DRAB DRAW RE­FLECTS FALL FROM GRACE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

IF THIS was what Hull and QPR were serv­ing up last sea­son, no won­der they are now ply­ing their trade in the Cham­pi­onship.

No tempo, no flow, no ex­cite­ment.

Rarely can two sides have set­tled for a draw so far from the fi­nal whis­tle.

The spec­ta­cle died a slow death al­most from the mo­ment Michael Daw­son net­ted his 38thminute lev­eller and was summed up by QPR play­ing a dan­ger­ous free-kick into the cor­ner just 30 sec­onds from time.

Rangers’ prag­ma­tism is en­tirely jus­ti­fied, of course.

A point away to a pro­mo­tion ri­val is more than ac­cept­able.

But Hull – nar­rower than Kate Moss and hardly ex­pan­sive at the best of times – sim­ply aren’t set up to break down stub­born de­fences and will strug­gle to build mo­men­tum un­til that is rec­ti­fied.

One of the bright spots was QPR’s Char­lie Austin again prov­ing his worth.

Steve Bruce was left won­der­ing what might have been.

STAR MAN ANDY ROBER

TSON Hul­lCity

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