QPR 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1
By Ben Kosky PLAYERS and managers come and go with regularity, but one flaw remains constant – QPR do not have the attacking clout to kill teams off. That is no reflection on Jay Simpson, who battled manfully to lead the line and hold the ball up, but his
By Ben Kosky
PLAYERS and managers come and go with regularity, but one flaw remains constant - QPR do not have the attacking clout to kill teams off.
That is no reflection on Jay Simpson, who battled manfully to lead the line and hold the ball up, but his lack of support leaves Rangers struggling to construct enough clear-cut chances.
The Rs should have sent woeful Wednesday packing in Saturday's scrappy encounter, but had to settle for their fourth consecutive draw and boss Neil Warnock admitted: "That was the most frustrated I've felt since I've been here.
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"We haven't got a lot of physical threat up front and we haven't got too many options, but we've got to muck on with what we've got.
"If we had the team in place, I think we could cater better for someone like [Adel] Taarabt - he'd be far more beneficial if we had more physical presence up front."
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It says a good deal for Tamas Priskin's Rangers career that this was probably his best performance at Loftus Road - the Hungarian forward at least got into scoring positions, even if he failed to take advantage of them.
Priskin's header from a Taarabt corner flew wide and the striker then seized on Mark Beevers' slip to collect Mikele Leigertwood's pass, but the finish was beaten behind by Owls keeper Lee Grant.
Rangers snatched a deserved lead midway through the first half, working a short corner into the box and Alejandro Faurlin's header was knocked down by Damion Stewart for the Argentine to finally break his scoring duck.
Both sides gave the ball away far too frequently, but it was QPR who looked more likely to increase their tally, with Priskin shaving the crossbar on the turn after Kaspars Gorkss' header had been scrambled off the line.
Faurlin then tested Grant from distance after Eddie Nolan had hurriedly cleared a Peter Ramage cross and it wasn't until well into the second half that the Owls finally mustered a meaningful attack of their own.
James O'Connor should have done better than to head Tommy Spurr's cross directly into Carl Ikeme's hands, but Rangers failed to heed that warning and were undone by a similar move 13 minutes from time.
Substitute Jermaine Johnson picked out Spurr again and this time he clipped the cross to the back post, where Tom Soares arrived to outjump Matt Hill and head past Ikeme.
Rangers rang the changes, sending on Lee Cook and Rowan Vine in the closing minutes but, apart from a Leigertwood drive that Grant clawed over, they never looked like converting one point to three.