Half-time: Ipswich 0 QPR 0

Dean Gerken’s fingertip save prevented Charlie Austin giving QPR the lead at Portman Road, where Joey Barton went off seven minutes before the break.

Gerken managed to tip over Austin’s close-range header from Gary O’Neil’s right-wing cross.

Rangers endured some difficult moments, not least when keeper Rob Green denied Luke Chambers during a goalmouth scramble before Barton cleared the danger.

And when O’Neil’s loose pass led to David McGoldrick robbing Clint Hill, the recalled Richard Dunne moved across to usher the Ipswich forward away from goal.

Barton seemed to be struggling from the opening minutes and was eventually replaced by Karl Henry.

QPR: Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, Carroll, Barton (Henry 38), Benayoun, O’Neil, Kranjcar, Austin.
Subs: Murphy; Traore, Phillips, Johnson, Wright-Phillips, Onuoha.

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