SUBSTITUTE Jermaine Easter’s last-gasp leveller denied QPR victory over Millwall.
Goals from Niko Kranjcar and Charlie Austin looked to have handed Rangers all three points at The Den.
Kranjcar opened the scoring in stunning style in the 26th minute, before Scott McDonald equalised for the hosts shortly after the interval. Austin then dinked home in the 69th minute following Kranjcar’s slide-rule pass.
But Easter had the last say for the Lions, with his shot crashing home off the foot of the post.
There were few opportunities in the opening stanza, as both sides attempted to feel their way into a typically-atmospheric London derby.
The only real chance inside the first 10 minutes fell to Junior Hoilett.
Kranjcar, Gary O’Neil and Danny Simpson were all involved in a lovely Rangers move and when the ball was eventually worked to Hoilett on 10 yards, only Nicky Bailey’s excellent, sliding intervention stopped the R’s winger from pulling the trigger.
In truth, the first half was also one of limited opportunities though the visitors looked much more comfortable in possession.
QPR almost led in spectacular fashion just past the 20-minute mark.
Kranjcar let a Benoit Assou-Ekotto throw-in bounce over his shoulder before his thunderbolt 30-yard half-volley crashed back off the upright.
Millwall had strong claims for a penalty waived away midway through the first period when Austin clashed with Liam Trotter in the box.
And Rangers took the lead in the same move.
Hoilett broke on the counter attack and when Joey Barton fed Kranjcar 20 yards from goal, he arrowed an unstoppable effort into the right-hand corner of the net.
The home side fashioned their best attempt of the first half soon after. Martyn Waghorn’s expert centre from the left was headed into the side-netting by Trotter at the back post.
Kranjcar almost produced another blockbuster shortly before the half-time whistle sounded but saw his shot from distance deflected wide by Lions captain Paul Robinson.
Hosts Millwall levelled with the first real chance of note in the second period on 51 minutes.
Richard Dunne was dispossessed by Trotter on the left-hand byline before the midfielder’s low cross was turned home by McDonald from close range.
Following the goal, the closing period was already much more open than the first. Austin almost regained the lead for Rangers but saw his goal-bound shot blocked by the home defence.
But the Hoops striker wasn’t to be denied at the second time of asking.
Kranjcar stayed strong to hold off his marker before sliding Austin through on goal. He didn’t disappoint thereafter, clipping the ball over the onrushing David Forde and into the goal.
Rangers substituted Kranjcar with Ale Faurlin in the 72nd minute. The Croat received a rapturous reception from the travelling QPR contingent following an excellent individual display.
Kranjcar’s replacement, Faurlin, was involved moments later as QPR went close to adding a third goal. His pass was received by Hoilett who then forced a fine stop from Forde.
Rangers sent on Matt Phillips and Jermaine Jenas for Hoilett and O’Neil respectively in the closing stages.
However, after five minutes of stoppage time were signalled, Harry Redknapp’s side were unable to secure all three points.
Substitute Easter equalised for Millwall deep into time added on, riding two challenges before finding the net via the foot of the left-hand post.