22nd of October 2012 Author: Johnny Karp
Queens Park Rangers failed to secure their first Premier League win of the season, despite having a man advantage during an exciting match finale at Loftus Road against high-flying Everton. The visitors held firm after losing Steven Pienaar to a second yellow card with 30 minutes remaining. QPR had grabbed a second-minute lead when Junior Hoilett ran 60 yards scored with a deflected shot but Everton struck back through a Julio Cesar own goal. The result leaves QPR bottom of the Premier League table and manager Mark Hughes under increasing pressure.
QPR enjoyed a flying start to the match and found the breakthrough after two early corners for the visitors . Hoilett weaved down the centre of the field, holding off the challenge of Phil Neville before firing a low shot that deflected off the heel of Leighton Baines and went beyond the Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard. The goal gave QPR more courage and they dictated play for the opening 30 minutes. Everton stood firm though and managed to pull back level in a rather fortuitous manner: Baines' free-kick was lifted towards an unmarked Sylvain Distin five yards from goal, the defender headed the ball onto the base of the post and it bounced back on to Cesar and back then rolled over the line.
Everton had another good chance shortly after the goal as Phil Jagielka headed a corner against the crossbar. But South African star Steven Pienaar was shown a first yellow card five minutes into the second half, was warned for a challenge on Hoilett soon after and was unfairly shown a second yellow by referee Jon Moss on 61 minutes after colliding with Jose Bosingwa. But Everton continued to create chances and a Baines corner nearly gave Jagielka the second goal. At the other end Hoilett had a shot turned away by Howard before appealing for a penalty on a Coleman mistimed challenge.
QPR manager Mark Hughes said after the match: "We made an excellent start and got our reward. Junior Hoilett made things happen and I thought he was excellent all game. All in all it was a decent game and we are just a little disappointed in so much as we have not got three points. We are getting better and I think everyone can see that. The frustration I think is that we haven't got the points to back up the performances. We have shown against almost every team we have played against that we can compete in this league. That gives us comfort because we know we have good players in the building and they are getting fitter."
Bet365 have odds of 2/1 for QPR to get relegated from the Premier League this season.
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