QPR boss Harry Redknapp insisted his team’s performance against Arsenal proved they do not lack spirit.
Relegated Rangers have been widely accused of lacking commitment this season, with the club having spent massively in the transfer market only to lose its top-flight status.
But Redknapp suggested their second-half rally at Loftus Road showed that assessment is wide of the mark.
The R’s were beaten 1-0 by Theo Walcott’s goal after 14 seconds, but created chances with on-loan winger Andros Townsend impressing again.
“It was an awful start but I thought we showed fantastic spirit. I always felt we could have got something from the game,” said Redknapp.
“I’m delighted with the players. They could have dropped their heads after the goal and got beaten by five or six.
“People keep on about the lack of spirit. It’s not spirit we’ve lacked, it’s a lack of other things – people who can score goals.
“I thought there were some good performances. Townsend was a constant threat to them, we held the ball up well and were strong at the back.
“I couldn’t have asked for any more from the players than they gave me today.”