Sep 23 2012 By Yann Tear
Tottenham 2-1 QPR
BOBBY Zamora (pictured) found the net against his old club, but two goals in a minute undid Rangers at a rain-soaked White Hart Lane.
It was rough on Mark Hughes' men, who enjoyed some glittering passages of play and were particularly dominant in the first half.
Zamora's fourth goal of the season was the least they deserved for their industry and superior organisation.
But an own goal from one of the best performers on the pitch, Alejandro Faurlin, and a strike from Jermain Defoe, sent the Hoops back to west London pointless – and still searching for their first win.
Rangers were entitled to go in at half time very pleased with themselves.
Already deprived of the injured Anton Ferdinand, Fabio Da Silva and Armand Traore, the Rs were further handicapped with the game only two minutes old when Jose Bosingwa pulled up with a hamstring strain.
That meant an even more makeshift back four neeeded to be assembled, with Bosingwa's replacement Kieron Dyer detailed to the right and Nedum Onuoha switched to left back.
If that was supposed to herald waves of expectant home attacks, nobody told Hughes' men and it was they who carried the greater threat.
Twice the excellent Brad Friedel had to be alert to deny the Hoops in the opening quarter of an hour – tipping over a Clint Hill header at a corner, then making a spectacular one-handed save to keep out Junior Hoilett's stinging left foot volley.
It was no surprise when Zamora finally put the Rs in front – tucking home perfectly after 32 minutes after being picked out inside the area by Faurlin
So woeful were Spurs in that first half, with the tidy passing of Faurlin and Esteban Granero leading them a merry dance, it was hard to see them getting back into it.
But they were a different team after the break and a 30-yard drive from Clint Dempsey, which had Julio Cesar scrambling, sparked the home side into even greater efforts - and two quickfire goals to turn the game on its head.
First, half time sub Steven Caulker header a Gareth Bale corner back across the face of goal and the unlucky Faurlin, in trying to deny Jermain Defoe a touch, only succeeded in deflecting the ball into his own net.
And in the very next counter-attack, Defoe made it 2-1. Jan Vertonghen released Bale, charging up outside him, and although Cesar managed to deflect the Welshman's shot onto the crossbar, Defoe followed up to belt the ball home.
With Rangers now forced to chase the game, Spurs looked dangerous on the break, and twice Cesar had to work to prevent Bale from administering the coup de grace.
Djibril Cisse came on for Zamora and Jamie Mackie was also pitched in in a bid to save the game, but Rangers could not quite fashion an opening.
The nearest they came was when Vertonghen blocked the hard-working Hoilett in the area, and late on when Granero curled a low shot just wide.
Line-up: Cesar; Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Bosingwa (Dyer 2); Wright-Phillips (Mackie 77), Faurlin, Granero, Park; Hoilett, Zamora (Cisse 73). Subs not used: Green, Diakite, Derry, Ehmer.