Matchday live: QPR v Blackburn Rovers

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  • WELCOME to Loftus Road for today's Championship clash between QPR and Blackburn Rovers. You can follow all the action here.

4:54pm

FULL-TIME QPR 0 Rovers 0.

4:52pm

90 seconds. 0-0.

4:50pm

20 seconds into four minutes of added time. Remains 0-0.

4:47pm

SUB for QPR. Benoit Assou-Ekotto off, Armand Traore on. 88 mins. 0-0.

4:45pm

Looks like Josh King was holding his back. 86 mins. 0-0.

4:44pm

SUB for Rovers. David Dunn is on for his 350th appearance for Rovers. Josh King, who come on in the 63rd minute, is off. 85 mins. 0-0.

4:43pm

Rovers looking dangerous on the counter. Tommy Spurr cross from the left turned toward his own goal by Richard Dunne. But Rob Green reacts to cover. 85 mins. 0-0.

4:40pm

Neat turn and pass by DJ Campbell to Chris Taylor, who advances before seeing 25-yard shot fairly comfortably saved by Rob Green. 81 mins. 0-0.

4:35pm

SUB for Rovers. Jordan Rhodes off, DJ Campbell on. Campbell's boyhood club was QPR. What a place to score his first Rovers goal this would be. 76 mins. 0-0.

4:33pm

For the first time in the game Rovers on the rack. QPR subs Gary O'Neil and Niko Kranjcar making the difference. 75 mins. 0-0.

4:32pm

Almightly let-off for Rovers. Beniot Assou-Ekotto's driven left-wing cross headed on to the post by Charlie Austin. Rebound hit Simon Eastwood and fell to Gary O'Neil, whose goal-bound shot hit Austin and went out for a goal kick. 72 mins. 0-0.

4:31pm

BOOKED Tommy Spurr the fourth Rovers to be cautioned. 70 mins. 0-0.

4:24pm

BOOKED Rovers midfielder Chris Taylor for challenge on Joey Barton. 65 mins. 0-0.

4:24pm

30-yard Ben Marshall strike gathered at the second attempt by Rob Green in the QPR goal. 65 mins. 0-0.

4:23pm

QPR sub Niko Kranjcar makes some space in the box but fires his left-footed horribly high and wide. 64 mins. 0-0.

4:22pm

SUB for Rovers. Josh King, Tom Cairney off. 63 mins. 0-0.

4:20pm

Back to that save. On the break Andy Johnson sends over a low cross from the right that Charlie Austin dummies for Matt Phillips, who from point-blank range sees his right-footed shot remarkably saved by Simon Eastwood.

Seconds earlier Jason Lowe won the ball in the QPR box and squared for Jordan Rhodes who, just when he was attempting to shoot, was robbed by Joey Barton.

61 mins now played. 0-0.

4:18pm

SUB for QPR as Niko Kranjcar and Gary O'Neil on for Matt Phillips and Junior Hoilett. 59 mins. 0-0.

4:17pm

Unbelievable save Simon Eastwood - just moments after Jordan Rhodes fluffed a good chance at the other end. 58 mins.

4:15pm

Attendance is 15,987 (809 away).

4:11pm

QPR looking more dangerous this half. Junior Hoilett has just sliced well wide after he too easily won a tackle with Tom Cairney 25 yards out. 52 mins. 0-0.

4:09pm

Good catch Simon Eastwood. From the resulting inswigning free kick from Joey Barton, the league debutant collects the ball confidently. 50 mins. 0-0.

4:08pm

BOOKED Rovers captain Scott Dann. Deserved for taking out Andy Johnson down the left. 50 mins. 0-0.

4:05pm

Second half under way. No changes for either side.

3:50pm

HALF-TIME QPR 0 Rovers 0.

3:50pm

More agony for Rovers as flicked Scott Dann header from long Tommy Spurr throw lands just wide of the post. 45mins. 0-0.

3:48pm

That's the closest QPR have come. Danny Simpson cross breaks the way of Matt Phillips and his goal-bound effort cleared away for a corner by Rovers captain Scott Dann. Looked to be heading in. 0-0. 44 mins.

3:45pm

Another big chance goes begging for Rovers. Tommy Spurr cross from the left finds Chris Taylor totally unmarked 10 yards from goal. But the midfielder heads over with the goal at his mercy. 42 mins. 0-0.

3:39pm

Rovers league debutant Simon Eastwood, who has been nice and steady so far, catches resulting Joey Barton free kick. 36 mins. 0-0.

3:38pm

BOOKED Adam Henley. Hope I've not just put the curse on him. Cautioned for pulling back Junior Hoilett after the winger got away. 35 mins. 0-0.

3:36pm

Right-back Adam Henley, making his first appearance since March, is having a very good game against former Rovers winger Junior Hoilett. Won all the big 50-50s so far. 0-0. 33 mins.

3:32pm

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has just blazed well, well over after under-hit Tom Cairney clearance went straight to him 30 yards from goal. QPR finding it very hard to open up the Rovers defence so far. 28 mins. 0-0.

3:23pm

Really good spell of pressure for Rovers, this. Another corner coming up. 20 mins. 0-0.

3:21pm

Should be 1-0 Rovers. Ben Marshall digs a cross out on the left to the back post where Jason Lowe's close-range volley is headed off the line and over the bar by Clint Hill. 18 mins. 0-0.

3:17pm

Rovers putting men behind the ball, making it hard for QPR to break them down. Almost playing a 4-1-4-1 formation with Lee Williamson in the anchorman role in front of the back four. 14 mins. 0-0.

3:12pm

After a neat lay off from Jordan Rhodes, Lee Williamson drags well wide from 22 yards. 9 mins. 0-0.

3:08pm

QPR doing the early pressing, as expected. Chris Taylor playing behind lone striker Jordan Rhodes, with Ben Marshall to the left and Tom Cairney to the right. Jason Lowe and Lee Williamson in the centre of midfield again. 5 mins. 0-0.

3:03pm

A minute's applause for Nelson Mandela. Now time for the action to begin. We are under way.

2:54pm

Just over five minutes until kick-off.

Rovers have made four changes - including one between the posts as Jake Kean has been dropped for Simon Eastwood.

Here's a reminder of the teams...

QPR: Green, Simpson, Hill, Dunne, Assou-Ekotto, Phillips, Barton, Carroll, Hoilett, Austin, Johnson. Subs: Murphy, Traore, Onuoha, Jenas, Kranjcar, Henry, O’Neil.

Rovers: Eastwood, Henley, Dann, Hanley, Spurr, Lowe, Williamson, Cairney, Taylor, Marshall, Rhodes. Subs: Kean, Kilgallon, King, Dunn, Campbell, Rochina, Judge.

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5:13pm Sat 7 Dec 13

A Darener says...

As I said earlier in the week, this team is good enough to stay in the division, but not good enough to mount a promotion campaign. GB has stabilised the club, he just needs to be a bit more adventurous. A good point away, a clean sheet but perhaps with a little bit more effort it could have been all three. The reports said that the Rovers were on top for large periods of the game. Proven by Rednapps use of his subs to try and change events.
Anyway, overall a good day. Even if it meant we helped Burnley back up to the top.
As I said earlier in the week, this team is good enough to stay in the division, but not good enough to mount a promotion campaign. GB has stabilised the club, he just needs to be a bit more adventurous. A good point away, a clean sheet but perhaps with a little bit more effort it could have been all three. The reports said that the Rovers were on top for large periods of the game. Proven by Rednapps use of his subs to try and change events. Anyway, overall a good day. Even if it meant we helped Burnley back up to the top. A Darener

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