Was aided by Gareth Bale’s first-half ineffectiveness but that will not detract from a solid and dependable performance.
Dealt comfortably with Jermain Defoe and marshalled his defense well throughout the game. Spurs' lack of invention played into his hands.
Was equal to Kyle Walker’s effective bursts down the right but offered little threat himself.
Though Spurs enjoyed the greater share of possession, their attacks often had little of their usual directness. The centre-half profited from another day Spurs failed to turn up at the races.
One of his quieter games though not to his detriment. Marshalled a QPR team that was full of spirit and resilience.
Scuffed an easy effort wide early on and otherwise found advanced positions on the ball extremely difficult to come by, except from his direct drives through the middle.
With Kyle Walker often bombing on and Sandro’s covering not always as diligent as it could have been, the winger often found himself in promising positions. Such space allowed him to drive at the Spurs defence, draw a foul and bend in the free-kick for the opener. Showed more intent to impress than for much of this season, until stupidly getting himself sent off with 10 minutes remaining.
As Tottenham’s passing machine clicked into gear, he often found himself over-run. That said, he provided a steady head in the middle of the park that helped his side deal with being constantly under the cosh.
A jinking run and flashed finish wide of the post gave the winger a bright start yet it was one from which he never really pushed on in a creative sense. Nevertheless put in a keen shift full of running
Physicality gave Ledley King issues from the off but, though he held the ball up well on occasion, offered little in terms of goal-threat.
Making his 300th consecutive Premier League appearance, the goalkeeper was rather shaky. Kicking was generally poor but he should probably be given the benefit of the doubt for Taarabt’s awkwardly-pitched free-kick.
Stayed on top of his job but momentary lapses in concentration sometimes awarded the opposition chances they didn't deserve. Looked ropey when being driven at by Samba Diakite.
His dynamism down the right was one of his side’s major assets, winning free-kicks in dangerous areas, but the full-back made a couple of back post defensive errors that counter-balanced his attacking thrust.
Quickly settled in to what looked like a tough afternoon against Jamie Mackie but did not step in enough to join in the play. Looked more at ease when Gareth Bale became a permanent fixture on the left flank.
A couple lax moments on the ball set the tone for a performance that felt uncertain throughout.
R. van der Vaart
Seemed unable to get on the ball in dangerous areas which forced him to drop into deeper and more fruitless positions.
Was tasked with sitting deep and to the right to account for Kyle Walker’s bursts down the flank. Withdrawn for Aaron Lennon at half-time as Spurs sought to adopt more of their usual identity.
Initiated most of what was good about Spurs with some intelligent ghosting forward and ball use but never really stamped his authority on the game.
Saw a lot of the ball though penetration looked difficult to attain against an opposition middle three who, for spells, looked content to sit deep. Uncharacteristically lost his rag as the game drew on.
Headed over from Paddy Kenny’s palm out with the goal gaping. Unable to offer the focal point usually given by Emmanuel Adebayor.
Roamed all over but struggled to provide a constant, or even flickering threat. Not a day he will remember.
- 23 C. Cudicini
- 36 B. Khumalo
- 51 A. Smith
Filled in for Benoit Assou-Ekotto in a like-for-like move.
Brought on at half-time to bring balance and shape to the side but struggled to bring much to an out-of-sorts Spurs. Rarely got on the ball.
- 29 J. Livermore
G. dos Santos
Added nothing to an already dire Spurs attack