Report: QPR 1 - 1 City
25.04.2011 - 15:00
Hull City continued their fine away form, while at the same time spoiling the Queens Park Rangers promotion party - assisted by a late Norwich City winner.
Having seen their team earn a 1-1 draw, the QPR fans charged onto the pitch to celebrate, only for Simeon Jackson to complete his Norwich hat-trick to ensure that QPR`s promotion was put on hold for another week.
The promotion party had previously been in full sway as early as the 9th minute. Taarabt stole the ball away from James Harper and fed Wayne Routledge. The on loan Newcastle winger had the pace to surge past Anthony Gerrard, and calmly slotted the ball past the advancing Matt Duke.
The Tigers had earlier wasted a chance when Matty Fryatt saw his cross goal effort saved by the legs of Paddy Kenny.
This was City`s only opportunity of a first-half that was largely played in their half. Helguson headed over before forcing his second effort on target, only to see Duke tip the ball over.
QPR`s next chance came from a Taarabt cross; Smith forcing the ball back across goal which City survived thanks to a goal line clearance and some committed defending.
The Tigers suffered the loss of Corry Evans early on, the Manchester United midfielder limping off to be replaced by debutant Hope Akpan. It was the Everton loanee`s first game, and after a nervous first-half, showed his class during the second half.
At the start of the second-half, Aaron Mclean was introduced for the ineffective Tom Cairney. The changes provide pivotal in giving City more options in attack, with Nigel Pearson`s side threatening much more during the second 45 minutes.
As City pushed for an equaliser to keep their away run going and to try and force their way into the Play-Offs; space opened up in defence, but as Taarabt ran through on goal, he shot into the side netting when one on one against Matt Duke.
At the other end, Fryatt saw his header glance wide before being denied by a last ditch challenge by Fitz Hall. The Tigers wouldn`t have to wait long for their equaliser however, as the impressive Akpan dinked the ball forward and substitute Amoo scored with a powerful volley, his first senior goal.
At the other end, Agyemang lobbed over as QPR searched for a winner before Matt Duke produced a stunning save to deny a Faurlin free-kick in the 93rd minute from taking maximum points.