RANGERS and Stoke City played out a goalless draw in a Championship affair that lacked any real quality.
Both goalkeepers were rarely worked, with Michael O’Neill’s Potters going closest shortly after half-time.
Josh Tymon’s 48th-minute attempt was diverted onto the post by a combination of Seny Dieng’s save and Todd Kane’s block, with the spoils ultimately shared in W12.
Rangers boss Mark Warburton made two changes to his side for the visit of Stoke – one of them enforced.
Injury to Osman Kakay (ankle) meant Kane deputised, while Albert Adomah came in for Chris Willock, who dropped down to the bench.
Stoke included former QPR midfielder Jordan Cousins among their starters.
In a 4-2-3-1 formation, the R’s lined up as: Dieng; Kane, Rob Dickie, Yoann Barbet, Niko Hamalainen; Geoff Cameron, Tom Carroll; Adomah, Ilias Chair, Bright Osayi-Samuel; Lyndon Dykes.
The opening stanza didn’t exactly make for a free-flowing affair, though Rangers forced a number of corners early on.
The home side also fashioned the first notable effort on target on eight minutes, as Dickie’s header – from a Chair corner – was hacked off the goal-line.
Rangers really should have taken the lead four minutes later.
Chair displayed neat footwork to get away from James Chester down the right and, when he subsequently crossed low for Dykes, the Scotland international could only poke wide from eight yards.
QPR weren’t exactly in control, but they limited Stoke to very little in front of goal up to half-time.
Tom Ince’s 20th-minute free-kick, which sailed handsomely over, was as close as the Potters came.
However, in truth, opportunities for both sides dried up heading into the interval.
The first time either goalkeeper was really worked came three minutes into the second period.
After Tymon broke the offside trap and latched onto a ball over the top, his effort was turned onto the post by a combination of Dieng and Kane. Rangers subsequently cleared the danger.
The visitors made a bright start to the closing half and Rangers reacted by introducing both Willock and Dom Ball on 57 minutes – Adomah and Carroll making way.
The R’s had been sluggish but Osayi-Samuel forced Josef Bursik into a low stop in the 70th minute, after a QPR corner eventually dropped into the former’s path.
Rangers threatened again shortly that. Osayi-Samuel crossed from the right for a waiting Dykes, but a visiting defender reacted in the nick of time to glace the ball away from goal.
Suddenly, QPR appeared to adopt a little more enthusiasm and threw on Macauley Bonne in place of Dykes on 77 minutes.
Stoke were next to go close, as substitute Jordan Thompson shot low at Dieng eight minutes from time.
As the clock ticked down, R’s sub Willock spurned a decent opportunity after Rangers broke in the 88th minute, shooting well over from the edge of the box.
Five added minutes were subsequently signaled, but there would be no late drama.