QPR 1-1 Reading – Match Review
QPR and Reading are still looking for their first win of the season after Djibril Cisse equaliser earned a point for Mark Hughes’ side at Loftus Road.
Both teams have struggled since gaining promotion from the Championship last term and played out a scrappy stalemate.
Brian McDermott’s men responded well after sacrificing a four goal advantage to Arsenal in mid-week before going on to lose 7-5 in a thrilling Capital One Cup clash.
The Royals dominated the opening proceedings and former Rangers man Kaspars Gorkss came close to opening the scoring but could only head narrowly wide.
Jay Tabb then teed up Noel Hunt who shot wide but their dominance was rewarded in the 16th minute as Gorkss powered the ball home after Sean Morrison’s header crashed against the bar.
Rangers looked like a team rooted to the bottom as their indecisiveness in possession and hurried efforts on goal failed to trouble Alex McCarthy in the visitors goal.
Esteban Granero came closest just before half time, forcing McCarthy into a fine fingertip save and it wasn’t until after the break that the hosts showed signs that they would force an equaliser.
And it came in the 66th minute when Cisse brilliantly controlled Jose Boswinga’s right wing cross before stabbing the ball into the net from close range.
The R’s almost snatched the lead soon after but Adel Taarabt saw his strike kept out brilliantly by McCarthy with his feet, while Jason Roberts was denied by some staunch defending at the other end after a mazy run from Jimmy Kebe.
But neither side could muster the goal that would kickstart their campaigns and both remain firmly in the bottom three, with Mark Hughes now under increasing pressure to turn around QPR’s fortunes.