QPR were denied all three points by a mix of bad luck and interesting refereeing. Here are the main points of a game that ended 1-1 when an Rs win was on the cards from the fifth minute
The ref or Tjaronn Chery to blame for a win that got away?
A bit of both.
OK, the match official is an easy mark when things go wrong but Andy Woolmer ought to look at the video of this game for future reference.
He should have sent a Preston defender off, but the man fouled, Chery, should have wrapped up the result seconds later when through on goal a second time.
It would be criminal if Rs let Clint Hill go at the end of the season
Sure, the 37-year-old isn't going to make 46 games a season. But as a player-coach the fans' favourite is going to add as much in the changing room as he does on the pitch.
Anyone keeping find-of-the-season Grant Hall on the bench until the last two minutes deserves a round of applause.
Junior Hoilett has found a new lease of life
Cynics might say the Canadian international has woken up the fact he needs a new club for the first time in four years at the end of the season.
Whatever the motive, the man has begun to earn his £40k-a-week, and did it again in this game. The likes of previous gaffers Chris Ramsey and Harry Redknapp must he wringing their hands in frustration.
How could a side above Rs at the beginning be as bad as they were in the first half?
The answer lies in the nature of the Championship. How many times have we seen a QPR this season who looked as if the first 45 minutes was a week apart from the second?
Alex Smithies was alert, but he had not a shot in anger to sully his pristine gloves over the first 45 minutes.
Fair play to Seb Polter after his sixth goal of the season
There were plenty of fans reckoning the club had bought a dud in October. But once the German striker got on the goal trail at the end of December, he's proven to be worth the shirt and the £1m fee hoops paid FSV Mainz for him.