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Posted Sat 08 Aug 09 at 16:57 PM

Honours Even At Loftus Road

One of my favourite films this decade has been undoubtedly Wedding Crashers, which features a pair of cheeky chappies who sneak into high profile weddings to take advantage of the love in the air, well on Saturday substitute the actors Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn with Ben Burgess and Ian Holloway, okay the QPR v Blackpool fixture isn't a wedding, but, Loftus Road certainly had a party feel about it, razzamatazz and fireworks were in abundance as were Formula Ones big Cheeses and a plethora of models and wannabe wags. So with that in mind you knew it was scripted for Pool to "crash" the party, which is exactly what they did returning home with a well deserved point, and even

Ian Holloway sporting a freshly shaven head was given a timely boost when Welsh international midfielder David Vaughan declared himself fit having not suffered any reaction in training on Friday to the knee injury he sustained against Everton on Tuesday night, Vaughan was joined by skipper for the day Jason Euell and Charlie Adam who made his first League appearance as a permanent Pool player.

After both sets of supporters paid tribute to Bobby Robson the Seasiders in all Tangerine got things underway but it was the hosts who dominated the opening twenty minutes or so.

Wayne Routledge was the R's best player first half and the former Tottenham man forced Stephen Crainey to earn every penny on a sweaty opening afternoon, Crainey was in the action after just two minutes clearing behind for a corner. Routledge showed his danger by swinging in a great corner, that big Ben Burgess headed clear, however, the clearance fell straight to Martin Rowlands who saw his snap shot deflected behind for a corner by Alex Baptiste. Baptiste was then on hand to head clear the resulting corner.

Minutes later Pool were grateful to a combination of Keith Southern and Paul Rachubka, the pair combined to tackle and block at the feet of Adel Taarabt as the Frenchman found himself through on goal seconds later Alex Baptiste was forced to head behind for corner as QPR came out of the traps flying.

In every morning paper on Saturday, Paul Rachubka was named as the Seasiders one to watch for the season and on 17 minutes, the American stopper justified those rave reviews to race off his line to bravely block the feet of Adel Taarabt, Taarabt the on loan Frenchman who was once dubbed the new Zidane was sent through on goal by an exquisite through ball from the impressive Wayne Routledge.

The woodwork was next to frustrate the multi millionaires of West London when Heidarr Helguson saw his finish from Routledge's cross rebound off the upright with Rachubka scrambling across goal.

Having weathered the storm and Ian Holloway's constant calls to keep the ball, the Seasiders forced their first corner of the afternoon, but Charlie Adam's out swinger eluded everyone and QPR cleared the danger.

The Seasiders first real chance on goal came on 36 minutes when Stephen Crainey threaded a great ball into Ben Burgess, Burgess expertly brought the ball down on his chest before firing just wide on the turn.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher will have been disappointed to fire straight at the keeper, the versatile wide man intercepted a loose pass in midfield and before racing forward and firing straight at the keeper.

Less than a minute later, Pool silenced the home supporters, Charlie Adam found Gary Taylor-Fletcher who in turn played a great ball into BEN BURGESS and the big striker made no mistake to fire home his goal since scoring at Watford on 1st November.

The press room talk at the interval was about the freak scores that occur on opening day, Colchester being five up at the break at Norwich along with Gillingham's 5-0 battering of Swindon, few expected The Seasiders to retain their advantage second half.

The second half saw Pool retain possession of the ball considerably better and after just ten minutes of second period Jim Magilton threw on Rowan Vine and Akos Buzsaky in place of Angelo Balanta and Heidar Helguson.

Both sides tried their look from distance, Keith Southern tried his luck for Pool and Buzasky for the hosts.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher made way for Brett Ormerod on 68 minutes whilst Billy Clarke replaced the shattered David Vaughan on 73 minutes .

It is testament to how the Seasiders snuffed out their opponents second half that the Rangers full back Peter Ramage was named man of the match by the sponsors, Ramage later sparred the R's blushes when he smashed a cross cum shot beyond Paul Rachubka with four minutes remaining.

The goal and the five minutes of stoppage time gave the hosts some much needed drive, but despite throwing everything at the Pool, the multi million pound outfit couldn't find a through and Ian Holloway and his Tangerine Army returned home with a well deserved point.

Pool: Rachubka, Baptiste, Evatt, Edwards, Crainey, Southern, Adam, Taylor-Fletcher (Ormerod 67), Vaughan (Clarke 73), Euell, Burgess Subs Not Used: Gilks, Eardley, Martin, Nardiello, Demontagnac.

QPR: Cerny, Ramage, Mahon, Hall, Routledge, Helguson (Buzasky 55), Gorkss, Rowlands (Agyemang 60), Balanta (Vine 55), Borrowdale, Taarabt Subs Not USed: Putnins, Stewart, Connolly, Ephraim

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