Rangers secure deserved point against City

QPR 0 Manchester City 0

Bottom of the table they may be, but QPR are still alive and kicking – and still unbeaten in the league in 2013.

They had to absorb plenty of pressure against the champions, who went close when Pablo Zabaleta headed David Silva’s first-half cross against the bar.

Julio Cesar was also grateful to see Javi Garcia’s wind-assisted 35-yarder flash just wide as Manchester City continued to press.

Rangers, with Fabio on the right of midfield and Loic Remy making his home debut, struggled to create chances before a quick counter-attack brought Joe Hart into action six minutes before the break.

The England keeper raced from his line and produced a fine stop to deny Adel Taarabt after the Moroccan had skipped away from Gael Clichy.

Cesar then atoned for some shaky early moments by diving to his right to push away Gareth Barry’s shot.

He also did well to hold a low shot from Silva midway through the second half and a similar effort from James Milner.

QPR had a shout for a penalty ignored by referee Phil Dowd with 16 minutes remaining, when Remy went down under a challenge from Joleon Lescott near the edge of the box.

Cesar pulled off another good stop late on, blocking from Silva at point-blank range following substitute Edin Dzeko’s low cross.

And City also had an appeal for a penalty waved away after Nedum Onuoha’s challenge on Scott Sinclair.

QPR (4-1-4-1): Cesar; Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Traore; Derry; Fabio, Mbia (Faurlin 90), Granero (Park 89), Taarabt; Remy (Zamora 90).
Subs not used: Green, Ben Haim, Murphy, Bothroyd.



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