HARRY REDKNAPP hailed another hard-earned point after QPR held Manchester City to a goalless draw on Tuesday night.
Rangers matched their illustrious visitors for long periods in a pulsating encounter as a stand-out display from goalkeeper Julio Cesar preserved a share of the spoils against the champions.
England’s number one Joe Hart came to City’s rescue at the other end, foiling Adel Taarabt after a surging run as the R’s came close to upsetting the odds once again.
“It was an excellent performance,” Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk. “We defended well, we hit them on the counter-attack a couple of times and had a great opportunity in the first half with a great break from Adel.
“We defended fantastically all over the park, everybody worked hard.
“It was another solid performance, another clean sheet.
“It was another big point for us today.”
Tuesday’s draw continues the R’s unbeaten league run which has seen Redknapp’s side come away unscathed from outings against Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham.
After reducing the gap to safety to four points, the R’s boss admits the recent revival has breathed fresh life into the R’s bid for survival.
“It’s a fantastic run we’ve been on,” Redknapp said. “When you looked at the games coming and the amount of points we’ve taken and the way we’ve performed, it has been excellent.
“We’ve put ourselves back within touching distance.”
Despite waves of attacks at times from City’s front trio of Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and David Silva, the R’s weathered the pressure well.
Redknapp paid tribute to the work-rate of his players as the R’s centre-back pairing of Clint Hill and Ryan Nelsen held firm.
He said: “We’re working as hard as we possibly can and clawing out some points.
“Everybody did their jobs, you can’t ask for more than that.
“You look at the quality of the opposition tonight, they’re a fantastic team.
“They rip teams to pieces home and away. You’d take a point off them at any time.
“You have to give everything in these games and that’s what we’re doing.”
With a crucial clash at home to Norwich on Saturday on the horizon, Redknapp admitted a point against the Premier League holders was the perfect preparation.
“Norwich on Saturday is a massive game,” he added. “it’s a game we need to try to win.
“It won’t be easy but if we work as hard as we did tonight we’ve got a chance.”