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3 vs 1
QPR
QPR
Played
October 30, 2011 12:00 PM EDT
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 36147‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 3-1 QPR

Majestic first-half showing from the hosts as Scott Parker, Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart all excel in performance that revealed QPR’s shortcomings.

By Josh Clarke

  • Brad Friedel
    23
    0
    3.50

    Brad Friedel

    Rarely, if ever threatened in the first half. Giant shift in QPR’s attitude made his second half a bit more involved, but he came out on top of most challenges posed.

  • Ledley King
    30
    0
    3.50

    Ledley King

    Bagged himself an inadvertent assist after his skewed shot was controlled and rifled in by Van der Vaart. Typical King stuff – with a sturdy performance at the back that allowed his team to ebb forward in confidence.

  • Younes Kaboul
    27
    2
    3.50

    Younes Kaboul

    After a first half of pure coasting, the introduction of Mackie and Bothroyd in the second half made his second half slightly more interesting. Nevertheless, a dominant display.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    28
    5
    3.00

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Defended well one on one and allowed Bale to terrorize QPR down its side. Was caught napping when Bothroyd reacted first to nod in for the visitors.

  • Kyle Walker
    28
    2
    3.50

    Kyle Walker

    Another strong performance from the right back in which he negated the threat of Wright-Phillips. Robust display that showed the right back has no identifiable weakness in his game.

  • Luka Modric
    70
    3
    4.00

    Luka Modric

    Desperately unlucky not to score with an outrageous volley from a training ground corner. Coasted through the game in cruise control.

  • Scott Parker
    67
    3
    4.50

    Scott Parker

    Ran the game with a dominant display that was full of craft. Set the tone for Spurs’ first half masterclass and rolled his sleeves up when the tide and threatened to turn in the second. Top stuff.

  • Gareth Bale
    68
    3
    4.50

    Gareth Bale Top of the Match

    Typical finish opened the Spurs account and provided food for thought the entire game. Beautiful exchanges with Lennon on the edge of the box, followed by a curled finish into the top corner won the game for his side.

  • Aaron Lennon
    34
    2
    4.00

    Aaron Lennon

    Assist intelligent running in off the line made Traore’s day an absolute nightmare. Probed well and was inquisitive all game.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    55
    2
    4.00

    Rafael van der Vaart

    Was in the thick of things from the off and was fully deserving of equally Spurs’ record for consecutive Premier League games scored in. The sense of fear from the visitors every time he was on the ball was tangible.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    34
    9
    3.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Will be disappointed not to have bagged himself a couple after being presented with chances left,right and center. Was an inventive spearhead for a very attack-minded Spurs, with QPR struggling to defend against him effectively.

Substitutions

  • Sandro
    18
    1
    3.00

    Sandro

    Brought on late in the affair to give Parker the standing ovation he deserved. Game was grinding to a halt by the time he was introduced.

  • Paddy Kenny
    24
    5
    4.00

    Paddy Kenny

    Made a fantastic save early on in both halves to deny Van der Vaart and after constantly being tested, made a number of excellent stops to keep his team in it.

  • Anton Ferdinand
    5
    5
    3.00

    Anton Ferdinand

    Awkward figure of Adebayor combined with Van der Vaart dropping deep caused him all manner of difficulties. Won little in the air, with that particular lack of dominance early on in the game seeping into the rest of his all-around performance.

  • Fitz Hall
    2
    7
    3.00

    Fitz Hall

    Limped off after five minutes or so. Will probably be glad after witnessing the rest of the game.

  • Armand Traoré
    3
    6
    3.00

    Armand Traoré

    Was made to look distinctly average by Lennon’s menacing probing down the right flank.

  • Luke Young
    3
    5
    2.50

    Luke Young

    Appeared pedestrian up against Bale and was often caught out by raids down his flank. Definitely one to forget from the right back.

  • Shaun Derry
    3
    5
    2.50

    Shaun Derry

    Completely over-ran in the middle of the park as the hosts streamed forward in never-ending fashion. Was sacrificed in Warnock’s double change during the interval.

  • Alejandro Faurlin
    4
    5
    3.00

    Alejandro Faurlin

    Really seemed that there was nothing he could do to step in and affect the game. Was AWOL far too often in the first half, though perked up in the second once Taarabt was removed.

  • Joey Barton
    6
    6
    3.00

    Joey Barton

    Quiet, almost silent by his standards. QPR could have done with some of his antics in the first half, though the captain was totally outshone by counterpart Parker.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    7
    7
    3.00

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    Was the feeling that his pace could have provided his side with some much-needed relief yet the winger was rarely used.

  • Adel Taarabt
    13
    18
    2.00

    Adel Taarabt Flop of the Match

    Didn’t show up and was rightfully subbed off at half-time. A couple of absolutely clanging first half passes summed his ineffectual day up.

  • Heidar Helgusson
    5
    5
    3.00

    Heidar Helgusson

    Woefully stranded in the first 45 but when he was joined up top in the second half, his game drastically improved. Determination at the far post ensured that Bothroyd could strike and offer his team a glimmer of hope.

Substitutions

  • Danny Gabbidon
    2
    5
    3.00

    Danny Gabbidon

    Was thrown into the deep end after Hall’s early injury, though his task was unenviable at best. Under the cosh doesn’t really do it justice. Will be pleased to have avoided a cricket score.

  • Jamie Mackie
    6
    5
    3.00

    Jamie Mackie

    Introduction at half-time helped swing the game in his side's favor. A bustling performance and that made Kaboul and King's afternoon markedly more difficult.

  • Jay Bothroyd
    8
    7
    3.50

    Jay Bothroyd

    Grabbed himself a goal, showed some nice touches and was the catalyst for QPR's second half renaissance. Will be pushing for a starting place after today's performance.

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