Hall in it together
PUBLISHED: 14:34 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:13 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky FITZ Hall feels it is not only the back four who deserve acclaim after QPR ground out their third successive clean sheet at Coventry. Rangers remained 15th in the Championship after Wednesday s turgid 0-0 draw at the Ricoh Arena, but their ne
By Ben Kosky
FITZ Hall feels it is not only the back four who deserve acclaim after QPR ground out their third successive clean sheet at Coventry.
Rangers remained 15th in the Championship after Wednesday's turgid 0-0 draw at the Ricoh Arena, but their new-look back four have now not conceded in three games.
And Hall, who joined the Rs from Wigan at the start of January, said: "Everyone says it's the defence that keeps a clean sheet - but it's not just the defence who keep a clean sheet and the strikers who score.
"When we do well the whole team should get praised. At the start of the game, we'd come off a good result at the weekend and we were looking to win.
"But we didn't play the best football, so if we came away with a 0-0, we've got to be happy with that. We'll just look at the next game, then the next and see where we are at the end of the season."
There were few other positives for Rangers on a night where they failed to force a single save from Sky Blues goalkeeper Andy Marshall.
Patrick Agyemang cut an isolated figure in attack as his team-mates dropped ever deeper and absorbed bursts of pressure from a Coventry side hovering just above the drop zone.
After Scott Dann's early volley had been disallowed for offside, Michael Mifsud blazed into the side netting and Leon Best mis-hit a chance over the bar.
Best was foiled by Lee Camp just after the half-hour when he latched on to a long ball, appearing to clatter Matthew Connolly in the process, and raced through, but the Rs goalkeeper spread himself to block.
Camp also beat away Jay Tabb's volley just before half-time and it took Rangers until the 51st minute to muster a shot at goal, Akos Buzsaky's volley grazing the roof of the net.
The visitors briefly threatened to steal all three points late on as Hogan Ephraim played a one-two with Agyemang and wriggled into the penalty area, but was halted by a trio of defenders before he could shoot.
And substitute Dexter Blackstock might also have snatched it with two minutes remaining when he peeled away to chest down Buzsaky's pass, but could not get a clear shot at goal.