Rs held on Hart debut
Sheff Utd ruined Paul Hart's debut as QPR manager after emerging from Loftus Road with a 1-1 draw.
Last Updated: 19/12/09 5:49pm
Sheffield United ruined Paul Hart's debut as QPR manager after emerging from their trip to Loftus Road with a 1-1 draw.
Mikele Leigertwood opened the scoring inside the first two minutes, but they were unable to hang on as Richard Cresswell levelled matters six minutes later.
The Rs came within a whisker of claiming a late three-point haul when on-loan Ben Watson headed against the crossbar in injury time.
Hart received a lukewarm reception from a crowd clearly tiring of welcoming incoming managers, but the proceedings livened up considerably with Leigertwood's early strike.
The midfielder, who has played under all six permanent bosses and three caretakers since arriving from the Blades in 2007, lashed Watson's half-cleared corner through a crowd of players and, via a hefty deflection, past Mark Bunn.
The lead lasted just six minutes, though, after Watson's short backpass let in Toni Kallio who squared the ball for Cresswell to bundle over the line.
Both teams had chances thereafter but Bunn and fellow goalkeeper Radek Cerny barely had a save to make.
Bunn did halt Wayne Routledge in his tracks and Adel Taarabt hit the side netting for Rangers while United defender Matt Kilgallon headed over.
United should have gone in ahead in first-half stoppage time but Jamie Ward volleyed wide from eight yards out.
In the second half Routledge put a volley into the side netting, before Jay Simpson claimed a penalty, to no avail, after tripping over Chris Morgan's leg.
At the other end Quinn shot wide, James Harper blazed over and Cresswell's header landed on the wrong side of the post.
And Hart missed out on a victorious start to his stint in west London when Watson headed against the bar at the death.