Studying’s hopes of securing a Championship play-off place suffered a jolt after they may handle solely a 1-1 draw with QPR.
After an even when uninspiring first interval on the Madejski Stadium, Rangers went in entrance on the stroke of half-time when Lyndon Dykes slotted in from shut vary.
Yakou Meite equalised 12 minutes after the interval and though Studying then pushed arduous for the winner, they needed to face up to late QPR strain and accept their first dwelling league draw of the marketing campaign.
Studying’s four-match unbeaten run had come got here to an finish with a 2-1 defeat at struggling Birmingham on Wednesday and so they went into the sport with solely a two-point lead over seventh-placed Bournemouth, who have been in FA Cup quarter-final motion earlier within the day.
Mid-table Rangers made the quick journey down the M4 from West London having received three of their previous 4 matches, recovering from 2-0 down at half-time to Millwall at Loftus Highway in midweek to win 3-2.
Studying made the extra energetic begin, with Andy Rinomhota forcing a great tip-over save from QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng.
Prime scorer Lucas Joao additionally seemed so as to add to his 21-goal tally this season however after a intelligent flip within the space, his well-struck effort was blocked.
Rangers responded with loads of promising method play, although a lot of it broke down earlier than reaching the Studying hazard zone.
Charlie Austin despatched a shot harmlessly broad and Yoann Barbet additionally failed to seek out the goal with a poor try.
Nonetheless, Studying ought to have taken the lead earlier than the break. Ovie Ejaria lower in from the left wing after a mazy run, however Michael Olise skied his cutback wildly over the crossbar from 12 yards out.
QPR then went forward, with good work by Ilias Chair and Lee Wallace permitting Dykes to slip within the latter’s low cross.
It was the primary purpose since late November for the Australia-born Scotland striker and his sixth for Rangers this season.
Studying dominated the opening exchanges of the second interval, primarily via the continued trickery of Ejaria and assist play from Olise.
They thought that they had equalised just for Liam Moore’s close-range end to be dominated out for offside, however did draw stage within the 57th minute.
Meite first outmuscled defender Rob Dickie, a former Studying academy product, from Rinomhota’s raking cross. His half-scuffed shot then in some way squirmed via the legs of Dieng.
It was Meite’s ninth purpose of the season and third in as many video games.
Joao ought to have given the house aspect the lead quickly after, shedding his footing after skirting previous the onrushing Dieng, earlier than Studying needed to resort to determined defence to outlive QPR’s late rally.