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Result: QPR, Norwich City share points

Queens Park Rangers draw 0-0 with Norwich City in an end-to-end Premier League clash at Loftus Road.

Queens Park Rangers and Norwich City drew 0-0 in a thrilling encounter at Loftus Road this afternoon.

New QPR signing Christopher Samba makes his debut against Norwich on February 2, 2013© PA Photos

The first effort of the game came from Adel Taarabt, who fired wide from 25 yards after two minutes.

The playmaker was involved once again on 11 minutes, dribbling past three Norwich defenders before dragging his shot just wide.

Taarabt continued to be the main threat for QPR and linked well with Shaun Wright-Phillips to set up Jamie Mackie, who could only scuff his shot wide.

The Canaries had their first real chance of the game after 23 minutes when Robert Snodgrass put a powerful header wide of the post.

Four minutes later, Norwich had another chance through Snodgrass, who this time met a Wes Hoolahan cross, but could only aim it straight at Julio Cesar.

Chris Hughton's side began to look much more likely to get a goal and had another opportunity when Grant Holt headed towards goal, though a combination of Cesar and a defensive clearance kept the striker out.

Wright-Phillips had a chance on 35 minutes after Taarabt picked him out, though Javier Garrido pressured the winger into slicing his finish wide.

Taarabt almost gave his side the lead just before half time when his corner clipped the bar.

Norwich worked the ball well to create a chance for Hoolahan, but an impressive save from Cesar kept the playmaker's effort out.

The home side had a chance to take the lead on 55 minutes when the referee awarded them a penalty. Mackie raced onto Garrido's backpass, forcing Mark Bunn to bring the forward down in the area.

Taarabt stepped up to take the spot kick and saw his low drive palmed away by Bunn.

Taarabt tried to make amends for his miss on 61 minutes, firing a long-range shot at goal, but Bunn was equal to it once more.

Norwich came close minutes later when Bradley Johnson's stinging effort was saved well by Cesar.

Christopher Samba had a headed effort cleared by Holt after 67 minutes as QPR pushed for the winner.

Snodgrass came close again for Norwich on 78 minutes, but his curling effort was tipped wide by Cesar.

Bobby Zamora almost gave QPR a late winner when he headed narrowly wide from a cross by Andros Townsend.

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QPR's Adel Taarabt celebrates his second goal against Fulham on December 15, 2012
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