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Tottenham Hotspur held to 0-0 draw by Harry Redknapp's resolute Queen's Park Rangers at Loftus Road
3:14pm Saturday 12th January 2013 in Sport
Harry Redknapp held his old club to a 0-0 draw as Spurs were denied all three points by a stubborn QPR defence.
Tottenham will be disappointed not to have grabbed the decisive winner as they dominated possession throughout but Andre Villas-Boas will perhaps be relieved that his team were not beaten by a rejuvinated QPR side.
Spurs started brightly and could have taken the lead but both Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor were denied by the reflexes of Julio Cesar.
Another former Spurs man, Adel Taarabt, found himself isolated up front and struggled to influence proceedings but there were still moments when the Rs looked like they might snatch a goal on the break.
Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale were equally frustrated as both endured unusually quiet afternoons, although the latter's head early on nearly found the net but was kept out again by Cesar.
Shaun Wright-Phillips could have scored against the run of play in the seventh minute but a superb block by Michael Dawson - who was impressive throughout - saw the ball deflected wide.
Sandro departed the field in the first half due to an injury to his knee and was replaced by Scott Parker.
Wright-Phillips went close again after a jinky run allowed him the space to unleash a shot, but his effort was dragged wide of the post.
Spurs grew increasingly desperate and the second half saw them restricted to long shots as Bale and Kyle Walker both went close with free-kicks.
QPR's best chance of the second period came when Taarabt threaded a neat ball through to Wright-Phillips but Hugo Lloris was alert to it, and close the ball down before the right winger could reach it.
A draw will not satisfy either sides as Spurs hoped to capitalise on a weekend that sees their rivals play tough opposition while QPR need victories to climb up the table.