Oct 21, 2012 at 4pm UK at ​Loftus Road
QPRQueens Park Rangers
1-1
Everton
Baines (2' og.)
Diakité (67'), Granero (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
César (33' og.)
Pienaar (52')
Pienaar (61')

Phil Neville hails battling spirit at Everton

Phil Neville, Nikica Jelavic
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Everton captain Phil Neville thinks that his team showed their battling qualities for the first time this season to take a point away from Loftus Road.

Everton captain Phil Neville believes that his team showed a resilient streak to secure a hard-fought point against Queens Park Rangers today.

The Toffees played more than 30 minutes at a man disadvantage after Steven Pienaar was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Neville thinks that some spirited rearguard action in the closing stages proves that his team are able to grind out results under difficult circumstances.

He told Sky Sports News: "I think we can play better but I think today we showed other qualities.

"Today was always going to be a game where our centre-backs were so important, and the two centre-backs and two full-backs were rocks today.

"It's probably the first time this season we've really had to dig in and sacrifice a lot of our attacking play so we go into next week's derby full of confidence."

David Moyes's side move clear of Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place in the Premier League, ahead of next weekend's Merseyside derby.

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