Huddersfield 1 QPR 1 match report: Junior Hoilett rescues a point as Rangers fail to cash in on possession and chances

James Vaughan opened the scoring but defensive display earns hosts a point against Championship favourites

John Smith's Stadium

No-nonsense northerners determined to put the London glamour-boys in their place; this was the sort of game from which Queen's Park Rangers, on their first visit for more than ten years, needed to take a point or three. Kevin Bond, standing in for Harry Redknapp on media duty, felt it should have been the latter, but despite having abundant possession and almost all the chances, a draw to follow last week's home victory over Sheffield Wednesday was all there was to take home.

The home side, living up to their nickname, were Terrier-like without giving Robert Green a shot to save and had an impressive performer in the midfielder Oscar Gobern, who held his own against those of more illustrious reputation. Among them, Joey Barton, excellent against Wednesday, found it hard to influence the game while out on the right in the first 70 minutes, before moving inside alongside his one-time sparring partner Karl Henry.

Shaun Wright-Phillips, one of five former England internationals in Rangers' squad of 18, came on at that point and had could have won the game right at the finish, only to be denied by a steadfast goalkeeper in  Alex Smithies.

Huddersfield had led, for three minutes, with a goal from James Vaughan, the former Evertonian who scored 14 goals on loan from Norwich last season and has now joined on a permanent basis. But his fine header apart, he was quiet, and the whole team found it difficult to find a way past Clint Hill and Nedum Onuoha.

Rangers have been exchanging the exotic for the energetic; losing Loic Remy, Adel Taarabt, Park Ji-Sung and Chris Samba while gaining solid citizens like Karl Henry, Charlie Austin, Richard Dunne and Gary O'Neil. If paying up to £1m for the 31 year old Henry suggested not all financial lessons had been learnt, the current squad does look better suited to the realities of the Championship than last season's.

The home club's announcer had sounded quite in awe of revealing the list of visitors' substitutes, who included Dunne, O'Neil and former internationals Jermaine Jenas, Bobby Zamora and Wright-Phillips. He would have been concerned too as Rangers made the early openings, starting when the expensive signing Charlie Austin went to the byline and cut the ball back for Andy Johnson, whose shot required a  brave block by Anthony Gerrard.

Martin Paterson's clever turn past a defender onto Adam Clayton's pass, the shot fizzing just past Green's far post, brought the home crowd to life. From an even first half-hour the game then came up with a goal to each side in the space of three minutes. Poor defensive work was the cause of Rangers falling behind in the 35th minute. Oliver Norwood was unmarked inside the penalty area when found by Adam Hammill, and from his cross the hitherto subdued Vaughan propelled a firm header past Green.

An equaliser was not long in materialising. Yun, the Korean left-back, received a fortunate rebound to lob a cross towards Hoilett, also not well marked and able to score with a gentle poke past the possibly unsighted Smithies.

Austin emerged for the second half with a bandaged head that almost restored the lead for the London side. He rose highest to Johnson's cross and Smithies was beaten, but was saved by the  crossbar. With  Rangers looking much the more likely to claim a late winning goal,  Barton put Wright-Phillips in, to be foiled by Smithies, who then punched out his drive and blocked Nedum Onuha.

In a are break at the other end, the substitute, Londoner Sean Scannell, seemed to have  forged a way fractionally in front of the defenders but could only manage a  toe poke just the wrong side of the post.

“I’m made up with what we’ve done today,” said Huddersfield’s Mark Robins. The home crowd’s reaction suggested they were too.

Huddersfield 3-5-2: Smithies; Clarke, Gerrard,Lynch; Hamill, Norwood, Clayton,  Gobern, Carroll;  ,   Paterson,Vaughan.

QPR 4-4-2: Green; Simpson, Hill,  Onuoha, Yun;   Barton, Granero,  Henry,Hoilett; Austin, Johnson.

election 2015The 10 best quotes of the campaign
A caravan being used as a polling station in Ford near Salisbury, during the 2010 election
election 2015The Independent's guide to get you through polling day
David Blunkett joins the Labour candidate for Redcar Anna Turley on a campaigning visit last month
voicesWhat I learnt from my years in government, by the former Home Secretary David Blunkett
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'