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Coca-Cola Football League Championship
Game 02: Tuesday 8 August 2006

Queens Park Rangers 2 - 2 Leeds United
(Half-time: 0 - 0)
Crowd: 13996
Referee: K Friend (Leicestershire)
« Norwich City   Crystal Palace »
Match Facts Queens Park Rangers Team Leeds United Subs
Paul Jones   Tony Warner
Matthew Rose   Gary Kelly
Marcus Bignot   Stephen Crainey
Damion Stewart   Matthew Kilgallon
Mauro Milanese   Paul Butler
Lee Cook   Shaun Derry
Gareth Ainsworth   Eddie Lewis
Steve Lomas   Steve Stone
Martin Rowlands   Eirik Bakke
Nick Ward   David Healy
Adam Czerkas   Geoff Horsfield
Jake Cole   Ian Westlake
Marc Bircham   Sean Gregan
Patrick Kanyuka   Sebastien Carole
Shabazz Baidoo   Robbie Blake
Ray Jones   Ian Moore
Match Reports
BBC QPR 2 - 2 Leeds
The Guardian Baidoo's late strike thwarts Leeds Blackwell blasts Leeds
The Sporting Life QPR 2 - 2 Leeds
The Electronic Telegraph Blackwell fumes at late leveller
Yorkshire Evening Post The one that got away for United

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Baidoo's late strike thwarts Leeds - Rob Smyth

Copy from Football Unlimited of 09/08/2006.

On the pitch there were high-fives and unrestrained celebration, in the stands faces reddened and eyes watered with pride. Rarely can a home draw have inspired such pleasure as QPR's did last night. In the Leeds dressing room, by contrast, there was rage and recrimination as their manager Kevin Blackwell unleashed an anger that bordered on the demented. Rarely can an away draw have inspired such discontent.

Yet in the circumstances the mood of both camps was appropriate. For the most part QPR were given the mother of all chasings by a Leeds side who seemed to have too much savvy and self-belief. Yet Rangers clawed their way back with two equalisers - the second an injury-time tap-in from Shabazz Baidoo - and might even have snatched a ridiculous victory.

It was the best and worst of English football, a largely unsophisticated contest which prioritised brawn over brain but which came thrillingly to life during a manic denouement. "I'm not putting up with that," said Blackwell, rubbing his head repeatedly in disbelief. "That's not good enough; we committed hari-kari. I'm not happy, and if they don't buck their ideas up they won't be around to see me the next time I'm unhappy. I was proud of the players for the most part but it's no good being delighted if you have to travel up the friggin' motorway having not won the game."

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