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FULL-TIME: QPR 1 Blackburn Rovers 1
SKIPPER Chris Samba rescued Blackburn Rovers a point at Loftus Road this afternoon - but results elsewhere saw Steve Kean's men drop to the bottom of the Premier League.
Samba's 24th minute towering header cancelled out Heidar Helguson's fortuitous opener as Rovers battled for a hard-earned point.
QPR dominated possession for the majority but they were unable to create too many clear cut chances to test Paul Robinson.
A defensive-looking Rovers only threatened in glimpses, with wingers Martin Olsson and Junior Hoilett appearing capable of catching Rangers on the break.
QPR started well and on 16 minutes they broke the deadlock, as Rovers defence were left standing.
Alejandro Faurlin's right wing corner was headed towards goal by Heidar Helguson only to be blocked on the line by Joey Barton.
But, as Rovers failed to clear, Helguson picked the loose ball up and his chipped cross to the far post sailed into the net.
Barton almost doubled the lead minutes later but on 24 minutes Rovers were level after their first meaningful attack of the game.
Jason Lowe's left wing corner was met by Chris Samba at the far post and his powerful header flew past Paddy Kenny for the equaliser.
The hosts continued to dominate though and Shaun Wright-Phillips should have done better on the half hour mark when, in acres of space, he wildly fired wide.
Rovers gradually got a foothold in the game and could have taken the lead four minutes before half time after a mazy run from Junior Hoilett.
The winger beat three defenders as he cut inside from the left but his weak shot was easily cleared by Anton Ferdinand.
The first 20 minutes of the second half were a non event as neither side were able to gain control of proceedings.
The hosts still enjoyed the majority of the possession but were not looking capable of hurting a solid looking Rovers.
That should have changed on 72 minutes when home substitute Adel Taarabt raced clear on Rovers' goal but with just Paul Robinson to beat, his fluffed shot bobbled horribly wide.
Rovers almost won it in the dying seconds but Olsson's powerfully hit drive was well parried wide by Kenny.
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