Newcastle manager Chris Hughton thought that his side showed character and determination, to come from a goal behind to get a draw against a good Queens Park Rangers side.
Marlon Harewood scored his maiden goal after 70 minutes
QPR took just seven minutes to find a breakthrough, when Ben Watson’s shot was deflected beyond Steve Harper by the boot of Steven Taylor.
Danny Guthrie had the chance to level from the penalty spot on 18 minutes, but Danny did the unthinkable and his poorly directed shot was saved by goalkeeper. Radek Cerny. A penalty miss at the wrong time for Newcastle.
The Magpies went for the jugular in the second half, and got the equalizer through Marlon Harewood, as he forced home an Andy Carroll header, from point-blank range, on 70 minutes.
After the game manager Chris Hughton seemed quite happy with the overall result:
“It was important to get something. We were up against a very good QPR side who are in good form at the moment and scoring goals, and there’s no doubt in the early part of the game, they were the better side.”
“We didn’t keep the ball as well as should have done and consequently, allowed them too much possession.” “When you are playing against a team in the confident mood they are in, if you give them too much possession, they can hurt you.”
“They are as good as we have played this season.” “We had to come out in the second-half and show character and determination and the lads did that.”
“And with a little more quality with regards the final ball I feel we could have won the game.”
We still look at this as 2 points lost, but certainly a win on Saturday against Bristol City, will take us into the International break still at the top of the Championship, at least 3 points clear.