Rangers hit a Wall as Lions hold on

RANGERS lost their 100 per cent home record on Tuesday night to a dogged Millwall side after failing to score for the first time this season.

RANGERS lost their 100 per cent home record on Tuesday night to a dogged Millwall side after failing to score for the first time this season.

Although they were roared on by 15,325, their biggest crowd of the campaign, the Championship leaders were unable to find a way through the Lions defence.

Rangers began brightly, with Kyle Walker firing a cross at pace that Heidar Helguson could only head wide, while Akos Buzsaky’s drive was beaten out by David Forde.

But Millwall more than held their own, stifling the Rs with a 4-1-4-1 formation as centre-backs Darren Ward and Paul Robinson kept the free-scoring home attack under a tight rein.


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Top scorer Jamie Mackie always looked most likely to break the deadlock for the Rs, blazing one chance over and then firing at Forde’s legs after Walker had skipped into the box to set him up.

Rangers forced a string of corners at the start of the second half but were unable to make them count, although Clint Hill might have done better when his header ballooned over the bar.

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Adel Taarabt then found space from Buzsaky’s free-kick, but Forde tipped his shot around the post and, from the corner, Tony Craig’s desperate block denied Helguson.

At the other end, Walker’s pace rescued Rangers when Steve Morison sped away on the counter-attack, although Jimmy Abdou did retrieve the move and set up Morison for a far-post header that Paddy Kenny clawed behind.

QPR boss Neil Warnock resisted the temptation of dipping into his stock of substitutes, trusting in his starting 11 to come good in the second half as they had done in every previous home game this season.

On this occasion, Warnock’s faith was misplaced – and Millwall might even have taken all three points when Kenny dived to push away Chris Hackett’s piledriver late on.

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