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Warnock: Row no distraction

QPR manager Neil Warnock insists his squad will not be distracted by the investigation into the race row involving defender Anton Ferdinand (pictured right).

The English Football Association has launched an investigation into claims that John Terry racially abused Ferdinand during QPR's 1-0 derby win over Chelsea at Loftus Road earlier this month.

The allegation, which Terry denies, has been the subject of intense media scrutiny and there will be no let-up in the interest surrounding the saga as the FA continue their investigation into what went on between the two defenders.

Despite the off-the-field interest in him, Ferdinand took to the field yesterday at Tottenham and received huge praise from Warnock, even though his team went down 3-1, thanks to a brace from Gareth Bale and a goal from Rafael van der Vaart. Regardless of how much attention the story gets in the media, Warnock insisted Ferdinand's work, and that of his squad in general, will not suffer.

"Will it (the investigation) affect the team? Not at all," he said.

"I don't think it affected Anton. He was absolutely magnificent."

Bale opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a sweet drive, before van der Vaart scored his fourth goal in three games.

Jay Bothroyd pulled one back for Rangers, before Bale curled the ball past Paddy Kenny to put the result beyond doubt.

Tottenham are now unbeaten in seven and will remain level on points with fourth-placed Newcastle if the Magpies lose at Stoke tonight.

Manager Harry Redknapp was happy with his team's performance.

"In the first half we were fantastic," he said.

"The way that we shifted the ball around, the movement was great, but it's a long season -- I don't look at the league table that much at the moment.

I said don't write Arsenal off a few weeks ago and they had an amazing game against Chelsea."