Ali Al Habsi
The Omani keeper made two excellent saves to deny the visitors, the first came from a powerful strike from Shaun Derry and the second from Adel Taarabt. His distribution was not good, with his kicking being especially poor but he was not punished by the QPR forwards.
The Scottish defender had a solid game, he looked after the lone striker of Agyemang well and he helped young defensive partner Lopez well against the lively QPR attacks.
The Spaniard had a good game although the pace and power of Agyemang did cause him some problems. He looked confident in possession and his passing was neat and tidy.
The full back had a fantastic run in the first half that very nearly created the opening goal, and he looked dangerous going forward throughout the game. His defensive work against Taarabt was good and his distribution was always neat and tidy.
The Honduran was impressive at the back for Wigan, he had a good game against Tommy Smith and stopped most of the right wing attacks that the visitors tried to launch. Like Boyce he was dangerous going forward and tried to support the attack whenever he could.
The young winger was very lively throughout and was one of Wigan’s real dangermen, his pace and trickery caused the QPR defense all kinds of trouble and he was unlucky not to open his account in the first half with two good chances. He was involved in the second goal but was then replaced by Conor Sammon and received a standing ovation from the home crowd.
The midfielder had another confident performance in the centre of midfield, he always looks comfortable on the ball, is available for a pass and finds his men well. He coped with the attacking threat posed by Taarabt well showing good anticipation to deny the Moroccan many chances.
The midfielder performed his tough tackling role well, showing real strength to keep up with the pace of Taarabt and Buzsaky.
The Spaniard played in a more central attacking midfield role but didn’t have as much impact as Rodallega and Moses in the wide positions. Replaced by Stam.
Playing in more of a wide role than usual the Columbian was extremely impressive and gave Danny Gabbidon trouble throughout the game. He created most of Wigan’s best chances in a even first half but never really had a sight of goal, but that all changed in the second half.
F. Di Santo
The Argentine was lively up front, he was constantly on the move and linked up play very nicely. His movement gave the QPR players some trouble and he showed what a goal threat he is with his 40th minute strike that gave Wigan the lead. He doubled his, and Wigan’s tally for the day, with a second strike in the 66th minute. He was then replaced by James McArthur and received a standing ovation from the home crowd.
Had a solid debut, made some strong tackles which he was punished for at the start of the game but he learned from that and handled Di Santo well when he needed to.
The former Wigan defender coped with the strength of Di Santo but it was the Argentine’s movement that caused the most problems. Despite that Hall was never really beaten by Di Santo and he used his experience to help debutant Perone through the game. Replaced by Harriman in the 62nd minute.
The experienced defender had a busy afternoon dealing with the lively Rodallega and he struggled to keep up with the Colombian at times.
Playing at full back he had a busy afternoon trying to cope with the pace and skill of Moses, he spent most of the match trying to stay close to the winger but will not be happy with the amount of success he had against his opponent.
The experienced midfielder started strongly but as the game continued he struggled to keep up with the pace that Wigan had over the pitch. He was strong in the tackle but as the game wore on he was outpaced on a couple of occasions.
The midfielder had a quiet game for Rangers, he linked neatly with Taarabt but never gave the Wigan midfield much to worry about. He created a good chance for Agyemang in the first half but the striker was unable to convert the opportunity. He was replaced by Bothroyd in the 72nd minute.
QPR's playmaker had a good game, but was not involved as much as his manager would have liked. He was unlucky to hit the post twice in the game and he also saw two free kicks well saved by Al Habsi. His distribution from corners was hit and miss, he played one excellent ball for Perone’s headed chance but there were too many times where the ball sailed over all of his colleagues.
The midfielder had a tough afternoon against a combative Wigan midfield of Diame and Watson, his passing was neat but he rarely had time on the ball to be able to create something for his side in the final third.
The winger had a frustrating afternoon and spent most of his time going towards his own goal when he would have preferred to be attacking his full back. When he was able to get into attacking situations his crossing was OK but with just one striker in the penalty area he didn’t have much to aim at. He was replaced by Andrade in the 80th minute.
The striker played alone up front and was marshaled well by Caldwell and Lopez. His pace and power did cause the Wigan defence some trouble but he was rarely able to break free and test Al Habsi.
- C. Kirkland
The defender replaced Gomez in the 85th minute and helped to protect their lead and secure the three points.
- 6 H. Thomas
- 4 J. McCarthy
- 19 D. Jones
Replaced Di Santo on the 69th minute and helped strengthen Wigan’s dominance in the midfield, he did try and get forward when he could but his main responsibility was to help protect his side’s lead.
The striker replaced Moses in the 69th minute and showed plenty of pace to chase the QPR defenders, but he was unable to create any clear chances for himself.
- 26 B. Murphy
The youngster replaced Hall in the 62nd minute and had a big task in keeping the lively strikers under control.
- 25 H. Ephraim
The youngster replaced Smith in the 80th minute and showed one moment of promise, tricking his way past Boyce and delivering an excellent low cross but there was no striker there to put the ball away.
- 22 H. Helguson
The striker who arrived from Cardiff in the summer replaced Buzsaky in the 72nd minute as Neil Warnock tried to get back into the game, but he found it hard to get involved against the strong Wigan defense.