Norwich City were frustrated by relegation-threatened QPR, drawing 2-2 having led at Loftus Road.

Goals from Kenny McLean and Josh Sargent turned the game in the Canaries' favour after Jack Colback's opener, but a77th-minute Michael Frey finish left the visitors mourning a blow in their push for the Championship play-offs.

The hosts were dominant early on as City started slowly, first going close when Joe Hodge's shot curled just wide and then when Chris Willock failed to convert Ilias Chair's free-kick.

Gabriel Sara had a chance to break the deadlock when Josh Sargent was brought down just outside the box, but he drove his free-kick well wide of the far post.

Norwich were coming into the game and went close through Borja Sainz midway through the half, but just a minute later they were behind. The opener came from experienced campaigner Colback, who had a simple finish after Angus Gunn parried straight to him.

The visitors went into the break with tails between their legs, but they were quickly on level terms. McLean had spoken in the build-up about his desire to score more goals, and that proved apt when he diverted Gabriel Sara's corner beyond Asmir Begovic.

In the 62nd minute, the comeback was complete. City passed through the middle well before Rowe found Stacey out wide, his cross perfect for Sargent to power a header home.

But the contest wasn't done there, and QPR seized the initiative for a fervent late spell. That culminated in Frey's equaliser, flicking beyond Gunn for 2-2.


Norwich Evening News:


13. Archer (GK)

3. Dunne

9. Dykes (on for Hayden, 86)

11. Smyth (on for Willock, 66)

12. Frey (on for Armstrong, 66)

15. Fox

19. Dixon-Bonner (on for Chair, 90)

21. Larkeche

25. Andersen (on for Hodge, 66)

Head Coach: Marti Cifuentes

Bookings: Chair (79), Clarke-Salter (87)

Goals: Colback (27), Frey (77)


Norwich Evening News:


12. Long (GK)

8. Gibbs

14. van Hooijdonk

15. McCallum (on for Giannoulis, 86)

19. Sorensen (on for Stacey, 68)

21. Batth

25. Hernandez (on for Sainz, 85)

26. Nunez (on for Sargent, 68)

27. Rowe (on for Fassnacht, 58)

Head Coach: David Wagner

Bookings: Gibson (25), McLean (52), Hanley (76), McCallum (90+7)

Goals: McLean (48), Sargent (62)


2 - Fassnacht finds Sargent just outside the box, but he pokes behind for a goal kick under pressure from Cook and Begovic.

5 - Chair flashes across the face of goal in search of Willock, who's held off well by Giannoulis.

15 - Hodge tries an effort from distance that curls just wide of Gunn's far post.

17 - Hayden lays Chair's free-kick off for Willock who should score, but Barnes takes the sting off his shot and Gunn collects.

24 - Clarke-Salter brings Sargent down on the edge of the area before Gabriel Sara sends the resulting free-kick well wide of the far post.

26 - Sainz drifts past two Rangers players before driving his just wide.

27 - GOAL QPR (Colback): Gunn parries Cannon's deflected cross as far as Colback, who smashes beyond the Norwich stopper for 1-0.

38 - McLean's free-kick is deflected behind for a corner.

Half time: Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Norwich City

48 - GOAL NORWICH (McLean): Sara rolls a low corner to McLean in the box and he diverts beyond Begovic to equalise.

50 - Hodge flashes a ball across the box but finds no takers.

55 - Clarke-Salter shoots from distance, but lifts well over the bar.

57 - Willock's volley is headed for the corner before Giannoulis' block.

62 - GOAL NORWICH (Sargent): City pass through the middle well before Rowe finds Stacey out wide. He crosses perfectly for Sargent, who rises highest to power a header home.

69 - Chair twists Sorensen inside and out before flashing across goal, but again there are no takers.

70 -  Frey's header drops just wide of the near post.

77 - Hayden meets Chair's free-kick but heads straight at Gunn.

77 - GOAL QPR (Frey): Frey flicks Andersen's cross past Gunn to equalise.

78 - Barnes takes McLean's pass down well, but can't beat Begovic from close range.

81 - QPR counter and Chair cuts in to curl wide of the far post.

88 - Sara's 25-yard free-kick is easily parried by Begovic.

89 - Hernandez cuts back for Rowe, but his half-volley flies well over the bar.

Full time: Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Norwich City


Gunn 5, Stacey 7, Hanley 5, Gibson 4, Giannoulis 6, McLean 8, Sara 6, Fassnacht 6, Barnes 6, Sainz 6, Sargent 8. Subs: Rowe 6, Nunez 5, Sorensen 4, McCallum 5, Hernandez 7.


Possession: 44%-56%

Shots: 14-10

On target: 4-4

Corners: 1-8

Fouls: 22-11

Added time: none/7 mins

ATTENDANCE: 17,831 (2,991 Norwich)

REFEREE: Ben Toner