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1 vs 0
QPR
QPR
Played
December 22, 2012 10:00 AM EST
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 50180‎
 
81′ Shola Ameobi
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle 1-0 QPR

Shola Ameobi's late strike proved enough to seal three points for the Magpies, who inflicted a first defeat under Harry Redknapp upon the Hoops

By Matt Scott at St James' Park

  • Tim Krul
    4
    0
    2.50

    Tim Krul

    Nowhere near as busy as his opposite number but displayed good hands in tough conditions, keeping hold of a number of crosses and shots, including a last-minute free kick from Taarabt.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    7
    0
    4.00

    Fabricio Coloccini Top of the Match

    Back to his best against the Hoops. Absolutely resolute against everything thrown at him, cutting out passes, winning headers and snapping into tackles. Contributed well on the ball and often got his side going in attack from the back.

  • Davide Santon
    2
    0
    2.50

    Davide Santon

    Drove forward with purpose down the left and kept Mackie quiet throughout. Given a tougher time late on by Hoilett, but still managed to force him into less-threatening positions.

  • Danny Simpson
    1
    0
    2.50

    Danny Simpson

    Typically reserved performance from the former Manchester United man, rarely ventured forward but was very solid in defence when Taarabt ventured over to his flank.

  • Mike Williamson
    1
    0
    3.00

    Mike Williamson

    Rarely tested by the anonymous Cisse and read the game well to cut out a couple of through balls intended for the Frenchman.

  • James Perch
    1
    0
    2.50

    James Perch

    Kept things ticking over in midfield nicely and got his foot in when required. Lacked the dynamism of Tiote and Anita alongside him, but was a vital cog in the Magpies' engine room, nevertheless.

  • Vurnon Anita
    4
    0
    3.50

    Vurnon Anita

    Has really come into his own in recent weeks and was the hosts' most effective player again here. Deployed in the hole between midfield and attack, the Dutchman buzzed around brilliantly, popping up on either wing and zipping smart passes across the pitch.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    1
    1
    2.00

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Had the pace and commitment to get into dangerous positions, but his crossing was woeful and let his side down on several occasions. The Argentine's saving grace is his work rate, and he did excellently to help out Santon throughout.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    2
    0
    2.50

    Cheikh Tiote

    Tailor-made for a match in awful weather. The Ivorian stormed around midfield, snapping into several tackles and physically imposing his QPR counterparts. With the hosts pushing on for the opening goal, was sacrificed for Marveaux.

  • Papiss Cissé
    4
    0
    3.00

    Papiss Cissé

    Seems to be revelling in his new-found right wing position, which perhaps takes some of the spotlight off his poor scoring record this term. Put in another terrific shift against Fabio, but should have been more assertive with a first-half chance that he bottled under Hill's challenge. Visibly upset when brought off on the hour.

  • Demba Ba
    4
    0
    3.00

    Demba Ba

    Displayed good strength and touch, as ever, to hold the ball up well and try to bring team-mates into the game. Launched a couple of first-half efforts into orbit and should have made more of a close-range header in the second that was straight at Green.

Substitutions

  • Sylvain Marveaux
    3
    0
    2.50

    Sylvain Marveaux

    Injected an attacking verve after replacing Tiote and forced a great save out of Green, before flashing a low free kick just wide.

  • Shola Ameobi
    5
    0
    3.50

    Shola Ameobi

    Replaced Cisse and soon had a great chance to open the scoring, but could only head wide from Anita's measured cross, made amends soon after cutting inside from the right and curling a great effort into the corner.

  • Gabriel Obertan
    4
    0
    2.50

    Gabriel Obertan

    On for Gutierrez on the left and injected some much-needed accuracy on the ball, pushing the visitors back as the Magpies chased a win.

  • Sammy Ameobi
    3
    0

    Sammy Ameobi

    Replaced Cisse and soon had a great chance to open the scoring, but could only head wide from Anita's measured cross.

  • Robert Green
    0
    0
    2.50

    Robert Green

    Struggled to keep a hold of the slippery ball a couple of times but showed smart reflexes to save from Anita and Marveaux. Given no chance by Ameobi's precise finish.

  • Anton Ferdinand
    0
    2
    1.50

    Anton Ferdinand Flop of the Match

    Lined up at right-back and failed to keep a lid on the combination of Gutierrez and Santon down the Newcastle left. Was largely let off the hook by some diabolical deliveries from the former, however.

  • Clint Hill
    0
    0
    2.00

    Clint Hill

    Went in strong against Ba and kept the Senegalese striker under decent control throughout. Struggled to handle Ameobi's presence after he came on and gave him too much space, which was punished by the game's only goal.

  • Fabio Da Silva
    2
    0
    2.00

    Fabio Da Silva

    Looked to bomb forward at every opportunity but drew the ire of his manager for not getting back quick enough. Jumped into a couple of tackles too keenly, which Cisse took full advantage of, spinning past him with ease.

  • Ryan Nelsen
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ryan Nelsen

    Seemed to be tasked with taking care of distribution from the back, but his long balls were poor and regularly cut out. Used all his experience at the back, often sitting deep as to not be caught out by the hosts' pace and made several good clearances in the box.

  • Adel Taarabt
    0
    0
    2.50

    Adel Taarabt

    Came into the game full of confidence after his match-winning display last week, but couldn't quite hit the same heights again today. Found Simpson tricky to beat out wide and couldn't get round Coloccini, but forced Krul into one easy save in the first half at least.

  • Esteban Granero
    0
    0
    2.00

    Esteban Granero

    Dabbed the ball around midfield nicely, but couldn't provide anything penetrating to the visitors' attacking play. Was hooked early in the second half and replaced by Wright-Phillips.

  • Alejandro Faurlin
    1
    0
    2.00

    Alejandro Faurlin

    Struggled to get involved throughout in the face of the energetic Magpies midfield. Replaced in the second half, after failing to leave an imprint on the game.

  • Stéphane M'Bia
    2
    0
    3.50

    Stéphane M'Bia

    A powerful presence in the middle when not on the ball, but a calming figure when on it. Snuffed out any runs from deep with ease and played the ball around neatly, finding men in space and launching a few attacks.

  • Djibril Cissé
    1
    0
    2.00

    Djibril Cissé

    Apoplectic at being substituted on the hour, but it was not a surprise to see the Frenchman leave the field. Created no scoring chances and his passing was often off, with several moves breaking down due to his inaccuracy.

  • Jamie Mackie
    1
    0
    2.50

    Jamie Mackie

    Toiled away on the right wing, and worked hard in defence, but lacked the technique to make things happen at the right end.

Substitutions

  • Shaun Derry
    1
    0

    Shaun Derry

    A late sub to see out the game, but the decision backfired.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    0
    0
    2.00

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    On for Granero not long after the break and couldn't make anything happen, despite bursting forward a couple of times.

  • Junior Hoilett
    0
    0
    2.50

    Junior Hoilett

    Looked a threat on the ball in his time on the pitch, but the Hoops lacked a target man for him to find from the right wing.

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