8th Aug, 2006 :: by Chris Hudson
PR substitute Shabazz Baidoo broke Leeds hearts with a 90th minute equaliser at Loftus Road tonight and secured QPR's first point of the season. In fact, he could have stolen the winner just seconds later as could Ray Jones with the final kick of the match. Despite this late activity Leeds United deserved the win but failed to push home the advantage when they had it earlier.
David Healy and Gary Kelly both missed easy chances in the first half before USA international Eddie Lewis put Leeds United ahead just after the hour with a left foot volley after the ball had come back off the crossbar from a Healy header. Leeds seemed comfortable and were searching for a second goal when ex-Celt Steve Crainey gave away a clumsy penalty in the 81st minute. The Leeds United protests where half-hearted at best and Rowlands beat the on-loan Tony Warner despite the Leeds keeper going the right way
On-loan Blade, Geoff Horsfield scored almost immediately, from 8 yards, latching onto a lovely chip over the defence by Steve Stone. He seemed destined to spare the blushes of a Leeds United side that will certainly feel they had their pockets picked at the end of the game by Shabazz Baidoo who stole in to meet a low cross into the box and toe poke it almost out of the hands of Tony Warner who will doubtless feel he could have done better.
Ironically, Crainey's slip in the penalty area and failure to close down the final cross from which Baidoo scored, could let in Mo Camara, signed on-loan today from his old club Celtic, for the Sky televised clash against Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Peter Taylor's Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Southend tonight to complete their second win of the season.
Leeds are now 6th in the Championship and QPR are 18th.
How do you feel about two points dropped to QPR? Did the players ease off? Is Crainey good enough for Leeds? Have your say NOW!