Norwich City goalkeeper Mark Bunn's second-half penalty save from Adel Taarabt earned his side a point against Premier League bottom club QPR.

The Canaries were furious about the award after Bunn felled Jamie Mackie, but the keeper made a fine diving save from the otherwise impressive Taarabt.

Taarabt also went close with two long-range strikes.

But home keeper Julio Cesar was forced to make several decent saves in a thrilling second half to earn the draw.

Analysis

"QPR were forced to settle for a point and that will suit Norwich far more than QPR. A poor and fragmented first half was much improved in the second half.

"Mark Bunn made a number of fine saves, including from Taarabt's penalty, and Julio Cesar also made three terrific stops."

Despite stretching the improving QPR's unbeaten league run to five games, the visitors will be happier with a result that lifts them seven points away from the relegation zone.

Harry Redknapp's R's, who have drawn their last four top-flight games, are now six points adrift of safety following Saturday's league programme.

Ultimately both sides were punished for their lack of quality in front of goal - something both managers had sought to address in the transfer window.

Redknapp and Norwich counterpart Chris Hughton had clearly been set on bolstering their respective attacks.

Hughton's numerous attempts to bring in Celtic's Gary Hooper proved unsuccessful, however, while Redknapp's much-publicised courtship of West Brom's Peter Odemwingie also ended in failure.

And how both sides could have done with a cutting edge during a dismal and disjointed first half littered with errors.

A promising enough start soon petered out with the only serious first-half entertainment provided by the supremely-talented Taarabt.

Redknapp, deprived of the services of injured striker Loic Remy, has given playmaker Taarabt the freedom his ability demands and he showed flashes of his class in the opening 45 minutes.

Redknapp blames costly penalty miss

The Moroccan's best effort saw him use his strength and quick feet to beat three men before firing a low shot narrowly wide.

Norwich should have scored in the first few minutes when Wes Hoolahan could only divert a teasing Robert Snodgrass cross over the bar from close range.

But apart from that and a tame Snodgrass header they barely threatened.

Thankfully a much improved second half followed.

A delicious Taarabt free-kick, played across the face of the six-yard box, eluded everyone within seconds of the restart and the chances continued throughout.

Cesar made a fabulous one-handed reaction save to keep out Hoolahan's close-range flicked effort after a fine cross from Snodgrass, and also made a decent stop from Bradley Johnson.

Taarabt still seemed the most likely scorer but was guilty of wasting the hosts' best chance from the spot. His penalty, awarded as Mackie tumbled when caught by Bunn after a poor Javier Garrido backpass, was well struck but the keeper dived low to his left to turn the ball away.

Miserly QPR

QPR have now kept four clean clean sheets in five Premier League games, having managed just four in the previous 49 matches.

Taarabt tried to make amends but was off target with a 20-yard free-kick and then forced a messy save from Bunn, who just about kept out a swerving strike.

Record-signing Christopher Samba, who was steady and assured at the back, also had a header cleared by Grant Holt on the goalline and Clint Hill and Bobby Zamora both had headed opportunities.

As the game reached its closing stages a decent long-range Snodgrass strike forced one final save from Cesar while Samba's fellow debutant Andros Townsend also tested the excellent Bunn from distance.

But Norwich, who gave a debut to new signing Luciano Becchio as a late substitute, were able to hold on for just their third point in the last eight games.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp:

"I felt if we had scored the penalty, we would have gone on and won the game.

"Of course we need wins, but we could not have tried any harder - we gave everything.

"I couldn't have asked for more. We just needed a break. We just need to turn draws into wins. We're unbeaten since the turn of the year so we've just got to keep going."

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton:

Hughton pleased with Norwich defence

"Every point away from home in this division is a good point, especially against a team in form.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game, but I thought a draw was a fair result.

"We are a hard-working team who were always going to have a tough season, so it is all about assessing the games and coming good again.

"At the moment, although we are not picking up three points, we have played out two good draws and the gap between us and the bottom three is very important."

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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
QPR 0-0 Norwich FT
(HT 0-0)

      QPR

      Substitutes

      Norwich

      Substitutes

      Ref: MossAtt: 17,543
      QPR
      NORWICH

      Possession

      • QPR 49%
      • Norwich 51%

      Attempts on target

      • QPR 7
      • Norwich 9

      Attempts off target

      • QPR 8
      • Norwich 5

      Corners

      • QPR 10
      • Norwich 8

      Fouls

      • QPR 6
      • Norwich 20
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+5:18 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
      • 90:00+4:39 Alexander Tettey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Mackie. Clint Hill takes the free kick.
      • 90:00+3:37 Robert Snodgrass fouled by Clint Hill, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Javier Garrido.
      • 89:38 Robert Snodgrass gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt. Shaun Derry crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.
      • 87:09 Substitution Luciano Becchio is brought on as a substitute for Wesley Hoolahan.
      • 86:31 Corner taken right-footed by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line, Clint Hill has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 86:08 Effort on goal by Andros Townsend from 20 yards. Save made by Mark Bunn.
      • 85:08 Corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line played to the near post, Grant Holt manages to make a clearance.
      • 84:26 Adel Taarabt crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.
      • 84:26 Booking The referee shows Sebastien Bassong a yellow card.
      • 84:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastien Bassong on Jamie Mackie.
      • 83:44 Grant Holt takes a shot. Save by Soares Julio Cesar.
      • 82:50 Bobby Zamora has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 81:36 Adel Taarabt takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Grant Holt makes a clearance.
      • 80:17 Jermaine Jenas fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Alexander Tettey.
      • 80:17 Booking Michael Turner is shown a yellow card.
      • 80:13 Michael Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Mackie.
      • 79:40 Bradley Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Adel Taarabt. Adel Taarabt takes the direct free kick.
      • 78:40 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robert Snodgrass.
      • 78:19 Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Save by Soares Julio Cesar.
      • Correction - 76:40 Inswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt, Clint Hill has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 76:40 Corner taken by Adel Taarabt, Adel Taarabt produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 76:14 Andros Townsend takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
      • 73:38 Substitution (QPR) makes a substitution, with Tal Ben Haim coming on for Fabio Da Silva.
      • Correction - 73:08 Grant Holt takes a shot. Blocked by Clint Hill.
      • 73:08 Michael Turner takes a shot. Clint Hill gets a block in.
      • 70:04 Indirect free kick taken by Soares Julio Cesar.
      • 70:04 Booking Clint Hill receives a caution.
      • 69:59 The assistant referee signals for offside against Grant Holt.
      • Correction - 69:45 Elliott Bennett takes a shot. Blocked by Fabio Da Silva.
      • 69:45 Grant Holt takes a shot. Blocked by Fabio Da Silva.
      • 67:34 Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.
      • 67:34 Substitution Stephane Mbia leaves the field to be replaced by Jermaine Jenas.
      • 67:34 Outswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line, Bobby Zamora concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Bunn.
      • 66:26 Centre by Adel Taarabt, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Grant Holt manages to make a clearance.
      • 66:26 Booking Alexander Tettey goes into the referee's book.
      • 66:15 Unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Alexander Tettey results in a free kick.
      • 65:16 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line to the near post, Shaun Derry makes a clearance.
      • 64:16 Elliott Bennett challenges Fabio Da Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fabio Da Silva.
      • 63:01 Elliott Bennett takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
      • 62:41 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, clearance made by Clint Hill.
      • Correction - 62:37 Elliott Bennett takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
      • 62:30 Short corner worked by Wesley Hoolahan.
      • 62:12 Bradley Johnson takes a shot. Save by Soares Julio Cesar.
      • 61:36 Outswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line, clearance by Robert Snodgrass.
      • 61:17 Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Mark Bunn makes a save.
      • 57:28 Foul by Michael Turner on Jamie Mackie, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Adel Taarabt.
      • 55:59 Penalty taken by Adel Taarabt saved by Mark Bunn. QPR 0-0 Norwich.
      • 55:08 Booking Booking for Mark Bunn.
      • 54:57 Mark Bunn challenges Jamie Mackie unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
      • 53:30 Substitution (QPR) makes a substitution, with Bobby Zamora coming on for Shaun Wright-Phillips.
      • 53:15 Shot by Michael Turner from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
      • 52:32 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Sebastien Bassong takes a shot. Clint Hill gets a block in.
      • 52:11 Wesley Hoolahan takes a shot from 6 yards. Save by Soares Julio Cesar.
      • 51:07 The free kick is delivered right-footed by Fabio Da Silva from right wing, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
      • 51:07 Booking The referee shows Javier Garrido a yellow card.
      • 50:56 Unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Javier Garrido results in a free kick.
      • 49:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alexander Tettey on Andros Townsend. Adel Taarabt sends in a cross, Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
      • 48:56 Unfair challenge on Clint Hill by Grant Holt results in a free kick. Soares Julio Cesar takes the direct free kick.
      • 48:10 Jamie Mackie is caught offside. Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.
      • 45:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Garrido on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Free kick crossed by Adel Taarabt.
      • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:21 The match has reached half-time.
      • 45:00+0:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Fabio Da Silva. Soares Julio Cesar restarts play with the free kick.
      • 43:19 Inswinging corner taken by Adel Taarabt.
      • 42:26 Grant Holt challenges Andros Townsend unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adel Taarabt crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Bradley Johnson manages to make a clearance.
      • 40:36 Adel Taarabt takes the inswinging corner, Grant Holt manages to make a clearance.
      • 40:01 Sebastien Bassong handles the ball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adel Taarabt, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
      • 38:12 Robert Snodgrass shoots direct from the free kick.
      • 38:12 Booking Booking for Stephane Mbia for unsporting behaviour.
      • 38:04 Stephane Mbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Snodgrass.
      • 37:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andros Townsend by Michael Turner. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adel Taarabt, Mark Bunn makes a save.
      • 36:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabio Da Silva on Elliott Bennett. Free kick crossed by Robert Snodgrass, Jamie Mackie makes a clearance.
      • 34:49 Shaun Wright-Phillips has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
      • 32:47 Russell Martin concedes a free kick for a foul on Andros Townsend. Free kick taken by Armand Traore.
      • 31:55 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robert Snodgrass, Headed effort on goal by Sebastien Bassong from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
      • 31:22 Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by Clint Hill.
      • 30:30 Grant Holt takes a shot. Save by Soares Julio Cesar.
      • 28:47 The referee penalises Bradley Johnson for handball. Fabio Da Silva takes the free kick.
      • 27:12 Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Save by Soares Julio Cesar.
      • 25:28 Corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the right by-line, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.
      • 24:13 Robert Snodgrass decides to take a short corner.
      • 23:25 Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
      • 23:25 Substitution (Norwich) makes a substitution, with Elliott Bennett coming on for Anthony Pilkington.
      • 23:25 The referee blows for offside.
      • 22:54 Header by Robert Snodgrass from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
      • 21:32 Foul by Grant Holt on Armand Traore, free kick awarded. Soares Julio Cesar restarts play with the free kick.
      • 20:53 Unfair challenge on Anthony Pilkington by Stephane Mbia results in a free kick. Javier Garrido takes the free kick.
      • 18:06 Foul by Clint Hill on Grant Holt, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
      • 15:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andros Townsend by Russell Martin. Adel Taarabt crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Mark Bunn.
      • 14:48 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andros Townsend played to the near post, Grant Holt makes a clearance.
      • 14:21 Foul by Grant Holt on Clint Hill, free kick awarded. Soares Julio Cesar takes the indirect free kick.
      • 13:31 Effort from inside the area by Jamie Mackie misses to the left of the goal.
      • 12:00 Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Bradley Johnson gets a block in.
      • 9:49 Adel Taarabt has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 6:54 Andros Townsend crosses the ball.
      • 3:25 The referee blows for offside against Wesley Hoolahan. Soares Julio Cesar takes the free kick.
      • 0:40 Shot from outside the box by Adel Taarabt goes wide right of the target.
      • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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