QPR 1 Nottingham Forest 1
By Ben Kosky THIS looked like a good opportunity to resurrect that old debate about whether Radek Cerny or Lee Camp is the better goalkeeper. It didn t turn out that way, mainly because Camp had much less to do than he ever did when fighting what sometime
By Ben Kosky
THIS looked like a good opportunity to resurrect that old debate about whether Radek Cerny or Lee Camp is the better goalkeeper.
It didn't turn out that way, mainly because Camp had much less to do than he ever did when fighting what sometimes seemed a one-man battle against relegation for QPR.
Cerny did his reputation no harm with two excellent early saves and another just before half-time - while his former rival for the Rs number one shirt was largely inactive.
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None of that reflects on the respective merits of the two keepers - more on the paucity of what was probably QPR's least effective forward line since they returned to Championship level.
Heidar Helguson's continued selection is puzzling and yes, Alessandro Pellicori scored against a demoralised 10-man Exeter, but looked exactly what he is on Saturday - an average journeyman.
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Contrast that with the options at the disposal of Forest boss Billy Davies, who was able to replace his front two and still leave Robert Earnshaw on the bench.
Davies might not have needed to make any changes had Forest converted their early chances, with Cerny diving left to foil Radoslaw Majewski and getting up to block the rebound from Joe Garner.
The dangerous Majewski also set up David McGoldrick, who wriggled clear of Damion Stewart, but somehow drilled wide with the Rs' goal gaping in front of him.
It was against the run of play when Rangers grabbed a 26th- minute lead, Mikele Leigertwood advancing from the right and unleashing a left-foot curler that soared past Camp from 30 yards.
Adel Taarabt looked their best hope of increasing that advantage, creating the space for moves that ended with Gary Borrowdale rifling a half-volley over and Pellicori finding the side netting.
But Forest deservedly levelled 12 minutes into the second half as Dele Adebola headed down Camp's clearance and McGoldrick nipped between Borrowdale and Kaspars Gorkss to smash home.
Substitutes Rowan Vine and Akos Buzsaky finally tested Camp, but it was the arrival of Forest sub Dexter Blackstock that really added flavour to the mixing bowl.
Rangers hearts skipped a beat when their former striker got in a shot that spun off Cerny and drifted towards goal, only for Peter Ramage to hook it off the line.
But, although Camp courted controversy by hauling down Helguson outside the box, both sides have yet to sample the taste of victory.