Football : Hateley keeps Rangers on the fringe

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Swindon Town 1 Queen's Park Rangers 1

Mark Hateley, the former England striker, scored the equaliser which rescued a point for Queen's Park Rangers and keeps Stewart Houston's side in the First Division promotion race. Hateley's first league goal of the season pushed Rangers up to seventh place, one position below the play- off positions.

Swindon took the lead in the 38th minute from a rare first half attack, when the full-back Mark Robinson saw his low centre from the right deflected past Jurgen Sommer by the defender Rufus Brevett. But Brevett made up for his lapse two minutes later by setting up the equaliser with a superb centre which Hateley converted with a firm header.

Swindon Town: Digby; Robinson, Elkins (Darras, 81), Leitch, Seagraves, Broomes, Culverhouse, Smith, Cowe, Allison, Walters. Substitutes not used: Finney, McMahon.

Queen's Park Rangers: Sommer; Impey, Brevett, Maddix, McDonald, Ready, Spencer, Peacock, Hateley, Barker, Sinclair. Substitutes not used: Murray, Brazier, Yates.

Referee: R Furnandiz (Doncaster).