Belfast Telegraph

QPR held at home by Rovers

Christopher Samba's bullet header saw Blackburn snatch a 1-1 draw at QPR - but it could not prevent Rovers ending the afternoon bottom of the table.

The west Londoners dominated the majority of the first period and took the lead through Heidar Helguson's cross-shot in the 16th minute.

However, the lead lasted just eight minutes as Samba latched onto Jason Lowe's corner to put Steve Kean's side level.

QPR pressed from the off and, after Helguson came close to connecting with Armand Traore's left-wing cross, Alejandro Faurlin blazed a long-range drive over.

Blackburn had a chance of their own at the other end in the 13th minute when Anton Ferdinand shinned a Martin Olsson cross just over, before QPR broke the deadlock three minutes later.

After Helguson saw a header accidentally blocked by Rangers skipper Joey Barton, the 34-year-old coolly chipped over a cross from the right that snuck in at the back post.

While struggling to dominate possession, Blackburn looked dangerous from set-pieces and equalised when Samba headed home Lowe's corner.

Fitz Hall produced a superb block to thwart a run by the ever-impressive Olsson as the match began to liven up once again in the second period, with most of the play in the Rovers half.

The Hoops looked lively after Adel Taarabt's introduction, although he somehow managed to skew a left-footed shot wide when the goal beckoned.

QPR continued to press for a deciding goal but it was Blackburn who almost grabbed victory in the dying seconds, with Paddy Kenny forced to save Olsson's shot in stoppage time.


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