QPR hold Spurs, Chelsea gallop to 4-0 win vs Stoke
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Tottenham failed to find its attacking spark in a drab 0-0 draw at last-place Queens Park Rangers in the English Premier League on Saturday, opening the door for its rivals in the fight for the Champions League places. Harry Redknapp, returning to the club he formerly managed, couldn't pull off the upset he managed when his lowly QPR side beat European Champions Chelsea recently.
Jermain Defoe had a sixth-minute shot tipped onto the post by QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who also saved well from the England striker early in the second half in the best chances at Loftus Road.
Otherwise, Spurs lacked the guile to break down a resilient defensive effort by the hosts, satisfying QPR manager Harry Redknapp in a match against the club that fired him last summer.
QPR remains deep in relegation trouble with 16 matches left, still five points adrift of safety. But after this result and the 1-0 win at Chelsea last time out, the London club at least looks to be heading in the right direction under Redknapp after its dreadful start to the season under former manager Mark Hughes.
Tottenham lost Brazil midfielder Sandro to a knee injury in the 24th minute and saw striker Emmanuel Adebayor play his last match before heading to the African Nations Cup with Togo.
Jonathan Walters scored two own goals Saturday as Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 to emphatically end the host's unbeaten home record in the Premier League. The unfortunate Walters planted two headers into his own net when trying to clear the ball to give Chelsea a 2-0 lead by the 63rd minute. Frank Lampard then added a penalty in the 66th to move into sole possession of second place on the club's all-time scoring list, before Eden Hazard finished off the rout with a swerving long-range strike in the 73rd.