Boss delighted with duo after draw with Norwich at Loftus Road.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp praised debutants Christopher Samba and Andros Townsend after the Hoops’ 0-0 home draw with Norwich.
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A club-record £12.5 million acquisition from Anzhi Makhachkala on transfer deadline day, former Blackburn Rovers centre-half Samba produced a typically imposing display to help QPR register a fourth clean sheet in five league games.
“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 percent fit. If that’s 40 percent, I don’t know what he’ll be like when he’s 100 percent. He was outstanding.”
Redknapp also hailed midfielder Andros Townsend, who was named man of the match and almost claimed a late winner with a 25-yard strike on his first appearance since signing on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
“Andros Townsend had an outstanding game,” Redknapp said.
“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.”
Redknapp saw Adel Taarabt have a 56th-minute penalty saved by Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn, but the QPR manager refused to criticise his Moroccan playmaker.
“That’s how it goes. Adel was outstanding again,” he said.
“It’s just one of those things. If we score, then we win the game, there’s no doubt.”
Reflecting on his side’s 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.”
However, the Hoops have confirmed that another new signing, Loic Remy, is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering a groin strain in training.
Norwich have now gone eight league games without victory but manager Chris Hughton said he was satisfied by his side’s display.
“From our point of view, it was a point well earned,” he said.
“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.”
However, the Hoops have confirmed that another new signings, Loic Remy, is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering a groin strain in training.
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