Everton held on for a 1-1 draw at the Premier League’s bottom club Queens Park Rangers after having Steven Pienaar red-carded. Ten-man Newcastle secured a point with a 1-1 tie at northeast rival Sunderland.
Yohan Cabaye scored for Newcastle in the third minute at the Stadium of Light yesterday, and Demba Ba’s own goal made it 1-1 in the 86th. Cheick Tiote was sent off in the 25th minute.
Junior Hoilett gave QPR a second-minute lead before an own goal by goalkeeper Julio Cesar tied it. Everton manager David Moyes criticized Pienaar’s sending-off for a second yellow card, which forced his team to play the last half an hour a man down.
“It was a rubbish decision by the referee, he had a poor game,” Moyes said in an interview with Sky Sports. “I’m happy with the point. We went down to 10 men and the players dug in. Overall it was a hard point.”
Everton stays in fourth place with 15 points, though lost ground on the top three, who all won at the weekend. QPR, winless after eight games, remains last with three points. Both managers said they had valid penalty appeals turned down.
“Ideally we would have preferred to take the maximum because I feel our performance warranted that,” said QPR’s Mark Hughes. “Overall I thought some of our play was excellent.”
Hoilett’s goal came when he broke out of his own half before his shot took a deflection off Leighton Baines and beat goalkeeper Tim Howard.
QPR was punished for a defensive lapse in the 33rd minute. Unmarked Sylvain Distin had a clear header on goal and Cesar knocked the ball into his net after it came off a post. Then Phil Jagielka headed against the QPR bar.
In the 61st minute, Pienaar was shown a second yellow card after fouling Jose Bosingwa. Although QPR pressed for the win, Jagielka was prominent in defense as Everton held out.
“Once we went down to 10 men I thought we did a very good job and limited them to very few chances,” Jagielka said. “It shows the spirit we’ve got.”
QPR’s Hoilett, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Anton Ferdinand, in common with his brother Rio of Manchester United and a number of other players, chose not to wear “Kick It Out” anti-racism T-shirts this weekend. They were protesting at what they saw as the Football Association’s lenient punishment of John Terry for using racially-abusive language against Anton Ferdinand in a QPR-Chelsea game last year, the Mail on Sunday reported. The F.A. banned Terry for four games and fined him 220,000 pounds ($352,000) for racial abuse.
At Sunderland, Cabaye slammed the ball into the net after Simon Mignolet blocked Ba’s shot. Tiote was red-carded for a foul on Steven Fletcher.
Even with the one-man advantage, Sunderland rarely put pressure on the Newcastle goal. Ba hooked the ball over the crossbar when well placed to increase Newcastle’s lead.
After 82 minutes, substitute Louis Saha could have made it 1-1 against his former team though shot into the side netting following a corner. Four minutes later, Ba diverted John O’Shea’s header into his own net.
Newcastle moves up a place to 11th and Sunderland stays 14th in the 20-team league.
Two days ago, Chelsea won 4-2 at Tottenham, Manchester United defeated Stoke 4-2 and defending champion Manchester City won 2-1 at West Brom. There were 1-0 wins for Liverpool and Fulham, while Arsenal lost by the same score at Norwich. Swansea beat Wigan 2-1 and West Ham defeated Southampton 4-1.
Chelsea leads with 22 points, four ahead of Manchester United and Manchester City.
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