Hoilett earns QPR a point at Huddersfield
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Junior Hoilett earned QPR a point as they came from behind to secure a draw at Huddersfield on Saturday.
James Vaughan gave Huddersfield the lead on 35 minutes, but just three minutes later Hoilett slotted home a shot from 10 yards.
It was the Canadian’s first goal of the season, and ensured that Harry Redknapp’s side headed back to west London with a deserved point.
Clint Hill captained Rangers in central defence alongside Nedum Onuoha, with Danny Simpson at right-back and Yun Suk-Young on the left.
Spaniard Esteban Granero replaced the injured Alejandro Faurlin in central midfield, while up front Bobby Zamora was dropped to the bench as new signing Charlie Austin started alongside Andy Johnson.
And it was Austin, making his first league start since his move from Burnley, who had the first chance of the afternoon, but the forward mis-kicked after he was put through on goal by Johnson.
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At the other end, a poor QPR clearance fell to Oscar Gobern, who was off-target, before Hill’s slip allowed Martin Paterson to shoot across goal and wide.
QPR had made the more assured start, but it was Huddersfield who took the lead. Vaughan took advantage of slack defending from the visitors to score from two yards out for his third goal in three games.
The visitors were not behind for long however. Barely two minutes later, Yun Suk-Young crossed from the left, and Hoilett converted from 10 yards.
Hoilett then almost grabbed a second before half-time, but his shot, which was heading for the top corner, was deflected wide.
The former Blackburn man began the second half in similarly dangerous fashion, his snap shot being well saved by Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies.
Austin then came even closer, heading Johnson’s cross against the crossbar. Barton was unable to convert the rebound as Huddersfield survived.
The game remained deadlocked despite QPR applying pressure. Granero was replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips, with Barton moving into central midfield.
Barton then forced Smithies into a save with a shot from 25 yards.
Huddersfield, second-best for much of the afternoon, might have stolen the win as the game edged into injury-time. Substitute Sean Scannell beat Green to the ball, but his shot trickled inches wide.
Hoilett side-footed a shot wide shortly afterwards, before Wright-Phillips turned his marker and forced a fine save from Smithies with almost the last kick of the game.
QPR: Green, Suk-Young, Hill, Onuoha, Simpson, Barton, Hoilett, Granero (Wright-Phillips), Henry (Jenas), Johnson, Austin.