Goal.com - Home

thumbnail Hello,
 
Played
November 5, 2011 5:30 PM GMT
Loftus Road Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 18076‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: QPR 2-3 Manchester City

City extend their winning streak to eight matches to preserve a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League, but not before being pushed all the way by a plucky QPR side

By Liam Twomey at Loftus Road

  • Paddy Kenny
    17
    5
    3.00

    Paddy Kenny

    Made several good saves to deny City’s formidable attack, and was powerless to stop any of City’s three goals.

  • Danny Gabbidon
    11
    7
    3.00

    Danny Gabbidon

    Looked reasonably composed in the first half, much less so in the second as the City machine began to click into gear.

  • Anton Ferdinand
    10
    11
    2.50

    Anton Ferdinand

    Committed himself too easily in the build-up to Dzeko’s equaliser, and generally looked a little flustered by City’s superstar attack.

  • Armand Traoré
    10
    9
    3.00

    Armand Traoré

    Positionally suspect, but provided a great cross for Helguson’s equaliser. Replaced in injury time.

  • Luke Young
    10
    17
    2.00

    Luke Young Flop of the Match

    Offered his side little going forward, and his poor defensive positioning was demonstrated by the fact that all three of City’s goals came from his flank.

  • Alejandro Faurlin
    22
    5
    3.50

    Alejandro Faurlin

    Less obviously impressive than midfield partner Barton, but economical and sensible in his use of the ball nonetheless.

  • Joey Barton
    31
    5
    3.50

    Joey Barton

    At the heart of almost everything QPR created. His deliveries from set-plays were usually top-drawer, notably for Bothroyd’s opener, and provided his team’s biggest goal threat.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    18
    5
    3.00

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    Posed a consistent threat cutting in from the left flank, but his attempts to shoot were too often snuffed out by the City defence.

  • Jamie Mackie
    11
    7
    3.00

    Jamie Mackie

    Put in an honest shift on the right without exerting too much influence on proceedings. Replaced by Tommy Smith late on.

  • Heidar Helgusson
    46
    4
    3.50

    Heidar Helgusson

    His energy galvanised a QPR frontline struggling for goals, and his aerial ability caused City’s defence problems all day. Deserved his slightly fortuitous goal.

  • Jay Bothroyd
    19
    5
    3.50

    Jay Bothroyd

    Took his goal exceptionally well, and unlucky another of his powerful headers found only the post. Replaced by Puncheon with just over 10 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Clint Hill
    9
    3
    0.00

    Clint Hill

    On in the dying moments, with no time to do anything.

  • Jason Puncheon
    6
    4
    0.00

    Jason Puncheon

    Came with 10 minutes left, but failed to make any real impact.

  • Tommy Smith
    9
    2
    0.00

    Tommy Smith

    His cameo was too brief for him to make any difference to the outcome.

  • Joe Hart
    44
    7
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Made a couple of excellent saves to deny Barton and commanded his area well. Let down by his defenders for both goals.

  • Joleon Lescott
    37
    12
    3.50

    Joleon Lescott

    Continued his decent run of form in the absence of regular partner Kompany. Calm whenever faced with QPR pressure, making a couple of vital interceptions for his side.

  • Stefan Savic
    41
    50
    3.00

    Stefan Savic

    Impressive on his first Premier League start. Snuffed out danger whenever required, and distributed the ball well. His positioning for Helguson’s equaliser is open to question, however.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    49
    16
    3.00

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Accomplished as ever on the ball, but doubts persist about his defensive capabilities. Looked a little out of his depth in the face of QPR’s bright start, but provided a brilliant cross for his side’s third goal.

  • Micah Richards
    30
    19
    3.00

    Micah Richards

    A powerful presence at right-back, and it is to his credit that most of QPR’s best chances resulted from forays down the opposite flank. Caught out of position for Helguson’s equaliser though.

  • Gareth Barry
    29
    18
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    Not as spectacular as some of his team-mates, but did the simple things well in midfield. Replaced by Balotelli with around 10 minutes left as City looked to kill the game.

  • Yaya Touré
    66
    11
    3.50

    Yaya Touré

    Utilised in a deeper role than against Villarreal in midweek, he exhibited less of the driving runs which characterised that display, but still managed to remind us of his dominating presence with a towering header.

  • David Silva
    92
    12
    3.50

    David Silva

    Anonymous in the first half, but began to sparkle after the interval, taking his goal with trademark class and precision.

  • James Milner
    60
    22
    3.50

    James Milner

    Once again showcased his unique blend of athleticism and guile, and his assist for Dzeko’s equalizer was magnificent.

  • Edin Dzeko
    171
    17
    3.50

    Edin Dzeko

    After a poor start, he appeared inspired by his brilliantly taken leveler, and remained a real threat throughout the second half until his withdrawal in the last few minutes.

  • Sergio Agüero
    54
    40
    3.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Starved of service in the first half, he began to find the gaps in the second. Unlucky not to find the net with a low drive which clipped the post, and replaced with just over 20 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Kolo Toure
    27
    10
    0.00

    Kolo Toure

    Brought on late to shore up City's backline, he did his job.

  • Adam Johnson
    28
    14
    3.00

    Adam Johnson

    Played the whole last 20 minutes without making any real difference.

  • Mario Balotelli
    31
    53
    2.50

    Mario Balotelli

    His only contribution was to be booked for an awful dive in the QPR box.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0