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Match Report: QPR 1-1 Everton (QPR Fan's Perspective)

Sunday 4th March 2012
A Bobby Zamora header earned QPR a deserved point in a close-fought encounter at Loftus Road.

But it was a case of another week, another opportunity missed by QPR.

With only one win in 15, it's a miracle that we are yet to fall into the relegation zone. After three consecutive league defeats, QPR came into this game lacking in confidence.

Hughes made three changes to last weeks team with Armand Traore, Shaun Derry and Akos Buzsaky taking their places in the starting XI.

The visitors started brightly and were unfortunate not to take the lead when a long throw caused confusion in the QPR box and Tim Cahill smashed the ball against the crossbar from 15 yards. However, QPR soon settled and Buzsaky saw a well-struck free kick saved by Tim Howard.

Everton took the lead on 31 minutes. Fellaini robbed Adel Taarabt of possession on the half way line and fed Royston Drenthe. He unleased an unstoppable 25 yard effort which flew into the bottom corner of the net. It was a fantastic strike from the Dutchman but questions should be asked as to why he wasn't closed down quicker.

QPR responded well to going a goal behind and were soon level. An outrageous piece of skill from Adel Taarabt in the corner drew a foul from Royston Drenthe. Buzsaky took the resulting free kick and his delivery was headed into the net by Zamora.

The goal gave the home crowd and players a noticeable lift and they ended the half strongly. QPR should have gone in at half time 2-1 up after hitting the post twice in a matter of a seconds.

A long kick forward from Paddy Kenny was controlled superbly by Bobby Zamora. He fed Adel Taarabt on the edge of the box and his curling effort came back off the inside of the post. The ball fell to Zamora who teed up Akos Buzsaky. He found himself four yards from an open goal yet somehow managed to side-foot his effort against the post when it seemed easier to score.

With a squirrel invading the pitch during the half, the QPR fans sang 'You should have passed to the squirrel' but really it was no laughing matter. We will see at the end of the season just how crucial that miss will prove to be.

QPR started the second half in a positive fashion but found it difficult to break down the stubborn Everton defence. Chances were few and far between in a scrappy half where both teams gave the ball away too frequently. Positive substitutions from both teams failed to spark the game into life and the match ended 1-1.

For Everton, it was another solid, if unspectacular, performance. Sylvain Distin was excellent at the back and Steven Pienaar impressed in midfield.

However, it remains a mystery to me how Marouane Fellaini was not shown a yellow card and maybe even a red. He committed foul after foul, leading with his elbow in every challenge. Having been on the end of five red cards this season and numerous other poor decisions, QPR can rightly feel hard done by.

Taking into account Buzsaky's miss, QPR can feel a little unfortunate not to have taken all three points. The players showed fantastic effort and commitment for 90 minutes and showed that they won't go down without a fight. Despite giving the ball away for Everton's goal, Taarabt had another good game.

He really is not getting any luck at the moment and could quite easily be sitting on 10 Premier League goals this season if he was getting the rub of the green. Zamora led the line well, despite being isolated at times. However, Clint Hill was a clear Man of the Match. He was outstanding at centre back, winning every header against the imposing figure of Denis Stracqualursi.

With Djibril Cisse and Samba Diakite returning from suspension next week, QPR will have a full squad to choose from for the first time under Mark Hughes. A huge game at Bolton awaits and 3 points would really kickstart our season.
Jawad Laouira

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