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Saturday, 25 November, 2000, 18:04 GMT
QPR 2-2 Wolves
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Peacock: Late strike earned his side a point
QPR skipper Gavin Peacock saved Rangers blushes with a late strike to earn his struggling side a point.

With four minutes remaining, Peacock collected the ball 25 yards out before sending a screamer beyond Wolves keeper Michael Oakes.

Rangers just about deserved a point as they hit back from a disappointing first half which had seen them slip behind twice.

The game had started in driving rain making good football impossible and there was hardly a decent move from either side in the first quarter hour.


It would have been a travesty if we had lost this game we played really well and created so many chances but it looked like we weren't going to get anything
  Gerry Francis, QPR manager
Wolves carved out the first chance after 16 minutes when Lee Naylor beat Tim Breacker on the left to cross low but it managed to evade both strikers and defenders alike.

Gifted

Three minutes later though they were gifted their first goal. QPR defender Matthew Rose tried to play the ball out of defence but succeeded only in losing the ball to George Ndah.

The striker stormed into the box before slotting the ball easily past Ludek Miklosko.

Wolves should have doubled that lead on 33 minutes when Carl Robinson put Neil Emblen away and he squared for Ndah whose shot was brilliantly saved by Miklosko.

Three minutes later though QPR were gifted an equaliser.

The ball was played out to Wolves' left-hand side, but the referee spotted a push by Simon Osborn on Richard Langley off the ball and awarded a penalty.

Peacock's spot-kick was brilliantly saved by Oakes diving to his left but the ball came straight back to Peacock who slotted it into the empty net.

Materialised

That should have been the cue for a Rangers revival but it never materialised.


At half-time I thought we could go on and win it, but by the end I was happy with the point.
  John Ward, Wolves Assistant manager

Paul Butler forced a fine save from Miklosko on 40 minutes when he let fly from 30 yards, but just three minutes later Wolves were back in front.

Osborn's corner was swung into the box and Ludovic Pollet rose highest to head into the top corner.

After 72 minutes Wolves looked to have wrapped things up when Butler swept home Osborn's corner but the referee ruled it out for a push by Pollet and Rangers took advantage of the decision to grab that vital equaliser.

Wolves could have won it with Langley twice going close but a point apiece leaves both sides deep in relegation trouble.


Queens Park Rangers: Miklosko, Breacker, Warren, Ready, Carlisle, Rose, Langley, Peacock, Connolly, Peschisolido, Crouch.
Subs: Harper, Morrow, Koejoe, Wardley, Broomes.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Oakes, Muscat, Naylor, Robinson, Pollet, Emblen, Bazeley, Osborn, Ndah, Dinning, Butler.
Subs: Stowell, Sinton, Lescott, Camara, Proudlock.

Referee: L Cable (Woking).

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