A four point haul from two tough games in three days is not to be sniffed at, and only the most optimistic of Terriers fans would have refused if offered that outcome by Santa on Christmas Eve.

Plenty would have hastily offered an extra mince pie before he changed his mind.

And yet, the wait for a first league win at Loftus Road goes on after the 1-1 draw with QPR on Monday afternoon , and it felt as if the Terriers might have missed their best chance to change that unwanted statistic.

At first glance, the numbers look remarkably similar, with the superb free kick from Nahki Wells ensuring justice was served and the points shared.

The Terriers had the vast majority of the ball - 62.9% of possession was Town's, and yet they struggled to create too many more clear cut chances than their QPR counterparts. Both teams had 11 shots on goal with eight of those on each side coming from outside the area.

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Although Town got four of their efforts on target compared with two from Rangers, Joe Murphy pulled off a brilliant stop to deny Matty Phillips - deployed as a rather unorthodox central striker in the absence of main man Charlie Austin - before Rangers did take the lead through Sebastian Polter on the 80th minute.

When going nose-to-nose, the figures also tallied - Rangers just edging it in terms of individual duels, winning 50.4%, a number which rose slightly to 53.2% for aerial duels. In fact, each team conceded ten fouls in the 90 minutes, although only Town duo Emyr Huws and Mark Hudson had their names taken by the referee.

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And yet.

This was a much better display from Wagner's charges than the one turned in at Brentford on their last visit to the capital two weeks' ago, and the lingering feeling was one of missed opportunities, especially after the opening 45 minutes.

The home fans were booing at half time with the scores locked at 0-0 after watching their team look bereft of attacking impetus in the absence of top scorer Austin. Phillips' effort after 38 minutes was some way off target and received ironic cheers from the Rs support as one of the first real forays forward since a succession of corners inside the first five minutes.

One of the reasons the Terriers saw so much of the ball was their passing was far more accurate than their hosts. A total of 78.1% of Town's passes found their target, while on the other side QPR could only reach a teammate 54.5% of the time.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink commented on how good Town were in the opening 45 minutes and yet they were unable to make their advantage pay.

They also had two of the game's top performers in Jonathan Hogg and Nahki Wells. Fresh from his sparkling display against Preston on Boxing Day, Wells picked up where he left off and rescued a vital point, but the contribution of Hogg in central midfield should not have gone unnoticed.

Hogg won a magnificent 87.5% of his individual duels, made seven tackles, two clearances and five interceptions as he stood guard in front of the back line.

He also had 83% passing accuracy as he sought to avert danger, win the ball and keep it.

The character Town showed to level the scores after being hit with the 80th minute sucker punch is to be commended and a visit to Loftus Road always looked a tough ask to take on a team with considerable financial clout 46 hours after the final whistle blew on the game with Preston.

However, Wagner's men controlled large portions of Monday's game and can feel aggrieved that they let two points go begging.