Emotions were running high before the match, as QPR boss Harry Redknapp faced his old club Tottenham on Saturday.
A lot was made of how the occasion would play out, but in the end it didn’t live up to the hype. Neither side lacked much of a cutting edge throughout, as QPR’s defence held strong against steady Tottenham pressure.
The first ten minutes were the most exciting of the match, as Man of the Match Julio Cesar made a great double save to deny Jermaine Defoe then Emmanuel Adebayor. Cesar tipped Defoe’s goal-bound effort onto his near post and then recovered to make a great reaction stop from close range, to deny Adebayor a quick Tottenham opener.
There was a concern for Tottenham as Sandro went down in the 25th minute of the match with a knee injury. Scott Parker came on for the Brazilian in only his sixth appearance for Spurs this campaign. QPR never really gained an attacking foothold in the game but nonetheless looked determined not to concede a goal.
Loftus Road being one of the narrower grounds in the Premier League, meant Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon were never much of a factor. The only glimpse of either was a Gareth Bale free kick that forced Julio Cesar into a decent save.
The second half picked up where the first one left off, and for the better part of half an hour it continued at the same pace. The introduction of Clint Dempsey in the 69th minute brought a bit of a spark to an otherwise lacklustre Spurs attack, but failed to make any real difference in the game.
Shaun Wright-Phillips was the brightest QPR player, as he had The Hoops only two chances. Adel Taarabt played in a through ball that Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris was forced to clear. That was the only action Lloris had to deal with the entire match.
Towards the end of the match QPR looked to lock up the draw defending deeper and deeper and soaked up the Tottenham pressure. Spurs looked to struggle with creativity around the box and were frustrated into yet another nil-nil draw.
The point for QPR moved them from the bottom of the table. Tottenham extended their advantage over Chelsea, only to see them passed in third place as Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0. It was a fair result on the day but Tottenham will yet again be frustrated with their inability to break down a supposedly lesser teams defence.
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