Anton Ferdinand’s refusal to shake John Terry’s hand before kick-off threatened to overshadow a tightly contested game that could have swung either way had both sides shown a semblance of composure in front of goal.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side had won all three of their opening fixtures, with £32 million summer signing Eden Hazard leading the charge, whilst R’s boss Mark Hughes has endured a difficult opening to his first full season in charge.
Referee Andre Marriner denied the Blues two penalties in the early stages after Ryan Nelsen fought with Terry from a free kick before Shaun Wright-Phillips felled Hazard in the box.
Hughes’ decision to hand Julio Cesar his Rangers debut proved a shrewd one as the Brazilian goalkeeper kept out Hazard’s low drive after four minutes before preventing Fernando Torres from registering his third league goal of the campaign.
The European Champions found it increasingly difficult to breakdown a solid and structured home side as the half wore on although Petr Cech was only called into action once to beat away an fierce effort from Bobby Zamora. QPR stepped up their game after the break and should have gone ahead only for Cech to somehow keep out Park Ji-sung’s free header before Zamora spurned a glorious opportunity.
Jon Obi Mikel’s weak back pass was seized upon by Zamora only for Cech to delay the England striker who then saw his effort cleared off the line by Terry. Victor Moses then forced Cesar into another fine save on what was an impressive debut from the Chelsea winger as he also set up a glorious late chance for Hazard that the Belgian blazed well over from 1o-yards.