REPORT: Yeovil Town 0 QPR 1
Yeovil Town were yet again undone by dubious officiating at Huish Park as a soft second half penalty denied them a share of the spoils against QPR.
The Glovers were time and time again denied by keeper Rob Green before referee Gavin Ward delivered the crucial blow in the second half, pointing to the spot when Niko Krancjar threw himself to the ground following minimal contact with Dan Seaborne.
Questions will be asked as to how and why Yeovil did not hit the net in the Sky Bet Championship, but again the performance of the man with the whistle dominated post-match discussions.
Gary Johnson made changes to both starting XI and formation, Liam Davis replacing James Hayter from the side defeated by Ipswich Town.
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Davis started on the left of a five-man midfield, Andy Williams the line front man against a QPR outfit that could afford to drop Joey Barton to the bench.
The Rs took eight minutes to finally register the first chance of the match, Yeovil switching off at a deep free kick and Matt Phillips somehow skewing wide when clean through and with just Wayne Hennessey to beat.
On 12 minutes Joe Ralls had a dig from 20 yards, firing just over, Joel Grant moments later racing to the edge of the box and seeing Green save his curling effort before gathering.
Joe Edwards won a loose ball on 15 minutes, spreading wide to Williams who instead of shooting broke into the box and clawed back for his supplier to miss the target.
The Glovers were forced to shuffle their pack on 37 minutes when Liam Fontaine limped off to be replaced by Kevin Dawson. Edwards shifted to right back and Luke Ayling played centre half.
A frustrating 43rd minute Yeovil attack with seemingly no shot in the offing finally culminated in Davis testing Green, the former England stopper tipping away.
Seconds later the attacker proved hero at the other end, throwing his body behind Phillips' volley when the Yeovil defence stood static.
Four minutes after the restart the ball failed to fall kindly for Williams but as QPR struggled to clear Green brilliantly saved from Ralls after he created a shooting angle. Rangers failed to clear the corner and again Green was called upon to keep out Davis' long range drive.
On 65 minutes an excellent Yeovil move saw Ed Upson slide the ball through the QPR defence for Williams to run on to. But he failed to capitalise and Green beat away from an angle.
The sucker punch came on 75 minutes. Substitute Krancjar tangled with Seaborne in the box, referee Gavin Ward buying the theatrical dive and Charlie Austin sending Hennessey the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Replacement Michael Ngoo's persistence saw him head across goal with ten minutes left, QPR rocking but still able to eventually clear the danger.
As the game entree injury time Ralls sent a free kick skidding along the surface and under the wall but wide of the goal.
Yeovil Town (4-5-1) - Hennessey; Ayling, Fontaine (Dawson, 37), Seaborne, McAllister; Grant (Hayter, 79), Ralls, Edwards, Upson, Davis; Williams (Ngoo, 79). Unused subs: Foley, Hoskins. Dunn, Twumasi.
Bookings: Ralls (foul), Upson (encroachment).
QPR (4-2-3-1) - Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto; Jenas, O'Neil (Barton, 77); Phillips (Kranjcar, 68), Carroll, Traore (Wright-Phillips, 60); Austin. Unused subs: Henry, Murphy, Ehmer, Faurlin.
Goals: Austin 75 (pen)
Bookings: Austin (foul)
Ref: Gavin Ward