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Posted Sun 15 Feb 04 at 13:20 PM


A 50th minute goal from Kevin O'Connor was enough to give Brentford a draw against rivals Queens Park Rangers. It was the fourth draw between the two sides since battle re-commenced in 2001.

Wally Downes replaced Tommy Wright with Ben May in the Bees' attack, after the he had recovered from a shoulder injury sustained two weeks' ago. Rangers boss Ian Holloway was forced to change his team, as Kevin McLeod withdrew due to illness in the warm-up.

The first half was a quite affair, with Eric Sabin's third minute effort the only attack of note before Rangers took the lead in the nineteenth minute. Alan Julian made a fine stop from Paul Furlong, who ghosted through the Bees defence to latch onto Palmer's forward ball. Julian's save landed kindly for Furlong, who made no mistake second time round, despite the attention of Matt Somner.

Six minutes later, Rangers survived a scare from a Kevin O'Connor free-kick; given for a foul on Somner by Kevin Gallen. Chris Day pulled off a superb point-blank save from Ben May's header. Two minutes before the break May burst through, but his shot was wide.

Brentford levelled matters in the 53rd minute. Stephen Hunt was felled just outside the Rangers penalty box. Earning the Bees' a free-kick. Kevin O'Connor's first attempt cannoned off the Rangers wall. He made no mistake the second-time round, firing home with a slight deflection from Paul Furlong.

Neither side threatened thereafter, ex-Bee Martin Rowlands shot in the 69th minute giving Alan Julian little cause for concern. Brentford's last major attack came from Stephen Hunt, whose header was tipped over the bar with fifteen minutes remaining. Ian Holloway brought on Jamie Cureton, and the ex-Reading striker soon created an opening for Furlong, but he skewed wide.

Referee Hill blew for time in a match where Rangers felt the disappointment of dropping two points but Brentford unlucky not to gain all three.

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