QPR 0-0 Crystal Palace: Rangers wasteful in unimaginative affair
There are games which boggles the mind after finishing 0-0. This was not one of those games.
With few chances and quite some time between them, Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace finished goalless at Loftus Road leaving both sides with little to take from the match.
The opening chance fell to James Puncheon in the 23rd minute after a short layoff from Joe Ledley, but the forward clanged the post after beating a diving Rob Green.
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Otherwise, there was little in the first half to get fans out of their seats. However, after the halftime break, QPR turned on the afterburners at home. They pummled the Crystal Palace penalty area with crosses and long balls, but couldn’t break through with 20 minutes to go.
Charlie Austin had an opportunity but headed over on a Joey Barton cross, surprising considering his current goalscoring form. Then Steven Caulker headed powerfully from long-range, targeting the right corner, and while it beat Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni, James McCarthy was there to head it off the line.
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Crystal Palace hung on for dear life, as Clint Hill powered a header on target but it was blocked, and Junior Hoilett’s volley on the rebound flew disappointingly off the mark.
Things did explode for Palace with their best chance of the game just before the final whistle with three minutes of added time, but Rob Green dove to keep out Puncheon’s strong effort and while the rebound came to Barton, he slipped and a charging Frazier Campbell spilled over his body, but nothing was given by the referee.
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The point for QPR jumped them one spot over West Brom who lost, but otherwise they gained little ground on the middle of the table. It’s an even worse result for Crystal Palace, who fail to get out of the relegation zone despite pulling even with Hull City on 16 points.
Queens Park Rangers: Green; Isla, Caulker, Dunne, Hill; Hoilett, Henry, Barton, Fer (Vargas 65'); Austin, Zamora (Phillips 75').
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, McArthur, Ledley, Jedinak, Bolasie, Puncheon, Zaha (Campbell 67').