Looked reasonably composed in the first half, much less so in the second as the City machine began to click into gear.
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.
Positionally suspect, but provided a great cross for Helguson’s equaliser. Replaced in injury time.
Committed himself too easily in the build-up to Dzeko’s equaliser, and generally looked a little flustered by City’s superstar attack.
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.
Less obviously impressive than midfield partner Barton, but economical and sensible in his use of the ball nonetheless.
Posed a consistent threat cutting in from the left flank, but his attempts to shoot were too often snuffed out by the City defence.
Put in an honest shift on the right without exerting too much influence on proceedings. Replaced by Tommy Smith late on.
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.
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.
Made a couple of excellent saves to deny Barton and commanded his area well. Let down by his defenders for both goals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anonymous in the first half, but began to sparkle after the interval, taking his goal with trademark class and precision.
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.
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.
Once again showcased his unique blend of athleticism and guile, and his assist for Dzeko’s equalizer was magnificent.
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.
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.