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Queens Park Rangers 0-0 Crystal Palace

By Mike WhalleyBBC Sport
Keith Millen
Keith Millen began the season as Crystal Palace caretaker-boss after Tony Pulis resigned in August
  • Managerless Palace remain in bottom three
  • Redknapp's 100th game as QPR boss
  • Palace keep fourth PL clean sheet of season
  • Rangers miss out on fourth straight home win

Managerless Crystal Palace remain in the Premier League's bottom three despite a spirited display that earned them a point at Queens Park Rangers.

Jason Puncheon hit the post in the first half for Palace, for whom Keith Millen was in temporary charge after Neil Warnock was sacked on Saturday.

QPR had the edge after the break, and Palace keeper Julian Speroni did well to tip over Leroy Fer's 25-yard shot.

Steven Caulker's header was then cleared off the line by James McArthur.

QPR 0-0 Crystal Palace: Keith Millen credits team's togetherness

But Palace were denied right at the end, when Puncheon's cross-shot was beaten out by keeper Rob Green, and substitute Fraizer Campbell appealed in vain for a penalty as he went tumbling over Joey Barton's challenge when the ball ran loose.

Harry Redknapp's side, who had won their last three home games, stay two points above the drop zone.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes was not at the game, having travelled to the Indonesian city of Surabaya after a plane belonging to his AirAsia airline went missing over the Java Sea with 162 people on board on Saturday.

Palace shut out Austin
Crystal Palace's clean sheet was only their fourth in the Premier League all season - following a 0-0 draw at home to Burnley on 13 September, a 2-0 victory over Leicester on 27 September and a 0-0 draw at Tottenham on 6 December
Keith Millen's side kept out in-form QPR striker Charlie Austin, who had scored in each of his side's previous five home matches.

Shortly after the match began, QPR's fans held a minute's applause as a tribute to their former defender Clarke Carlisle, who is recovering at Leeds General Infirmary after being hit by a lorry in Yorkshire on Monday.

Millen, placed in temporary charge of Palace for a third time since October 2013, started without a recognised striker, using the recalled Wilfried Zaha in the 'false nine' position.

Redknapp happy with QPR points tally

It gave his side a solid look - with a snapshot 20-yard volley from Charlie Austin the only early threat to the visitors' goal - and they were unlucky not to go ahead when Puncheon curled a first-time left-foot shot against the post from the edge of the penalty area.

Rangers began to get frustrated and left-back Clint Hill - sent off 12 times in his career - escaped with a booking for a dangerous challenge on Palace defender Adrian Mariappa.

A poor match was at least enlivened at half-time as a QPR fan proposed to his girlfriend, who said yes, before the happy couple were embraced by club mascot Jude the Cat.

Perhaps news of the proposal reached the Rangers dressing room and inspired the home side, who improved after the break.

Ton-up Redknapp
Sunday's 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace was Harry Redknapp's 100th match in charge of QPR. He has won 36, drawn 25 and lost 39

Fer went close twice in the first 15 minutes of the second half, volleying one effort narrowly wide, before striking a fierce 25-yard right-footed shot that was heading for the top corner until Speroni tipped it over.

Puncheon had a shot of his own pushed over by Green after a positive run, but Rangers looked the likelier scorers in the closing stages, with Caulker's goalbound header from a Barton corner nodded away by McArthur guarding the post.

Crystal Palace caretaker-manager Keith Millen:

"We were all shocked by what happened yesterday but I've seen the lads' resilience and I had no doubt they'd show up. We deserved at least a point.

"If we can continue like that, we'll be OK. We need to score more goals, but if we keep that organisation, we'll be fine."

QPR manager Harry Redknapp:

"I've seen Palace a number of times this season and I've never seen them play badly. They're a dangerous team. I think it was a fair result. I couldn't honestly say we deserved to win."

Asked who he might want to sign in the January transfer window, Redknapp joked: "Sergio Aguero and three or four others if you'd like to get them here."

Steve Parish and Mark Bright
Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish - sitting beside club ambassador Mark Bright - sacked Neil Warnock on Saturday
Richard Dunne and Wilfried Zaha
Recalled QPR defender Richard Dunne was pitched against Palace's Wilfried Zaha, who played as a false nine
Damien Delaney
Damien Delaney played his part in a Palace clean sheet despite a first-half collision with QPR keeper Rob Green
James McArthur, Mike Jones and Joe Ledley
Referee Mike Jones kept order when tempers threatened to boil over

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Green
  • 14Isla
  • 22Dunne
  • 4Caulker
  • 6HillBooked at 45mins
  • 23Hoilett
  • 8BartonBooked at 62mins
  • 20Henry
  • 10FerSubstituted forVargasat 65'minutes
  • 9Austin
  • 25ZamoraSubstituted forPhillipsat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ferdinand
  • 7Phillips
  • 11Wright-Phillips
  • 12McCarthy
  • 15Onuoha
  • 17Mutch
  • 24Vargas

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Speroni
  • 3Mariappa
  • 6Dann
  • 27Delaney
  • 2Ward
  • 18McArthur
  • 15Jedinak
  • 28Ledley
  • 42PuncheonBooked at 72mins
  • 11ZahaSubstituted forCampbellat 67'minutes
  • 7Bolasie

Substitutes

  • 4Hangeland
  • 9Doyle
  • 10Campbell
  • 13Hennessey
  • 14Thomas
  • 25Bannan
  • 34Kelly
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
18,011

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Crystal Palace 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 0, Crystal Palace 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

  4. Post update

    Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace).

  6. Post update

    Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joey Barton with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

  11. Post update

    Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Scott Dann (Crystal Palace).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by James McArthur.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

  15. Post update

    Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

  18. Post update

    Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).