The Dane was completely stationary for QPR’s equalizer and should have made at least an effort to stop Helguson’s header. The ‘keeper was perhaps caught out by the appearance of full back Luke Young on the penalty spot who was able to smash the ball past the ailing shot-stopper for QPR’s second.
Not too a bad showing from the defender on his return to action, who put on a strong display within the re-joining of himself and Huth in the middle. However, his marking was a little slack at times and should have done a better job to watch Helguson during the first QPR goal. He also misjudged the striker’s run after the break and allowed the Fin to get ahead of him to get Rangers’ third.
Made a couple of clumsy fouls and let Faurlin by him far too easily on the way to getting QPR’s equalizer. Not his best day.
Like Shawcross, was strong enough in the tackle but seemed a bit susceptible during set pieces and seemed a bit dazed when Young bolted into the area to get QPR’s second.
Not a bad game for a player who hasn’t played for seven months, but was sometimes undone by Wright-Phillps' pace and versatile movement.
Another of Stoke’s quieter payers, Delap only seemed to really feature during his infamous long throws into the QPR box, which struggled to threaten to their fullest potential.
The midfielder was a menace to QPR down the left flank and was a constant nuisance for Young, who struggled to deal with the winger’s pace and awkward movement. However, he was not able to keep up his momentum and seemed to run out of steam.
A quiet showing from the midfielder, who made a few good passes, but never influenced the game to his full effect.
A much more energetic display from the winger than he showed against Bolton before the international break, a rest seems to have done him well and was racing up and down the flanks all game, offering much desired pace on the counter.
The towering forward set his game up perfectly from the start, putting through fellow attacker Walters on goal with a sweet ball between the QPR defenders. Could have doubled the team's lead moments later after going through himself, but stubborn defending denied the big man. Didn’t do too much else however as the game progressed.
Finished sublimely to get Stoke’s opener after being put through by Crouch and tried to get in on the action in various segments of the gamer, but couldn’t press to get himself another goal on his tally.
A steady display from the former Portsmouth man out on the left flank, who found himself being sung about on more than one occasion by his own fans for his hard work.
Took his chance on goal in quite a fashion, powering the ball past Sorenson and was the end product of a superb move. He stayed true to his defensive duties also, but struggled at times to deal with Etherington.
Kept the back line strong with Gabbidon, with the odd slip during corners, but managed to do well, despite a lack of marking on Shawcross during Stoke’s second.
A good display from the former West Ham man, but like Ferdinand, should have done better to close in on Shawcross who was easily able to grab Stoke’s second.
The fullback had a slightly quieter time of it than some of his teammates, but still managed to contribute to both attacking and defensive segments of play.
His bursting run down the left allowed himself to loft the ball sweetly for Helguson to meet with his head for QPR’s equalizer and his energetic display helped push the Rangers forward.
Led the team well and read the play wonderfully, always with his head up and watching the action as well as keeping one eye on possible space to get into.
Higginbotham struggled to deal with his pace at times and he was the catalyst for QPR taking the lead just before halftime as he slipped the ball through sweetly for Mackie to do the same for Young.
He may have been alone in the box when given the chance to head in QPR’s equalizer, but the forward took his opportunity to the full and put his team deservedly back in the game. Did brilliantly to get ahead of Shawcross at the back post to grab QPR’s third and finish with a sliding effort.
Got in the mix during numerous stages of play and was one of the main men that allowed QPR to take the lead just before halftime after receiving Wright-Phillips' perfect ball out wide and popped the ball into the area for Young to blast home.
- 1 A. Begović
- 12 M. Wilson
- 20 M. Upson
- 40 W. Palacios
Arrived late in the game and couldn't get Stoke any of the spoils.
Came on for Crouch and looked to get in the action straight away, but his lack of pace let him down a couple of occasions when attacking alone up top.
Entered the game in place of Pennant, but didn’t do much to influence the game during his first appearance of the season.