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Loftus Road Stadium (ATT 16,658) 7th April 2013 - Kick off 16:10 Ref: P Dowd

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Wigan Athletic Wigan


B Zamora (S/O 21)
L Remy (85)


Wigan 1

S Maloney (90+4)

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Premier League: Ten-man QPR held to a 1-1 draw by Wigan at Loftus Road

Last Updated: 07/04/13 7:54pm

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Bobby Zamora is given his marching orders by referee Phil Dowd

Bobby Zamora is given his marching orders by referee Phil Dowd

Shaun Maloney's last-gasp goal denied ten-man QPR a priceless win as Wigan earned a dramatic 1-1 draw at Loftus Road after Loic Remy looked to have won it for the home side with a stunning goal.

QPR were forced to play for 70 minutes with ten men after Bobby Zamora was sent off for a needless high challenge on Jordi Gomez.

Wigan struggled to break down the ten men and QPR made them pay five minutes from time with a goal of the season contender from Remy.

Best of the game

  • Man of the match - Andros Townsend. Caused major problems with his dribbling and pace. Never stopped.
  • Moment of the match - Shaun Maloney netting a last-gasp free-kick to earn WIgan a vital point in their fight for survival
  • Goal of the match - Loic Remy's incredible first-time side-footed strike from the right edge of the box. Right out of the top drawer.
  • Save of the match - Cesar had to make sure of McCarthy's long-range effort late on in the first half and dived really well to help behind.
  • Talking point - Has that late equaliser ended QPR's hopes of survival? How costly will not taking full advantage of the extra man be for Wigan? Should be an exciting last few weeks at the bottom end of the Premier League

However, there was a still a sting in the tail with Maloney scoring with a free-kick from the edge of the box deep into injury time to secure a draw for Wigan.

QPR started brightly and were unlucky not to break the deadlock after just nine minutes when Loic Remy struck the woodwork.

Junior Hoilett chested the ball off to Remy on the edge of the box and he fired in a shot which rattled off the post with Joel Robles in the Wigan goal well beaten.

QPR suffered a major blow after 21 minutes when they were reduced to ten men after Zamora was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Wigan midfielder Gomez.

Zamora caught Gomez on the head with his studs and after lengthy consultation with his assistant referee Phil Dowd showed the QPR striker a straight red card.

Wigan tried to make their numerical advantage count and Callum McManaman twice went close with efforts from the edge of the box, with his first attempt curling over the crossbar and his second shot fizzing just wide of the far post.

Julio Cesar was called into the action three minutes before the break when he was forced to tip James McCarthy's long-range shot round the post but QPR managed to keep them at bay up until half-time.

Harry Redknapp introduced Adel Taarabt ten minutes into the second half and he was quickly into the action crossing for Remy to narrowly head wide of the far post just past the hour mark.

Wigan wasted a great chance to go in front 13 minutes from time when Gomez picked out substitute James McArthur unmarked inside the box, but he headed his effort straight at Cesar.

QPR grabbed what could prove to be a crucial goal come the end of the season five minutes from time with a stunning effort from Remy.

Stephane Mbia led a sweeping counter-attack from inside his own half from a Wigan free-kick to tee up Remy to side-foot a brilliant first-time effort into the top corner to send the home fans into raptures.

Maloney had the final word for Wigan when he curled home his free-kick four minutes into injury time to leave QPR deflated.

Harry Redknapp insisted Queens Park Rangers would keep believing they could avoid relegation, but could not disguise his anguish at losing two points so late on.

Redknapp told Sky Sports: "It couldn't have been more cruel. We didn't deserve that. We deserved to win today with ten men.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was relieved after his side's late draw but conceded it was his side's worst performance of the season.

"Martinez told Sky Sports: "It's a great point because we were 1-0 down and a late goal like that is a point gained, there's no two ways about it. But overall we were very poor and I think that's the worst performance we've had this season in an attacking sense. We were cagey.

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