QPR 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Sougou’s injury adds to Owls’ frustration

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QPR and Sheffield Wednesday played out a goalless draw at Loftus Road, where the point Owls gained was marred by winger Modou Sougou being carried off.

He was poleaxed by a last-ditch challenge from Clint Hill shortly before half-time as he looked to pounce on the loose ball after the Rangers defender had slipped.

The visitors were furious that Hill was not sent off as Sougou would have been through on goal and replays suggested Hill did not get the ball. Referee Andy Haines did not even award a free-kick.

The visitors appealed in vain for a penalty early in the second half when Paul Konchesky managed to thwart Lucas Joao after the Owls substitute had burst into the area.

Hill, recalled to the QPR line-up the day after his 37th birthday, had an excellent game at the back, helping his team keep only their second clean sheet in the Championship this season.

Even so, under-fire head coach Chris Ramsey was again barracked by the frustrated home fans, particularly when he replaced lone striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas with Leroy Fer 21 minutes from time.

Ramsey’s side, currently without injured striker Charlie Austin, have won only one of their last seven matches. This was their first match since Neil Warnock returned to the club in a part-time advisory role, although the former Rangers manager did not attend the game.

Their best chance to break the deadlock fell to Matt Phillips, who cleverly drifted in from the right only to fire over with just goalkeeper Keiren Westwood to beat midway through the second half.

Wednesday, whose clean sheet was only their second in 11 away matches, created the odd chance too. Barry Bannan blazed wastefully wide of the target in the first half after cutting inside Nedum Onuoha. The lively Joao went close late on when he headed wide from Ross Wallace’s right-wing corner.

And Bannan missed another opportunity in stoppage time.

QPR: Green, Onuoha, Hall, Hill, Konchesky, Sandro, Tozser, Phillips, Luongo, Chery, Emmanuel-Thomas (Fer 69). Unused substitutes: Doughty, Faurlin, Henry, Hoilett, Smithies, Angella.

Sheff Wed: Westwood, Lees, Loovens, Semedo, Palmer, McGugan (Lee 69), Bannan, Wiggins, Forestieri (Lucas Joao 46), Sougou (Wallace 45), Nuhiu. Unused substitutes: Hutchinson, Sasso, Wildsmith, Pudil.

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).