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Loftus Road (ATT 18,182) 16th April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Olivier

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Leeds United Leeds

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Gallen denies Leeds

By Peter ORourke.   Last Updated: 16/04/05 4:45pm

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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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2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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