Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester City: Final score 0-0, Harry masterminds a draw

Mike Hewitt

Sometimes, Harry Redknapp is an excellent football manager and not just a guy who says funny things. He set up his team very well, and they frustrated Manchester City.

Queens Park Rangers will have to start winning matches soon if they want to survive relegation, but they'll see their draw on Tuesday as an excellent point earned. Title contenders Manchester City came to Loftus Road with a mostly healthy attacking unit, and QPR frustrated them to no end in a 0-0 draw.

While City had two-thirds of the possession and significantly more shots in the match, they didn't actually look like they were likely to score until the final minutes. Pablo Zabaleta hit a header off the crossbar in the 19th minute, and City wouldn't force Julio Cesar into a truly difficult save until the 83rd minute, when he brilliantly denied a shot by David Silva. The diminutive Spanish playmaker had another effort blocked shortly afterwards. Scott Sinclair had a shout for a penalty in the 88th minute, but Nedum Onouha didn't foul him in the referee's estimation.

Adel Taarabt and Loic Remy combined on a couple of counter-attacks, but QPR never looked much like scoring either. It was, for the most part, a match where they packed men behind the ball and kept City at bay. Armand Traore exceeded expectations as a defensive winger, while Shaun Derry and Stephane Mbia performed their defensive roles well to clinch a big point.

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