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Football: Peschisolido is a power Ranger; QPR 1 PORTSMOUTH 1.

Byline: GRAHAM WARWICK

POMPEY battled back from a goal down `to earn a point and extend their unbeaten run to nine.

Rangers, though, did enough to suggest they are turning the corner. Paul Peschisolido, a loan signing from Fulham the previous day, led the line and marked his debut with a goal.

Afterwards, manager Gerry Francis said: "Paul made a difference with his pace and enthusiasm. It was his first game for four months but he looked sharp before tiring at the end.

"We can't seem to get the vital win that we need.

"We were not helped by the officials today. I think we had a good shout for four or five penalties."

Rangers opened the game brightly and scored after 10 minutes.

Peter Crouch nodded down a loose ball into Peschisolido's path, and the Canadian found the net at the second attempt after his first effort was blocked.

Pompey should really have levelled on 12 minutes through Steve Claridge, but they finally scored five minutes into the second half when Lee Bradbury diverted a Ceri Hughes shot.

The game lost its way as referee Eddie Wolstenholme threw yellow cards about like confetti, ending with eight namesin the book. STARMAN:Paul Peschisolido. Gave Rangers the cutting edge. QPR: Harper 6, Breacker 7, Warren 6, Carlisle 5, Broomes 6, Rose 6, Langley 7, Peacock 6, Connolly 6, PESCHISOLIDO 8, Crouch 7. PORTSMOUTH: Hoult 6, Moore 6, Waterman 6, Hiley 5, Hughes 7, Thogersen 6, Awford 6, Panapoulos 6, Bradbury 7, Claridge 7, Miglioranzi 6. MANAGERS: Francis 7; Claridge 7. REFEREE: E Wolstenholme 5.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 5, 2000
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