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January 29, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Loftus Road Stadium — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 17894‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: QPR 0-0 Manchester City

Julio Cesar was the hero but frustration for visitors, who fail to put pressure on rivals Manchester United, while the hosts show superb spirit to hold on for a vital point

By Tom McKeown

  • Julio César
    164
    7
    3.50

    Julio César

    Had couple of shaky moments with crosses early on, but redeemed himself with an absolutely stunning stop to deny Barry before the break. The save seemed to improve the goalkeeper's confidence as he looked more authoritative in his box, and made another fine save to deny Silva in the dying minutes.

  • Armand Traoré
    31
    9
    2.50

    Armand Traoré

    Saw very little of the ball in the first half, with much of the action down the Manchester City left - and QPR's right - wing. Had one foray forward early in the second half but was mostly required in a defensive capacity.

  • Clint Hill
    34
    7
    3.00

    Clint Hill

    Knew he was in for a tough night with the threat of Tevez and Aguero, but the aerial battle was a different story. Made several challenges to deny chances from City's crosses and worked hard to shut the hosts out.

  • Nedum Onuoha
    30
    6
    2.50

    Nedum Onuoha

    Aguero too often got in behind the full-back on QPR's right-hand side, and it was causing the hosts a lot of problems. Had a lot of help from Nelsen and Hill, however, and managed to keep City out.

  • Fabio Da Silva
    49
    14
    2.50

    Fabio Da Silva

    Largely anonymous in the opening period as City dominated possession, and lacked the effort shown by some of the other QPR players.

  • Ryan Nelsen
    109
    5
    4.00

    Ryan Nelsen Top of the Match

    Alongside Hill, made a couple of telling blocks in the first half, blocking crosses from Aguero and managing to keep the hosts in the game. The outbound Rs defender produced another stoic performance, putting his body on the line to shut out David Silva late on.

  • Shaun Derry
    23
    10
    2.50

    Shaun Derry

    Couldn't get near the ball for much of the first half, with City dominating, but showed grit and determination to help out the defence as the visitors pressed for a winner.

  • Adel Taarabt
    70
    10
    3.00

    Adel Taarabt

    Made a bright start for the hosts, looking for the ball at every opportunity, and missed a superb chance before half time as Hart saved well. As he so often does, Taarabt looked like QPR's best attacking option.

  • Esteban Granero
    38
    16
    2.00

    Esteban Granero

    Caught in possession a couple of times in the opening stages of the match, and his usually-accurate passing was well off the mark. Picked up a second-half yellow card after persistently committing fouls.

  • Stéphane M'Bia
    33
    10
    2.50

    Stéphane M'Bia

    Too often let Silva get in behind, giving the City man plenty of time and space on the ball, and his partnership with Derry was out-gunned by Barry and Milner. You couldn't fault the Rs man for effort though, as he often chased and harried City's midfielders.

  • Loïc Remy
    41
    6
    2.50

    Loïc Remy

    QPR's £8 million signing notched at West Ham on his debut, and in his first game at Loftus Road he hardly had a look-in early on, but had a good chance against the run of play, seeing a deflected effort roll wide.

Substitutions

  • Ji-Sung Park
    44
    12

    Ji-Sung Park

    Came on late for Granero but had no time to get involved.

  • Alejandro Faurlin
    23
    5

    Alejandro Faurlin

    Came on in stoppage time for Mbia.

  • B. Zamora
    19
    8

    B. Zamora

    Late sub for Remy.

  • Joe Hart
    27
    17
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Had absolutely nothing to do until he was called into action shortly before half time, standing firm as Adel Taarabt broke into the area and parrying the QPR man's effort away.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    37
    21
    3.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    City's most consistent performer nearly gave the visitors the lead with a header on to the crossbar and produced yet another fine performance. Set up a superb chance for Aguero in the second half with a deft header.

  • Joleon Lescott
    8
    31
    3.00

    Joleon Lescott

    Had the first real chance after getting on the end of Cesar's poor punch, but volleyed well over. Defensive duties were hardly required as City dominated.

  • Gael Clichy
    8
    28
    2.50

    Gael Clichy

    Had a slightly sloppy start, giving the ball straight to Mbia, but was saved by Milner. For large parts of the game was able to camp in QPR's half as the visitors dominated, and supported Aguero on the left flank very well.

  • James Milner
    6
    40
    2.50

    James Milner

    Made a superb challenge to shut out Mbia early on but wasted a chance to deliver a dangerous cross with a poor free kick. Regularly involved with City's attacks, supporting well in a deeper role alongside Barry, but still hit a couple of wayward passes.

  • Samir Nasri
    14
    76
    2.00

    Samir Nasri Flop of the Match

    The quietest of City's midfielders, Nasri struggled to make a telling impact on the game and gave the ball away a couple of times, with his only real contribution a shot wide of the post before the break. Replaced by Dzeko with half an hour remaining after a pretty ineffective performance.

  • Javi García
    17
    26
    3.00

    Javi García

    Playing in an unfamiliar role alongside Joleon Lescott at centre-back, but his first contribution was a belting 35-yard strike which fizzed just wide of the post. Not really needed in defence, like Lescott, as the visitors spent most of the match in QPR's half.

  • Gareth Barry
    13
    28
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    Helped the visitors completely control the tempo of the match, dropping back to spread from deep while also supporting attacks, and nearly opened the scoring with a curling effort but for a fantastic save from Cesar. Picked up a booking for dissent in the second half as the visitors' frustration grew.

  • David Silva
    41
    32
    3.50

    David Silva

    City's playmaker often found space between midfield and defence, spreading the play well. Set up a great chance for Zabaleta with a pinpoint cross before seeing a great chance denied by Cesar late on.

  • Sergio Agüero
    23
    45
    3.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Often drifted into a wide position and found success, getting in behind QPR and causing all sorts of problems, but it left City without a real presence in the middle.

  • Carlos Tévez
    17
    45
    2.50

    Carlos Tévez

    Not as involved as Aguero and Silva but looked sharp, teeing up efforts for both Barry and Nasri, but was largely ineffective as the game went on and was replace by Jack Rodwell with just over 15 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Jack Rodwell
    5
    38
    2.50

    Jack Rodwell

    Came on for Tevez with just over 15 minutes left but failed to make any real impact, with Silva acting as City's main threat.

  • Edin Dzeko
    69
    22
    3.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Thrown on with half an hour remaining after City failed to show any presence up front, and set up a great chance for Silva, but was the one providing when he should have been on the end of it.

  • Scott Sinclair
    15
    31

    Scott Sinclair

    Came on late for James Milner and proved to be a threat down the left, but couldn't help City win the game.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2