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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:05 3rd March 2012
By  @OfficialQPR

QPR 1, EVERTON 1

Bobby Zamora was on target for the R's, who came from behind to earn a point against Everton at Loftus Road.


Royston Drenthe's blockbuster put Everton ahead on 31 minutes, after Marouane Fellaini dispossessed Adel Taarabt.


But QPR battled back and, after Taarabt was hauled to ground by Drenthe on the left-hand by-line, Akos Buzsaky's telling set-piece was turned home by Zamora.


Rangers pressed for a second after the break - with Taarabt going particularly close for the hosts - but David Moyes's men held on for a draw.


R's boss Mark Hughes made three changes to his side for the visit of Everton.


Armand Traore, Shaun Derry and Buzsaky all came into the starting XI for Rangers, at the expense of Taye Taiwo, the suspended Samba Diakite and Jamie Mackie respectively.


QPR therefore reverted to a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Paddy Kenny in goal.


Nedum Onuoha, Anton Ferdinand, Clint Hill and Traore lined up in defence.


Derry and skipper Joey Barton were in defensive midfield, behind the more advanced trio of Shaun Wright-Phillips, Buzsaky and Taarabt.


Zamora led the R's line up front.


Luke Young, meanwhile, was named on the bench for Rangers - that after a month on the sidelines with a hamstring complaint.


The opening stanza proved to be a particularly tight one, though Everton did go exceptionally close to leading after just four minutes.


Phil Neville's throw-in from the left was flicked on by Fellaini for Tim Cahill, whose subsequent 18-yard effort crashed back off the crossbar.


Rangers themselves had chances early on.


On ten minutes, Buzsaky's scuffed shot from distance following a Barton corner fell for Hill inside the box, who could only drag an effort wide of the left-hand post.


Two minutes later, QPR went close again. The lively Taarabt won a free-kick 25 yards from goal and, when Buzsaky played a pinpoint centre on to the head of Hill, the defender - with his second chance in as many minutes - headed over the bar.


There was still little to choose between the two sides, although Rangers did look bright going forward.


That point was exemplified on 21 minutes. Wright-Phillips was tugged back on the edge of the Everton penalty area, before Buzsaky's resultant free-kick forced a smart block from Tim Howard.


At the other end, the Toffees had arguably their best chance of the contest to date four minutes later.


Drenthe's free-kick was nodded down by Sylvan Distin into the path of John Heitinga who, with not much time to react, directed a tame effort into the hands of a thankful Kenny.


Wright-Phillips was then unlucky not to better with a stooping header on the half-hour mark, seeing his effort creep just wide of the right-hand post following Taarabt's centre.


Just a minute later, Everton opened the scoring courtesy of stunning strike from Drenthe.


Fellaini disposed Taarabt just inside the R's half before Steven Pienaar found the former Real Madrid ace, whose beautifully-struck effort from fully 30 yards flew into the bottom left-hand corner.


That was harsh of Hughes's side. But the Welshman's troops continued to plug away and, with that, deservedly put themselves on terms just five minutes later.


Taarabt - arguably QPR's biggest threat in the first period - was cynically hauled to the ground by Drenthe on the left-hand by-line.


Thereafter, Buzsaky's dangerous free-kick was met by Zamora, whose header deflected off Howard before nesting into the back of the net.


And Rangers could - a probably should - have been in front heading into the break.


Taarabt was again involved, seeing his 20-yard curling effort bounce back off the foot of the right-hand post.


Zamora then reacted fastest to pick up loose ball, finding Buzsaky who also struck the post from all of six-yards out, before miscuing a second attempt that was comfortably gathered by Howard.


Rangers carried their positive momentum into the second half and almost took the lead just minutes after the interval.


Barton's corner from the right found Derry at the back post, whose scuffed shot was diverted just wide by Onuoha from ten yards.


The second period - in truth - was somewhat of a scrap for large parts, although it was QPR who continued to show more willingness to get forward.


Buzsaky twice fired over the bar with efforts from distance, before Taarabt went within inches of adding a Rangers second in the 67th minute.


Zamora's delightful cushioned header fell perfectly for Taarabt, who - despite miscontrolling at first - strode towards goal before lashing a low effort from the edge of the box just wide of the target.


The home crowd were now urging their side forward and it was Howard who was again tested on 77 minutes, producing a smart take to thwart Buzsaky, who let fly with an effort from 20 yards.


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