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Result: Queens Park Rangers battle to draw at Wigan Athletic

QPR fight for a 0-0 draw with Wigan at the DW Stadium in a Championship playoff semi-final first leg between two clubs seeking an immediate return to the Premier League.

Queens Park Rangers hold the advantage in their Championship playoff semi-final with Wigan Athletic after battling to a 0-0 draw in the first leg at the DW Stadium.

Rangers are now favourites to continue their pursuit of an immediate return to the Premier League as away goals do not count in Football League playoffs.

Wigan's Marc-Antoine Fortune and QPR's Nedum Onuoha in action during the Championship play-off first leg match on May 9, 2014© Getty Images

The Hoops were content to frustrate Wigan throughout the first period, but nearly kicked themselves in the foot early on, when Clint Hill's elbow on Rob Kiernan was not spotted by referee Mike Jones.

Robert Green made the only save of the opening 45 minutes, strongly keeping out a 42nd-minute Jordi Gomez volley after the Spaniard had manufactured room for a shot following Gary Caldwell's forward punt.

QPR's fast breakaways provided them with a couple of opportunities, although Armand Traore, after getting in front of Jean Beausejour, could not keep his header down from Junior Hoilett's central dink over the top.

There was more intent about the way in which Rangers attacked after the interval and they soon created an opening, when Traore's shot on the turn was well parried away by Scott Carson, diving to his left.

Rangers could not call the former England international stopper into serious action again, though, as Hoilett, Joey Barton and Gary O'Neil all shot off target from outside of the penalty area.

Somehow Green also went untested at the other end when Marc-Antoinie Fortune blazed over the crossbar from eight yards, after Kiernan's miscued shot fell to him in the midst of a goalmouth scramble.

It was the miss of a striker who has gone 17 games without a goal, and one that prevented the Latics taking a lead to Loftus Road for the return fixture against Harry Redknapp's side on Monday.

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Ravel Morrison of Queens Park Rangers shoots at goal against Wigan Athletic during the Sky Bet Championship match at Loftus Road on March 25, 2014
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