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QPR
QPR
Played
January 15, 2012 8:30 AM EST
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 49865‎
 
37′ Leon Best
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle United 1-0 QPR

Leon Best goal ensures Mark Hughes' rein as Rangers boss gets off to a losing start and leaves his relegation-threatened side in the bottom three as Magpies soar to sixth spot

By Rob Stewart at the Sports Direct Arena

  • Tim Krul
    4
    3
    3.00

    Tim Krul

    The Dutchman overcame a couple of early scares but overall looked a re-assuring last line of defence thanks to adhesive handling and a smart save to deny Bothroyd.

  • Danny Simpson
    3
    1
    3.00

    Danny Simpson

    Surely it's only a matter of time before Toon owner Mike Ashley gives him a new contract because he looks more solid than ever.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    5
    1
    3.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Trademark stuff from the Toon's Argentine captain who was again calmness personfied whenever Rangers threatened.

  • Mike Williamson
    4
    1
    3.00

    Mike Williamson

    There's nothing flash about the tall centre-half but no Newcastle fans will be complaining if he maintains this standard because he won everything QPR threw at him.

  • Davide Santon
    5
    2
    3.00

    Davide Santon

    Following a slow start to life in England, the young Italian has really found his feet and seems to be improving with every match.

  • Ryan Taylor
    3
    3
    3.00

    Ryan Taylor

    He might be a Jack of all trades and master of none but he helped Newcastle dominate after moving from the right wing to central midfield after the crocked Cabaye went off.

  • Danny Guthrie
    3
    1
    3.00

    Danny Guthrie

    The former LIverpool midfielder is after a new contract and did himself a favour as he was a willing outlet for his defenders throughout.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    2
    2
    3.00

    Yohan Cabaye

    The French international has been an inspirational figure this season so Newcastle fans will be worried by the sight of their playmaker going off on a stretcher with an ankle injury just as he was getting going.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    1
    2
    3.00

    Jonas Gutierrez

    If prizes for work-rate were handed out then he would be player of the year but his Spiderman mask stayed well and truly hidden because he let himself down in and around the penalty box.

  • Leon Best
    5
    3
    3.50

    Leon Best

    So, who needs Demba Ba? The Republic of Ireland striker made sure his team-mate was not missed with a cracking goal, his first since September that capped an impressive display.

  • Shola Ameobi
    1
    5
    3.00

    Shola Ameobi

    He has never been prolific and has only scored once this season but the goals should flow again if he keeps leading the line so intelligently and so assidously.

Substitutions

  • James Perch
    1
    2
    3.00

    James Perch

    He shored things up late on by shielding the Newcastle back four as Pardew went to protect a slender lead.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    13
    4
    3.50

    Hatem Ben Arfa Top of the Match

    The mercurial Frenchman added a touch of class to the Newcastle attack with a series of crowd-pleasing runs that left Rangers chasing those proverbial shadows.

  • Dan Gosling
    2
    1
    3.00

    Dan Gosling

    He did his bit as a late substitute.

  • Paddy Kenny
    1
    1
    3.00

    Paddy Kenny

    The goalkeeper's position will come under scrutiny now Neil Warnock has gone but he did not let himself down and could do nothing about the goal.

  • Luke Young
    1
    0
    2.00

    Luke Young

    He's been around the block a few times but the former Tottenham full-back still got up and down the wings with boyish enthusiasm and he defended like a schoolboy when Newcastle took the lead.

  • Danny Gabbidon
    0
    1
    3.00

    Danny Gabbidon

    The Welsh defender dominated the aerial exchanges with Leon Best in and around the Hoops' penalty box but struggled when Newcastle stopped opting for route-one tactics.

  • Anton Ferdinand
    2
    0
    2.50

    Anton Ferdinand

    The stand-in captain looked good as he held the Rangers defence together early on but switched off and was caught ball-watching when Newcastle took the lead and looked vulnerable when the hosts' mobility improved.

  • Clint Hill
    0
    1
    2.00

    Clint Hill

    He will end up having sleepless nights because Hatem Ben Arfa ran rings round the left-back whose days at Loftus Road could be numbered under Hughes.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    3
    2
    2.50

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    After a bright opening that saw his struck the crossbar he was handed the Lionel Messi role in the second-half but the former Manchester City player showed he is no Lionel Messi.

  • Shaun Derry
    4
    3
    2.00

    Shaun Derry Flop of the Match

    He was booed every time he touched the ball by Newcastle fans and rightly so because his ugly late lunge saw Toon playmaker Yohan Cabaye taken off on a stretcher and Derry himself went downhill afterwards.

  • A. Buzsaky
    6
    1
    3.00

    A. Buzsaky

    He struggled to get into the game after a busy opening and became a peripheral figure and was lucky a handball in the penalty box was not spotted by Chris Foy.

  • Jamie Mackie
    1
    1
    2.50

    Jamie Mackie

    There was just one moment of inspiration from the hard-working Scot when he sent Bothroyd clear but precious little else.

  • Heidar Helgusson
    1
    0
    2.50

    Heidar Helgusson

    Mark Hughes likes his centre-forwards to be a handful but the Icelandic striker failed to impress his new boss with an insipid display.

  • Jay Bothroyd
    0
    3
    3.00

    Jay Bothroyd

    He ran his socks off for the visitors and went close to scoring with a curling effort but missed a glorious chance to equalise when one-on-one with Krul.

Substitutions

  • Tommy Smith
    0
    1
    0.00

    Tommy Smith

    He had little impact up in the North-East while with Sunderland and nothing changed following his arrival as a second-half substitute.

  • Federico Macheda
    2
    2
    0.00

    Federico Macheda

    The on-loan Manchester United striker scored a hat-trick on his last outing here for the Red Devils reserves but this was a day to forget thanks to his inconsequential second-half cameo.

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