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Huddersfield Town vs QPR at John Smith's Stadium

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  • 2 Huddersfield Town

    • 6'‘ Yoann Barbet (OG)
    • 53'‘ Harry Toffolo
  • 2 QPR

    • 43'‘ Luke Amos
    • 58'‘ Ilias Chair

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Key Moments

  • Chair makes it 2-2!
  • Hosts regain lead through Toffolo
  • Amos levels just before half-time
  • Hogg heads Huddersfield in front
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  • 21 GK Nicholls
  • 20 D Turton (0‘)
  • 3 D Toffolo
  • 37 M Russell
  • 32 D Lees
  • 26 D Colwill
  • 24 M Sinani (0‘)
  • 6 M Hogg
  • 25 FWD Ward (0‘)
  • 8 M O'Brien
  • 16 M Thomas
  • 29 GK Westwood
  • 22 D Odubajo
  • 16 D McCallum
  • 15 M Field
  • 20 D Dunne
  • 6 D Barbet
  • 8 M Amos (0‘)
  • 17 M Dozzell
  • 14 M Thomas (0‘)
  • 9 FWD Dykes (0‘)
  • 10 M Chair

Substitutes

  • 9 FWD Rhodes
  • 18 GK Blackman
  • 23 D Naby Sarr
  • 19 M Holmes (0‘)
  • 7 M Anjorin (0‘)
  • 10 M Koroma
  • 2 D Pipa (0‘)
  • 37 M Adomah (0‘)
  • 7 M Johansen
  • 19 FWD Gray (0‘)
  • 11 FWD Austin (0‘)
  • 12 Ball
  • 28 D Sanderson
  • 38 GK Mahoney
Attendance:
19636
Referee:
Leigh Doughty

QPR came back from behind twice to earn a share of the spoils at Huddersfield Town.

In what turned out to be a thrilling Championship encounter, Town took the lead early on through an unfortunate Yoann Barbet own goal before the R’s levelled when Luke Amos netted from close range.

The hosts retook the lead shortly after the restart with a Harry Toffolo header but the R’s were not to be denied and Ilias Chair scored with a volley inside the box.

Mark Warburton made three changes from the side that lost last weekend to Preston, bringing in Keiren Westwood, Barbet and George Thomas at the expense of Murphy Mahoney, Dion Sanderson and Stefan Johansen.

Westwood (illness) and Barbet (knee) returned from injury, which meant the Irishman was between the sticks behind a back four, from left to right, of Sam McCallum, Barbet, Jimmy Dunne and Moses Odubajo.

Ilias Chair operated on the left with Amos on the right, while Sam Field and Andre Dozzell were in the centre of the park behind Thomas who was playing off Lyndon Dykes in attack.

The R’s have seen their playoff hopes slip in recent weeks but they went into this match knowing a win would put them within three points of the top six with four games remaining, such were results elsewhere ahead of kick off.

The Terriers, meanwhile, were looking to cement their play-off place, occupying third spot in the table and six points clear of seventh-placed Middlesbrough prior to the game.

Rangers got off to the worst possible start in Yorshire, conceding on six minutes from Huddersfield’s first corner of the game. 

Jonathan Hogg flicked on Danel Sinani’s near-post delivery and as Barbet tried to clear the ball he could only divert it into the back of his own net.

It raised the home fans an extra decibel and no doubt relaxed some nerves for them too. For Rangers, they had given themselves an early setback at a time when confidence is no doubt suffering following the recent run of results.

Rangers settled themselves into the game after the goal, however, and didn’t allow the hosts to dictate as they wanted to, although they had to be alert when Danny Ward picked the ball up in space and drilled over from 20 yards in the 16th minute.

Despite that threat, QPR were enjoying much of the ball and moving it about the park well, but the final delivery wasn’t quite there to cause a threat to Lee Nicholls in the home goal.

Rangers had certainly gone some way to quietening the Huddersfield fans through sustained periods of possession, but they were nearly off their seats again when Sorba Thomas flashed a shot wide from 20 yards.

On 38 minutes a great free-kick delivery from Dozzell on the left found Field at the far post, but the Rangers midfielder was unable to divert his header goalwards under pressure from two Huddersfield defenders.

It was the closest QPR had come but the growing threat from the visitors was clear.

And on 43 minutes the R’s were deservedly level following a great, passing move, culminating in Chair finding McCallum on the left and his low ball picking out Amos at the far post who smashed into the roof of the net from close range.

The game was level at the break and the hosts knew the game was far from won, but Rangers also knew they would face a Huddersfield side who would surely come out flying after the interval.

While Rangers made a solid start to the second half, they were only level for eight minutes of the second half as Harry Toffolo headed the hosts back in front from six yards, getting on the end of Ollie Turton’s right-wing delivery.

Once again, the John Smith’s Stadium was bouncing and the R’s now had it all to do again, having played so well for much of the game to this point.

McCallum then made a stunning goal-line clearance as QPR worked to weather a buoyant Huddersfield storm.

But the R’s didn’t give in, and on 58 minutes Chair volleyed home from 12 yards to draw us level once again. While results haven’t been good of late, Rangers’ fight and desire could not be questioned as they refused to lie down.

QPR certainly weren’t playing like their season was over and while there is any hope of sneaking their way back into the top six, they were going to give it all they had.

With 20 minutes remaining, Warburton’s men had the hosts camped in their own half and a great ball from Chair almost found Thomas at the far post, but the former Leicester man was unable to convert from a tight angle.

With just under ten minutes remaining, Warburton made a double change as he added fresh legs for the closing stages to what has been a gruelling encounter.

Andre Gray and Charlie Austin added attacking threat as they came on for the hard-working Dykes and Thomas.

Amos came so close to grabbing his second of the afternoon when McCallum picked him out with a great ball, but the midfielder’s header went just wide of the upright.

That was to be his final touch of the game as he made way for Albert Adomah.

It was a frantic end to this fixture but neither keeper was truly tested in the closing stages, and the R’s left with a fully-deserved point from one of their best performances in recent months.

Next up, Derby County in W12!