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QPR 0-0 Stoke City: Sam Clucas & Grant Hall sent off in stalemate

Stoke City's Sam Clucas is shown a straight red card
Sam Clucas was sent off for the first time since seeing red for Hull City in the Premier League against Arsenal in February 2017

Stoke City frustrated Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road as both sides finished with 10 men in the Championship.

Stoke were depleted after only eight minutes when referee Gavin Ward showed Sam Clucas a straight red card for a stamp on Josh Scowen.

Nakhi Wells had the best chance to open the scoring for Rangers, forcing goalkeeper Jack Butland into a fine save from a tight angle after the break.

QPR defender Grant Hall was sent off with three minutes remaining following a second yellow card as the points were shared.

The hosts had taken just three points from a possible 27 in the Championship going into the game, but they were given a big advantage following Clucas' dismissal in the opening quarter.

Rangers midfielders Massimo Lungo and Luke Freeman both saw shots well saved by Butland midway through the first half as Steve McClaren's side pushed for the opener.

Charlie Adam had Stoke's best chance of the first half, striking a long-range effort which sailed wide of Joe Lumley's net.

But the Potters, who were winless in their last 20 league visits to London since a 2-1 victory at Spurs in November 2014, rarely threatened.

QPR's Bright Osayi-Samuel saw his shot curl narrowly over after 63 minutes and forward Tomer Hemed had a header easily saved by Butland with 10 minutes remaining.

Following Hall's second yellow card for a foul on Stoke's Tom Ince, both sides seemed happy to settle for a draw.

The result meant the hosts remain in 18th with 43 points, while Stoke stay two points above them in 16th.

QPR boss Steve McClaren:

"Obviously we're frustrated. That's the overall feeling in the dressing room, the dugout and also among the fans.

"But I can't fault the players. We tried as much as possible to win the game and the attitude was there to win it.

"We finished the game with two wingers, two strikers, Luke Freeman in midfield - so we went for it. We just didn't have that quality."

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I thought our performance was full of character, work rate and discipline. I'm proud of the players today, that's how successful teams are made, they have that backbone and we showed that backbone today.

"We could have had more of a cutting edge but that was taken away from us with that early red card.

"I was bitterly disappointed. It was just a lack of discipline that cost us. We would have liked to have won here, but you have to adapt and we showed that we are adaptable today."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 8Cousins
  • 37Leistner
  • 4HallBooked at 87mins
  • 3Bidwell
  • 23WszolekBooked at 45minsSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 45'minutes
  • 11ScowenSubstituted forShodipoat 73'minutes
  • 21Luongo
  • 7Freeman
  • 32WellsSubstituted forFurlongat 89'minutes
  • 16Hemed

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 2Furlong
  • 10Eze
  • 14Manning
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 27Shodipo
  • 33Lynch

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 30Edwards
  • 17Shawcross
  • 14Batth
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 4AllenBooked at 31mins
  • 16AdamSubstituted forWilliamsat 72'minutes
  • 22ClucasBooked at 8mins
  • 7Ince
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forDioufat 85'minutes
  • 11McCleanBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 2Bauer
  • 5Williams
  • 18Diouf
  • 24Fletcher
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Federici
  • 38Woods
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
14,954

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

Attempt missed. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Edwards with a cross.

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Darnell Furlong replaces Nahki Wells.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) for a bad foul.

Foul by Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers).

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces Benik Afobe.

Attempt saved. Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

Jordan Cousins (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

Attempt blocked. Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Olamide Shodipo with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Olamide Shodipo (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Thomas Edwards.

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

Foul by Thomas Edwards (Stoke City).

Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Thomas Edwards (Stoke City) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Olamide Shodipo replaces Josh Scowen.

Foul by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Ashley Williams replaces Charlie Adam because of an injury.

Delay in match Charlie Adam (Stoke City) because of an injury.

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers).

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bright Samuel.

Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Cousins with a cross.

Attempt missed. Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Leistner.

goal

As It Stood

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