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23:06 21st June 2012
By  @OfficialQPR

QPR came from behind to earn a point against Norwich City at Carrow Road.

An entertaining affair throughout, the Canaries took the lead after only 11 minutes when Simeon Jackson headed home Anthony Pilkington’s hanging cross.

But Rangers responded just eight minutes later to take a share of the spoils.

Djibril Cisse saw his penalty saved after he was originally felled in the box, before Bobby Zamora was on hand to drill home the loose ball. 

In light of last weekend’s home defeat to Swansea City, Hughes made two changes to his Rangers side for the trip to Carrow Road.

Armand Traore and Zamora both came into the starting line-up, with Nedum Onuoha and Adel Taarabt dropping to the bench. New signing Jose Bosingwa was also among the substitutes.

The changes meant the R’s reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

Rob Green kept his place in goal, behind a back four of Fabio da Silva, Anton Ferdinand, Clint Hill and Traore.

Captain Ji-Sung Park partnered Samba Diakite in the centre of midfield, with Jamie Mackie and Hoilett marshalling the flanks.

Zamora joined Cisse in attack.

For the home side, there were debuts for both Sebastien Bassong and Javier Garrido following their recent moves from Tottenham Hotspur and Lazio respectively.

The contest enjoyed an extremely open start, with the visitors fashioning the first attempt in the 7th minute.

Cisse instigated the move, finding Mackie down the right who ghosted past his marker before dragging a low effort straight at John Ruddy.

But Norwich were soon on the attack themselves – finding the opening goal of the afternoon on 11 minutes.

Jackson and Grant Holt combined excellently before the latter found Pilkington out wide on the left.

In space, the Canaries wide-man looked up before delivering a telling cross for Jackson on six yards, who had the simple task of heading home.

It took Rangers just eight minutes to put themselves on terms.

Hughes’s men were originally awarded a penalty after Hoilett’s ball into the box saw debutant Bassong clatter into the back of Cisse.

The French ace also stepped up to take the spot-kick. However, when his effort forced a fine stop from Ruddy, Zamora was alert to smash home the loose ball.

Already boasting two goals, this was fast becoming a scrappy affair but one that saw Norwich enjoy the better chances as the first half progressed.

Russell Martin nodded a Robert Snodgrass free-kick past the post on 25 minutes, before Pilkington’s rasping low drive was caught at the second attempt by Green a minute later.

The R’s keeper was also called into action three minutes before half-time, tipping Snodgrass’s 25-yard blast around the post.

With Hill – who enjoyed a fierce battle with Holt in the first period – already on a booking, Hughes opted to introduce Onuoha at the defender’s expense at the interval.

Norwich had the first opportunity of the second half just a minute in. Jackson turned on a misplaced clearance before firing a shot into the side-netting. 

Rangers missed a chance of their own three minutes later. Zamora’s lovely, dinked pass over the top of the Canaries defence put Cisse in the clear, but the striker was unable connect with the former Fulham 
man’s ball.

Jackson was then involved once again for City in the 52nd minute, thundering an effort over the bar from 20-yards out.

Much like the first half, this was a fast-paced, end-to-end spectacle – not always pleasing on the eye, though nonetheless real edge of the seat stuff.

Rangers grew in confidence as the half progressed – as did their possession count.

It was Norwich, however, who went close in the 65th minute, after Leon Barnett headed Snodgrass’s teasing free-kick wide from close range. 

Snodgrass was again involved two minutes later, breaking away from Traore before his cross just evaded Jackson.

City missed an even better opportunity soon after, with Snodgrass in the thick of the play once more when he somehow headed Jonny Howson’s pinpoint centre just over.

Bosingwa was handed his Rangers debut in the 70th minute, brought on to replace Traore.

Norwich almost won it in the 83rd minute. Pilkington’s cross from the left was met by Martin, whose header smashed off the face of the bar.

Norwich City: Ruddy, R. Martin, Johnson, Bassong, Snodgrass, Howson, Holt (Morison 87), Jackson (C. Martin 87), Pilkington, Garrido, Barnett.

Subs: Rudd, Surman, Hoolahan, Tierney, R. Bennett.

Goals: Jackson (11)

QPR: Green, Diakite (Derry 85), Traore (Bosingwa 70), Ferdinand, Hill (Onuoha 46), Park, Cisse, Mackie, da Silva, Hoilett, Zamora.

Subs: Murphy, Johnson, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips.

Goals: Zamora (19)

Bookings: Hill (24), Ferdinand (82)

Referee: Mr M Clattenburg

Attendance: 26,317
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