Millwall deny QPR with last-gasp equaliser

Niko Kranjcar

Niko Kranjcar - Credit: EMPICS Sport

Championship: Millwall 2 QPR 2

Jermaine Easter equalised in stoppage-time as Millwall held promotion hopefuls QPR to a point in an entertaining contest at the Den.

Niko Kranjcar’s first QPR goal gave Harry Redknapp’s side the lead in the first half, but Scott McDonald levelled for the hosts just after the break.

Charlie Austin restored the visitors’ lead with just over 20 minutes remaining, but as the clock ticked down Easter netted his side’s second to earn Millwall a valuable point.

The draw kept QPR second in the table behind leaders Burnley, with the top two set to clash at Turf Moor next weekend.

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Rangers came into the game having not conceded a goal since the 1-1 draw at Huddersfield in early August, and they edged ahead just past the halfway point in the first half.

Joey Barton broke into the penalty area, and set up his Croatian team-mate for his first QPR goal since he joined on loan from Dynamo Kiev on transfer deadline day.

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The goal was met with anger from the home fans, who believed Austin had fouled Liam Trotter moments before.

Trotter himself went close with a header wide, before Millwall brought themselves level on 51 minutes as Trotter set-up McDonald to score.

QPR responded in style, with the impressive Kranjcar setting up Austin to net his sixth goal in as many games, and that appeared to set the visitors on their way to all three points.

However, Easter rolled his marker and buried a shot in off the post, to earn Millwall a point which keeps them 18th in the table.

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