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QPR
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January 2, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 41634‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 0-1 QPR

Harry Redknapp's struggling side miraculously claim their first victory at Stamford Bridge for 30 years and deal a huge blow to the Blues' Premier League title hopes

By Liam Twomey at Stamford Bridge

  • Ross Turnbull
    44
    85
    2.50

    Ross Turnbull

    A glorified spectator as QPR showed little willingness to go forward and even less ability to create a worthwhile chance until Wright-Phillips' goal, which he could do nothing about. Made one decent save to deny Granero after the break.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    76
    120
    2.00

    Branislav Ivanovic Flop of the Match

    Untroubled defensively, but his only contributions to the attack in the first half were a succession of increasingly hopeful and wild long shots. Did clip the crossbar with a header after the break though.

  • David Luiz
    53
    103
    2.50

    David Luiz

    Once again looked assured enough in midfield, but QPR's deep defensive line meant he could not find Torres with one of those long raking through balls.

  • Gary Cahill
    91
    49
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    Had no striker to shackle, and used the ball solidly, if unspectacularly. Made one brilliant last-ditch challenge to stop Mackie racing through on goal.

  • César Azpilicueta
    40
    96
    2.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Got forward with his usual gusto down the right but his crossing was invariably poor.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    30
    111
    2.00

    Ryan Bertrand

    Tracked up and down with enthusiasm but, on this evidence, is not yet ready to succeed Ashley Cole if he does depart Stamford Bridge this summer.

  • Frank Lampard
    107
    71
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Calm and intelligent on the ball, organising his team-mates and urging the Blues forward. Not the same cutting edge in the final third as against Everton, but Chelsea would be mad to let him leave.

  • Oscar
    98
    65
    2.50

    Oscar

    His sparkle was limited to a couple of nice flicks here and there, and he looked a little out of sorts without the likes of Mata and Hazard to link up with.

  • Victor Moses
    47
    104
    2.50

    Victor Moses

    His power, skill and movement again caused problems, but he missed one very good chance when he was unable to steer in Marin's low centre.

  • Marko Marin
    71
    135
    2.00

    Marko Marin

    Didn't do enough to stake his claim for more regular first-team action, and was replaced by Hazard with half an hour left.

  • Fernando Torres
    66
    208
    2.00

    Fernando Torres

    Those expecting the news of Demba Ba's seemingly imminent arrival to spur him on were sorely disappointed. This was another fitful display in which he constantly took one step forward and two steps back, although the absence of Mata until 75 minutes might well be given as a mitigating factor in his performance.

Substitutions

  • Ramires
    72
    61

    Ramires

    Came on for Lampard with 11 minutes left.

  • Eden Hazard
    96
    69
    2.50

    Eden Hazard

    Injected more urgency into Chelsea's play with his skill and direct running, but could not pry open the QPR defence.

  • Juan Mata
    87
    67
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    Replaced Moses with 15 minutes to go, but his introduction came too late to save his side from a shock defeat.

  • Julio César
    181
    11
    3.50

    Julio César

    Commanded his area well and made good saves whenever he was called upon, although one feels a more inspired Chelsea attack would have tested him significantly more.

  • Clint Hill
    62
    14
    3.00

    Clint Hill

    This wasn't quite redemption after the humiliation heaped on him by Luis Suarez, but Torres never threatened to cause him as many problems. Held his own in the air, and QPR's deep line and Chelsea's unimaginative approach suited him down to the ground.

  • Nedum Onuoha
    56
    12
    3.00

    Nedum Onuoha

    Handled Marin reasonably well, and although Moses and later Hazard posed considerably stiffer challenges, he kept his discipline.

  • Fabio Da Silva
    131
    17
    3.00

    Fabio Da Silva

    Wasn't beaten one-on-one too many times and, whenever he was, his centre-backs bailed him out of trouble.

  • Ryan Nelsen
    86
    10
    3.50

    Ryan Nelsen

    Marshalled his defence well and limited the amount of work Cesar had to do.

  • Shaun Derry
    76
    12
    3.50

    Shaun Derry

    The best player on the pitch in the first half, shielding his back four well and breaking up Chelsea attacks by fair means and foul. Had more problems after the break as the Blues upped the pace and the variation of their attacks, but this was a much-improved display.

  • Adel Taarabt
    169
    12
    3.50

    Adel Taarabt

    Made QPR's unorthodox system work with his intelligent movement and aptitude for buying free-kicks. Not everything he tried came off, but he did assist Wright-Phillips' goal with a perfectly-weighted lay-off.

  • Esteban Granero
    100
    18
    2.50

    Esteban Granero

    Neat and tidy on the ball and disciplined off it, he played his part in the QPR resistance.

  • Stéphane M'Bia
    58
    14
    2.50

    Stéphane M'Bia

    Helped Derry shackle Oscar and burst forward on numerous occasions, only to be let down by a sloppy pass.

  • Jamie Mackie
    59
    15
    2.50

    Jamie Mackie

    Worked his socks off all evening, and only a brilliant last-ditch challenge from Cahill prevented him giving his side the lead after the break.

  • Junior Hoilett
    50
    17

    Junior Hoilett

    Had no time to make an impact before injury claimed him 15 minutes in.

Substitutions

  • Ji-Sung Park
    101
    19

    Ji-Sung Park

    Replaced Granero in the dying moments.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    196
    26
    4.00

    Shaun Wright-Phillips Top of the Match

    His pace was QPR's one outlet as they weathered wave after wave of pressure, and he took his goal superbly.

  • Kieron Dyer
    57
    12

    Kieron Dyer

    Played the dying seconds in place of Taarabt.

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