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A BBC documentary this weekend will show the mad, mad world of Queens Park Rangers under the ownership of Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone, and judging by this hard-fought draw with Everton, things have not changed too much since Tony Fernandes took over.

The Malaysian businessman was pulling pints for QPR fans on a pre-match pub crawl, designed to canvass opinion on the club’s plight, engaged as they are in a real relegation scrap.

With only five points garnered this year, and almost as many red cards, the first two months under Mark Hughes has been far from ideal, and not helped by the Twitter rants of players such as Joey Barton and now Federico Macheda.

The Italian tweeted his unhappiness at failing to make the squad for the visit of Everton, although Hughes was quick to play down the incident.

Hughes was more encouraged that his men avoided another red card and another defeat, although they could have won if Akos Buzsaky had not missed an open goal which, as one wag pointed out, might have been scored by the squirrel that spent a good ten minutes in Everton’s half in the closing stages of the first period.

“I was delighted with what we produced, and though I think we should have won, we kept 11 men on the pitch and that gave us the platform to show what we can do.”

But it was Everton who started stronger, with Tim Cahill rattling Paddy Kenny’s crossbar on the turn in the fourth minute, before Royston Drenthe gave them the lead after half an hour. Adel Taarabt was caught in possession by Steven Pienaar who set up Drenthe to drill a low shot into the corner of Kenny’s net.

Buzsaky was QPR’s most impressive player, having a curling free kick well saved, and it was from his free kick that Bobby Zamora rose to head the equaliser in the 36th minute. The kick had been taken close to where Fernandes was sitting, in the cheap seats with the supporters, and he celebrated with abandon.

His fellow fans cursed their luck when Taarabt and then Buzsaky both hit the left and right posts of Tim Howard’s goal in quick succession shortly before half-time.

Although there was plenty of bluster in the second-half, there was little danger of a decisive goal and the sides had to settle for an unsatisfactory draw. “It wasn’t great but we got a point,” said David Moyes succinctly.

QPR are only a point above the relegation zone. “The rub of the green hasn’t been going for us, but I sensed today that is changing’” added Hughes.

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