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Premier League

  • 3 March 2012
  • • 20:30
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 18033

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 4'
    Full time at Loftus Road, and it's finished 1-1 between QPR and Everton. The visitors took the lead through a Royston Drenthe rocket, but Zamora equalised for the hosts late in the first half. Mark Hughes' men created most of the chances - not least Buzsaky's open-goal miss - but in the end will have to settle for a point. Thanks for joining us this afternoon on!
  • 90' + 4'
    ...but Fellaini fouls Hill after the corner comes to nothing. There are four minutes of added time to be played here, but it's looking like a point apiece for the two sides.
  • 90' + 3'
    Yellow Card Shaun Derry
  • 90' + 1'
    Seamus Coleman takes to the field in place of Stracqualursi. A little defensive from Moyes as he looks to hold on to the point, but having said that, the Toffees have looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Jelavic wins a corner...
  • 89'
    SubstitutionDenis Stracqualursi Seamus Coleman
  • 88'
    Another chance for QPR with a free-kick just beyond the Everton box, but it leads to nothing. Mark Hughes will be disappointed that the final ball has let his side down on a number of occassions this afternoon.
  • 85'
    James Mackie was almost the hero for QPR against Blackburn, as his two goals at Ewood Park almost led to a miraculous comeback. Can he be the man to break the deadlock here? He's on for Taarabt.
  • 82'
    QPR have managed 21 shots so far this afternoon, the latest coming from a Buzsaky free-kick which fails to test Howard. With sides around them losing a point is not a bad result for Hughes' Hoops, but they will rue some missed chances if they miss out on a win.
  • 80'
    SubstitutionAdel Taarabt Jamie Mackie
  • 79'
    Buzsaky fires in another effort but Howard saves well. The home fans are in fine voice now as they urge their side to push for the three points, with Everton seemingly content to hold on for a draw now.
  • 76'
    Heart-in-mouth moment for the hosts as Fellaini finds himself through on goal from Neville's header... but the flag's up for offside. You'd be tempted to put money on Everton sneaking this one if QPR fail to convert another chance...
  • 73'
    The pressure is continuing to mount on the visitors as Mark Hughes' side push for a second goal. The final ball is lacking, however, and Howard hasn't been tested for some time.
  • 70'
    We've reached something of an impasse here at Loftus Road. Still a host of set-pieces and shots on goal from the hosts, but there've been few clear-cut chances of note this half. Jelavic has yet to make much of an impact, but to be fair, he's not had the best service in the last few minutes.
  • 67'
    Adel Taarabt has livened up this half, and he has an effort from just inside the area but fails to find the target.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionTim Cahill Nikica Jelavic
  • 64'
    Two changes for Everton as Jelavic and Osman take to the field for Cahill and Drenthe. Two attacking changes for David Moyes, to the delight of the travelling fans. who feel this game is there for the taking.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionRoyston Drenthe Leon Osman
  • 61'
    A corner for the hosts as Hibbert blocks Traore's cross, but Howard claims Barton's delivery comfortably at the near post.
  • 58'
    The pace has certainly slowed in the early part of the second half here. Some of the Everton crowd are keen to see Nikica Jelavic on the pitch as they look for a way to break the deadlock. Others, it seems, would rather see the return of the squirrel...
  • 55'
    Bit of respite here as Ferdinand receives treatment after colliding with Barton. Everton are stringing some passes together but can't seem to carve a way through.
  • 52'
    Fellaini has a go but turns the ball wide of the left-hand post. At the other end, Buzsaky has an effort closed down by Heitinga. He'll be desperate to make up for that first-half miss which, in all honesty, was inexcusable - even the squirrel would've done better, you'd think.
  • 49'
    And it's QPR who carve out the first chance of the half. A corner is swung in and Onuoha has the chance to turn it home at the far post but fails to convert. Mark Hughes will hope his side will not be left to rue these misses come full time...
  • 46'
    And the hosts get us underway again! Will the tempo of the first half continue? Will either side break the deadlock? Will the squirrel make another appearance? Find out here...
  • 45' + 1'
    So it's 1-1 at half-time in a thriller here at Loftus Road! Drenthe gave the visitors the lead in sumptuous style but Zamora's header was too hot for Howard to handle and the scores are level. A terrific half of Premier League football - stay with us for more to come!
  • 45'
    What a miss from Buzsaky! The creator of the hosts' equaliser finds himself with a open goal in front of him, four yards from goal... and he somehow contrived to hit the post. That was the last chance of the half, and they don't come more clear-cut than that!
  • 42'
    Zamora clears from yet another corner - he's been everywhere today, rather like the mysterious squirrel who's made a few appearances on the pitch today...
  • 39'
    Yellow Card Steven Pienaar
  • 39'
    It was Drenthe who conceded the free-kick which led to the equaliser, and he got a booking for his troubles, too. A mixed afternoon for the former Real Madrid man, who then has another effort from a free-kick which is blocked by Zamora.
  • 36'
    Yellow Card Royston Drenthe
  • 36'
    Assist A. Buzsaky
  • 36'
    Goal Bobby Zamora
    GOAL!!! AND THE HOSTS ARE LEVEL!! Bobby Zamora fires a header at goal from a Buzsaky cross, and Howard can't do enough to keep it out. 1-1, and game on!!
  • 33'
    Steven Pienaar was the man who set up Drenthe's rocket - another player who has been in fine form during Everton's recent good run. As I say that, there's a chance for the hosts to level as Taarabt's free-kick takes a wicked deflection but, fortunately for the stranded Howard, the ball loops over the bar for a corner which is cleared.
  • 31'
    Assist Steven Pienaar
  • 31'
    Goal Royston Drenthe
    GOAL!!! ! 1-0 EVERTON! And it's Royston Drenthe who's broken the deadlock! Moments after Wright-Phillips missed the target with a header, Everton head down the other end with Drenthe who hits a thunderbolt with his left foot, which flies beyond the helpless Kenny. The Toffees are in front!
  • 28'
    Drenthe is the latest to try his luck but he fails to find the target from outside the area. The young Dutchman has looked a real threat this afternoon for the visitors as QPR struggle to handle his pace down the left flank.
  • 25'
    A great double-save from Kenny this time - first from Stracqualursi after Drenthe's cross, then from Heitinga on the rebound. Moments later, Heitinga has another chance from a knock-down from Distin, but he fails to convert.
  • 22'
    Terrific save from Howard! QPR win another free-kick in the final third. Buzsaky has a go at goal and Howard does brilliantly to save at full stretch, with the ball seemingly destined for the bottom corner.
  • 18'
    Everton are bossing possession at the moment, but Mark Hughes' men have created most of the chances so far. Baines then has another chance to put in a good delivery but Zamora clears - the England forward has been stoic in defending set-pieces for his side today.
  • 15'
    Half-chances at either end. Joey Barton tests Howard with a shot but the American saves well. At the other end, Drenthe swings in a dangerous-looking delivery but Barton is the man to clear the lines for the hosts.
  • 12'
    Another chance for Hill, and Buzsaky again the creator: his free-kick from the left is whipped in to the area, and Hill meets it with a powerful header but he can't keep it down and it flies over the bar.
  • 9'
    Big chance for QPR! A corner was half-cleared to Buszaky, who fired the ball back in to the box. It only needed a touch from the outstretched foot of Clint Hill, but he could only manage to turn it wide. Good chance for the hosts there.
  • 6'
    Cahill's effort has triggered a good pace to the early proceedings here, with both sides playing at a decent tempo as they seek an early advantage.
  • 3'
    Great effort from Tim Cahill! A long ball is flicked on and the Australian rifles a shot against the crossbar. Lively start here at Loftus Road.
  • 1'
    And we're underway in the capital!
  • Everton are unbeaten in seven matches going in to today's clash, whilst the hosts have lost their last three and find themselves teetering on the brink of the drop zone.
  • And for the visitors: Howard; Hibbert, Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Drenthe, Neville, Fellaini, Cahill, Pienaar; Stracqualursi. SUBS: Mucha, Jagielka, Coleman, Barkley, Osman, Jelavic, Gueye.
  • The teams are in: QPR: Kenny; Traore, Hill, Ferdinand, Onuoha; Derry, Taarabt, Buzsaky, Barton, Wright-Phillips; Zamora. SUBS: Cerny, Gabbidon, Young, Taiwo, Bothroyd, Mackie, Smith.
  • Good afternoon and welcome to's live coverage of today's clash between QPR and Everton at Loftus Road!