Ramage earns late QPR draw
Ramage nets equaliser with four minutes to go after Burgess hits opener
Last Updated: 08/08/09 5:45pm
Magilton: Saw side draw
QPR came from behind to draw against Blackpool at Loftus Road to spare new boss Jim Magilton's blushes.
But they left it late, with Peter Ramage equalising with just four minutes to go after Ben Burgess had given the Seasiders a first-period lead.
The leadership of Formula One gurus Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone, as well as the input of multi-billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, makes Rangers the Championship's richest club and promotion to the Premier League is the target this season.
However, despite dominating the opening 45 minutes with Heidar Helguson hitting the bar, Rangers found themselves behind at the interval.
Burgess struck the well-worked opener on 37 minutes but Rangers then returned to the ascendancy after the break, with Angelo Balanta striking the post two minutes into the second period.
Magilton introduced Rowan Vine, Akos Buzsaky and Patrick Agyemang off the bench but the leveller came from an unlikely source as former Newcastle defender Ramage drilled in his first goal in senior football - after more than 100 appearances - four minutes from time.
Gavin McMahon then hit the upright as Magilton's side almost stole victory 90 seconds from the end.
Magilton is the fourth permanent boss at QPR in less than two years, and Rangers' seventh boss in five seasons, and he will be eager to start well this season.
Martin Rowlands had a shot blocked following a corner in the opening minute, Helguson then headed over and then he and Adel Taarabt each shot straight at Seasiders goalkeeper Paul Rachubka.
Helguson had a further opportunity before Taarabt, who is on loan from Tottenham, had a close-range effort turned wide by Rachubka.
Iceland international Helguson hit the bar from six yards, while Wayne Routledge was then denied by Rachubka from 25 yards.
The visitors' first effort on goal came 10 minutes before the break when Burgess shot wide and Gary Taylor-Fletcher then had an effort saved by Radek Cerny.
The breakthrough then came when Taylor-Fletcher teed up Burgess to fire a first-time shot from 12 yards beyond Cerny for an unexpected lead.
Balanta hit the upright with a close-range left-footed shot in his last act as Magilton changed his mis-firing strike force. Balanta and Helguson made way, with Buzsaky and Vine coming on.
Rangers then lost their playmaker Rowlands, who appeared to limp off, with Agyemang coming on in his place.
Keith Southern and Jason Euell shot off target as Blackpool's scoring chances remained few and far between.
Kaspars Gorkss headed wide from six yards and Vine dragged an effort wide as Rangers' profligacy continued.
Vine struck the post before Ramage's low effort from the right evaded everyone, including Rachubka, for the equaliser.
McMahon then almost secured the win, but saw his header hit the post.
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