Dull London derby ends goalless between QPR and Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon (left) battles for the ball with Queens Park Rangers' Mauricio Isla

Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon (left) battles for the ball with Queens Park Rangers' Mauricio Isla at Loftus Road - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

QPR and Crystal Palace played out a goalless draw in a London derby that will not live long in the memories of either set of supporters.

The visitors arrived in west London with Keith Millen on the touchline following the sacking of Neil Warnock and included former QPR players Damien Delaney and Jason Puncheon in his starting 11.

A scrappy opening was interrupted on five minutes when QPR fans stood to sing the name of former player Clarke Carlisle who remains in hospital after he was hit by a lorry shortly before Christmas.

On 14 minutes after his cross was deflected back into his path to scorer Charlie Austin fired in a shot which was well gathered by Palace keeper Julian Speroni. Four minutes later Willesden native Yannick Bolasie got a shot off which was comfortably dealt with by the in form Rob Green.

The best effort of the half came from the lively Puncheon on 21 minutes who hit the post after good work from Joe Ledley.

At the start of the second half Leroy Fer struck a volley just wide of the post and on 58 minutes hit a rasping drive just over the bar.

Palace continued to look to hit QPR on the break using the pace of Bolasie and Zaha but the Rs back four stood firm with goalkeeper Rob Green tipping over a well hit shot from Puncheon on 66 minutes.

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The home side were unlucky not to go ahead when Steven Caulker headed Joey Barton’s corner towards the goal only to see his effort cleared off the line by James McArthur.

Having replaced Fer with Eduardo Vargas, Rs boss Harry Redknapp sent on Matt Phillips for Bobby Zamora as Rangers went in search of a goal but it was not to be as both teams cancelled each other out to pick up a point.