Rangers stay third after stalemate at Wigan

Wigan 0 QPR 0

QPR remained third in the Championship after a statemate at the DW Stadium.

Rangers substitute Andy Johnson – back in action after being out since August with a knee problem – fired wide late on.

At the other end, Chris McCann headed against the post for Wigan and Callum McManaman fired over from the rebound.

With Rangers looking to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat at Burnley, boss Harry Redknapp brought Alejandro Faurlin and Jermaine Jenas into his midfield in place of Karl Henry and the suspended Joey Barton.

And QPR started well, with Niko Kranjcar – who went off a minute before half-time after suffering a hamstring injury – firing over from inside the box.

The home side responded through Manchester United loanee Nick Powell, who brought a good save from Rob Green on 12 minutes.

Rangers were on the front foot and looked certain to score when Faurlin’s teasing cross met the head of Charlie Austin, but the ball was diverted wide.

Owen Coyle’s side ended the first half strongly and went close to taking the lead when Jordi Gomez’s superb left-footed strike went just wide.

Half-time substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune made an instant impact for the Latics, seeing his goal-bound effort cleared by Clint Hill after being set up by James Perch.

And after McCann was denied by the woodwork and McManaman was unable to apply the finishing touch, Austin again went close from another Faurlin cross.

Johnson came close to winning it for Rangers, who felt aggrieved when keeper Lee Nicholls escaped despite appearing to pull the striker back.

QPR (4-4-1-1): Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto; O’Neil, Jenas, Faurlin, Hoilett (Johnson 75); Kranjcar (Phillips 44), Austin.
Subs not used: Traore, Onyewu, Chevanton, Henry, Murphy.





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