Harry Redknapp inspired an improved display from Queens Park Rangers in his first game in charge as the Londoners secured a goalless draw at Sunderland.
As Redknapp had demanded before kick-off, Rangers put in a committed display and created more goalscoring chances.
But Djibril Cisse failed to convert a trio of efforts while Jamie Mackie and Adel Taarabt both saw shots blocked.
Sunderland also put in plenty of effort but Steven Fletcher's saved shot was the closest they came to a goal.
Sunderland v QPR facts
- QPR are the ninth team in top-flight history to not win any of the first 14 games of the season and the first since Swindon in 1993-94.
- Rangers have ended a run of 23 away league games without a clean sheet.
- Sunderland have won only two of their last 21 Premier League games.
The result does little to drastically improve either side's position at the bottom end of the Premier League table, with QPR still rock-bottom having claimed a joint record worst haul of five points from 14 games, while Sunderland are still only two points above the relegation zone.
Redknapp had an immediate rejuvenating effect when he took over at Portsmouth in December 2005 and then Tottenham three years later (the less said about his spell at Southampton the better) but he himself has admitted the size of the task at QPR eclipses his earlier jobs.
The reasons for this are clear, namely a pitiful points haul after 14 games and a side that is woefully lacking in cohesion and confidence, but there was enough on display in the north east of England to give the 65-year-old belief that another feat of Premier League escapology is a possibility.
However, while Redknapp has brought an injection of hope to QPR, Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill remains in search of a solution to the stagnation that has set in at the Stadium of Light as he approaches the first anniversary of his appointment.
The Black Cats had fight but little inspiration and while rumours of O'Neill's demise at the weekend were wide of the mark, a continued failure to accrue significant points will add further fuel to the fire.
Unsurprisingly in the circumstances the game was played at frantic pace with little precision or fluency, especially in intermittent torrential rain, but it was an entertaining affair during which both sides had their chances.
QPR striker Cisse - producing one of his engaged performances that have been scarce this season - could have opened the scoring on three occasions in the first half but his unmarked back-post header and curling shot from the edge of the box were both saved by home keeper Simon Mignolet and his 25-yard pile-driver flew a yard past the top corner.
The visiting side's best two chances both came in the same move as Mackie ran clear into the box before his shot was well saved by Mignolet, with Phil Bardsley flinging himself in front of Taarabt's follow-up.
Sunderland striker Fletcher was too often an isolated figure in attack but nevertheless could have swung the game in his side's favour.
In the first half, Adam Johnson put him through in the box with a neat flick but Julio Cesar got down to save, while in the second he was denied by the Brazilian's half-time replacement Robert Green from a header.
Had Stephane Mbia's 25-yard drive been a yard or two to the right it could have given Redknapp the perfect start to his Rangers reign but he will take solace from a first point in five games and a performance with promise.
- 22 Mignolet
- 02 Bardsley
- 12 Kilgallon
- 24 Cuellar Booked
- 03 Rose
- 06 Cattermole (Colback - 6' )
- 07 Larsson
- 08 Gardner (Saha - 78' )
- 21 Johnson (McClean - 70' )
- 28 Sessegnon
- 26 Fletcher
- 20 Westwood
- 19 Bramble
- 14 Colback
- 15 Vaughan
- 23 McClean
- 09 Campbell
- 25 Saha
Queens Park Rangers
- 33 Julio Cesar (Green - 46' )
- 03 Traore
- 06 Hill Booked
- 17 Nelsen
- 19 Bosingwa
- 02 Diakite Booked (Park Ji-sung - 65' )
- 10 Taarabt (Wright-Phillips - 77' )
- 14 Granero
- 40 M'bia
- 09 Cisse
- 12 Mackie Booked
- 01 Green
- 05 Ferdinand
- 20 Fabio
- 04 Derry
- 07 Park Ji-sung
- 11 Wright-Phillips
- 23 Hoilett
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +2:43
Jose Bosingwa fouled by James McClean, the ref awards a free kick. Rob Green restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +0:44
The ball is crossed by James McClean.89:11
The ball is crossed by Phil Bardsley.88:01
Effort from just outside the area by Danny Rose goes over the target.87:37
The ball is delivered by Shaun Wright-Phillips.87:12
Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.86:34
The ball is swung over by James McClean, Rob Green makes a clearance.84:57
Unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa by James McClean results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rob Green.81:58
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Esteban Granero, clearance by Carlos Cuellar.80:44
Free kick taken by Danny Rose.80:44 Booking
Booking Jamie Mackie receives a yellow card.80:34
Unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Jamie Mackie results in a free kick.80:15
Drilled right-footed shot by Sebastian Larsson. Comfortable save by Rob Green.80:09
James McClean crosses the ball, clearance made by Clint Hill.76:47 Substitution
Substitution (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Louis Saha coming on for Craig Gardner.76:47 Substitution
Substitution Adel Taarabt goes off and Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on.76:06
A cross is delivered by Jose Bosingwa, Matthew Kilgallon makes a clearance.75:52
Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, Matthew Kilgallon makes a clearance.75:14
Craig Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Adel Taarabt. Esteban Granero restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Danny Rose.73:45
Jamie Mackie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose. Free kick taken by Danny Rose.72:16
Jack Colback has a drilled shot. Blocked by Stephane Mbia.71:24
The ball is crossed by Djibril Cisse, clearance by Sebastian Larsson.70:51
Centre by Phil Bardsley, Clint Hill makes a clearance.69:02 Substitution
Substitution James McClean comes on in place of Adam Johnson.69:02
Adam Johnson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Rob Green.67:46
Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Craig Gardner, Esteban Granero gets a block in.67:46 Booking
Booking Clint Hill goes into the referee's book.67:38
Clint Hill challenges Jack Colback unfairly and gives away a free kick.66:50
Adel Taarabt takes the inswinging corner, Matthew Kilgallon manages to make a clearance.65:50
Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Stephane Sessegnon results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Esteban Granero, clearance by Phil Bardsley.65:16
Corner taken short by Esteban Granero.65:09
The ball is crossed by Jamie Mackie, Matthew Kilgallon gets a block in.64:07 Substitution
Substitution Samba Diakite goes off and Ji-Sung Park comes on.63:06
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line to the near post, Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Rob Green.62:29
Foul by Jamie Mackie on Danny Rose, free kick awarded. Danny Rose takes the free kick.61:09
Craig Gardner challenges Armand Traore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Esteban Granero crosses the ball in from the free kick. Ryan Nelsen is caught offside. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.59:52
Foul by Sebastian Larsson on Esteban Granero, free kick awarded. Jose Bosingwa restarts play with the free kick.59:42
The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.58:55
Jamie Mackie challenges Stephane Sessegnon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Rose takes the direct free kick.57:37
Stephane Mbia produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.56:33
Craig Gardner crosses the ball. Steven Fletcher is ruled offside. Jose Bosingwa restarts play with the free kick.55:52
Shot from 30 yards by Phil Bardsley. Ryan Nelsen gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Johnson, Clint Hill manages to make a clearance.55:04
Samba Diakite gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Djibril Cisse.54:21
Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.54:21 Booking
Booking Samba Diakite goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.54:14
Free kick awarded for a foul by Samba Diakite on Danny Rose.53:23
Adel Taarabt produces a cross, save by Simon Mignolet.52:23
Adel Taarabt takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Djibril Cisse.50:12
Free kick taken by Esteban Granero.50:12 Booking
Booking Carlos Cuellar is shown a yellow card.50:02
Carlos Cuellar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Armand Traore.48:45
Esteban Granero takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.45:39
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Samba Diakite. Jack Colback takes the direct free kick.45:01
The second half kicks off.45:01 Substitution
Substitution (QPR) makes a substitution, with Rob Green coming on for Soares Julio Cesar.44:05
Corner from the left by-line taken by Adel Taarabt, Ryan Nelsen takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.41:03
Outswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson, Craig Gardner has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.40:45
Shot from 12 yards by Steven Fletcher. Soares Julio Cesar makes a brilliant save.40:38 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.37:16
Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a fantastic save. Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Clearance by Phil Bardsley.37:29
Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Matthew Kilgallon gets a block in.33:31
Phil Bardsley takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.32:29
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Bardsley on Adel Taarabt. Stephane Mbia takes the free kick.31:09
Djibril Cisse fouled by Danny Rose, the ref awards a free kick. Samba Diakite takes the free kick.30:48
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Jose Bosingwa gets a block in.27:57
Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, Phil Bardsley manages to make a clearance.27:41
Sebastian Larsson challenges Esteban Granero unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Adel Taarabt.26:29
Djibril Cisse takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.24:13
Samba Diakite challenges Danny Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Craig Gardner from the free kick, clearance made by Clint Hill.23:35
The ball is delivered by Samba Diakite.23:22
Armand Traore delivers the ball, Steven Fletcher makes a clearance.23:13
Short corner taken by Esteban Granero from the left by-line.23:04
A cross is delivered by Djibril Cisse, clearance by Phil Bardsley.21:31
Unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Adel Taarabt results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.20:47
Stephane Sessegnon produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.19:05
Foul by Djibril Cisse on Jack Colback, free kick awarded. Jack Colback restarts play with the free kick.18:30
Djibril Cisse produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.17:18
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Johnson, Jamie Mackie makes a clearance.16:12
Unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Samba Diakite results in a free kick. Adam Johnson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Soares Julio Cesar.14:57
The ball is delivered by Armand Traore, Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.13:26
Corner taken by Esteban Granero from the right by-line, clearance by Craig Gardner.13:16
Djibril Cisse takes a shot. Matthew Kilgallon gets a block in.12:29
Adam Johnson produces a cross, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.11:54
Corner taken right-footed by Esteban Granero, clearance made by Phil Bardsley.11:40
Curled right-footed shot by Djibril Cisse. Save by Simon Mignolet.10:17
Centre by Steven Fletcher, comfortable save by Soares Julio Cesar.9:32
Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson, save made by Soares Julio Cesar.9:21
Steven Fletcher delivers the ball, Stephane Mbia makes a clearance.8:15
Corner taken by Adel Taarabt from the left by-line to the near post, Craig Gardner makes a clearance.8:09
The ball is crossed by Armand Traore, clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.6:56
Free kick awarded for a foul by Samba Diakite on Steven Fletcher. Sebastian Larsson restarts play with the free kick.5:43 Substitution
Substitution Jack Colback joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lee Cattermole.3:54
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Nelsen on Steven Fletcher. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Craig Gardner.3:17
Adel Taarabt crosses the ball, Djibril Cisse takes a shot. Comfortable save by Simon Mignolet.1:49
The offside flag is raised against Craig Gardner. Indirect free kick taken by Soares Julio Cesar.0:30
Foul by Jamie Mackie on Danny Rose, free kick awarded. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.0:17
Jamie Mackie delivers the ball, clearance by Sebastian Larsson.0:00
The game begins.
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