Preston 2-2 QPR: The Daily Mirror match report
Published 05:00 29/03/10 By Jeremy Butler
Preston defender Billy Jones was fuming after seeing Adel Taarabt inspire QPR to a point.
Jones had been on target as North End built a two-goal lead, with Callum Davidson converting a penalty for the second after Jon Parkin was fouled by Kaspars Gorkss.
But loan signing Taarabt was given space to torment the Preston defence and made them pay for their slackness.
The Moroccan midfielder picked out Peter Ramage to hand Neil Warnock’s men a lifeline and then found Tamas Priskin with a touch of brilliance for the striker’s leveller.
Jones moaned: “We knew his threat but just didn’t stop him.
“Once we were two goals up we should have got our midfield tighter and made them sit there to stop him turning on our back four.
“We didn’t do it and it was a bit of a schoolboy mistake. We know he is a dangerous player and he is even more dangerous when he is half turned and running at the back four and picking up passes.
“There is a way to play those type of players and that’s kill the threat but we didn’t do that.
“He enjoyed it because he was in a lot of space in good positions.
“You could tell he was full of confidence because towards the end he was going on lots of dribbles and we were part of that to be honest.”
Warnock has already accepted that Taarabt will be on his way back across London to Tottenham in the summer as Rangers are unable to afford his £4.5million fee.
But he might be able to cough up for Priskin after watching him score his first goal for the club since arriving on loan from Ipswich, and against his former club to boot.
Priskin said: “Nice to score against an old team – but every time I score it is nice so I am delighted.
“I’m really enjoying my time at QPR. If this team can stay together we could be in a great position next season.”