Bristol City 1 QPR 1
PUBLISHED: 17:36 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010
BACK IN their traditional Hooped kit, 10-man QPR put in a far more purposeful performance in a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate on Saturday. Manager Ian Dowie kept the attacking 4-3-2-1 formation which had helped QPR triumph...
Bristol City 1
By Noam Friedlander
BACK IN their traditional Hooped kit, 10-man QPR put in a far more purposeful performance in a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate on Saturday.
Manager Ian Dowie kept the attacking 4-3-2-1 formation which had helped QPR triumph in their previous two games, but the Londoners found themselves on the back foot as City made a bright start.
Michael McIndoe made a neat interception and laid the ball off to Nicky Maynard, whose shot was cleared off the line by Rangers captain Gavin Mahon.
Just six minutes in some tricky work by Emmanuel Ledesma gifted QPR a corner, and Dexter Blackstock was inches away from toe-poking the ball over the line from the resulting cross.
Two minutes later a sparky run by Lee Cook set up Ledesma, who in turn fed Real Madrid loan player Daniel Parejo for a shot which glanced wide.
The opening goal, when it came, was scored in the 18th minute and in a comical fashion. Rangers' lone striker Blackstock raced towards the goal as Adriano Basso, the City keeper, came out to collect the loose ball.
Basso missed the ball and Blackstock fell to the floor, but instinctively swung his leg out to fortuitously flick the ball over the keeper and into the net.
But four minutes later Bristol were level, Dele Adebola scoring his customary goal against the Rs after collecting Brian Wilson's flighted cross from the left and finishing past Radek Cerny.
The visitors had the chance to re-establish their lead late in the half when Basso denied Cook, but the start of the second period was marred by the sending off of Ledesma following an off the ball incident with McAllister.
"It was a lesson for Emmanuel," said Dowie, "but the referee gave himself a problem with the first booking, which I felt was very harsh."
Martin Rowlands replaced Cook to solidify the midfield as Rangers put their backs to the wall, and they were rescued by Cerny with four minutes remaining as the Czech keeper leapt to his left to stop Adebola's looping diving header.
QPR: Cerny, Ramage, Stewart, Connolly, Delaney, Ledesmal, Leigertwood, Mahon, Cookl (Rowlandsl 54), Parejo (Agyemang 76), Blackstockl.