TWO goals in the second half including a first goal from Jamie Ward ensured the scores were level between Burton Albion and QPR.Both teams, needing a win, started the game at a high tempo but it was the visitors that had the first real chance. Conor Washington delivered a cross from the left which was headed down into the path of Pawel Wszolek who was denied at close-range by the feet of Jon McLaughlin in the Albion goal.
The Brewers levelled up the shot count through Jamie Ward who lined up a free kick from 25 yards which seemed to take a deflection and find itself just wide of Alex Smithies' left-hand post.
Jon McLaughlin was called into action again, just before half time, as Chery lined up a free kick from 25 yards which seemed to be heading into the top corner only to be denied by the hands of Burton's stopper.
All-in-all it was a relatively quiet half with both teams having one good chance each but the two sides went into the break on level terms.
Half time: Burton Albion 0-0 QPR
Marcus Harness replaced Lee Williamson at the half time break.
The Brewers came out of the traps quickly in the second half as Palmer broke away from the challenge of Bidwell on the right before bursting forward and delivering the cross aimed for Ward but his lay-off to Naylor had a little too much weight on it and it went out for a goal kick.
GOAL: The quick start to the second half by Burton was rewarded with a goal on 58 minutes as Jamie Ward scored his first goal in a yellow shirt. Lloyd Dyer received the ball on the left in plenty of space before cutting inside and shooting with his right foot which deflected up into the path of Jamie Ward who headed into an empty net at the back post (1-0)!
GOAL: The visitors fought back and came up with an equaliser on 70 minutes as Bidwell delivered a cross form the left which Polter managed just the slightest tough to guide it past McLaughlin (1-1).
Lloyd Dyer had looked lively all game and if anybody deserved a goal it would be him, but his effort from 18 yards wasn't close enough as he let the ball roll onto his left foot before unleashing a powerful shot but Smithies just watched it over the bar.
Bidwell was brought off the pitch on a stretcher after spending some time having treatment with ten minutes to play, he was replaced by Joel Lynch.
As the fourth official indicated just the eight minutes of added time it was QPR who went on the attack as Lynch provided the cross from the left, Polter got his head on it but McLaughlin watched it just wide of his right-hand post.
Full time: Burton Albion 1-1 QPR
Ash's man of the match: Ben Turner