With only 10 games left in the Championship this season, Leeds United welcomed QPR to Elland Road as the quest for promotion continued. In a game where three points would have helped massively, the lads in white had to settle for one point, as they played out a 0-0 draw with the Ian Holloway’s Hoops.
The first half started with chances for both sides, with QPR’s Luke Freeman having the first attempt on goal with a shot that sailed well wide.
Just minutes later, Leeds were lucky to not be down a goal after Conor Washington failed to put in a sitter.
Rob Green made a couple fine saves in the first half on his 600th league appearance today, against his former club at that. Say what you want about his career; 600 games are an impressive feat, hats off to you Rob.
QPR survived a wave of back-to-back-to-back corners and continued to look threatening, but both sides still had no goals to show for their efforts.
In the 35th minute, Luke Ayling picked up his 10th yellow card of the season, which means he’ll be unavailable for key matches against Brighton and Reading. Thanks to an odd twist, if he’d picked up another, earning red, he would’ve been available for Reading, but he stayed clean the rest of the match.
Kemar Roofe had a chance before the half ended, but his shot was blocked and went out for a corner. It would be the last chance for either side before a disappointing first half came to an end.
The second half kicked off, and the back and forth match continued.
The Hoops got a free-kick on the right flank, which was saved by Green.
Hadi Sacko made his way onto the pitch in the 60th minute, coming on for Kemar Roofe. He had an immediate impact with his play on the wing, but still Leeds couldn’t break the back line.
In the 74th minute, Chris Wood, who had only eight touches after a full hour of football, went down in the box claiming he was impeded, but the ref thought otherwise and the game went on.
Our best chance of the game in the 76th minute, when Wood earned a free kick right outside the box, but QPR cleared out the Pablo Hernandez cross.
Leeds earned a couple more free kicks but nothing came from them, and the game finally ended 0-0.
This was a frustrating game to follow. Leeds had 62% ball possession, but only six total shots came from it, and none on target. It was the first 0-0 draw of the season for Leeds, so if nothing else, it’s a point.
I can deal with one point but we aren’t making it easier on ourselves to gearnet automatic promotion. Ayling’s two game suspension hurts, but with Charlie Taylor healthy again, Gaetano Berardi can step in on the right side of the defense.
Brighton is up next in a week, and it’s clearly a very important one. MOT.