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16:30 15th October 2016

Points shared in battle of the hoops

Danny Williams' first half equaliser earned Jaap Stam's a point they royally deserved at Loftus Road this afternoon in a battle of the hoops that the away side undoubtedly edged.

The hosts opened the scoring when Olamide Shodipo floated a lovely ball over the top for the breaking Pawel Wszolek to chest down and toe home, but Reading were level seven minutes later thanks to Danny Williams' volleyed far post finish from a pinpoint left wing cross from Garath McCleary.

Both teams went for the win in the second half, with Alex Smithies having to save well from Roy Beerens and McCleary as the Royals came closest to nicking all three points, but 1-1 it would end.

The Royals boss made two changes to the eleven that played in our 1-1 home draw against Derby before the international break - Tyler Blackett returning from a suspension to take up position at left-back, while Joey van den Berg started at the back in place of the injured Paul McShane.

Reading's first advancement came down the right, Gunter floating a long ball forward that McCleary scampered after, but Alex Smithies was off his line sharply to head the ball clear and out for a throw.

Smithies was first to the ball again when Evans' floated ball caused problems in the QPR area with ten minutes played, but the opening goal went the way of the hosts.

Stealing the ball in midfield, Rangers countered at pace and a beautifully-weighted ball from Olamide Shodipo over the top was brought under control by the chest of Pawel Wszolek who bursting forward brought it down and toed the ball wide of Al Habsi on the run to make it 1-0 from six yards out.

The Royals almost responded when Karl Henry's header back to his keeper was so nearly intercepted by McCleary in front of goal, but the winger was caught in two minds as to when to try to intercept it and the ball bounced through to a grateful Smithies.

McCleary tested Smithies' handling moments later, driving goalwards from the edge of the box. And Reading were level on 20 minutes. McCleary darted after a ball forward down the left and reached it before it could go out for a throw. He cut inside and floated a wonderful cross to the far post where Williams met it with a placed volley that wormed its way past Smithies and into the back of the net.

Wszolek found himself alone in the box again, the ball threaded through to him in an onside position. But Tyler Blackett recovered well to block his shot at goal and keep the game 1-1.

The home side were creating chances - Joel Lynch glanced a recycled corner across goal and behind for a goal kick. Then Ariel Borysiuk thundered an effort from 25 yards just wide of the left upright.

Kermorgant won the ball back with four minutes of the half remaining and found Beerens on the left. He stabbed a low cross into the box but narrowly wide. It took a deflection on the way and a worked corner saw the ball cleverly pulled back to the feet of Beerens by McCleary, but the Dutchman dragged a right-footed effort agonisingly wide of the left post.

Half-time: QPR 1-1 Reading

The first shot at goal after the restart came from the boot of Beerens, who received the ball from Blackett, cut in from the left side of the area and bulleted an effort at goal that deflected off a Rangers leg and looped over the crossbar.

Reading had to do some defending soon after though, Kermorgant clearing a cross from the byline, then Polter connecting with the subsequent corner but glancing wide of the target from a central position. Jimmy Flloyd Hasselbaink introduced striker Conor Washington early in the second half as the home side pressed for a second goal.

At the other end, Swift tried his luck from distanced but arced a speculative effort well wide. Then Beerens forced a good save from Smithies as he beat his man to burst into the box from the left and drill low at goal.

Smithies pulled off a very good save to deny McCleary next, the winger breaking down the right into acres of space, ghosting past Caulker and driving across goal only for the right glove of Smithies to push it away.

Kermorgant had two efforts within the space of ten seconds, the first a hooked effort from Beerens' cut back that was charged down, the second a header that bounced wide following a good cross from McCleary.

Swift threaded a lovely ball in behind for McCleary to chase after and he got there before the onrushing Smithies but didn't get enough of a touch to take it past the keeper and race in on an open goal, Smithies' legs doing enough to thump the ball clear.

Beerens curled an effort wide as we neared the last ten minutes of the game, while Washington looked like he might get a shot away at the other end of the pitch before Al Habsi slid out to smother it.

Four minutes of additional time were signalled as Evans swept a shot over the bar, but there was to be no late winner for either side despite their best endeavours.

Full-time: QPR 1-1 Reading

QPR: Smithies, Perch, Lynch, Hall (Caulker 35), Onuoha, Borysiuk, Chery (Sylla 73), Wszolek, Henry, Shodipo (Washington 54), Polter.
Subs: Ingram, Gladwin, Luongo, Hamalainen.
Yellow: Lynch
Goals: Wszolek (14)

Reading: Al-Habsi, Gunter (c), Blackett (Obita 66), Van den Berg, Moore, Evans, Williams, Swift, McCleary (Harriott 84), Beerens, Kermorgant.
Subs: Jaakkola, Watson, Gravenberch, Kelly, Samuel.
Yellow: Van den Berg
Goals: Williams (21)

Att: 15,048 (1,675 away)