffy tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Matthew Phillips (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough25174437122555
2Derby261310338182049
3Hull25145636181847
4Burnley26129539231645
5Ipswich2612863631544
6Brighton26111143127444
7Sheff Wed2611963930942
8Birmingham2611783128340
9Cardiff2591063026437
10Wolves2610793534137
11Brentford26106103736136
12Reading2697103129234
13Preston2681082323034
14Nottm Forest2671182625132
15Leeds2671182730-332
16Huddersfield2687113536-131
17QPR2671093134-331
18Blackburn2561182322129
19Fulham2669114246-427
20Rotherham2673163244-1224
21MK Dons2665152138-1723
22Bristol City2649132346-2321
23Charlton2648142147-2620
24Bolton26211132142-2117
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