QPR boss Ian Holloway expressed his pride as honours ended even in the West London derby against Fulham at Loftus Road.
After Alex Smithies saved Chris Martin’s early spot-kick, Ryan Manning put the R’s ahead on 25 minutes, only for Martin to redeem himself 15 minutes from time with a close-range equaliser.
A draw was probably a fair reflection at the end of a pulsating derby, which extended the R’s unbeaten run to four matches in the Sky Bet Championship.
Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk: “It was a proper derby, wasn't it? The fighting spirit from both sides was great to see.
“It was a really tough game. Fulham are a really good side.
“It was difficult for us because we had to do things a bit differently to what we normally do.
“Our shape was good but we didn't quite get tight enough to them and that's credit to Fulham.
“But we more than matched a good side who have been together a long time. Our spirit was fantastic.
“That's a big point for us today. Onwards and upwards for us now.”
On the award of the seventh minute penalty, given following Jake Bidwell’s tussle with Sone Aluko, Holloway added: “It was never a penalty. It looked so, so soft.
“But Alex made a great save for us. He's a top goalkeeper and his record at saving penalties is fantastic.”
Despite being proud of the R’s performance, Holloway was left to reflect on what might have been, commenting: “I'm disappointed we didn't win the game. We needed a second goal really but it wasn't to be.
“It's nice to get a draw rather than get beat - but I wanted all three points.
“We're still a new group with a new manager. We're learning as we go but I can't fault the boys.
“I'm very, very proud of our lads. They gave it everything and we've kept our old run going.
“Something is growing here. I can feel it. There's a real unity in this group.
“The fans were magnificent. I hope they like what they're seeing from us in recent weeks. I really think they are.
“That's four games undefeated with three wins and we are moving forward. We've got to keep this going now.”