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Zam & blast; BOBBY DENIES HUGHTON FIRST WIN.

Byline: DAVE SMITH

NORWICH 1 Jackson 11

QPR 1 Zamora 19

NORWICH will view this as an opportunity missed to claim maximum points, but there were encouraging signs for new boss Chris Hughton.

It was a better day at the office for Mark Hughes and QPR too as they came from a goal behind to provide a hint of what his expensivelyassembled squad might achieve.

Simeon Jackson gave Norwich an early lead that lasted only eight minutes as Bobby Zamora pounced after Djibril Cisse failed to convert a spot-kick.

Both teams were looking to bounce back from embarrassing 5-0 opening day defeats - QPR probably feeling the pain more than Norwich. The Canaries received a bunch of fives from Fulham at Craven Cottage, while Rangers were taken to similar task on their own turf by Swansea.

Hughton (right) was "delighted" with the reaction of his team but admitted: "I'm disappointed for the players because we deserved more. It was a game we should have won. We had more possession and created more chances than QPR, but we needed to be clinical in front of goal."

Hughes was also pleased with his side's response and said: "Getting our first goal and first point are two important landmarks. It gives us something to build on.

"There were a number of positives, especially the way we defended when Norwich came at us towards the end."

It was Norwich who claimed an early foothold in a game which the bookies must have found difficult to predict.

QPR keeper Robert Green was given a warm reception on his return to Carrow Road, but that was cold comfort as the home side took the lead after 11 minutes.

Neat build-up play involving Grant Holt and Robert Snodgrass created space on the left for Anthony Pilkington, whose cross caused panic in the QPR defence.

With Green stranded on his line, his defenders hesitated but Jackson did not and his close-range header gave the Rangers keeper no chance.

However, the visitors were soon back on level terms - in somewhat controversial circumstances.

Norwich debutant Sebastien Bassong was harshly judged to have fouled Cisse who recovered quickly enough to take the spot-kick himself.

His penalty was well saved by John Ruddy who didn't deserve to see the rebound smashed into the bottom corner by Zamora.

The QPR striker stole a march on the Norwich defenders by encroaching into the box before Cisse took his kick, but his early movement went unnoticed by the officials.

The home side, inspired by the impressive Snodgrass, showed the greater attacking intent in the second half but Rangers held on for a hard-earned point.

SMITH'S VERDICT Norwich had the lion's share of possession and created far more chances than QPR, so the visitors will be happier with a point after this keenly fought encounter.

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ACTION JACKSON: Simeon Jackson scores sBOBBY BAGS IT QPR's Bobby Zamora reacts quickest to level the scores
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2012
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