Bolton 1-1 QPR: Matt Phillips earns visitors late point
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 20/02/16 6:56pm
Matt Phillips earned QPR an unlikely 1-1 Championship draw with a stoppage-time equaliser after Zach Clough's brilliant strike threatened to give relegation-haunted Bolton a much-needed win on Saturday.
Phillips drilled in a left-footed shot under the body of keeper Ben Amos in the second minute of stoppage time to deny the battling hosts, although a point was still enough to lift them off bottom spot.
But it was a body blow ahead of Monday's High Court winding up order despite a takeover of the club still being imminent.
Clough, who nearly left the club for fellow strugglers Bristol City last month, netted his fourth of the season to briefly leave Neil Lennon's side four points from safety. However, the Trotters' old game management failings surfaced again as Phillips came to the Londoners' rescue.
Earlier, a minute's applause for chairman Phil Gartside, who died of cancer, took place before kick-off in front of the club's owner Eddie Davies.
Passions stirred when Karl Henry clattered into Wanderers skipper Darren Pratley and was perhaps fortunate only to receive a yellow card from referee Jeremy Simpson.
Rangers, however, carried more of an attacking threat. Conor Washington easily eluded young defender Rob Holding on the edge of the area but saw his low shot beaten away by Amos.
Liam Feeney's curling 29th-minute effort from 18 yards came close to breaking the deadlock for Wanderers but not near enough to force Alex Smithies into action.
Only an acrobatic overhead effort from Clough, connecting with Josh Vela's cross, awoke the crowd.
There was greater quality, however, over Wanderers' last raid of the half. Feeney crossed from the left but the unmarked Clough could only head straight at Smithies.
The moment to lift the atmosphere came in the second half. Clough, starting a game for the first time since January 2, received the ball on the edge of the penalty area and drove in a stunning right-footed effort to break the deadlock.
Phillips fired in a tame effort easily saved before Henry clashed with Pratley and again avoided more substantive punishment. Moments later, following another flashpoint, the ex-Wolves man was substituted.
Rangers, 4-3 winners at Loftus Road earlier in the season, still faced defeat as the contest moved into injury time but one final break enabled Phillips to come up with the equaliser.