Not particularly convincing in possession and his lack of pace was a worry at times, but the veteran centre-back was utterly dominant in the air against Torres and made some vital tackles.
An impressive debut for QPR’s new goalkeeper. Commanding in his penalty area and made good reaction saves to deny Hazard, Torres and Moses.
The Brazilian started brightly but appeared to complain of sickness before being replaced by Onuoha after just 20 minutes.
A solid display from the Portuguese defender against his former club, first at right-back and then on the left side. Kept tight to Ramires and was tidy on the ball.
All eyes were on the defender during the pre-match handshake, but he produced a decent display, showing good anticipation to read Chelsea attacks.
The Chelsea old boy always looked lively without ever really causing the Blues' defence problems. If nothing else, his pace and directness forced back Cole. Lucky not to concede a penalty for a clumsy first-half challenge on Hazard.
Alongside Granero, kept the hosts ticking over in central midfield. Played as the slightly deeper of the two and in the main kept his passing short and simple. Also showed that he is not afraid to put his foot in, making some strong challenges.
The QPR captain played with his usual level of work-rate on the left side of midfield. Helped defensively to track back against Ramires but tended to narrow the pitch too much in attack by drifting inside. Should have scored in the second -half but headed straight at Cech when unmarked from eight yards.
A classy debut for the Spaniard, who was happy to take possession under pressure and looked to find the QPR forwards with passes around the side of Chelsea’s central defenders.
Buzzed around off Zamora and unsettled the Chelsea players, denying them any time on the ball. A muscle injury forced him off in the 32nd minute and he was replaced by Mackie.
Missed the best chance of the game when he latched on to Mikel’s misplaced backpass but delayed too long and couldn’t shoot through a crowd of Chelsea players. His all-round play perhaps unsurprisingly lacked subtlety but his strength and aerial ability caused the visiting defence problems.
The Chelsea goalkeeper had to keep his concentration as QPR consistently threatened without creating golden opportunities. Will be thankful that the hosts’ finishing was wasteful, with their attempts placed too centrally.
The pantomime villain was booed mercilessly by the home crowd after being snubbed by Ferdinand and Park in the pre-match handshakes. Had a tough, demanding game up against Zamora but coped well.
His decision to spit over his shoulder when Ferdinand refused to shake his hand seemed rather unnecessary, but the left-back produced another very accomplished performance. Showed excellent decision-making and won just about every duel with Wright-Phillips.
A committed display from the Brazilian. Very good interceptions because of his reading of the game - but by the same token it did feel like he was taking too many gambles. Sometimes struggled with the physicality of Zamora and Mackie.
Strong display in one-on-one situations against Park but didn’t know whether to track the South Korean inside and rarely ventured forward apart from at set-pieces. Couldn’t get enough on a second-half header to hit the target.
Made one or two encouraging runs but on the whole ineffective before being replaced by Moses in the 58th minute.
J. Obi Mikel
Sat at the base of the Chelsea midfield but didn’t always seem to be aware of the players around him, not least when a woeful backpass put Zamora through on goal. Comfortable enough on the ball but his passing was limited.
Appeared to enjoy his battle against his good friend Bosingwa. Worked hard up and down the pitch and looked an explosive threat in the final third, as highlighted with a scorching run and pass for Hazard in the first half.
The Belgian attacker might have been shocked by the ferocity of this blood-and-thunder clash but still showed his class, with passing and skill as creative as it was arrogant. Should have scored in the first half but shot too close to Cesar while he was unfortunate not to win a penalty after going down under a challenge from Wright-Phillips. Missed a superb late chance when he blasted over the bar from 10 yards.
A low-key afternoon as he played a disciplined role in the visitors’ three-man midfield, highlighted by the fact he joined Chelsea attacks on the edge of the penalty area on few occasions.
Looked bright early and his movement was sharp, especially on the counterattack, but the ball didn’t fall kindly for the Spaniard. His best moment was a burst into the QPR penalty area but Cesar kept out the left-footed strike. Head seemed to drop in the second half before he was replaced by Sturridge.
Unsurprisingly confuddled by Hazard a couple of times but gave a strong, powerful display at right-back after replacing Fabio midway through the first half.
Worked hard both up front and at right midfield after replacing the injured Johnson in the 32nd minute, forcing Cech into action just after the break with a sharp turn and shot.
Replaced Wright-Phillips in the 69th minute but had little impact.