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BORO HOLD QPR IN FRIENDLY

11 August 2012

Stevenage put in a courageous performance to claw a 2-2 draw from the jaws of defeat against QPR on a sunny Friday afternoon.

The game, played behind closed doors at QPR's training ground, gave manager Gary Smith a last opportunity to see a lot of the first team squad.

The home side included former Boro man DJ Campbell in their XI, along with Tommy Smith, Rob Hulse and Jay Boothroyd. 

As the match panned out both sets of woodwork seemed to be magnetised with the ball. First Filipe Morais volleyed a powerful effort at the back post whilst Campbell somehow found the post with an almost open goal from inside the 6 yard box.

Luke Freeman came next, although his was in a much more spectacular fashion. The winger curled a free kick into the box which was headed straight back to him by the defence, with the ball looping he brought it under his spell with an irresistible first touch, took it round his closest marker and rifled a tremendous effort goal wards which almost shattered the upright.

Either goal was troubled on separate occasions; Greg Tansey curled a trademark free kick to the top corner that was only equalled by a magnificent save and Day made an equally strong stop in the Boro goal from a well-hit Hulse effort.

Not long into the second half the Stevenage defence was finally breached; Day did well to get his palms behind a stinging shot but it fell to Campbell who this time found the net from close range.

Before long it was two and Hulse was the man to claim it. The Rangers right winger had too much time to swing a ball in and the centre forward rose well to head it firmly home.

All signs seemed to point to a defeat but two goals in the final 13 minutes rescued Boro.

First Freeman cooly converted after some eye pleasing build up play on the left wing and a perfect cross from Morais before late substitute Robin Shroot continued his rich vein of goal scoring form to level things.

Marcus Haber flicked on a ball forward to Shroot who played a sweet one-on-one with Morais before a great finish low to the 'keepers left found the net.

Stevenage's next match is a Capital One Cup tie against AFC Wimbledon at The Lamex Stadium on Tuesday evening, and Boro have cut prices for the fixture! Click here to find out more.

Stevenage: Day; Gray, N'Gala, Roberts, Charles; Dunne, Grant (Shroot 88); Morais, Tansey, Freeman; Haber
Unused Subs: Arnold, Cominges, Furlonge, Ball, Akins

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