Rarely tested by an utterly toothless QPR, he did the little he was required to do with a minimum of fuss. Powerless to prevent Austin's brilliant equaliser.
Kranjcar gave him few problems and he never passed up an opportunity to create an attacking overlap with Tadic, though his crossing was inconsistent.
Held his own in the air and kept the ball circulating on the floor with solid and sensible passes.
A threat in the opposition box without scoring and it took a sensational strike from Austin to beat him.
Defended well against Phillips and left him for dead to score the opener, with a bit of help from Green.
Brimming with pace and trickery all game - if his first touch was occasionally a source of frustration - and created the opening goal with a brilliant backheel. Replaced by Long on 68 minutes.
The most attacking presence in the Southampton midfield in the absence of the injured Ward-Prowse, he played well but missed a good chance to score when he drove forward and fired wide from close range in the first half.
Played a key role in Southampton's dominance of possession with his intelligent passing and was unlucky to see a 25-yard curler parried onto the post by Green.
Gave away too many silly fouls in the first half, more restrained in the second and his team felt the benefit.
Missed a couple of presentable chances but kept moving into dangerous positions and scored a sensational overhead kick to put his team back in front less than two minutes after Austin's brlliant equaliser.
Less effective on the right than in previous matches on the left - his tendency to cut inside made him a little too predictable - but struck a post in the first half and was always a threat. Missed another decent chance in the dying minutes.
The post saved him from Tadic's deflected effort and both Pelle and Schneiderlin shot wide when they should have tested him in the first half. Should have done much better with Bertrand's opener in the second but made one excellent stop from Tadic soon afterwards.
Was never beaten down the line but Tadic almost always wanted to cut inside anyway. Offered nothing going forward.
Almost deflected Tadic's shot beyond Green but was saved by the post. Would have been unlucky to see it go in on an afternoon that yielded an improved display. Beaten by a team-mate's mistake and a moment of brilliance.
Marshalled a pretty effective offside trap and was only exposed by Pelle running in behind once. A solid performance - could do nothing about either goal.
Spent most of his time on the defensive, pinned back by the tricky Tadic and overlapping Clyne.
Occasionally troubled by Mane's pace and trickery but the Senegal international's inconsistency on the ball let him off the hook. Otherwise did okay.
Had no time to make any kind of impact before a clash with Mane resulted in him being taken off - an all-too-familiar sight these days. Can he ever stay healthy for long enough to contribute in the Premier League?
Given a purely destructive remit, he couldn't stop Southampton dominating possession and eventually breaking the deadlock through Bertrand.
Composed on the ball but QPR's defensive gameplan meant he never had the passing options required to get his team moving forward. Crashed a superb free-kick off Forster's crossbar in a tense second half.
Linked the play well whenever QPR got it far enough up the pitch. This was never going to be the kind of game that would allow him to shine but he still managed to set Austin up for a short-lived equaliser.
Fired QPR's only half-chance several yards wide from a tight angle in the first half and was generally a glorified spectator, woefully starved of service. Capped QPR's best spell with a brilliant equaliser though, plucking a Vargas cross out of the air, swivelling and volleying the ball past Forster all in one balletic spinning movement.
Came on for Sandro just 11 minutes in but could not prevent Southampton utterly dominating possession.
Came on for Vargas on 77 minutes but couldn't find an equaliser for his team.
Replaced the ineffective Phillips on 58 minutes and made a difference, with his diagonal run feeding the ball to Vargas in the build-up to Austin's equaliser.