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Copy from Football Unlimited of 09/08/2006.
On the pitch there were high-fives and unrestrained celebration, in the stands faces reddened and eyes watered with pride. Rarely can a home draw have inspired such pleasure as QPR's did last night. In the Leeds dressing room, by contrast, there was rage and recrimination as their manager Kevin Blackwell unleashed an anger that bordered on the demented. Rarely can an away draw have inspired such discontent.
Yet in the circumstances the mood of both camps was appropriate. For the most part QPR were given the mother of all chasings by a Leeds side who seemed to have too much savvy and self-belief. Yet Rangers clawed their way back with two equalisers - the second an injury-time tap-in from Shabazz Baidoo - and might even have snatched a ridiculous victory.
It was the best and worst of English football, a largely unsophisticated contest which prioritised brawn over brain but which came thrillingly to life during a manic denouement. "I'm not putting up with that," said Blackwell, rubbing his head repeatedly in disbelief. "That's not good enough; we committed hari-kari. I'm not happy, and if they don't buck their ideas up they won't be around to see me the next time I'm unhappy. I was proud of the players for the most part but it's no good being delighted if you have to travel up the friggin' motorway having not won the game."