Terrace View – Wigan break QPR hearts – By Billie Marshall

Shaun Maloney’s injury time free-kick earned Wigan a point and denied 10-man QPR a vital victory in their attempt at Premier League survival.

Bobby Zamora’s reckless challenge on Jordi Gomez early in the first half meant QPR had to play over 75 minutes with 10 men.

However, QPR thought they had won it late on when Loic Remy scored a fantastic break-away goal only for Maloney to land a severe blow deep into injury time.

A clumsy Stephen Mbia challenge gave Maloney the opportunity to earn a vital point for Wigan as he curled in the free kick.

The game started hesitantly with chances few and far between, with both sides knowing the significance of a positive result.

Shaun Maloney found space early on and played it to Callum McManaman but his shot was weak as Julio Cesar gathered it with ease.

Loic Remy then hit the post for Rangers. A long ball was knocked down by Junior Hoillet for Remy to hit a dipping volley that left goalkeeper Joel stranded was it not for the woodwork.
It what was a key moment in the game, Bobby Zamora was shown a straight red card for high, reckless challenge on Jordi Gomez leaving QPR with a man disadvantage.

Wigan began to dominate the game without creating any clear cut chances, as they remained patient in their pursuit of the opening goal of the game.

Maloney and Arouna Kone combined well before McManaman flashed his shot across Cesar and past the post in a warning for QPR.

In a second half similar to that of the first, Wigan dominated possession without any real intent.

Substitute Adel Taarabt ‘s cross was flicked on by Remy as the Frenchman saw his header go agonisingly wide.
Wigan should have been ahead shortly after. Jordi Gomez delivered a sumptuous ball which found James McArthur who could only head straight at Cesar from six yards.

With the game looking increasingly likely to end goalless, it was a rare bit of quality which started a frantic final ten minutes.

A Wigan free kick was charged down which allowed QPR to counter and Mbia to carry the ball. His lay off found Loic Remy who superbly finished with an outstanding first time shot to give QPR the lead late on.

Wigan provided late pressure and when a clumsy Mbia challenge gave Wigan a dangerous free-kick Shaun Maloney stepped up to deal a 94th minute blow to QPR’s survival chances, with a superb curling effort past Cesar.

In a largely un-entertaining game, both sides lacked any quality in the final third but it’s a result that leaves QPR hoping for a minor miracle.

Harry Redknapp’s QPR side are now seven points from safety with just six games remaining.

For Roberto Martinez, Wigan’s usual late season revival could see them leap outside the relegation zone if they win their game in hand.

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