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QPR
QPR
3 vs 2
Played
March 22, 2012 1:30 AM IST
Loftus Road Stadium — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 18033‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: QPR 3-2 Liverpool

Jamie Mackie scores a late winner as the Hoops' stunning comeback from two goals down lifts them clear of the relegation zone and all but ends the Reds' Champions League ambitions

By Wayne Veysey at Loftus Road

  • Paddy Kenny
    6
    0
    3.50

    Paddy Kenny

    Kept his team in the game when they were completely over-run with a string of fine reflex saves.

  • Armand Traoré
    4
    1
    3.50

    Armand Traoré

    Impressive display by the Frenchman as he justified his manager's continued faith in him.

  • Luke Young
    1
    2
    3.00

    Luke Young

    Tenacious display by the right-back, who defended solidly and supported the attacks with zeal and commitment.

  • Anton Ferdinand
    0
    3
    3.00

    Anton Ferdinand

    Made an excellent last-ditch tackle on Downing early on to set the tone for a committed dislplay in the face of wave after wave of red attacks.

  • Nedum Onuoha
    1
    2
    3.00

    Nedum Onuoha

    Just about kept his head above water in the face of wave after wave of red attacks.

  • Samba Diakité
    2
    1
    3.00

    Samba Diakité

    Gut suckered into some poor positions by Liverpool's early enterprise but eventually found his feet and demonstrated that he is more than a midfield security guard with some fine touches and runs.

  • Shaun Derry
    1
    2
    3.00

    Shaun Derry

    Trapped in a Liverpool-generated hurricane in the first half-hour but never gave up and showed his desire by jumping between Carragher and Henderson to begin his team's fightback with a fine header.

  • Adel Taarabt
    6
    0
    3.50

    Adel Taarabt

    Flitted in and out of the game before becoming the inspiration behind QPR's fightback with a series of confident runs late on.

  • Joey Barton
    3
    1
    2.50

    Joey Barton

    The king of social media offered little in the way of princely action with some hit-and-miss distribution from his right flank station. Booed by a signifcant section of the home fans when he was subbed.

  • Djibril Cissé
    3
    2
    3.50

    Djibril Cissé

    The whole stadium could feel the anguish of the Frenchman when two blistering drives went narrowly wide of the goal in the first half but everyone could feel his joy when the ex-Red stole a yard and emphatically headed in the equaliser.

  • B. Zamora
    2
    1
    3.00

    B. Zamora

    Held the ball up well and provided a focal point to the home team's attacks, particularly late on.

Substitutions

  • Taye Taiwo
    2
    1
    3.00

    Taye Taiwo

    Inches from pulling a goal back with a bombastic free-kick.

  • Jamie Mackie
    4
    1
    3.50

    Jamie Mackie

    Kept his cool to slide in the winner with wonderful precision in added time.

  • Pepe Reina
    8
    7
    2.50

    Pepe Reina

    Commanding enough for an hour but did not look like saving any of QPR's late goals.

  • José Enrique
    5
    9
    2.50

    José Enrique Flop of the Match

    Has barely had a rest this season, and it is starting to show. The Spaniard fell short of the high standards he set in the first half of the campaign with some mixed decision-making and distribution, and his woeful attempted clearance late on allowed Mackie through on goal to score the winner.

  • Jamie Carragher
    8
    6
    3.00

    Jamie Carragher

    Never stopped ear-wagging his team-mates or referee Howard Webb as he urged Liverpool on, firstly from centre-back and then when he moved across to right-back following Kelly's departure. Will be apoplectic that Derry squeezed between him and Henderson to head the first QPR goal.

  • Martin Kelly
    7
    6
    3.00

    Martin Kelly

    A solid half-hour for Liverpool's impressive right-back before he was forced off by injury.

  • Martin Skrtel
    8
    4
    2.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Dominant for 70 minutes but fell asleep late on when Cisse stole a yard and headed in the equaliser, should have done more to stop the ball getting to Mackie late on.

  • Steven Gerrard
    27
    2
    4.00

    Steven Gerrard Top of the Match

    All-round excellence from the Reds' talisman, who began on the right of a midfield three before switching into the centre after Adam's substituion. He was equally dominating in both roles.

  • Stewart Downing
    9
    7
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Began like a house on fire as he linked brilliantly with Suarez and Gerrard but flickered only intermittenly thereafter.

  • Jay Spearing
    8
    6
    3.00

    Jay Spearing

    Tenacious performance from the academy graduate, he guarded the Liverpool defence like a bull terrier and never stopped snapping at the heels of his opponents.

  • Charlie Adam
    4
    9
    3.00

    Charlie Adam

    There were some nice touches from the Scot in central midfield after being recalled to the team but the game also passed him by a little before injury prompted his withdrawal at half-time.

  • Luis Suárez
    6
    8
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Excellent outside of the box, but not so lethal in it. His link-up play with Liverpool's attacking midfielders was superb and he played a crucial role in the second goal when he wriggled away from two defenders and sent a drive against the post.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    7
    3
    3.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    Got in some great positions across the front line but his touch let him down too often looked to have sealed a comfortable win for the Reds before the home side's miraculous recovery.

Substitutions

  • Sebastián Coates
    23
    2
    3.50

    Sebastián Coates

    Filled in capably enough at centre-back until the late fightback after replacing the injured Kelly but it was with a truly sensational scissor kick that his contribution will be remembered. Great imagination, stunning technique and even better connection. Not bad for a substitute stopper.

  • Jordan Henderson
    5
    10
    2.50

    Jordan Henderson

    Looked a little lost on the right after replacing Adam at half-time. Embarrasingly allowed Derry to wriggle in front of him for QPR's first goal.

  • Andy Carroll
    3
    7
    0.00

    Andy Carroll

    Replaced Suarez late on to little effect.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
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20 0
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Midfielder
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18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0