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Cardiff City 0-0 Queens Park Rangers

Anthony Pilkington
Anthony Pilkington strikes for goal as ex-England defender Paul Konchesky looks to make the block

Cardiff City's Championship play-off hopes took a big hit as they failed to beat QPR at the Cardiff City Stadium.

A poor first half saw both sides fail to register a shot on target, but both might have snatched the points in an entertaining second period.

Sammy Ameobi shot over in injury time as Cardiff sensed a dramatic winner.

The Bluebirds remain seventh, five points behind Sheffield Wednesday who were held by Ipswich, while QPR remain 11th.

The first half was especially tense, with Cardiff failing to carve out a single clear-cut opportunity against a dogged and reserved QPR, managed by former Cardiff player Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Anthony Pilkington was the man most likely for Russell Slade's men, his turn and shot on ten minutes from Sean Morrison's knock-down was brilliantly blocked, before Grant Hall denied him 20 minutes later with a similarly brave effort.

Lee Peltier
Lee Peltier of Cardiff City is pulled down by Sebastian Polter of Queens Park Rangers

Matt Phillips provided the best outlet for the visitors, but save for one tame effort easily held by David Marshall in the City goal, they did not really threaten.

The hosts needed to produce more after the interval and started brightly, Scott Malone's tempting cross met by Pilkington, but he could only head into the side-netting with the angle against him.

However, the visitors were also showing more attacking intent and the dangerous Phillips forced Marshall to save with a fiercely struck effort from 20-yards.

Tjaronn Chery had the next chance for the Londoners, but he was also denied by Marshall.

The Bluebirds sent on Sammy Ameobi and switched to an attacking 4-3-3 system in search of the all-important breakthrough, but it was the forehead of Morrison that almost gave them their moment.

He met Peter Whittingham's corner and the ball seemed destined for the net, but Matt Ingram made a stunning stop to keep Cardiff at bay.

Lex Immers
Lex Immers looks to win possession

Russell Slade's men continued to apply pressure, with Craig Noone curling inches over the crossbar with around 15 minutes of normal time remaining.

They pushed further and further forward, with Marshall once again doing well as he denied Massimo Luongo's breakaway effort with Cardiff desperately pushing on in search of a winner.

Joe Ralls burst through with only a minute remaining but saw his penalty shout turned down before Ameobi blazed over the crossbar when a cooler head was needed.

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told BBC Radio London:

"I think it's a fair result. If we come here earlier in the season, he (Cardiff manager Russell Slade) would probably not put as many players forward.

"Then I would say he would be happy with a 0-0. They're chasing the play-offs, so it's a little bit different for him.

"I'm looking at the performance and I'm happy with the performance.

"Yes, I would like to penetrate a little bit more and work the goalkeeper, but the performance was very good."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2PeltierBooked at 49mins
  • 4Morrison
  • 16Connolly
  • 28Malone
  • 11Noone
  • 22O'KeefeSubstituted forAmeobiat 66'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 7WhittinghamSubstituted forGunnarssonat 81'minutes
  • 27ImmersSubstituted forZohoreat 80'minutes
  • 13PilkingtonBooked at 14mins

Substitutes

  • 6Turner
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 21Moore
  • 26Zohore
  • 37Lawrence
  • 38Ameobi

QPR

  • 29Ingram
  • 5Onuoha
  • 4Hall
  • 6Hill
  • 15KoncheskyBooked at 81mins
  • 21Luongo
  • 18Faurlin
  • 20Henry
  • 8CherySubstituted forEl Khayatiat 72'minutes
  • 7PhillipsSubstituted forWashingtonat 84'minutes
  • 33PolterSubstituted forGladwinat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Washington
  • 11Gladwin
  • 13Lumley
  • 19El Khayati
  • 23Hoilett
  • 34Petrasso
  • 42Kpekawa
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
27,874

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Grant Hall.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Noone.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Malone.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

  11. Post update

    Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Malone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Clint Hill.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Gladwin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Washington.

  16. Post update

    Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Alejandro Faurlin (Queens Park Rangers).

  19. Post update

    Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough42267959273285
2Burnley422314566343283
3Brighton422215563392481
4Hull4121101058302873
5Derby422013961382373
6Sheff Wed421815961421969
7Cardiff421616105244864
8Ipswich421613134848061
9Birmingham421611154743459
10Preston421415134040057
11QPR421317125248456
12Leeds421315144452-854
13Brentford41158185862-453
14Wolves421314154954-553
15Reading421312174851-351
16Huddersfield421310195659-349
17Bristol City421212184665-1948
18Blackburn421114173942-347
19Nottm Forest421114173643-747
20Fulham421114176372-947
21Rotherham42138215164-1347
22MK Dons42911223560-2538
23Charlton42812223773-3636
24Bolton42414243978-3926
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