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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
16:45 19th January 2013
By  @OfficialQPR

WEST HAM 1, QPR 1

LOIC Remy scored on his debut for Queens Park Rangers but it was not enough to hand them all three points against West Ham United this afternoon.

The Frenchman scored after 14 minutes to put the R’s ahead at Upton Park.

However, Joe Cole’s second half leveller was enough to ensure the spoils were shared as Rangers stretched their unbeaten run to five matches in 2013.

Clint Hill signalled Rangers intent inside two minutes when he headed Adel Taarabt’s corner over from 10-yards before QPR survived a scare at the other end. 

West Ham’s short corner to Mohamed Diame saw him flash the ball across goal but Winston Reid couldn’t connect as it went out for another corner. Joe Cole’s corner, this time from the other side, was met by the head of Marouane Chamakh who flicked it on to Nolan inside the 6-yard box forcing R’s keeper Julio Cesar to save brilliantly with his legs on 8 minutes.

However, after soaking up that early pressure from the Hammers,  striker Loic Remy made himself an instant fans favourite with the R’s faithful. Taarabt picked the ball up in the centre circle - after West Ham gave away possession - and with Remy timing his run to perfection Taarabt hit a delightful ball in behind the Hammers back four allowing Remy to beat the offside trap and finish coolly past Jaaskelainen from outside the box with almost his first touch in English football.

QPR then survived a penalty appeal from West Ham on the half an hour mark. First Shaun Derry grappled with Chamakh before Shaun Wright-Phillips tangled legs with the Arsenal loanee also. Fortunately, referee Howard Webb waved away the home sides appeals much to the relief of Rangers.

The first half finished with Taarabtt firing high and wide from distance with West Ham having previously enjoyed superior possession launching a number of high balls into the QPR box that caused Redknapp's side problems.

Joe Cole tried to catch Cesar unaware with a cross in the opening five minutes of the second period but his floated effort to the back post was dealt with by the Brazilian stopper before he again thwarted Cole with a strong save at his near post from the midfielders’ angled drive from the right.

Shaun Derry was a relieved man to see the ball go behind for a goal kick after four chances for West Ham in quick succession followed his mistake. The experienced midfielder headed the ball to Chamakh in his own six-yard box. Luckily his header was blocked before Diame had two shots charged down, the second headed over on the way by Nolan as Rangers escaped.

Cesar continued to be the busier of the two keepers and he was again on hand in the 61st minute to keep out Chamakh’s header from ten-yards after Jarvis picked the Irons forward out. 

However, Rangers luck was out seven minutes later when West Ham finally broke their resistance. The Hammers worked the ball out wide to Jarvis who picked out substitute Carlton Cole. His header from 10-yards was well saved by Cesar but he could only parry to the waiting Joe Cole who tapped in from close range to level the score.

Stephen Mbia made an important block with his head from Reid’s powerful shot seven minutes from time before Fabio had to get back to clear off the line after Joe Cole capatilised on some sloppy defending from Rangers.

QPR then failed to take advantage of a rare attack forward when Mbia capatilised after Nolan gave up possession. Remy was available to the Cameroonian’s right but he hesitated to give him the ball and by the time the French international was picked out West Ham were able to get men back and block his shot.

Winston Reid headed over the bar for the home side from Joe Cole’s corner in injury time as both sides settled for a point.
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