QPR hold Leeds in stalemate

PUBLISHED: 17:18 11 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:18 11 March 2017

Queens Park Rangers' Conor Washington battles with Leeds United's Luke Ayling (pic Dave Howarth/PA)

Queens Park Rangers' Conor Washington battles with Leeds United's Luke Ayling (pic Dave Howarth/PA)

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Leeds United's Alfonso Pedraza battles with Queens Park Rangers's Darnell Furlong (pic Dave Howarth/PA)Leeds United's Alfonso Pedraza battles with Queens Park Rangers's Darnell Furlong (pic Dave Howarth/PA)

Queens Park Rangers held promotion-chasing Leeds United to a goalless draw to deny the hosts the chance to keep up the pressure on the Championship top two at Elland Road.

The Yorkshiremen failed to get into their stride against a dogged Rangers side and are now 11 points off the automatic promotion places.

And in fact it was the Londoners who enjoyed the better of the chances, with Conor Washington wasting great chances either side of the break to snatch a win for Ian Holloway’s men.

Leeds, who have now drawn two matches in a row, created few clear-cut opportunities of their own, with the Rangers defenders keeping dangerman Chris Wood silent throughout.

The visitors started strongest with Luke Freeman firing wide, before Darnell Furlong glanced a header past the post.

And Matt Smith headed a 12th-minute corner wide as QPR continued to enjoy the best of the early chances.

Veteran goalkeeper Rob Green, who was making his 600th league appearance against his former club, saved well from Washington to keep the scores level two minutes later.

But Alfonso Pedraza brought the best out of Alex Smithies as Leeds registered their first attempt after 18 minutes.

Jake Bidwell’s dangerous low cross-shot flashed across goal 10 minutes before the break for the away side, while at the other end Kemar Roofe had a shot deflected for a corner following a dangerous run.

And Kyle Bartley saw his header from the resulting set-piece blocked by a crowd of Rangers defenders as half-time approached.

Luke Ayling’s teasing cross was headed away under pressure by Furlong as Leeds started strongly after the break.

But Green saved well after 48 minutes as Smith again proved tough to beat in the air, before Bidwell’s shot was also comfortably stopped.

As the match approached the hour mark, Furlong hammered a woeful effort from the edge of the box into the South Stand as the game went through a quiet spell.

Ayling’s cross was cut out by the visiting defence as Wood prepared to pounce after 61 minutes.

The visitors were guilty of throwing away a 4-on-3 break a minute later as a loose ball allowed Bartley to get back and cover, while Washington wasted a great chance to fire Rangers ahead when he lashed an effort wide from 15 yards with just the goalkeeper to beat.

Wood flicked a header wide after 69 minutes from Pablo Hernandez’s cross, before Green saved well from Freeman after Furlong’s long throw caused bother.

And although Leeds continued to push in the closing stages they could not find a way through a strong QPR defence.

QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Hall, Lynch, Furlong, Luongo, Freeman, Bidwell, Wszolek (N’Gbakoto 79), Washington (Mackie 80), Smith (Sylla 78). Unused subs: Goss, Ingram, Manning, Morrison.

Attendance: 30,870.

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