While QPR were losing 5-0 at home to Swansea last weekend, Norwich were suffering a similar reverse at Fulham. In respect of those two throbbing defeats, neither camp will be overly unhappy with registering a point here. For QPR, the outcome ends a run of seven consecutive away defeats in the Premier League yet such a scenario seemed unlikely early on.
Norwich were rewarded for an energetic start to the afternoon when Simeon Jackson headed home from close range on 12 minutes after the excellent Robert Snodgrass had fed Anthony Pilkington to supply the cross for his team-mate to score from five yards out.
The visiting side appeared to be struggling to contain a vibrant home side, but somehow were level with their first real attack of the match.
Home debutant Sebastien Bassong - signed from Tottenham earlier in the week - felled Djibril Cisse from behind in the box on 19 minutes to concede a penalty. There were no appeals from the QPR side, but referee Mark Clattenburg felt otherwise as he saw enough to point to the spot.
Home goalkeeper John Ruddy managed to claw Cisse's penalty onto a post diving to his right, but Bobby Zamora was the first to react as he swept the ball home to earn his side a valuable point.
Replays showed that Zamora had darted into the area before Cisse had connected with the ball, but the goal was allowed to stand.
Norwich looked the more dangerous side afterwards, but Mark Hughes's QPR improved after half-time and were probably just about worth the draw.
QPR were fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men before half-time with Clint Hill booked for a late challenge on Snodgrass in the first period and guilty of persistent fouling as he endured a torrid time against Grant Holt.
Clattenburg missed Hill clearly fouling Holt off the ball before the break that would have brought a certain red card. It was little surprise to see Hill replaced by Nedum Onuoha at half-time. The change at least seemed to have a settling effect on the slipshod QPR defence.
Norwich always looked the likelier side throughout the match with goalkeeper Rob Green tipping a Snodgrass effort over his bar before half-time.
Cisse was almost in for a second goal four minutes after half-time, but failed to connect with a loose ball before spending most of the second half being caught offside. It became painful to watch.
Bassong headed wide on 66 minutes from a Snodgrass free-kick before Snodgrass nodded over four minutes later from a Javier Garrido cross when he probably should have scored.
The last word of the day fell to Russell Martin who saw a header drop back off the bar from a Pilkington ball as QPR - who handed Jose Bosingwa his debut as second-half replacement for Armand Traore - survived to depart the scene with something tangible for their efforts.
- Robert Snodgrass
- Djibril Cisse