Sunday November 4, 2012 Day 10 Finished Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers 1 - 1 Reading

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  1. Premier League - Reading hold QPR as pressure grows on Hughes

    Premier League - Reading hold QPR as pressure grows on Hughes

    QPR and Reading remain the only professional teams in English football without a league win this season following an action-packed 1-1 draw at Loftus Road. More

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    Time:90'
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • Reading
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    • 90+6' FULL TIME. QPR denied by some fine goalkeeping from McCarthy as both sides remain without a league win this season.
    • 90+6' Nelsen with a block to deny Kebe after a stunning run from the Reading winger, and now Cisse hammers a shot just wide!
    • 90+4' Hunt slams a shot wide as Reading look for a late, late winner.
    • 90+3' Le Fondre is booked for diving after going to ground under minimal contact from Taarabt in the box. It is the right decision.
    • 90+2' Robson-Kanu connects with a cross but heads the ball at Cesar, while Zamora does likewise at the other end as McCarthy grabs the ball once again. End-to-end stuff.
    • 90+1' Ferdinand and Morrison clash heads and the QPR man needs treatment.
    • 90' We will have five added minutes here.
    • 89' Diakite has a shot blocked as QPR heap more pressure on Reading. Can they find the breakthrough?
    • 88' Roberts is replaced by Adam Le Fondre in the Reading attack.
    • 87' A chance for Leigertwood as he drives a shot off target from 20 yards. Reading have a flicker of a chance but it is all QPR at the moment.
    • 85' Taarabt with yet another shot but this time he drags the ball across goal and well, well wide. He has had so many chances and will rue that one from a few minutes ago if QPR don't get a win.
    • 84' Traore replaced by Nedum Onouha in the QPR defence.
    • 83' What a save! QPR break with intent and Cisse plays in Taarabt with a lovely square pass. The playmaker takes a touch past Gunter but produces a poor attempt from only 10 yards out as McCarthy sticks out his boot to save his low effort. Tremendous.
    • 82' Zamora, not fit enough to start, is thrown on by QPR as he replaces Mackie.
    • 81' Shorey with a corner that Robson-Kanu gets his head to, but the substitute can't steer the ball on target despite being unmarked.
    • 80' Hal Robson-Kanu appears as a substitute for Reading, replacing McAnuff.
    • 79' Granero's third free kick of the afternoon is the worst though as he fails to get enough dip on the ball and it flies over the bar.
    • 78' Gorkss comes in from behind on Cisse as the striker lays the ball off and concedes a rather needless free kick. Just 20 yards out and Granero likes it...
    • 76' It is pretty much all QPR at the moment and it appears for all the world if that there is a winner, it will come for the home side. They really need all three points today.
    • 74' Diakite makes another surging run but his finish is poor as he pings a low effort just wide of the post.
    • 73' Taarabt plays in Traore but the former Arsenal man's cross is headed clear by Morrison. More pressure on the visitors but they withstand it once again.
    • 72' Stat from Infostrada: "Djibril Cisse scores his second goal in all comps for QPR this season. His other goal was also against Reading at Loftus Road, in the 3-2 League Cup defeat in September."
    • 71' Nelsen needs to make another fine clearance from a Tabb cross as Roberts was lurking behind him, ready to pounce from six yards out.
    • 69' What a run from Kebe. He slaloms away from Traore but his finish lacks accuracy as he drives the ball past the upright. This game could have a frantic conclusion.
    • 68' Taraabt forces McCarthy into another excellent save with a firm drive from range. QPR can scent three points here.
    • 67' What a moment for QPR. Owner Tony Fernandes leapt out of his seat in the stands. They look to have a decent chance of winning this now.
    • 66' GOAL! QPR 1-1 Reading! Relief for Rangers as Cisse has them back level! Diakite lays the ball back to Bosingwa on the right and Cisse meets a cross from the right-back with a cushioned touch before poking the bouncing ball past McCarthy. A classy conversion.
    • 64' Now Granero gets angry because Hunt is dazed and is taking a while to come off the pitch following treatment. The striker gestures that he felt Granero was guilty of an elbow.
    • 63' Ouch. Granero raises his arm when leaping for the ball and catches Hunt in the face. That was clumsy, if we are being generous.
    • 62' Here's the first change of the game as the ineffectual McCleary is replaced by Jimmy Kebe. A like-for-like replacement on the Reading right.
    • 61' Meanwhile, Hoilett cuts in from the left and instead of trying to square for a team-mate produces a poor attempt from a tight, tight angle. What a waste.
    • 60' Replays show that Morrison had a good hold of Mackie's shirt and did spin him round. However, Mackie also had a grip of his opponent. It wouldn't have been an outrageous decision.
    • 59' Chance for QPR! Hoilett plays the ball square to Cisse, who sees his shot blocked. When QPR regain possession and a low cross comes in for Mackie, the forward goes to ground and howls for a penalty. We will need a replay of that.
    • 58' Reading are coping pretty well with QPR at present and the chances appear to have dried up a bit for the home side, who are now staring at a very damaging defeat unless they can break the visitors down.
    • 56' Shorey picks out Leigertwood from the corner and he jumps well, only to get the wrong contact on the ball as he sends it high into the air.
    • 55' Roberts teases Bosingwa with some silky skills on the Reading left and the striker wins a corner as he outfoxes the QPR defender.
    • 54' Stat from Infostrada: "QPR have scored 13 PL goals in the first-half at Loftus Road since the start of the 2011-12 season. Of the teams in the division both this season and last season, only Aston Villa (11) have scored less first-half goals at home. Stoke City have also netted 13."
    • 52' Gunter and McCleary combine on the right but the return pass from the winger to the Wales international is too heavy and Gunter can't prevent it running out of play.
    • 51' A lovely skip from Diakite to lose Leigertwood. He is having a good game. However, the move peters out.
    • 50' Stat from Infostrada: "Only Southampton (14) have conceded more second-half goals in the PL than Reading (13) this season. In total, Reading have conceded 80 second-half PL goals, more than any other team in the three seasons they have been in the PL combined."
    • 49' Granero goes close! This time McCarthy is stationary as the Spaniard curls his free kick towards the near top corner. It goes just inches wide.
    • 48' Diakite drives forward again and draws a foul 20 yards from goal. Granero wants this one too...
    • 47' Early pressure from Reading as Nelsen needs to stick out a leg to clear behind from a dangerous cross from McAnuff. The visitors enjoy two corners in succession, the second of which comes to little.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • 45+1' HALF TIME. QPR go short as Taarabt and Diakite combine but Reading clear, and again when QPR pump the ball back in. A few boos are heard as the whistle goes.
    • 45' We will have one added minute, as QPR win a late corner...
    • 43' Stat from Opta: "QPR have mustered just four goals in their last six Premier League games at Loftus Road."
    • 42' Now Hoilett is penalised for a foul when it is an accidental collision. He is rather unhappy with that decision.
    • 41' Tabb brings down Armand Traore with a clumsy challenge and that is fortunate for QPR as they would have been exposed had Reading take possession.
    • 39' Outstanding save! McCarthy stretches full-length to tip Granero's curling free kick onto the bar, before Taarabt slams a volley over from the rebound. That was absolutely brilliant from the Reading keeper, brilliant.
    • 38' Mackie embarks on a jinking run and is brought to ground by Morrison 20 yards out. This is in a nice position...
    • 37' This is looking grim for QPR. They aren't making the most of the half-chances that are coming their way and there looks to be little cohesion about their play.
    • 36' Granero plays the ball into Boswinga and he shifts onto his right foot before thumping the ball high and wide. A poor effort. Now Taarabt shoots straight at McCarthy.
    • 35' Stat from Infostrada: "It was the fourth time Reading have opened the scoring in the PL this season (one more than Arsenal). They have gone on to draw in all of the previous three PL matches in which they have opened the scoring in the PL this season."
    • 34' Hunt goes into the book for Reading for a sneaky foul and he is the first man to be shown a yellow card.
    • 33' Reading win a free kick and after Cesar painstakingly assembles his wall, Shorey gets too much elevation on his attempt and sees the ball soar over.
    • 32' Roberts tries to work space in the box and find an angle but just when he thinks he has one, Nelsen sticks in a boot to block.
    • 31' Mackie and Gunter get involved in a wrestling match by the touchline and the Scot then tussles with Leigertwood. At least he is showing some fighting spirit.
    • 29' Taarabt surges forward from the centre circle but after finding himself with the goal to aim at 25 yards out, his side-footed attempt is far too close to McCarthy. He looks QPR's best option at present.
    • 28' Nice work from Nelsen. In the clash of the veterans, he dispossesses Jason Roberts as the striker tries to dart around him in the box and get a shot away.
    • 27' Taarabt tries his luck to the right of the box and after losing Nicky Shorey he floats in a cross that is claimed by McCarthy.
    • 26' Cisse holds the ball up well to bring Taarabt into play and the Moroccan takes the ball forward before sending a sizzling shot just inches over the bar. It was a decent hit and Reading can't afford to allow him that much space.
    • 25' This has been a concerning start for QPR. They've had a couple of chances but would have been expected to control proceedings given they are at home and possess a better calibre of player.
    • 24' QPR go short from a corner and McCarthy has a spot of bother when dealing with Taarabt's delivery, before eventually getting a grasp of the ball.
    • 23' Now Leigertwood makes a crucial interception at the other end as he sticks in a boot to prevent Hoilett from getting a first-time shot away inside the box. Excellent work.
    • 22' Stat from Infostrada: "Defender Kaspars Gorkss opens the scoring for Reading against his old team. It was the second time he has scored against QPR at Loftus Road this season, after also netting in Reading’s 3-2 League Cup win at QPR in September."
    • 21' Reading go forward in search of a second and Mikele Leigertwood brushes off two challenges all too easily before hitting a shot into the stands from 25 yards.
    • 20' A storming run from Diakite and his picks out Cisse with his cross, but from 12 yards the striker scuffs his shot horribly.
    • 19' Morrison gets his head to another corner and after Samba Diakite stupidly loses possession just outside his own box as QPR try to clear, it is another corner for the visitors.
    • 17' It was a lovely execution from a centre-back as Gorkss pulled out a scissor-kick, but Cesar was unfortunate as the strike took a touch off Ryan Nelsen before reaching him.
    • 16' GOAL! QPR 0-1 Reading! Gorkss scores against his former side! Morrison gets his head to a corner at the second attempt and Cesar pushes his effort onto the bar, but Gorkss is well placed to snap up the rebound and his acrobatic effort takes touches off Cesar and Granero before sneaking in.
    • 15' QPR go close! Taarabt plays a straight pass forward for Junior Hoilett and he thumps a shot just wide of the post from 20 yards. McCarthy looked a touch concerned.
    • 14' Nice work from Jobi McAnuff as he skips inside Jose Bosingwa to win a corner off the QPR defender. This ushers in a spell of Reading pressure but they are unable to carve out a proper chance.
    • 12' Chance for QPR! Cisse cuts in from the right channel and guides a shot towards the top corner with his right instep from 20 yards. However, keeper Alex McCarthy sees it fly just over. A decent effort from the Frenchman.
    • 11' For fans of haircuts: Granero is sporting a very short look today with Cisse dying his Mohican blue in a gesture of solidarity with his team, or something.
    • 10' Mackie looks the most promising avenue for QPR so far. He is stationed out on the right but with a brief to drift central when required. He almost scored an equaliser at Arsenal last weel.
    • 8' Stat from Infostrada: "Both clubs have yet to win in the PL this season, QPR after nine matches, Reading after eight. The longest a club has gone without a win from the start of a PL season was Swindon Town, who failed to win in their first 15 PL matches in 1993-94. They finished that season bottom and were relegated."
    • 7' A lively enough start, even if neither keeper has been made to work just yet. Reading are sprightly across the midfield and having the better of things in that area at the moment.
    • 6' Rangers go up the other end and win a corner of their own as Adel Taarabt has a shot deflected behind. Esteban Granero with the delivery but he can't pick out a hooped shirt.
    • 5' Another chance for Reading! Jay Tabb turns sharply 30 yards from goal and drives towards the box before slipping in Noel Hunt. The striker takes a touch and then sees a low effort deflected wide of the post. Nothing comes of the corner, but this is bright from the visiting side.
    • 3' Young Reading defender Morrison has to be alert to the danger when Mackie tries to break through the middle. He pokes a pass back to Alex McCarthy, who clears.
    • 2' Early pressure from Reading. A free kick picks out Gorkss in the box but the former QPR defender can't direct his header on target. He should have done better with that.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 13:30 One final piece of food for thought: these are the only two sides in England's top four divisions who are yet to win a league match this season. Will that change today? I fancy a QPR win.
    • 13:25 My name is Tom Adams by the way and I will be taking you through events at Loftus Road. You can get in contact with me on Twitter should you wish. Follow Tom Adams on Twitter!
    • 13:20 Time for some Opta stats: "There have been five red cards in the last four league meetings between Reading and QPR, with Rangers having one player dismissed in each of those games. Jobi McAnuff has provided 36% of Reading’s assists this season, the highest proportion of any player in the division. Julio Cesar has been called into a save every 20 minutes on average, making him the busiest keeper in the top-flight."
    • 13:15 While it was expected that Reading would struggle this season, though, QPR were thought to be likely top-half contenders, only for a shocking start to the season to reduce them to the status of relegation battlers. Mark Hughes still has the faith of owner Tony Fernandes though and says he is unconcerned by speculation.
    • 13:10 Quite remarkably, Reading stick with the same back four that conceded seven against Arsenal in a result that left manager Brian McDermott a broken man. Reading set unwanted records
    • 13:05 QPR captain Park misses out with a knee injury and joins Bobby Zamora, struggling with a hip problem, on the sidelines. Shaun Wright-Phillips is dropped and Stephane Mbia is suspended so in come Anton Ferdinand, Jamie Mackie and Djibril Cisse. Reading are missing Jem Karacan and Danny Guthrie while Sean Morrison earns his first Premier League start.
    • 13:00 TEAMS: QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Traore, Mackie, Granero, Diakite, Taarabt, Hoilett, Cisse. /// Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Shorey, Gorkss, Morrison, Leigertwood, Tabb, McCleary, McAnuff, Hunt, Roberts.
    • 12:55 Despite that, QPR have actually been playing okay of late and were hardly torn apart by Arsenal last weekend. Meanwhile, Reading come into this game having conceded a four-goal lead and lost 7-5 to Arsenal in a quite remarkable Capital One Cup game on Tuesday.
    • 12:50 Reading have four points from eight games and sit in 18th place, already five points behind Aston Villa, though Villa have played two games more. QPR are at the foot of the table with just three points and another defeat will leave them in big trouble.
    • 12:45 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of what is already being described as a relegation six-pointer between QPR and Reading. It's only November, but this game is assuming quite a bit of importance.
  • Summary

    • 90+6' Nelsen with a block to deny Kebe after a stunning run from the Reading winger, and now Cisse hammers a shot just wide!
    • 83' What a save! QPR break with intent and Cisse plays in Taarabt with a lovely square pass. The playmaker takes a touch past Gunter but produces a poor attempt from only 10 yards out as McCarthy sticks out his boot to save his low effort. Tremendous.
    • 81' Shorey with a corner that Robson-Kanu gets his head to, but the substitute can't steer the ball on target despite being unmarked.
    • 79' Granero's third free kick of the afternoon is the worst though as he fails to get enough dip on the ball and it flies over the bar.
    • 68' Taraabt forces McCarthy into another excellent save with a firm drive from range. QPR can scent three points here.
    • 66' GOAL! QPR 1-1 Reading! Relief for Rangers as Cisse has them back level! Diakite lays the ball back to Bosingwa on the right and Cisse meets a cross from the right-back with a cushioned touch before poking the bouncing ball past McCarthy. A classy conversion.
    • 59' Chance for QPR! Hoilett plays the ball square to Cisse, who sees his shot blocked. When QPR regain possession and a low cross comes in for Mackie, the forward goes to ground and howls for a penalty. We will need a replay of that.
    • 56' Shorey picks out Leigertwood from the corner and he jumps well, only to get the wrong contact on the ball as he sends it high into the air.
    • 49' Granero goes close! This time McCarthy is stationary as the Spaniard curls his free kick towards the near top corner. It goes just inches wide.
    • 39' Outstanding save! McCarthy stretches full-length to tip Granero's curling free kick onto the bar, before Taarabt slams a volley over from the rebound. That was absolutely brilliant from the Reading keeper, brilliant.
    • 29' Taarabt surges forward from the centre circle but after finding himself with the goal to aim at 25 yards out, his side-footed attempt is far too close to McCarthy. He looks QPR's best option at present.
    • 26' Cisse holds the ball up well to bring Taarabt into play and the Moroccan takes the ball forward before sending a sizzling shot just inches over the bar. It was a decent hit and Reading can't afford to allow him that much space.
    • 16' GOAL! QPR 0-1 Reading! Gorkss scores against his former side! Morrison gets his head to a corner at the second attempt and Cesar pushes his effort onto the bar, but Gorkss is well placed to snap up the rebound and his acrobatic effort takes touches off Cesar and Granero before sneaking in.
    • 15' QPR go close! Taarabt plays a straight pass forward for Junior Hoilett and he thumps a shot just wide of the post from 20 yards. McCarthy looked a touch concerned.
    • 12' Chance for QPR! Cisse cuts in from the right channel and guides a shot towards the top corner with his right instep from 20 yards. However, keeper Alex McCarthy sees it fly just over. A decent effort from the Frenchman.
    • 13:00 TEAMS: QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Traore, Mackie, Granero, Diakite, Taarabt, Hoilett, Cisse. /// Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Shorey, Gorkss, Morrison, Leigertwood, Tabb, McCleary, McAnuff, Hunt, Roberts.
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