Ambrose nets as Palace draw

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Darren Ambrose kept up his goalscoring streak as Crystal Palace secured a 1-1 draw at QPR.

The midfielder, a bargain free summer transfer from Charlton, took his tally for the season to nine with a second-half penalty.

Rangers had gone ahead in the first half through a penalty of their own, Akos Buzsaky tucking away his third spot-kick in five games.

But some fine goalkeeping from Julian Speroni late on ensured the hosts missed the chance to move up to fifth as the derby between the Coca-Cola Championship's only two London sides ended all square.

Palace were clearly in no mood to give Rangers' twinkle-toed attackers, who had hit 13 goals in their last four games, the room to enjoy themselves.

But when tricky winger Adel Taarabt did make it into the opposition penalty area after 18 minutes, his sharp turn was too quick for Eagles defender Danny Butterfield who took his legs away. Referee Mick Russell pointed to the spot and Buzsaky sent Speroni the wrong way.

Wayne Routledge fluffed a superb chance to double Rangers' lead when he fired wide when one-on-one with Speroni, who also saved well from Jay Simpson before the break.

In the second half Neil Danns volleyed over for Palace while Speroni pulled off a fine save from Alejandro Faurlin's drive.

Taarabt almost grabbed a second for Rangers when he chipped Speroni but Clint Hill cleared the ball from under the crossbar - and moments later Palace were level. Fitz Hall clumsily brought down substitute Freddie Sears and Ambrose made no mistake from the spot.

Both teams had chances to win it, but Radek Cerny got down well to keep out Alan Lee's header and Speroni superbly clawed away Buzsaky's curling free-kick and Rowan Vine's late volley.

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Danny Butterfield
Akos Buzsaky
Radek Cerny
Wayne Routledge
Freddie Sears
Jay Simpson
Alan Lee
Darren Ambrose
Neil Danns
Julian Speroni
Freddie Sears
Fitz Hall
Queens Park Rangers
Clint Hill
Crystal Palace
Alejandro Faurlin
Rowan Vine
Adel Taarabt
Charlton Athletic

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