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Struggling QPR hold Spurs in Redknapp reunion

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknap, left, greets Tottenham Hotspur's manager Andre Villas-Boas before their English Premier League soccer match at Loftus Road in London on Saturday.

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Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp had to be content with a point in his first game against former club Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at Loftus Road lifting the strugglers off the foot of the Premier League.

A point moved Rangers up one place to 19th, although they will sink back again if Reading take a point at home to West Bromwich Albion in a 1500 kickoff.

The lunchtime kickoff lacked spark and creativity with third-placed Spurs stifled for long periods, although Rangers keeper Julio Cesar made smart saves in either half to deny Jermain Defoe.

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Redknapp was sacked by Spurs in June after almost four years in charge at White Hart Lane where he took the club to the Champions League for the first time.

Six other matches are due to kick off  later on Saturday, including fourth-placed Chelsea's visit to Stoke City.

Leaders Manchester United host fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday before second-placed Manchester City, seven points behind Alex Ferguson's side, complete the weekend programme at Arsenal (1600).

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