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21:35 20th October 2015


RANGERS encountered their first goalless draw of the Sky Bet Championship season against Sheffield Wednesday at Loftus Road.

A contest lacking in quality, QPR were unable to turn possession into clear-cut opportunities in the first half.

After the half-time break, the visitors started the brighter and when the fixture became an end-to-end affair towards its conclusion, neither side, frustratingly, could take the chances that fell before them.

Hoops head coach Chris Ramsey made three changes to his starting line-up following Saturday’s 2-1 reverse at Birmingham City.

Clint Hill, Massimo Luongo and Daniel Tozser were all brought into the team, at the expense of the suspended James Perch, Karl Henry and Leroy Fer.

Rangers fashioned the first attempt early on. After the home side won a corner in the second minute, Tozser’s subsequent right-flank corner was headed wide by Sandro.

Apart from a Sandro booking that soon followed for a mistimed challenge on Jose Semedo, there wasn’t much else of note inside the opening quarter hour.

Matt Phillips did send over a teasing low cross in the 16th minute that looked set to be met by Tjaronn Chery on six yards, but Semedo was on hand to produce a last-ditch intervention.

Five minutes later, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’ blast from distance was parried by Keiren Westwood into the path of Chery, who was ruled offside when he followed up from two yards.

The Dutch midfielder was also involved again soon after when he volleyed wide from the edge of the box following Sandro’s assist.

Sheffield Wednesday’s first real opportunity arrived in the 30th minute. A lovely exchange helped free Barry Bannan 12 yards from goal, but he got his effort all wrong thereafter.

No further opportunities arrived before half-time, although the finish to the first period was delayed by some time, around 12-and-a-half minutes in fact, when QPR’s Hill and visiting man Modou Sougou clashed midway into the home half.

Unfortunately, the Wednesday midfielder was then stretchered off after lengthy treatment.

The away side started the second half brightly and Paul Konchesky had to produce a last-gasp challenge to thwart substitute Lucas Joao in the 55th minute, who used pace and power to burst into the penalty area with the ball. Lewis McGugan then clipped an effort over.

At the other end, and three minutes later, Phillips thundered a shot just past the target for the R’s from 20 yards.

Rangers boss Ramsey opted for a first change in the 69th minute. Fer came on, in place of Emmanuel-Thomas.

Moments after that substitution, Phillips worked another opportunity for himself on the edge of the area, arguably QPR’s best so far, but the winger blazed over with the target in sight.

In the 74th minute, Tom Lees headed wide for Wednesday, with an effort that did little to worry Rob Green in the Rangers goal.

Meanwhile, three minutes later, Joao nodded another chance over for the visitors.

Owls goalkeeper Westwood pulled off the save of the night to deny Chery in the 78th minute, who was picked out wonderfully well at the back post following Phillips’ centre from the right.

This fast became an end-to-end spectacle towards the death, and Wednesday’s Joao was unlucky not to do better when he flicked a Ross Wallace corner just wide. Soon after, Luongo skewed past the post for Rangers in the 84th minute.

Three minutes of added time were then signalled – however, neither team could find that all-important breakthrough.

First, Tozser shot over for the R’s, before Bannan wasted a fantastic chance from 12 yards for the visitors after a counter-attack move.
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