Odubajo’s QPR Draw With Ekpiteta’s Blackpool On Day Of Controversy

Odubajo’s QPR Draw With Ekpiteta’s Blackpool On Day Of Controversy


Queens Park Rangers of England youngster, Moses Odubajo managed to seal a 1-1 draw away to Marvin Ekpiteta on an evening of controversy in the English Championship, megasportsarena.com reports.

Odubajo bowed out after 45 minutes, while Ekpiteta wore his side’s captain’s band and ended up being named man of the match, as both teams shared the points at Bloomfield Road.

It could been a different story, but Ekpiteta’s side had an early goal controversially ruled out just six minutes on the clock, when Kenny Dougall headed in a corner.

Knowing that QPR had scored in their previous 27 league games, Blackpool started the game with great intensity and should have had their reward inside 10 minutes when they had a goal controversially ruled out by Smith.

It was seemingly tapped over the line by Gary Madine, who was in an offside position and, despite replays showing the ball had already crossed the line, referee Joshua Smith ruled it out.

Ryan Wintle’s inswinging corner was met at the far post by Dougall, who headed the ball towards the opposite corner of the net, with Madine applying the final touch on the line to spark celebrations both on the pitch and in the stands.

But, after consultation with linesman Akil Howson, Smith ruled the goal out, having made the decision that Madine was offside when he touched the ball over the line. Replays, however, showed that although he was offside, the ball had already crossed the line.

It was not long after the break when the hosts grabbed the deserved leveller. Rangers goalkeeper Seny Dieng raced from his line and clattered into Gabriel, who had forced Yoann Barbet into a mistake, picking up a booking and conceding a penalty, which was duly tucked home by Madine.

It was the home side who looked likely to kill the game off after that. Madine dragged a shot wide, before substitute Sonny Carey rifled one off the outside of the right-hand post.

However, with just seconds left, Dieng managed to claw the ball away from Madine after an awkward cross from Demetri Mitchell had bobbled kindly for him.

QPR then took the lead when Chris Willock curled home a stunner from the edge of the box (26), but Madine hit back from the penalty spot (54) to earn the Seasiders a more than deserved share of the spoils.

The result means that, ahead of the November international break, QPR sit sixth in the Sky Bet Championship table, with Blackpool a point behind in 10th.

Ekpiteta got top marks after the encounter and Sky Sports’ reporter, Don Goodman wrote about the Nigerian-born midfielder: “I thought he was outstanding tonight. His decision-making was top drawer.” Bimbo Adeola

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