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PUBLISHED: 16:17 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 24 August 2010

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 23: Queens Park Rangers manager Iain Dowie looks on during the Pre Season Friendly Match between Northampton Town and Queens Park Rangers at Sixfields Stadium on July 23, 2008 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 23: Queens Park Rangers manager Iain Dowie looks on during the Pre Season Friendly Match between Northampton Town and Queens Park Rangers at Sixfields Stadium on July 23, 2008 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

QPR BOSS Iain Dowie hit back at his critics after the draw with Blackpool by declaring: There's an obsession in this country with 4-4-2. Rangers fans barracked their side during the first half of Tuesday night's game...

QPR BOSS Iain Dowie hit back at his critics after the draw with Blackpool by declaring: "There's an obsession in this country with 4-4-2."

Rangers fans barracked their side during the first half of Tuesday night's game and chanted for Dowie to change his favoured 4-2-3-1 system.

With his team trailing 1-0, Dowie obliged and Dexter Blackstock's 78th-minute equaliser - his sixth goal of the season - rescued a point.

But Dowie insisted: "There's an obsession in this country with systems, but it's about the players out there.

"We just didn't get going enough. We could have been 2-0 up at half-time and then there would have been no talk about systems.

"We've scored four at home twice this season using the system we started with tonight, and Emmanuel Ledesma got a hat-trick playing in it a couple of weeks ago.

"We've made a decent start to the season with that formation, reached the last 16 of the Carling Cup and are eighth in the table - one win away from fourth place.

"It's a system Spain used in Euro 2008. There's an obsession in this country with 4-4-2, which has hardly brought England great success down the years.

"I changed it at half-time because Blackpool had scored and were able to sit back and mark man-for-man, so I wanted to give them another problem up front."

The system QPR have used this season is becoming increasingly popular worldwide.

It is seen as a nightmare to defend against, with attacking midfield players being much harder to mark than two strikers pushed up against centre-backs.

Runners from deep worry defenders and Rangers are well stocked with that type of player, with the likes of Buzsaky, Ledesma and Lee Cook.

It is a very attacking formation but try telling that to the Rangers fans who saw Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Derby followed by a nervy first half against Blackpool and were baying for the return of their beloved formation.

Blackpool went ahead after 17 minutes, when Gary Taylor-Fletcher collected Damion Stewart's weak clearing header and fired into the top corner of the net from 25 yards.

Dowie made a double substitution at the interval, sending on Mikele Leigertwood and striker Patrick Agyemang.

But it was Dowie's third substitute, Buzsaky, who helped to haul Rangers level. The fit-again Hungarian, brought on with 18 minutes to go, curled a 30-yard free-kick against the bar and Blackstock was able to head home the rebound.

"I thought it was a very good display," Dowie added. "We caused them a massive amount of problems from set-pieces, especially in the second half.

"It was an unsatisfactory result but I can't be unhappy with the way we played. Should we have gone on and scored a winner? Probably. But I can't fault the desire."

Buzsaky's impact following his return from an ankle injury was a major plus.

"He'll be fully fit after the international break," Dowie predicted.

"I gave him a game at Villa and maybe let my heart rule my head by starting with him against Derby, and he was a bit below par. I know he's a quality player."

QPR: Cerny; Ramage, Stewart, Hall, Delaney; Mahon (Buzsaky 73), Parejo (Leigertwood 45); Ledesma (Agyemang 45), Rowlands, Cook; Blackstock.

Subs not used: Camp, Gorkss.

Star man: Blackstock

Attendance: 12,500


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