LEAVE IT: Anton Ferdinand (left) refused to shake John Terry's hand (right)
THE WEST London derby between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea was always going to be about more than the result and it was just as well really becasue neither side offered much in the 0-0 draw served up at Loftus Road.
Once the 'will he or won't he' saga surrounding the pre-match handshake between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand was out of the way, the former West Ham defender choosing not to shake the hand of the former England captain, it was on with the business of securing three Premier League points.
Both sides huffed and puffed with little in the way of goalmouth action, although David Luiz will rue the free header he put over the bar midway through the first half which was probably the best chance for either side during that period.
The creativity which was distinctly lacking on the pitch was certainly made up for on the terraces as QPR supporters vented their spleen at Terry every time the Chelsea captain got the ball.
Some of the chants directed at Terry about his family were the type of unsavoury element in football which everyone would all like to see disappear. But in typical stalwart fashion the central defender soldiered on leading his team from the front.
Table-toppers Chelsea would have earmarked this game as three points but they rarely looked like getting the win. Up for the derby fight and resolute in the middle of the park, what the Blues lacked in creativity up fron they made up for with endeavour.
QPR matched their tempo however, showing the Loftus Road faithful that they had turned a corner following their season opening day horror show against Swansea which saw them turned over 5-0.
Still a way off from finding the kind of form that is going to see them have a much better season than last year, Mark Hughes' side were at least up for the fight against the champions of Europe.
In the middle of the park, QPR's Esteban Granero struck the perfect balance between positive and responsible play. He was complmented by Shaun Wright-Phillips who had a livley game on the flanks, both going forward and defensivley.
The home side's best chance however, fell to Bobby Zamora in the 75th minute. A sloppy back pass from John Obi Mikel put Zamora through one on one with the goal keeper only for the striker to round Petr Cech and shoot into a wall of Chelsea defenders.
The Blues were lucky to survive that lapse in concentration but it would have been a harsh goal to concede.
The fact both teams ended up with a different stike force than the one they started with suggests that the managers understood where things were going wrong. It's a sudden moment of brilliance that normally turns games like this one and but for a few fleeting moments neither side were willing to succumb to the other.
The headlines prior were all about Terry and Ferdinand, neither had any memorable impact on the game which, after all is said and done, was probably a good thing.