QPR got back on track by earning a more than deserved point at Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening.
In a game of limited chances, the R’s had the better of it but they were unable to find the net in south Wales.
Defensively, Rangers were solid and goalkeeper Liam Kelly was rarely troubled as he collected his second clean sheet of 2020. The draw moves QPR on to 39 points.
In terms of team news, manager Mark Warburton made five changes to his starting XI.
Angel Rangel, Yoann Barbet and Ryan Manning were restored to the back-line, while experienced duo Geoff Cameron and Marc Pugh came into midfield.
The R’s deployed their now familiar 4-2-3-1 formation and the opening chance fell their way on three minutes when Jordan Hugill fired over the crossbar from a central position.
The R’s had been in the ascendancy from the off and they came very close to breaking the deadlock on 10 minutes. The opener, had it arrived, would’ve come in calamitous circumstances.
Manning whipped in a deep cross and, realising that the ball was about to land just outside the penalty area, goalkeeper Freddie Woodman pulled his arms away from it. The loose ball bounced up into the air and defender Kyle Naughton was just able to beat Jordan Hugill to it to clear the danger.
At the other end, Andre Ayew saw a strike hit a Swansea teammate and go behind for a goal-kick with 26 minutes on the clock. It was Rangers who looked the more dangerous though and, moments after a mazy Ebere Eze run was halted by the Swans defence, Bright Osayi-Samuel slammed a strike against the legs of Woodman.
Barbet was next to try his luck on 39 minutes. His 25-yard effort deflected behind for a corner and from that set-piece the same man steered a Grant Hall flick-on wide of the target.
Three minutes before the break some fantastic link-up play between Eze and Osayi-Samuel concluded with the latter firing into the arms of Woodman.
The teams headed in level at the break and it took until the hour mark for the first effort of the second period to arrive. When it did, it came via the head of Hall, whose effort landed in the arms of Woodman.
With 70 minutes gone, Cameron had a stinging drive deflected behind and a couple of minutes later a low Osayi-Samuel cross just evaded everyone in the middle.
Any touch on a cross would probably have taken the ball into the net and, at this point, Rangers were looking the likelier of the sides to score.
A teasing cross from Swans substitute Aldo Kalulu gave the R’s something to think about on 85 minutes. Rangers got the danger clear and they then sent in a dangerous delivery of their own through Manning. Osayi-Samuel could not apply the finishing touch at the far post, though.
Swansea upped their attacking threat in the closing stages but they were kept at bay by the dogged R’s and the game ended all square.