QPR’s search for a league win entered record territory as they drew with Wigan at the DW Stadium to leave Harry Redknapp still searching for his first victory as manager.
Swindon Town previously registered the longest winless start to a Premier League season in 1993-94 but that was surpassed by the R’s as they made it 16 games without success.
But a point earned on Latics soil is no easy feat and Redknapp will be glad to avoid defeat against Roberto Martinez’s side, who responded to Monday’s defeat at Newcastle with a much improved performance.
And they couldn’t have asked for a better start as they took the lead in the 19th minute courtesy of a stunning volley from James McCarthy. It came from a corner won by David Jones with a novel free kick routine that produced a fingertip save from Rob Green, and when Jamie Mackie failed to clear the resulting aerial delivery, McCarthy arrived to rifle the ball first time in to the far corner.
QPR are firmly under the Redknapp spell and they responded in style when Ryan Nelsen darted past Adriano Lopez in the penalty area to meet Adel Taarabt’s corner and thunder his header past Ali Al-Habsi at the near post.
Franco Di Santo could have put the hosts back in front but couldn’t take advantage of Clint Hill’s mistake just before half time. Green then made three important saves to deny McCarthy and Jordi Gomez twice in a matter of minutes after the break as the visitors found penned into their own half.
So it was all the more surprising when Rangers snatched the lead with 20 minutes to go. Shaun Wright-Phillips took advantage of a sloppy pass from Lopez to tee up half time substitute Djibril Cisse, who expertly guided the ball past Al-Habsi from 12 yards.
But it lasted just three minutes as Jean Beausejour was allowed to find McCarthy in the area and the Scotland midfielder exploited the time and space afforded to control and fire the ball past Green.