QPR vs. Tottenham: Rangers Will Use Momentum from Draw to Stave off Relegation

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Harry Redknapp the Queens Park Rangers manager gives instructions from the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur at Loftus Road on January 12, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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It isn't often that a team is in a position to use a scoreless draw as the impetus for forthcoming success, but that is exactly what Queens Park Rangers will do.

While it was not the prettiest affair on the pitch for the London Derby, QPR will consider the scoreless draw with the powerful Spurs a victory. It also had to be especially sweet for Harry Redknapp as he went up against his former club and stifled his successor Andre Villas-Boas' high-powered offense.

This was the first away match this season that Tottenham has failed to notch at least one score. In fact, they came in averaging three goals per contest over their last four matches. 

Redknapp had his squad on defensive lockdown with a 4-5-1, and his players executed it to perfection. While you'd like to see QPR registering a little more offensive pressure, the defensive effort was impressive. 

Most notable was the sublime effort turned in by goalkeeper Julio Cesar. While QPR was sound all over the pitch, there is no way they would have held the Spurs scoreless were it not for his amazing effort. 

With the draw, the Spurs have now earned four points in their last two matches, and those have come against top clubs, as they had the impressive away win against Chelsea on Jan. 2. 

They will now keep that momentum going, which is good because they have a long way to go to avoid relegation. Locked in the cellar with just 14 points with just 16 games to go, QPR has a lot of ground to make up.

But they will do just that. 

Of their 14 points, 10 have come in their last nine matches. This is a squad that is gaining steam and will likely be bolstered during the transfer window. 

QPR is a team finding its identity, receiving great goalkeeping and rapidly building confidence. They will use that that new confidence to fuel them to a late-campaign run that keeps them in the EPL.