2016/17 English League Championship, 2016/2017 English League Championship
  • Tjaronn Chery (65')
  • Sam Gallagher (73')

Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn remain at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table despite Sam Gallagher earning them a 1-1 draw against QPR at Loftus Road.
Gallagher headed home Corry Evans' cross eight minutes after a superb goal from Tjaronn Chery, who found the top corner with a sublime left-footed free-kick from 30 yards on 65 minutes.
The point was not enough to prevent an angry reaction from the away support, who made their frustration clear by chanting for Venky's, the club's owners, to sell up.
And Blackburn might have even come away empty handed had QPR's new signing Idrissa Sylla not missed a golden chance late on.
The striker, signed from Anderlecht ahead of the recent transfer deadline, came on as a substitute and wriggled his way free of a defender only to then shoot straight at goalkeeper Jason Steele.
While the Rovers fans were clearly unhappy, boss Owen Coyle could take heart from a spirited display with their point well deserved.
Chery's goal came just after a spell of Blackburn pressure in which goalkeeper Alex Smithies kept out Evans' volley and Gordon Greer missed a great chance for the visitors when he blasted over after Craig Conway's corner had dropped to the defender.
Rovers, still without a league win this season, were forced to make a change when Charlie Mulgrew's debut was cut short shortly after the half-hour mark.
Mulgrew, recently signed from Celtic, was replaced by Evans after going off injured.
But the visitors still managed to cause Rangers problems in the first half, with an unmarked Tommie Hoban heading wide from close range before Hope Akpan and Conway both sent shots wide of the target.
In the final seconds of the half, they went close again when Gallagher's goal-bound header from Conway's corner was blocked by Jake Bidwell.
At the other end, James Perch fired over from 30 yards and Sebastian Polter's header from Chery's corner was comfortably saved by Steele.
Conor Washington came on for Polter at the interval but Chery remained QPR's best outlet.
Chery's ball over the top created a n opportunity for fellow Dutchman Nasser El Khayati, who shot straight at Steele.
Steele was unable to rescue Blackburn when Chery opened the scoring in fine style, but they battled on and got their reward when Gallagher netted his second goal of the season.

English League Championship Standings

1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 +36 82
2 Cardiff City 37 +27 76
3 Fulham 38 +25 69
4 Aston Villa 38 +24 69
5 Derby County 37 +21 62
6 Middlesbrough 38 +18 62
7 Bristol City 38 +12 61
8 Preston North End 38 +11 60
9 Sheffield United 38 +8 60
10 Millwall 38 +9 58
11 Brentford 38 +8 54
12 Ipswich Town 38 -1 52
13 Norwich City 38 -3 52
14 Leeds United 38 -3 50
15 Queens Park Rangers 38 -10 47
16 Nottingham Forest 38 -11 46
17 Sheffield Wednesday 38 -11 41
18 Hull City 38 -6 39
19 Bolton Wanderers 38 -23 39
20 Reading 38 -13 36
21 Barnsley 38 -19 33
22 Birmingham City 38 -29 33
23 Burton Albion 38 -40 30
24 Sunderland 38 -30 28