Newcastle were second best tonight at Loftus Road, and QPR must be wondering how they missed so many clear cut chances in this game.
In the first half alone QPR must have created six good chances but they squandered all of them, and Jay Bothroyd was the main culprit and Shawn Wright Phillips on the right wing gave Ryan Taylor a torrid time with his speed, as he was a constant danger for the London side.
Newcastle have still conceded only one league goal in their first four games and have three clean sheets, but we don’t know if that’s because Lady Luck seems always on their side, or else they know what they are doing.
But you cannot fault the fortitude of this Newcastle team, as they continued to fight throughout the game, when most teams under such constant pressure would have wilted, and they took a valuable point from The Hoops.
That’s the positive to take out of this game, although in one of these games soon, if Newcastle start like they did again tonight, an opponent will take their chances, and Newcastle could be walloped – before half time.
Newcastle kicked off and as has happened in all their previous games this season, the opposition went right onto the attack. QPR were moving forward all the time and we wonder why Newcastle make such a slow start to these games?
But after 13 minutes Leon Best made a super turn just outside the penalty box and his shot was put around the post smartly by goalkeeper Kenny. A terrific shot from Best.
Then on 15 minutes QPR had a golden chance that they somehow missed, when Wright Phillips made good progress down the wing and his cross should have been converted by Jay Bothroyd, who somehow managed to hit the ball over the bar.
Then a minute later Wright Phillips put in a good shot, but it was put around the post by goalkeeper Tim Krul, but the referee gave a goal kick.
On 22 minutes wonderful play by Adel Taarabt put Wright Phillips through on the right wing, and his cross again should have been converted by Bothroyd, but he shot wide. Another let off for Newcastle.
Wright Phillips was giving Ryan Taylor the runaround in the first half, and the former Manchester City and Chelsea winger was having a great game on his debut – he was the danger man for QPR.
After 39 minutes, QPR had yet another chance and the ball was chipped into goal by Wright Phillips, and it was going into the goal until Steven Taylor got back and brilliantly headed the ball off the line.
The first half was all QPR, but Newcastle were somehow still level at the break at 0-0, although on the balance of play the Magpies could easily been two or three goals down, and probably should have been.
But Newcastle have been in poor form in all their games in the first 45 minutes this season, so they will have to improve big time if they have any chance in this game.
There were no changes made at half time and the game proceeded how it had ended in the first half with QPR attacking, and on 48 minutes Young had a half chance in on the right, but he put his shot over the bar.
After 51 minutes Armand Traore had to go off with a hamstring injury and Matthew Connolly was his replacement. On 63 minutes Tiote brought down Joey Barton badly, and he got his customary yellow card – it’s a big weakness that the Ivorian will have to correct soon.
And then a minute later Demba Ba was brought on in place of Shola Ameobi. From a corner on 66 minutes QPR again go close as a header bounces just wide of the upright. Then on 82 minutes Newcastle replaced striker Leon Best with Frenchman Sylvain Marveaux.
Then on 83 minutes Checik Tiote lost possession and allowed Wright Phillips through, and Shawn had a shot at goal, but the ball flew narrowly wide of the post.
The game continued to be QPR trying to get the winning goal, but in the last 10 minutes or so, Newcastle started to show more, but this would have been a real smash and grab raid if Newcastle had got the winning goal.
But of course we would have taken it in a NY minute. Newcastle survived somehow tonight, and it’s another good away point and Newcastle move up to 4th top of the league with 8 points from their first four league games.
That cannot be bad, and they are one place above Liverpool.
But Newcastle will have to play a lot better than this, if they are to get anything at all at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
Full marks to the lads for hanging on and sticking to their task, but they were second best tonight.
QPR: Kenny, Derry, Gabbidon, Taarabt, Bothroyd, Faurlin, Traore, Barton, Young, Wright-Phillips. Ferdinand.
Substitutes:Murphy, Hall, Campbell, Buzsaky, Connolly, Smith, Puncheon.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, Taylor (S), Coloccini (c), Taylor (R); Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez Best, Ameobi
Substitutes: Elliot, Santon, Guthrie, Marveaux, Ba, Ameobi (Sa), Lovenkrands,