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Corner taken by Jason Lowe, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny.
Martin Olsson takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.
Alejandro Faurlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Fitz Hall goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Steven Nzonzi challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
Tommy Smith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Martin Olsson takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.
Steven Nzonzi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin. Joey Barton takes the free kick. Header from deep inside the area by Fitz Hall goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Foul by Jason Lowe on Alejandro Faurlin, free kick awarded. Jason Lowe is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Robinson.
Armand Traore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Radosav Petrovic. David Hoilett has an effort direct from the free kick, blocked by Joey Barton.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Derry on David Hoilett. Direct free kick taken by Jason Lowe.
Shaun Derry challenges David Hoilett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Radosav Petrovic. Free kick taken by Luke Young.
Effort from the edge of the area by Adel Taarabt goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Jason Roberts goes off and David Goodwillie comes on.
David Hoilett fouled by Armand Traore, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Armand Traore for unsporting behaviour. Jamie Mackie leaves the field to be replaced by Adel Taarabt. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Unfair challenge on Gael Givet by Shaun Wright-Phillips results in a free kick. The referee cautions Shaun Wright-Phillips for unsporting behaviour. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Gael Givet concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Mackie. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Corner taken by Alejandro Faurlin played to the near post.
Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Michel Salgado gets a block in.
Jason Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on Anton Ferdinand. Direct free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.
Steven Nzonzi challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Nzonzi shown a yellow card. Alejandro Faurlin takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Heidar Helguson on Scott Dann, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Martin Olsson is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.
Foul by Steven Nzonzi on Joey Barton, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Radosav Petrovic has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Luke Young takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a comfortable save.
Jason Lowe takes a inswinging corner.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jason Lowe.
David Hoilett takes a shot. Blocked by Armand Traore.
Heidar Helguson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Effort on goal by Shaun Wright-Phillips from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Steven Nzonzi challenges Alejandro Faurlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Young restarts play with the free kick.
Shaun Wright-Phillips has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Jason Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on Fitz Hall. Luke Young restarts play with the free kick.
Martin Olsson fouled by Luke Young, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Lowe crosses the ball, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken by Jason Lowe, Christopher Samba finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. QPR 1-1 Blackburn.The assist for the goal came from Jason Lowe.
Unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Fitz Hall results in a free kick. Booking for Fitz Hall for unsporting behaviour. Martin Olsson has an effort direct from the free kick, blocked by Anton Ferdinand.
The offside flag is raised against Jamie Mackie. Christopher Samba takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Alejandro Faurlin.
Joey Barton takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
Foul by Scott Dann on Jamie Mackie, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alejandro Faurlin.
Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, clearance made by Scott Dann.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alejandro Faurlin from the right by-line to the near post, Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. Heidar Helguson finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. QPR 1-0 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Jamie Mackie.
Outswinging corner taken by Jason Lowe, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny.
Corner taken by Jason Lowe from the left by-line.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jason Lowe from the left by-line, clearance made by Alejandro Faurlin.
Anton Ferdinand fouled by Gael Givet, the ref awards a free kick. Anton Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Heidar Helguson on Jason Lowe, free kick awarded. Jason Lowe takes the free kick.
Alejandro Faurlin has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Martin Olsson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.
Heidar Helguson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Michel Salgado on Jamie Mackie, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Armand Traore.
Warnock expects response
QPR manager Neil Warnock has been pleased by his team's response to the 6-0 drubbing at Fulham and expects Blackburn to feel the backlash tomorrow.
Having performed well since their promotion, QPR looked a shell of their normal self at Craven Cottage as Andrew Johnson's hat-trick saw Fulham romp to their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season.
Warnock was understandably disappointed by the result at their local rivals, but expects a response against Blackburn tomorrow.
"[The players' reaction] has been good," he said. "You are bound to be disappointed with a drubbing but it is one of those things.
"It just really shows that we need to keep the back lads together.
"We need all hands on deck really so it is important that the lads [get a result].
"Hopefully [Matthew] Connolly will be available again at the weekend, but that will be touch and go I would imagine.
"To lose him and others such as [Armand] Traore was a blow to us.
"I felt the QPR fans at Fulham last time out were absolutely fantastic. They know how quickly we have got where we have got now and I think it is great for a manager to get that support.
"It would have been easy to slaughter me and the players in a local derby.
"It was almost like they thought 'ok, we've lost but let's look forward to the next game', which I thought was a great attitude."
While QPR fans may have rallied behind Warnock, Saturday's counterpart Steve Kean does not enjoy quite the same luxury.
The Rovers boss has come under increasing criticism from a large section of fans, who want the former Fulham assistant manager to leave the club.
Warnock has sympathy for Kean's predicament but believes such pressure is part of being a manager in the spotlight.
"I think you've got so many complex situations as a manager, you don't really worry about anybody else," he said.
"You've got enough worries with yourselves in the Premier League as every week is tough and that is what you have to deal with.
"When one manager comes under pressure it is usually because of the media, the fans and everything else. It sells papers, doesn't it?
QPR, who go in search of their first victory at Loftus Road this season, will be without Danny Gabbidon with the defender still struggling to overcome a knee injury.
QPR will also be without fellow summer signing Kieron Dyer, who was taken off just seven minutes into the season opener against Bolton with a foot injury and complications will now rule him out for a substantial period.
Blackburn manager Steve Kean hopes the appointment of a trusted assistant in Paul Clement will ease some of the pressure and responsibility on his shoulders.
Former Chelsea coach Clement has been brought in after Rovers dispensed with the services of John Jensen a fortnight ago.
Kean, who has been under pressure all season after a string of poor results, knows the 39-year-old well from their time on the Fulham coaching staff a decade ago.
And the Blackburn boss, who still faces protests from fans who want him sacked, is looking to the new arrival to bring in some different ideas and give the training ground a lift.
"When you get any member of staff that is qualified to the level he is then you share responsibility, you delegate and you work with the players as much as you can," said Kean.
"It is great in to get someone with the experience he has.
"I have been an assistant manager myself for many years and you tend to take a lot of the responsibilities in terms of the organisation of the sessions and the meetings that have to take place.
"Often the manager has other commitments with the owners or the press and gets pulled away at times."
Clement's arrival on a rolling contract appears to strengthen Kean's position as manager despite a start to the season which has secured just four points and left the club next-bottom of the Barclays Premier League.
The club spent last week out in Pune, the home of Indian owners Venky's.
There were different comments coming from those at the top of the hierarchy of the poultry firm with one person describing Kean as a "brilliant" manager and another insisting it was time to start getting results.
The Rovers boss felt the trip was useful for many reasons and did not feel any additional pressure from some of the owners' comments.
"India was marvellous. I think we got a little bit of bad press that it might have been a bad time to go but I thought the timing was perfect in the international break," added Kean.
Samba earns big point for Blackburn
Christopher Samba's towering header helped beleaguered Blackburn secure a point in a 1-1 draw at QPR - but results elsewhere saw Steve Kean's side end the day bottom of the Barclays Premier League.
Rangers came into the match on the back of a 6-0 defeat at near neighbours Fulham but responded well, dominating the majority of the first period.
QPR's early momentum paid dividends as they took the lead in the 16th minute through Heidar Helguson's deft cross-shot.
The striker's goal was the west Londoners' first at Loftus Road this season, but their joy was short-lived as Samba latched on to Jason Lowe's corner to put Kean's side level.
Both sides wasted chances to win the match in the second half, with results elsewhere putting Blackburn bottom of the league despite ending a two-match losing streak.
Jamie Mackie was named in the QPR starting line-up for the first time since suffering a double leg break against the same opponents. The 26-year-old was injured in a collision with Gael Givet in an FA Cup tie in January.
Mackie was one of three changes made by manager Neil Warnock, with Helguson and Armand Traore also included in the side.
Blackburn made three changes to the side that lost 4-0 to Manchester City, drafting in Jason Roberts, Michel Salgado and Martin Olsson.
QPR pressed from the off and, after Helguson came close to connecting with Traore's left-wing cross, Alejandro Faurlin blazed a long-range drive over.
Blackburn had a chance of their own at the other end in the 13th minute when Anton Ferdinand shinned an Olsson cross just over, before QPR broke the deadlock three minutes later.
After Helguson saw a header accidentally blocked by Rangers skipper Joey Barton, the 34-year-old coolly chipped over a cross from the right that snuck in at the back post.
QPR came close to doubling their lead moments later when Barton's driven ball almost found an unmarked Helguson.
However, the tide began to turn soon afterwards and, after Olsson saw a free-kick hit the wall, Rovers levelled eight minutes after falling behind.
While struggling to dominate possession, Blackburn looked dangerous from set-pieces and equalised when Samba headed home Lowe's corner.
The Rovers skipper was back marshalling the defence shortly after as QPR went on the attack once more, with Shaun Wright-Phillips coming close with a fizzing 25-yard effort.
At the other end, an Olsson cross almost picked out Junior Hoilett, who then had a shot cleared off the line by Ferdinand after jinking past Shaun Derry and Barton.
Neither side managed to get a foothold on play in the opening 10 minutes of the second period, with the only moment of note a booking for Blackburn's Steven Nzonzi.
Fitz Hall produced a superb block to thwart a run by the ever-impressive Olsson as the match began to liven up once again, with most of the play in the Rovers half.
Blackburn looked content to counter-attack and allowed QPR to boss possession, although they struggled to eke out any chances.
Wright-Phillips and Traore were booked as frustrations got the better of QPR, who replaced Mackie with talisman Adel Taarabt shortly afterwards.
The Hoops looked lively after the Morocco international's introduction, although he was guilty of a heinous miss on his 100th league appearance for the club.
Wright-Phillips headed Taarabt through on goal but he somehow managed to skew a left-footed shot wide when the goal beckoned.
Taarabt mishit another shot in the 76th minute, before Lowe was booked for a nasty-looking challenge on Faurlin.
QPR upped the ante in search of a late winner with the clock winding down.
Taarabt had a penalty shout turned down after a challenge by Salgado with six minutes remaining, which came inbetween two poor headers from Hall.
QPR continued to press for a deciding goal but it was Blackburn who almost grabbed victory in the dying seconds, with Paddy Kenny forced to save Olsson's shot in stoppage time.
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