New signings Andros Townsend and Christopher Samba offered an upbeat assessment of QPR's hopes of avoiding relegation despite being frustrated to only emerge with a goalless draw from today's Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich.
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The hosts largely bossed the contest at Loftus Road and were left to rue a missed penalty in the second half as Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn guessed right to keep out Adel Taarabt's spot-kick.
Townsend, on loan from Tottenham, made his debut in the heart of the Rs' midfield and turned in a man-of-the-match display, and felt that if the performance levels hold Harry Redknapp's men will pull themselves away from the foot of the table.
"I think we did enough to win the game, created the better chances, but you could see out there how well we played and we'll take that into the next few games," Townsend told Sky Sports 2.
"We've got massive quality. I think the signs are positive for the rest of the season."
Samba arrived in a club-record deal from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and made the starting XI today despite not having played since November due to the winter break in the Russian league.
The former Blackburn man admitted it was a shock to the system to return to the pace of the English game, and was frustrated not to pick up the three points today.
"It's very much more an intensive style of play than it was in Russia," said Samba.
"I'm obviously satisfied with the clean sheet, but very, very disappointed with the draw.
"For us there was nothing for it but a win to be back with the pack. We're really disappointed.
"We played very well, so we hope that will be enough to remain in the league.
"I think we'd done enough to win the game and we've been unfortunate with the penalty."
Rs boss Redknapp confirmed after the match that January signing Loic Remy missed the game with a torn groin muscle suffered in training, but at least had the comfort of witnessing impressive debuts by several of his new signings, with Jermaine Jenas also introduced as a second-half substitute.
"Chris Samba was fantastic today," Redknapp said.
"He's not played since November. We asked him how he was and he said he was about 40 per cent fit. If that's 40 per cent, I don't know what he'll be like when he's 100 per cent.
"He was outstanding."
Redknapp added: "Andros Townsend had an outstanding game.
"People keep talking about big money - I think he's on about £3,000 a week. I think we'll get good value out of him. Absolutely brilliant today. Never stopped working.
"He's a young player with a big future."
Reflecting on the team performance, he added: "I couldn't have asked for more. We just needed a break.
"They gave everything. We just need to turn draws into wins and you don't get a better opportunity than we had today.
"We're unbeaten since the turn of the year so we've just got to keep going."
Asked about Taarabt's penalty miss, he said: "That's how it goes. Adel was outstanding again. It's just one of those things. If we score, then we win the game, there's no doubt."
Norwich boss Chris Hughton said: "From our point of view it was a point well earned.
"I know we've had to save a penalty but I think on the balance of play, and being away from home, then most definitely it was well deserved.
"Any point away from home in the Barclays Premier League is a big point, and these are a team that are striving to get away from that bottom three and they've bought very, very well."