Gallen denies Leeds
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: 16/04/05 4:45pm
QPR produced a resilient second-half display to earn a share of the spoils against Leeds at Loftus Road.
Striker Kevin Gallen struck after 85 minutes to level matters after Seth Johnson had put the visitors ahead with his first of the season.
Both sides finished the game with 10 men as first Leeds' Shaun Derry and then Adam Miller were shown red cards and the draw ends any faint hopes of a play-off place for either side.
Johnson struck after 24 minutes when the home defence failed to clear a Gary Kelly corner and the midfielder volleyed in from the edge of the box with his weaker right foot.
Kevin Blackwell's side, who hammered their opponents 6-1 earlier in the season, were buoyed by the goal but failed to create any clear-cut chances and The Hoops almost levelled when substitute Jamie Cureton had a header cleared off the line by former Loftus Road defender Clarke Carlisle.
QPR came out after the break with more urgency and Gallen came close but his shot flew just wide before United's in-form striker Rob Hulse had a long-range effort saved by Chris Day just after the hour.
The home side continued to press for an equaliser and Stefan Bailey, making his first senior start, saw a 25-yard shot fly over the bar and Leeds were reduced to 10 men after 70 minutes when Derry was dismissed for violent conduct.
Danny Shittu then headed over from an Adam Miller corner but the pressure finally told when Gallen received a pass from Shabazz Baidoo and rifled the ball home from the edge of the box for his 11th league goal of the season.
Whites keeper Neil Sullivan denied Rangers all three points when he saved a Gallen free-kick before Cureton shot wide as the final whistle beckoned.
Gallen should have won the game with two minutes remaining but he was unable to beat Sullivan and the match finished on a sour note when Miller was ordered off for a second bookable offence.
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