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QPR 2-2 Charlton Athletic: Naby Sarr levels late on as Addicks deny R's

Marc Pugh peels away after scoring for QPR
Marc Pugh put Rangers in front for the second time, but it was not enough for all three points

Naby Sarr scored deep into injury-time to earn Charlton Athletic a precious point in a derby draw with Queens Park Rangers, although their winless run still moves on to 11 games.

The Addicks twice had to come from behind in the first meeting of the sides since April 2016, as Lyle Taylor nudged the ball past Joe Lumley on his first start since August to cancel out Geoff Cameron's opener when Charlton failed to clear a Eberechi Eze free-kick.

Marc Pugh, having combined with impact substitute Bright Osei-Samuel to restore the lead, looked to have won it for Rangers with his goal 20 minutes from time.

But Sarr, pushed up front in desperation by away boss Lee Bowyer, pounced on a sloppy back-header by the home defence and kept his cool to beat Lumley five minutes into time added on.

The draw leaves Charlton six points above the bottom three, while Rangers went from just three points away from Swansea in sixth, to five points adrift.

Although they remain on a long winless run, this point will feel like a moral victory for Bowyer, whose side has been decimated by injuries in recent weeks.

Despite the welcome return of Taylor, defender Lewis Page, midfielders Josh Cullen, Jake Forster-Caskey, Beram Kayal and Erhun Oztmer, and forwards Chuks Aneke and Tomer Hemed were all absent.

He was not afraid to make an early change in swapping Jason Pearce for Ben Purrington, and switching to three at the back which seemed to bring the visitors into the game after a bright opening by the hosts.

QPR could have had the game in the bag had Nakhi Wells and Osei-Samuel both taken golden chances one-on-one with Dillon Phillips, who frustrated the visitors with some big saves.

Likewise, Taylor struck the woodwork with a header at 2-1 down, and Alfie Doughty fizzed a shot just wide as Charlton had their own opportunities to pinch it.

QPR manager Mark Warburton:

"We weren't clinical enough. Everyone will naturally focus on an equaliser with 11 seconds to go but the fact is the game should have been over by then.

"If we're more clinical then it relieves the pressure and removes the nerves of the crowd. The game should have been out of sight. We didn't finish them off.

"We had 21 shots on goal and 11 on target. But football's about putting the ball in the back of the net and if you're not clinical you can pay the price - and we paid the price with 11 seconds to go."

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer:

"It may be that change of luck. For the ball to fall to Naby a couple of things went our way - they should probably have cleared it and it ended up going into Naby's path.

"Hopefully that's the bit of luck that we needed and things start going our way because of late there's a lot of things not been going our way.

"It was the least we deserved. We created a hell of a lot of chances and on another day we should win the game comfortably. If we'd have lost this game it would have been another tough one to take."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 4Hall
  • 37Leistner
  • 14ManningBooked at 53mins
  • 5Cameron
  • 8AmosBooked at 55minsSubstituted forScowenat 78'minutes
  • 10Eze
  • 7PughSubstituted forChairat 78'minutes
  • 21WellsSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 66'minutes
  • 9HugillBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 3Wallace
  • 6Smith
  • 11Scowen
  • 12Ball
  • 19Chair
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 33Barnes

Charlton

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Phillips
  • 2MatthewsBooked at 89mins
  • 5Lockyer
  • 23Sarr
  • 3PurringtonBooked at 11minsSubstituted forPearceat 27'minutesBooked at 53mins
  • 15PratleyBooked at 17mins
  • 14LekoSubstituted forMorganat 11'minutesBooked at 53mins
  • 45DoughtySubstituted forOshilajaat 88'minutes
  • 11Gallagher
  • 17Bonne
  • 9Taylor

Substitutes

  • 4Oshilaja
  • 6Pearce
  • 16Ledley
  • 19Morgan
  • 20Solly
  • 30Maynard-Brewer
  • 33Dempsey
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
16,166

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home21
Away11
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Charlton Athletic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 2, Charlton Athletic 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Queens Park Rangers 2, Charlton Athletic 2. Naby Sarr (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ilias Chair.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Geoff Cameron.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Manning.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilias Chair.

  10. Booking

    Adam Matthews (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adam Matthews (Charlton Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Manning with a cross.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Adedeji Oshilaja replaces Alfie Doughty.

  15. Post update

    Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Albie Morgan (Charlton Athletic).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Ryan Manning tries a through ball, but Jordan Hugill is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lockyer (Charlton Athletic).

As It Stood

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2Leeds23145436152147
3Fulham23115735251038
4Preston2311573527838
5Brentford23114834181637
6Swansea2310763027337
7Sheff Wed22106633201336
8Bristol City229853432235
9Nottm Forest229762823534
10Blackburn2210483028234
11Hull239683731633
12Cardiff238963432233
13Millwall238962930-133
14QPR239593744-732
15Birmingham2384112434-1028
16Reading2275102827126
17Derby236892131-1026
18Charlton2367103032-225
19Huddersfield2367102635-925
20Middlesbrough235992132-1124
21Luton2362152847-1920
22Barnsley2347123146-1519
23Stoke2353152537-1218
24Wigan2246122035-1518
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