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COPP THAT, STEWART!

A wonder strike from transfer-seeking Trevor Sinclair was not enough to give Rangers their first win under Stewart Houston.

City got a deserved point when Georgi Kinkladze won a penalty and Andrew Impey was sent off for handball.

The Georgian left Rangers keeper Jurgen Sommer flat on his back after a jinking run, but Impey leapt to punch the shot away from under the bar.

That earned Impey a red card, and when the fuss died down Kinkladze slotted home the penalty.

Sinclair had opened the scoring with a stunning David Beckham-style special. And when Paul Murray added a second it seemed Houston was on course for that long overdue win.

But City had other ideas and sent their new manager Steve Coppell home happy with a point.

In fact they should have won it, for they also hit the woodwork twice.

The Rangers goals came courtesy of sloppy play by City.

The first came in the 23rd minute, when Eddie McGoldrick sold keeper Andy Dibble horribly short with a back-header.

Dibble headed the ball away and it fell at the feet of Sinclair, who volleyed it in from 40 yards out.

Rangers went two up through Murray in the 31st minute. He scored from close range after Impey nodded the ball down to him.

City got one back within a minute - Ian Brightwell lashing his first goal for four years with a scorching volley from a Steve Lomas cross.

With 10 minutes left that Kinkladze penalty tied it up at 2-2.

QPR.- Sommer 6; Ready 6, McDonald 7, Brevett 6, Graham 6, Murray 6, BARKER 8, Quashie 6 (Brazier), Impey 6, Sinclair 7, Slade 5 (Charles 6).

MAN CITY.- Dibble 6; McGoldrick 6, Wassall 6, Symons 7, Summerbee 7, Clough 6, Lomas 7, Kinkladze 6, Brightwell 6, Rosler 6, Dickov 6.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Steggles, Jack
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 13, 1996
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