Saturday March 3, 2012 Day 27 Finished Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers 1 - 1 Everton

  • Zamora 36’
  • Drenthe 31’

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  1. Everton held as QPR end run of defeats

    Everton held as QPR end run of defeats

    QPR took a valuable point to end three Premier League games without a win, drawing 1-1 at home to mid-table Everton. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • Everton
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • - The point keeps QPR ahead of Blackburn on goal difference after Rovers equalised late on against Aston Villa, while the two teams below them - Bolton and Wigan - are now two points behind after losing. Table
    • 90+5' After the free-kick is taken, Friend blows up and the match ends 1-1.
    • 90+4' Derry with a late challenge on Coleman to pick up a yellow card.
    • 90+2' QPR defend an Everton corner as the fans' nerves are increasingly shredded.
    • 90+1' Fellaini's shot is saved by Kenny, but he was penalised for a foul anyway.
    • 90' Four minutes to be added on.
    • 89' Everton change: Stracqualursi, who has been absent all afternoon despite working hard, comes off for Seamus Coleman. The latter returning after seven games out with a thigh injury.
    • 88' He strikes it into the wall and Everton win a free-kick through Pienaar to take the pressure off.
    • 87' Clumsy from Fellaini to fell Barton. Buzsaky lining a free-kick up from a far more realistic distance... 25 yards.
    • 86' QPR with more of the attacking ball in midfield as the clocks winds down.
    • 84' The second half has not been a patch on the first, with many of the players looking fatigued. There is tension in the air late on... QPR need points, although the three teams below them are all losing. Premier League latest scores
    • 83' Everton have scored 27 PL goals – only Wigan (23) have netted fewer in the division. Stoke also have 27, having also scored once so far today. This is also their fewest goals at this stage of a PL season in six years since they had 19 goals from 26 PL matches in 2005-06.
    • 82' At least Rangers have kept 11 players on the pitch today - they have had five players sent off, the equal most in the PL this season alongside Bolto. All have come at Loftus Road. This is also the equal-most ever by a club at home in a single season, level with Bolton in 2001-02.
    • 81' Buzsaky thumps the free-kick, 40 yards out, well over the bar. He should not be shooting from there.
    • 80' QPR change: Taarabt comes off, and the supporters get their wish: Mackie comes on.
    • 79' Heitinga in the wars, but the challenge looked fair. And soon after he gives away another free-kick, closer to the Everton box.
    • 78' The fans want Jamie Mackie on the pitch. Mackie is two short of scoring his 50th English league goal.
    • 77' QPR moving the ball about around the away box as Everton's defence scampers around, and eventually Buzsaky hits a low strike that Howard saves and holds.
    • 76' QPR have scored fewer goals (4) in the last 15 minutes of PL games than any other team this season.
    • 75' Barton attacks a cross into the box and catches Hibbert with his elbow. Both players go down, but shake off their knocks quickly. Free-kick to Everton.
    • 74' Baines bludgeons his way down the left, with Derry cleaning up near the corner flag to concede a throw.
    • 73' Zamora heads away again - he is invaluable at both ends of the pitch. Fellaini offside when the ball is headed back in.
    • 72' Free-kick to Everton on the left. Baines and Pienaar over it.
    • 71' Taarabt with another shot, blocked by Heitinga again. Jelavic heads Buzsaky's corner away.
    • 70' Derry heads a Barton corner for goal that is blocked by Heitinga.
    • 69' Everton have now conceded 28 PL goals – only Manchester City (19), Liverpool (25) and Manchester United (26) have conceded fewer in the division.
    • 68' QPR building up a head of steam.
    • 67' Zamora wins the ball with his arm, it seems, but play continues and Taarabt gets a fortunate break off Neville... he is in on the left and shoots low just past the far post! Good try, but maybe he should have gone near post...
    • 65' Buzsaky sends a drive from distance over the crossbar. The fans applaud that effort.
    • 64' Great tackle from the side by Hill as Jelavic stampeded towards goal. And the offside flag takes the pressure off QPR in the second phase.
    • 64' Everton changes: On comes Nikica Jelavic for his second appearance since his timely move from Rangers, and also Leon Osman. Cahill and Drenthe make way.
    • 63' Yellow card for Fellaini for a challenge in midfield.
    • 62' Howard punches away the ball in, and Buzsaky shoots over from outside the box at the second attempt.
    • 61' QPR finally put together a move, with Hibbert conceding a corner in the right-back position.
    • 59' Eveton are unbeaten in their last five PL matches - their longest unbeaten run since seven in a row from February to April 2011.
    • 58' Fellaini had an arm on Zamora as a long ball came into the Everton box... would have been harsh to award a penalty though.
    • 57' In 11 days' time, Moyes will celebrate 10 years in charge of Everton. Little happening, in case you haven't guessed.
    • 56' The Rangers fans have been singing the name of Fernandes. They don't seem keen on the manager though.
    • 55' Everton looking to keep the ball more in midfield. They haven't started the half well.
    • 54' Re: that shot that came off the post late in the first half - before this game, Taarabt had had a total of 54 shots at goal without scoring – more than any other PL player yet to find the net. Team-mate Shaun Wright-Phillips was equal-second in the list with Stewart Downing - 45 shots each.
    • 53' The defender recovers and is back on a few seconds later. He took Barton full-force in the ribs. Accidental, naturally.
    • 52' Ferdinand is down hurt after a studs-up challenge... by team-mate Barton!
    • 51' Good play down the left, with Taarabt teeing up Buzsaky. His effort is blocked by the arm of Distin... he appeals for a penalty, but he was so close to him and there was no intent in the handball.
    • 50' Taarabt plays off to a non-existent team-mate and Fellaini pounces to break into the box... and fire well wide of the near post. Poor all round.
    • 49' They have only scored five goals from set-pieces this season, the second-worst in the division. And there is why - Derry is all alone on the far side but volleys poorly across goal, with Onuoha getting a foot to it but the ball is well wide. Derry has scored one goal in seven years...
    • 48' Good control of the ball from Hughes's men in this half. Corner won off Distin by Taarabt.
    • 47' Fernandes back in the comfy seats of Loftus Road. Apparently he went around the pubs before kick-off to gauge what the supporters are thinking.
    • 46' QPR kick us off in tradtional blue and white hoops. They are now kicking from right to left.
    • - Born to Run: "Miss of the Season from Buzaky and school boy league­ defending as usual.We should be 3-0. up by now but­ there is good effort at least"
    • - The top four players in terms of ground covered in the first hakf: 1.Buzsaky 2.Barton 3.Fellaini 4.Neville
    • - What do you think about the match so far, and the half to come? Can Mark Hughes keep QPR up? Contact Jon Symcox on Twitter
    • 45+1' An entertaining first half comes to a close with the scoreline 1-1. No further news on the squirrel. It was a grey squirrel, which is disappointing.
    • 45' Fellaini wins the ball inside the box, but used his hand. Just as well, because his shot was going in before striker Denis Stracqualursi blocked it on the line!
    • 44' Off the post twice by QPR! Taarabt given the ball by Zamora, and his bending low effort comes off the inside of the back stick. Zamora gets to the ball and plays it back to Buzsaky, who somehow contrives to finish against the foot of the other post! Everton survive.
    • 43' Everton have won one of their last seven PL away matches at promoted clubs – the 2-1 win at Newcastle in March 2011.
    • 42' QPR have conceded in each of their last 17 PL matches – since a 1-0 home win against Chelsea on October 23. This is their longest ever PL run without a clean sheet and longest in the top flight since a 20-match streak from November 1978 to April 1979.
    • 41' Hefty challenge in a 50-50 between Baines and Onuoha. A full-blooded game so far this one.
    • 40' Nothing comes of the free-kick. Play continues, but the squirrel is apparently still somewhere on the field. I can't see it.
    • 39' Yellow card for Pienaar for not retreating 10 yards, presumably. Is this delay because of the squirrel? Seems to be. The cheeky bugger is facing the other way on the halfway line!
    • 38' Free-kick to Everton near the QPR box. And there is a squirrel on the pitch! I repeat, squirrel on the pitch.
    • 37' The Drenthe tackle was right in from of QPR and F1 boss Tony Fernandes, sitting with the fans today in a PR stunt. To be fair to the airline owner, he up in his scarf like a good 'un, screaming for the free-kick and card!
    • 36' GOAL FOR QPR FROM THE FREE-KICK! Buzsaky's delivery is excellent and Zamora wins the header at the near post, the ball coming off Howard as it goes in! 1-1.
    • 35' Taarabt with a lovely touch to nutmeg Neville near the corner flag and Drenthe takes him out with a terrible tackle! Yellow card.
    • 34' Onuoha and Barton work together on the right, but Pienaar manages to earn a goal-kick off the former.
    • 33' Taarabt has hold of the ball at a free-kick, keen to make amends. His strike from a few yards outside the box takes a deflection off the back of Neville's head and drops just wide!
    • 32' The chance came about because Taarabt messed about with the ball in midfield and was tackled by Fellaini. Pienaar picked it up and fed Drenthe, who did the rest.
    • 31' GREAT GOAL FROM DRENTHE! EVERTON LEAD 1-0! He unleashes a bouncing bomb from outside the box that slams into the bottom corner!
    • 30' QPR have won one of their last 14 PL matches – 3-1 at home to Wigan on January 21.
    • 29' Buzsaky and Taarabt work space on the left and the latter's right-footed cross is sent just wide by a Wright-Phillips diving header from the edge of the box.
    • 28' Zamora with a clever touch to put Wright-Phillips in behind the away defence, but his shot is saved and held by Howard. The flag is up anyway - he was just off.
    • 27' Wild effort from Drenthe, off-target. Replays suggest that it should indeed have been a free-kick for the challenge by Pienaar.
    • 26' QPR furious as Pienaar is not penalised for contact which puts Onuoha on his backside and gets away down the left. His cross deflects off Anton Ferdinand and Kenny has to tip over.
    • 25' This has been a decent contest so far, just lacking a goal.
    • 24' Baines whips in a free-kick from the right which comes off either Johnny Heitinga or Derry at the far post and Kenny claims. Great chance to score for the visitors.
    • 23' Zamora charges down a Distin clearance on the left side of the Everton defence and angles towards goal... he cuts through Baines and the recovering Distin, but the ball runs to Howard.
    • 22' Hughes has won one of his last 10 PL matches against Everton – his Manchester City side winning 2-1 at Goodison Park in April 2009. He has never won in all six previous PL home matches against them. David Moyes has won five, drawn five and lost two of 12 PL matches against Hughes.
    • 21' Buzsaky whips it across the wall, great disguised effort, and it is palmed away by Howard in the Everton goal.
    • 20' Shocking refereeing by Kevin Friend! Barton to the feet of Wright-Phillips just outside the box. He is fouled, but finds Zamora first, who puts Taarabt through on goal on the left - but the official blows up!
    • 19' Shaun Wright-Phillips for Nedum Onuoha as the right-back attacks... his low cross into the box is clerared.
    • 18' Drenthe fouled down the left side of the QPR box and Steven Pienaar will fancy this. But he leaves it for Baines... headed away by Bobby Zamora and Drenthe's first-time pass for Tony Hibbert on the right goes straight out of play.
    • 17' Great tackle from Leighton Baines. He hasn't missed a moment of Premier League football since October 2009.
    • 16' With four points from his first six PL games in charge at the club, it is Mark Hughes’s worst PL start to a new job. He had won five points with Blackburn, nine with Manchester City and eight with Fulham after his first six PL matches. Hughes: Red cards have hurt us
    • 15' Before that Barton was falling over in the box as he received the ball, and tried to hook it towards goal. It failed to test Howard.
    • 14' Drenthe looks to pounce on a loose ball on the touchline but Taarabt, slipping over, takes the ball away from him with his hand. We'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say it was an accident. Drenthe not best pleased, but no yellow card.
    • 13' QPR have taken just four points in 2012, whereas Everton have taken 15. But Everton have won just one of their last nine league matches at QPR – the 3-2 PL victory in March 1995.
    • 12' Lovely ball in from Buzsaky at the free-kick to find Hill at the back post, but he is travelling quickly and his header is off-target. Great chance for Rangers.
    • 11' Taarabt lively, fouled here as he comes inside Royston Drenthe. Queens Park Rangers (6) have more PL wins against Everton than any other team they have faced.
    • 10' When the corner is cleared to the edge of the box, Buzsaky volleys poorly back towards goal and Clint Hill shows a defender's touch as he diverts it well wide.
    • 9' Much better from the home side. Taarabt with a clever cross with the outside of his right foot, headed behind by Sylvain Distin.
    • 8' Barton with a positive run forward, but Tim Howard claims the cross.
    • 7' Adel Taarabt opens up the Toffees defence down the left, but Armand Traore cannot get a cross in. QPR need to see some of the ball though.
    • 6' Everton in the QPR half for a couple of minutes, winning more attacking throw-ins. Mark Hughes's Hoops dig in to defend. Moyes urges patience with Hughes
    • 5' Joey Barton in with a strong tackle on Leighton Baines as he attacks down the left flank. He helps him to his feet - then as he trots away, trips up over his own feet! Good recovery though. Someone tweet him.
    • 4' Cahill off the bar! A Phil Neville long throw is headed out as far as the Australian, who hooks a volley towards goal. It beats Paddy Kenny, but ricochets to safety.
    • 3' Brilliant turn from Marouane Fellaini to leave two or three QPR players standing. He finds Tim Cahill, who is tackled by Akos Buzsaky... free-kick awarded, very harsh.
    • 2' QPR have completed the PL double over Everton in two of the previous four seasons they have been in the same division.
    • 1' Everton kick off in yellow shirts with black shorts and will attack the goal to our left. Send predictions to Jon Symcox on Twitter
    • 14:55 The teams are out in bright sunshine. QPR are under fire, fourth from bottom, while Everton are safely ensconced in mid-table. Table
    • 14:53 QPR scored from their only shot on target when they won the reverse fixture against Everton back in August. QPR grab first win at Everton
    • 14:50 QPR have dropped more points from winning positions than any other Premier League side (15) and 13 of those have come at Loftus Road. Follow all today's games LIVE
    • 14:45 QPR have scored the highest percentage of first half goals in the Premier League this season (56%). Everton have scored the highest percentage of goals in the second half of games this season (73%). #nowthatsastat
    • 14:40 Everton have scored just 11 goals in their last 12 league games and only more than once on one occasion in that run. They have netted just four goals in their last six Premier League away games. Neville warning for QPR
    • 14:35 Rangers have won just one of their last 14 Premier League matches and gone 17 Premier League games without a clean sheet. They have also won one and lost five of their last six Premier League matches at Loftus Road. Hoops results and fixtures
    • 14:30 Stewart: "QPR poor form Everton in great form. One of those where you expect Everton to win but they don't. I will go 3 v 1 to QPR if 11 men on the field." /// WILLIAM: "I think Everton will get revenge for the loss earlier in the season. It will be a close game with Everton winning 0-1." Drop me a line on Twitter with your thoughts on today's game. Contact Jon Symcox on Twitter
    • 14:25 Rangers trio Akos Buzsaky, Shaun Derry and Armand Traore all return.
    • 14:23 Steven Pienaar returns to Everton’s starting line-up. The South African was cup-tied for the Toffees’ win over Blackpool but returns to the side in place of Landon Donovan who has returned to LA Galaxy. On the bench Nikica Jelavic is joined by the returning Phil Jagielka and Leon Osman.
    • 14:23 QPR: Kenny, Hill, Derry, Taarabt, Traore, Buzsaky, Barton, Wright-Phillips, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Zamora; subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Mackie, Young, Smith, Taiwo /// Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Heitinga, Distin, Drenthe, Neville, Fellaini, Cahill, Pienaar, Stracqualursi; subs: Mucha, Jagielka, Jelavic, Gueye, Barkley, Osman, Coleman
    • 14:20 Everton have won just one of their last six Premier League away games (W1 D3 L2). Toffees' results and fixtures
    • 14:15 Welcome to live coverage of Queens Park Rangers versus Everton in the Premier League.
  • Summary

    • 67' Zamora wins the ball with his arm, it seems, but play continues and Taarabt gets a fortunate break off Neville... he is in on the left and shoots low just past the far post! Good try, but maybe he should have gone near post...
    • 44' Off the post twice by QPR! Taarabt given the ball by Zamora, and his bending low effort comes off the inside of the back stick. Zamora gets to the ball and plays it back to Buzsaky, who somehow contrives to finish against the foot of the other post! Everton survive.
    • 36' GOAL FOR QPR FROM THE FREE-KICK! Buzsaky's delivery is excellent and Zamora wins the header at the near post, the ball coming off Howard as it goes in! 1-1.
    • 33' Taarabt has hold of the ball at a free-kick, keen to make amends. His strike from a few yards outside the box takes a deflection off the back of Neville's head and drops just wide!
    • 31' GREAT GOAL FROM DRENTHE! EVERTON LEAD 1-0! He unleashes a bouncing bomb from outside the box that slams into the bottom corner!
    • 21' Buzsaky whips it across the wall, great disguised effort, and it is palmed away by Howard in the Everton goal.
    • 20' Shocking refereeing by Kevin Friend! Barton to the feet of Wright-Phillips just outside the box. He is fouled, but finds Zamora first, who puts Taarabt through on goal on the left - but the official blows up!
    • 4' Cahill off the bar! A Phil Neville long throw is headed out as far as the Australian, who hooks a volley towards goal. It beats Paddy Kenny, but ricochets to safety.
    • 14:23 QPR: Kenny, Hill, Derry, Taarabt, Traore, Buzsaky, Barton, Wright-Phillips, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Zamora; subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Mackie, Young, Smith, Taiwo /// Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Heitinga, Distin, Drenthe, Neville, Fellaini, Cahill, Pienaar, Stracqualursi; subs: Mucha, Jagielka, Jelavic, Gueye, Barkley, Osman, Coleman

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      6.5 6
      Midfielders
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      Yellow Card 5.7 6
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      Substitution Out80′ 6.6 6
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      Subs
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      Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out63′ 6.1 7
      Yellow Card 6.8 6
      Strikers
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      Substitution Out89′ 5.5 5
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