HARRY Redknapp laid praise to his QPR side despite a slender defeat against Champions League chasers Arsenal.
Theo Walcott put the Gunners 1-0 up at Loftus Road after just 20 seconds.
But Rangers rallied and, especially after half-time, asked questions of Arsene Wenger’s men until the death.
“I’m very disappointed that we didn’t get anything from the game,” Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk.
“We went a goal down after only a minute. It was a ghastly goal to give away – poor defending. But after that I think we were good.
“The first half was difficult but I think we showed fantastic spirit. We could have dropped our heads but we never did.
“We hung in there. We kept going and defended for our lives today. We could have gone under after conceding so early, but we were every bit as good as them (Arsenal).
“What more could we have done? We conceded a goal against a team who’ve gone to Bayern Munich and won this year.
“I think we could have easily got a result – it was an excellent performance.”
Spurs loanee Andros Townsend put in another impressive performance to add to a whole collection since joining in January, while Loic Remy was denied by a superb Wojciech Szczesny save late in the second half.
Redknapp added: “We worked their ‘keeper (Szczesny). Andros Townsend gave them all kinds of problems.
“He’s been excellent since he joined. But I think the whole team did well.
“Their keeper’s made a great save [from Remy] late on and there was always a chance that we could get something from the game.”