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Mancini: Two points dropped?

Mancini: Two points dropped?

Manchester City handed the impetus to Premier League title rivals Manchester United as they played out a goalless draw against basement club QPR at Loftus Road on Tuesday evening.

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The Citizens had entered the tie trailing leaders United by seven points, but allowed the Red Devils the chance to extend that gap to nine when they take on Southampton at Old Trafford on Wednesday after failing to find a way past the relegation threatened Rangers.

The U's, though, will take plenty of positives after holding the defending champions, although the solitary point still leaves them three behind second-last Reading, who are also in action against an out-of-sorts Chelsea on Wednesday.

The visitors, who were without the AC Milan-bound Mario Balotelli for the trip to West London, had nearly 70 per cent of possession throughout the game and almost opened the scoring in the first-half when Pablo Zabaleta's header came back off the crossbar.

Gareth Barry also came close for Roberto Mancini's side but his curling shot from 18-yards was saved spectacularly by QPR stopper Julio Cesar, while Joleon Lescott fired over from close range.

Ryan Nelsen, playing his last game for Rangers before taking over at MLS side Toronto FC, was formidable at the heart of the home side's defence and the performance highlighted how big a blow his departure is for Harry Redknapp.

The R's best chance fell to new signing Loic Remy in the second half when his shot from 18-yards deflected wickedly over the crossbar following good work from Adel Taarabt.

Sergio Aguero wasted a golden opportunity when he lashed a shot over from 10-yards and QPR had Cesar to thank in the final minutes when he pulled off a magnificent reflex save to deny David Silva from close range.

Posted: 29/01/13 21:36

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