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Late penalty denies XI win at QPR

Posted on 11 October 2011  - 12:00

Our Spurs XI team dominated for long periods of Tuesday's friendly at QPR only for Rangers to grab a late equaliser from the penalty spot.

Our Spurs XI team dominated for long periods of Tuesday's friendly at QPR only for Rangers to grab a late equaliser from the penalty spot.

QPR took an early lead at their Harlington training ground but we'd turned it around by half-time with goals from Souleymane Coulibaly and Yago Falque.

Rangers defended stoutly as we dictated play in the second half and reaped their rewards in the 81st minute when Jason Puncheon levelled from the spot.

Rob Hulse, the former Crewe, Sheffield United and Leeds striker, powered home Petter Vagan Moen's corner from close range with just four minutes on the clock.

Undetered, Tim Sherwood's team steadily took over possession with chances there to break through QPR's high defensive line.

Cristian Ceballos tested Brian Murphy after 11 minutes but the R's goalkeeper could do little to prevent Coulibaly heading home Ryan Fredericks' cross from 10 yards in the 27th minute.

Fredericks and Coulibaly were denied by last-ditch tackles and Dean Parrett broke through only for Murphy to palm his effort away.

Hulse forced Oscar Jansson into a fine save in the 36th minute before Falque's snapshot from 25 yards found the bottom corner to make it 2-1 in the 44th minute.

There was still time for another golden chance as the impressive Kevin Stewart charged forward from the left before unselfishly squaring to Coulibaly, who sidefooted past Murphy but onto the foot of the post.

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The second half was all Spurs, but the team struggled to find a way through a determined QPR defence.

Murphy was equal to shots from Parrett and Ceballos twice and when he was beaten, Coulibaly's dipping effort cannoned back off the post again.

Falque looped a volley just wide and then Murphy's best save of the half, low down to his right to tip away Alex Pritchard's angled drive. In-between, Jansson denied Rowan Vine one-on-one at the other end.

Jonathan Miles replaced Jansson for the final 15 minutes and was soon facing a penalty as Vine's shot struck Stewart's hand. Jason Puncheon slotted home from the spot.

Miles had to be at his best to turn away Vine's thunderbolt a minute later and the final action saw Murphy comfortably field another shot from distance, this time Pritchard hitting the target again to no avail.

Spurs XI: Jansson (Miles, 75); Fredericks, Livermore, Stewart; Ceballos, Luongo, Carroll, Falque; Parrett (Pritchard, 63); Coulibaly (Lancaster, 63).