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Assistant manager Kevin Bond believes QPR are up for the battle as they bid to return to the Premier League at the first attempt, while Mark Robins praised Huddersfield's spirit.

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Kevin Bond (left): QPR are up for a promotion battle this season

Kevin Bond (left): QPR are up for a promotion battle this season

Sky Bet Championship title favourites Rangers had to come from behind to claim a point against Huddersfield after James Vaughan put the Terriers ahead after 35 minutes.

However, Junior Hoilett levelled three minutes later and Bond pointed to the character and commitment of the team.

Bond said: "A lot has been said about the spirit - or lack of it - last season.

"But you do get the sense around the dressing room that there is a better feel this season.

"The players are a much more resilient bunch who will fight for the cause."

Striker Vaughan, signed by Huddersfield from Norwich for £600,000 after a successful loan spell last term, put the home side ahead in the 35th minute.

Rangers hit back through Junior Hoilett three minutes later and had the best chances to win the game.

Charlie Austin, making his first league start after a £4million move from Burnley, headed against the bar and Town keeper Alex Smithies produced two great saves from Joey Barton and Shaun Wright-Phillips late on.

Bond, standing in for boss Harry Redknapp who is on crutches after a knee operation, said: "Harry will be disappointed because it's a game we should have won.

"On the balance of the chances we are disappointed. We conceded a goal when we weren't playing well but got back into it quickly afterwards.

"We will have to graft and knuckle down and fight this season, just as teams are going to fight against us. We know we have good players but it's going to be really tough. We edged the game but not the result."

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins praised Vaughan after his third goal in a week.

Vaughan, Town's 14-goal top scorer and Player of the Season last term, hit two against Bradford in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and Robins said: "He was a loan player last season and sometimes loan players get a bad press.

"But James is probably one of the best loan players any club has ever taken.

"In the summer he became our number one target and the key to what we were trying to do."

Vaughan finished with six stitches in an eye wound and Robins said: "He is a warrior. He does things that nobody else does.

"He wears his heart on his sleeve but he has blood all over his sleeve today. He put his head in where it hurts."

Robins said his side showed great spirit against a QPR side with quality all over the pitch.

"It was a poor goal to give away but apart from that I can't be too critical of the players," he said.

"We were not too spectacular but we are a work in progress. I believe we will get better and, ultimately, it is down to the players to have belief in their own ability to play the ball forward without launching it from back to front.

"It was a deserved point. Our goalkeeper stood firm and we got some good tackles in. We just fell a little short."

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