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Difficult game - Andre

Posted on 12 January 2013  - 20:22

Andre Villas-Boas felt an early goal would have made all the difference after it ended goalless at QPR on Saturday.

It looked like we were heading for that key opener inside six minutes only to be denied by a magnificent double save from Julio Cesar.

Jermain Defoe’s 20-yarder was destined for the top corner before Cesar tipped it onto the post and the goalkeeper was up in time to save Emmanuel Adebayor’s follow up effort from point-blank range.

Cesar later showed the reactions that have kept him at the top of the game for so long when he managed to turn away Jermain’s deflected shot in the second half.

That was the difference in a game of few chances with a shot count of 15-4 in our favour at Loftus Road.

"It was a difficult game," said Andre. "We created a couple of good chances and we told the players that it was important to score early.

"That was the only way we were going to bring QPR out a little more.

"We had a couple of good chances at the beginning of the first half and then the start of the second half, but maybe not so much clear-cut chances as we normally do.

"As I said, it was a difficult game, difficult conditions and not as good as we wanted, but a point away from home is always positive."

The draw stretched our current run to one defeat in 10 in the Premier League, including seven wins, stretching back to November and we sit fourth after Saturday's fixtures.

Ade in disbelief after Cesar's save