QPR 0-0 Sheff Wed: Match Report

20 October 2015 09:31

Modou Sougou injured in controversial incident as QPR hold Sheffield Wednesday

QPR and Sheffield Wednesday played out a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road, where Owls winger Modou Sougou was carried off on a stretcher.

Sougou was poleaxed by a last-ditch challenge from Clint Hill shortly before half-time as he looked to pounce on the loose ball after the Rangers defender had slipped.

The visitors were furious that Hill was not sent off as Sougou would have been through on goal - and replays suggested Hill did not get the ball.

Referee Andy Haines did not even award a free-kick, believing Hill's challenge to be a fair one.

And the visitors appealed in vain for a penalty early in the second half when Paul Konchesky managed to thwart Lucas Joao after the Owls substitute had burst into the area.

Hill, recalled to the QPR line-up the day after his 37th birthday, had an excellent game at the back, helping his team keep only their second clean sheet in the Sky Bet Championship this season.

Even so, under-fire head coach Chris Ramsey was again barracked by the frustrated home fans, particularly when he replaced lone striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas with Leroy Fer 21 minutes from time.

Ramsey's side, currently without injured striker Charlie Austin, have won only one of their last seven matches.

This was their first match since Neil Warnock returned to the club in a part-time advisory role, although the former Rangers manager did not attend the game.

Their best chance to break the deadlock fell to Matt Phillips, who cleverly drifted in from the right only to fire over with just keeper Keiren Westwood to beat midway through the second half.

Westwood then produced a crucial save to deny Tjaronn Chery at the far post after the Dutchman had been found by Phillips' right-wing cross.

Chery had earlier met Sandro's volleyed diagonal pass with a crisp volley of his own, but his effort went wide of the near post.

Wednesday, whose clean sheet was only their second in 11 away matches, created the odd chance too.

Barry Bannan blazed wastefully wide of the target in the first half after cutting inside Nedum Onuoha.

The lively Joao went close late on when he headed wide from Ross Wallace's right-wing corner.

And Bannan missed another opportunity in stoppage time, again shooting well wide after creating space for himself.


Source: PA


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