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Norwich, United Kingdom – QPR striker Bobby Zamora rescued a 1-1 draw against Norwich as both sides recovered from their nightmare starts to the season at Carrow Road on Saturday.
QPR crashed to a 5-0 home defeat against Swansea last weekend and boss Mark Hughes might have feared the worst when Simeon Jackson put Norwich ahead early in the first half.
But the Canaries, routed 5-0 at Fulham last weekend, couldn't hold onto their lead and England forward Zamora equalised soon after when he netted the rebound after Djibril Cisse's penalty was saved by John Ruddy.
Both managers made changes after their dismal beginning to the season, with Norwich boss Chris Hughton giving debuts to defenders Javier Garrido and Sebastien Bassong, while Zamora and Armand Traore came in for QPR.
It was Norwich who made the faster start and the hosts went ahead in the 11th minute.
Robert Snodgrass freed Anthony Pilkington on the overlap and he clipped the ball back across the six-yard box, where Canada forward Jackson nodded into the net.
But QPR were handed a lifeline in the 19th minute when former Tottenham defender Bassong tackled Cisse from behind and referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot.
Ruddy pushed Cisse's lacklustre penalty onto the post, but Zamora was first to the rebound, tucking the ball inside the far post.
The injustice around Carrow Road was doubled when replays showed the QPR striker had encroached into the area before the penalty was taken.
Norwich were soon back on the offensive, with QPR goalkeeper Robert Green, under the spotlight after his debut howler against Swansea, making a fine save to deny Snodgrass.
Snodgrass should have put Norwich ahead midway through the second half but he nodded a great chance over from Garrido's cross.
There was one last chance for the Canaries when Russell Martin's looping header came back off the crossbar, but QPR managed to hold on. – Sapa-AFP