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QPR v Albion - from Loftus Road
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- 2nd half: QPR 0 Albion 0
- Albion battle to fine point
- Kuszczak makes two key saves
- Point takes QPR top
- Three pages of coverage in The Argus tomorrow
Albion won a corner on the left deep in added time - but Ince headed over.
Final: QPR 0 Albion 0
Albion were convinced Buckley had been fouled on the edge of the QPR box as he fed on a Barnes lay-off after strong work by Ince but ref Madley waved play on.
Bruno looked unlucky to be penalised for a tackle on Wright-Phillips as play swang to the other end. He was booked, seemingly for his protest, but the resulting free-kick was headed over.
Ince replaced Forster-Caskey on 85 minutes, moments after Conway had seen a dangerous cross headed away.
Albion suffered a blow in the 81st minute when Ward, so steady at left-back of late, limped off. Bruno took his place, going on at right-back with Calderon switching to the left.
Rangers sent on Traore for Phillips at the same time.
Calderon continued after treatment following a heavy tackle from Assou-Ekotto.
But the right-back's name was in the book soon after for a foul on O'Neil.
Barnes was getting through some good work as the lone striker.
He saw a volley blocked in the penalty area then, moments later, produced a neat lay-off into the path of Buckley, whose cross from the right was blocked.
A crazy mis-kick by Calderon gave QPR a chance to attack. But the right-back got back to cut out the final pass and, when the clearance was charged down by Barton, ref Madley got Albion off the hook by ruling he did so with his arm rather than his chest.
Home fans rose to cheer a goal when a corner was headed goalwards and eluded Kuszczak. But Albion somehow got it off the line in a chaotic scramble.
As the pressure built, Barton tried his luck with a free-kick from the same position as he had earlier tested Kuszczak. This time he sent the keeper scampering to his right - and he was wrong-footed as the ball deflected off the wall. But Albion breathed a sigh of relief as the ball looped inches wide.
Phillips had a go from 25 yards and flashed a drive narrowly past the far post.
David Lopez made way for Buckley in the 67th minute
Keith Andrews sounds like he's having a quality game! #BHAFC— @GeorgeGrahame96 18 September 2013
Albion's first on-target effort of the evening came in the 57th minute. David Lopez curled in a lovely cross from the right and Forster-Caskey's header was goalbound but lacked power and Green held it easily.
QPR had increased the tempo and were dominating the early stages of the second half.
Kuszczak kept his side on terms after QPR were awarded a centrally-placed free-kick 25 yards out. Barton, who hit the left-hand post from his point of view against Birmingham on Saturday, this time went for the opposite top corner. But Kuszczak stretched high to his left to tip the ball behind.
QPR made the brighter start to the second half. A free-kick had to be punched away under pressure by Kuszczak in his goalmouth after it flicked high into the air off Andrews. Then Calderon conceded a corner but the ball fizzed right across the penalty box from the flag kick.
Attendance: 17,246 (inc 1,800 away)
Second half is in progress.
QPR then had a decent spell as the interval neared, winning two corners and encouraging their fans to find their voices.
The second of them was delivered from the left by Barton and met by a thumping header from Austin - but Kuszczak produced a sharp stop diving to his left.
It was the only demanding save either keeper had made in the half.
Half: QPR 0 Albion 0
Albion shut off QPR's passing avenues as they looked to find a way through, then broke with great effect as Andrews' ball over the top gave Barnes the chance to win a corner. But again the set piece came to nothing.
Nothing in it so far. Neither team creating much. #bhafc giving a good account.— @AndyNaylorArgus 18 September 2013
Barton was booked for his late challenge on Barnes in the 35th minute.
The free-kick led to a corner, which was played back to Andrews for a ferocious blast which flicked off a defender and flew inches wide of the near post.
The introduction of Assou-Ekotto gave QPR more threat down their left as he proved by galloping forward and helping set up Austin deep in the penalty area with his back to goal. Austin turned but could get his foot around the ball and sent his shot slicing well wide.
Howvere David Lopez got in behind Assou-Ekotto wth ease moments later and cut inside - only to decide against a left-foot shot and try to work a move on the edge of the box, which was snuffed out.
Brighton fans at QPR tonight http://t.co/y7Jcdqs1Tm— @Suspolfootball 18 September 2013
David Lopez immediately took the ball past Assou-Ekotto and a covering defender before teeing up Andrews, who felt he was fouled as he checked on to his left foot. But ref Madley waved play on.
RT @OfficialQPR: ACTION SHOT: R's defender Nedum Onuoha challenges Ashley Barnes in the air. #QPRvBHA http://t.co/bscY35Jn3C— @goldenchild67 18 September 2013
QPR centre-back Onuoha left the pitch midway through the half with an injury, seemingly hamstring. Assou-Ekotto replaced hiim to make his QPR debut. Assou-Ekotto went to left-back with Hill moving into the middle.
Giving a good account of ourselves. Come on #bhafc! http://t.co/gHoil9CLGs— @nailZ_BHA 18 September 2013
Decent start by #bhafc. Play-out policy almost cost them. Greer square pass nearly let in O'Neil. Upson to the rescue.— @AndyNaylorArgus 18 September 2013
Upson reacted quickly to tidy up when O'Neil looked like pouncing on a loose pass in defence.
Then Upson moved across to usher the ball away from Austin at the expense of a corner. The ball was played in deep and Onuoha's effort to help it back into the goalmouth flicked off Phillips before Kuszczak dived to gather
Rangers were playing nice stuff at times with O'Neil getting on the ball in a midfield role ahead of Henry and Barton while Phillips and Wright-Phillips stayed wide.
#Watford boss Zola also in the crowd #QPR— @jacobmurtagh 18 September 2013
ALBION v QPR - Warren Aspinall "The first goal is important tonight, they'll have to attack us, QPR hard to break down when ahead" #BHAFC— @BBCSussexSport 18 September 2013
Conway won and took the second corner of the match. Again it was cleared and Phillips broke away on a dangerous coounter - only to play the ball to Wright-Phillips, who was clearly offside. Barton turned his low cross into the net anyway.
Kuszczak had to come out sharply to dive and gather a through ball at the feet of Austin.
Albion, though, won the first corner. David Lopez's delivery from the right was headed away but Ward kept the attack alive by curling a superb pass back out to the Spaniard. Again his cross was cleared - but the ball eventually fell to Andrews, who fizzed a powerful drive just over from five yards outside the box.
QPR gave former Blackpool winger Matty Phillips a first start and he was into the action on the right within seconds. He got in behind the defence but Albion tidied up his low cross.
The away fans packing the top tier of the School End were in good voice. But the hosts made the early running.
No change of ends so here we go with Albion defending the away end (which is also a home end in the lower tier)
Teams are out. Albion in yellow shirts and what look like black shorts from here but are actually navy.
I know it's no consolation to fans of both sides but a draws the kindest result for me personally tonight. Love both clubs and their fans.— @johnbyrne2 18 September 2013
Gather Agustien's absence from the squad related to a minor injury. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 18 September 2013
Good test for JFC in midfield tonight, up against Joey Barton and Karl Henry. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 18 September 2013
It looks like 4-1-2-3 (or 4-1-4-1, depending how deep the widemen end up) for the Seagulls.
Here's the link to our earlier team news piece....
One of two things will happen here at Loftus Road tonight. Albion will win here for the first time since September 1957 - or QPR will go top of the Championship. A draw or win takes the hosts into top spot thanks to results last night. They have won their last four games 1-0 and not conceded a league goal in 415 minutes. But Albion are unbeaten in four,games, during which time they have only conceded one goal. Let's see what happens
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