Football - Redknapp revels in `bonus point'

QPR manager Harry Redknapp claimed his side's goalless draw against Manchester City comes as a bonus point as the Barclays Premier League champions failed to move to within two points of leaders Manchester United.

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Rangers remain bottom of the table despite taking points from Chelsea, Tottenham and now City in recent weeks and Redknapp's hard-work ethos appears to be keeping the west London club in the survival picture.

Pablo Zabaleta hit the bar for City as they toiled at a wet and windy Loftus Road whilst QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar made a handful of excellent saves to keep the scores level. Adel Taarabt and Loic Remy had mere glimpses of the City goal throughout the game but Redknapp was pleased to secure a much-needed point.

"Of course it is a bonus point, it is a great point," he said. "They rip teams to pieces home and away, you would take a point off them at any time. It is a fantastic result."

Ryan Nelsen played well in his last game for the club before he heads to Major League Soccer to take up his role as head coach of Toronto FC.

Fellow defender Anton Ferdinand has completed a loan move to Turkish outfit Bursaspor meaning strengthening at the back is becoming a priority for Redknapp before the window closes on Thursday night.

Rangers have been linked with a move for former Blackburn defender Christopher Samba, who is currently playing for Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia. Redknapp admitted he is an admirer of the Congo international but that all of the transfer dealings are now in the hands of the club's chairman Tony Fernandes.

"We are struggling a bit, we lose Ryan Nelsen now and I haven't got a replacement," he said. "We are desperately short. The chairman is dealing with it (Samba deal) I don't know where we are at with it.

"He (Fernandes) asked me about a week ago if I would be interested if he could get me Samba and I said of course, he is a fantastic competitor."

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