Bond and Bowyer regret draw

Kevin Bond admitted QPR paid the price for not taking their chances in a goalless draw with Blackburn.

Last Updated: 07/12/13 at 18:26 Post Comment

Kevin Bond: QPR paid the price

Kevin Bond: QPR paid the price

World Cup Promotions

Daily World Cup Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Harry Redknapp's side could have gone clear at the top with victory but dropped points at home for only the second time this season and are now behind new Sky Bet Championship leaders Burnley on goal difference.

This term Rangers have developed a happy knack of grinding out 1-0 victories from similarly uninspiring matches, but their goal touch for once deserted them with Matt Phillips and Charlie Austin squandering second-half opportunities to win it.

Phillips was denied by Simon Eastwood from six yards out and Austin somehow hit a post and then the Rovers goalkeeper from similarly point-blank range.

"In the end it was frustrating," admitted assistant boss Bond.

"It was a game of few opportunities but we had two really good ones and obviously it's a different game if we take them.

"We are a very attacking team but we found it difficult to break them down."

Rangers are awaiting a work permit for former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun, who has agreed to join the promotion chasers.

And Bond feels the Israeli could be the man to help Rangers unlock stubborn defences over the second half of the season.

"We are defending well and we are keeping clean sheets, but on the other side of it we are not creating or scoring enough," he added.

"Yossi's a good player and you'd like to think would thrive in those situations."

If the second half belonged to Rangers it was Rovers who should have gone in at half-time in the lead.

Jason Lowe was denied by a goal-line clearance by Clint Hill and Chris Taylor headed over from close range.

Manager Gary Bowyer said: "We came with a game plan, we were very good in the first half and we should have gone in leading with the chances we had.

"In the second half we had to show some character and we displayed some battling qualities against a top team."

Eastwood was handed his league debut after Bowyer axed regular number one Jake Kean following some recent costly blunders.

And the 22-year-old rewarded his manager with a stunning, if slightly painful, save to keep out Phillips' close-range effort as Rovers kept a first clean sheet on the road this season.

"Our keeper made a world-class save so I'm delighted for him," added Bowyer. "It hit him in the face, but he stayed big.

"Today we've shown we can do it. Everyone did their jobs and we can build on this now. It's a first clean sheet away and that will give us confidence."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ot damn, does Arsene Know!

fackson
Arsenal confirm Sanchez signing

O

k, let me start it...Arsenal signed Alexis f***ing Sanchez! Is this Arsene's new transfer policy? Me likey.

poolshortsdown
Arsenal confirm Sanchez signing

A

stark contrast to Neymar's treatment at Barca his first year. He was brushed off to the flank and told to stay there. I thought it was a bit harsh from Martino to margianalize Neymar like that, but good grief, it's better than woshipping him like his national team does.

timbo
Brazil Team Over-Subscribed To Idea Of Neymar As Deity

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester United preparations going well under Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs is adamant new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is 'not scared about the challenge'.

Transfer news: Arsenal sign Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for a fee believed to be £35million.

World Cup: Louis van Gaal blasts third-place play-off

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal insists a World Cup third-place play-off "has got nothing to do whatsoever with sport."

Mail Box

Mails: It's Not Entertainment, It's Sport...

When did we start getting the idea that football was an entertainment business? It's about winning and winning alone. We also have some defences of Louis van Gaal...

Do England Need Scholes, Lineker Etc?

They've all got ideas about where things are going wrong, so why don't they step up and help? Plus, we have lots of fall-out from the dullness of Holland v Argentina...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property