Belfast Telegraph

Everton held at QPR

QPR yet again failed to make the most of home advantage as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton.

The Rs have only won two home Barclays Premier League games this season and went behind to a long-range Royston Drenthe effort in the 31st minute.

Bobby Zamora bundled home the equaliser five minutes later, before both Adel Taarabt and then Akos Buzsaky were denied by the post as half-time approached. QPR pushed hard for a winner after the break but could not find a goal, meaning they have now secured just one victory from 15 games.

QPR almost got off to the worst possible start, with a Tim Cahill half-volley hitting the crossbar.

Only the quick reactions of Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard prevented Buzsaky's free-kick from sneaking in, before Zamora saw a run into the box thwarted by the Everton defence.

Drenthe was looking the Toffees' most dangerous player going forward and, after seeing an audacious drive saved by Paddy Kenny, delivered a free-kick that was almost directed home.

QPR fought back with a Shaun Wright-Phillips diving header that went just wide, before Drenthe broke the deadlock in the 31st minute. Taarabt lost the ball in the middle of the park and when the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder secured possession his fizzing left-foot drive flew in from 30 yards.

It was 1-1 five minutes later. Drenthe brought down Taarabt and Buzsaky whipped the free-kick in for Zamora to bundle home from close range off Howard.

QPR somehow failed to take the lead on the stroke of half-time. Taarabt fired a shot from the edge of the box that rebounded off the post, Zamora collected the loose ball and squared it for Buzsaky, who hit the post inside the six-yard box and then scuffed the rebound.

QPR started the second period in the same vein and would have taken the lead shortly after the restart had Nedum Onuoha managed to divert a Shaun Derry effort goalwards.


From Belfast Telegraph