Richard Dunne praises fans after QPR's 2-2 draw with Manchester City

The central defender believes that the QPR squad are ‘feeding off’ the Loftus Road support.

Dunne put in a top class performance on Saturday, as the R’s claimed a surprise 2-2 draw at home to struggling Manchester City.

Charlie Austin netted the opening strike for the West London club - having had two earlier attempts chalked off - before Sergio Aguero equalised for City. It was Aguero who once again levelled the tie in the last 10 minutes, after a Martin Demichelis own goal had give Harry Redknapp hopes of a third league victory this season.

Despite losing the lead, QPR have claimed one point from six in tough ties with Chelsea and City, and there have been visible improvements from the opening stages of the season, and they look a different side to the one that lost 2-0 at West Ham at the opening of October - the undoubted nadir of their campaign.

Whilst calls for Harry Redknapp’s dismissal had circled around Loftus Road in recent weeks, the 67-year-old coach has remained in charge, and the improved performances have set the club up to kick-start their season when the Premier League returns after the impending international break, whilst also rewarding the coach with the backing of the R’s faithful, and 35-year-old Dunne believes that the support of the crowd has been a key factor in their improvement over the last few weeks.

Speaking to the official QPR website, Dunne expressed his belief that the fans are responding to the team, which in turn is giving the players a boost during games.

He said: “It was an exciting game and the fans are responding to how we’re playing. Likewise, we’re feeding off their support.”

The R’s fans have to wait a fortnight before they can see their team in action again, with the international break stopping Premier League action until November 22. However, Dunne is thankful for the break, with the high-intensity football played taking its toll on the first-team squad.

He added: “It’s been a tough week with games against Chelsea and Man City, but we gave them both a good run and we have to take confidence from that. The break has come at the right time, it gives us the chance to have a bit of a rest.”

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