Jan 7 2012 By Jacob Murtagh
MK Dons 1-1 QPR
HEIDAR Helguson came off the bench to spare QPR's blushes with a late leveller at MK Dons.
The visitors – who haven't won in the FA Cup since 2001 – looked to be tumbling out before the Iceman came off the bench to cancel out Dean Bowditch's opener and earn a replay.
However, Rangers boss Neil Warnock is sweating on the fitness of Ali Faurlin after the Argentine midfielder was stretchered off in the dying minutes with a knee injury.
QPR had a let off on 10 minutes when Jabo Ibehre touched home Luke Chadwick's cross, only to be denied by the lino's flag, while Bowditch flashed an effort wide soon after.
Rangers had most of the possession, but they failed to create any clear-cut chances, and the Dons went close again when the dangerous Ibehre played in Chadwick, but he shot tamely at Radek Cerny.
The hosts had a penalty appeal turned down midway through the half when Dan Powell's cross struck Clint Hill's hand, but the ref waved away appeals.
DJ Campbell missed a golden chance to break the deadlock early in the second-half when the striker headed Federico Macheda's clipped cross the wrong side of the post at the back stick.
However, it was the home side who opened the scoring 20 minutes after the break.
Bowditch robbed Helguson of possession six yards out before drilling the ball across Cerny into the bottom corner.
QPR's cause wasn't helped when Faurlin was carried off with a knee injury, leaving the visitors to play the last 10 minutes a man short.
But they found an equaliser in the dying minutes when Helguson capitalised on confusion in the Dons defence to slot the ball into the empty net and earn a replay in 10 days time.
QPR: Cerny, Young, Gabbidon, Hall, Hill, Smith, Faurlin, Derry (Buzsaky 77), Mackie, Campbell (Helguson 61), Macheda (Bothroyd 71).
Subs (not used): Murphy, Orr, Connolly, Andrade.
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