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QPR v Bolton player ratings

Luke Freeman has been outstanding for QPR this season

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QPR moved 11 points clear of the relegation zone by beating Bolton at Loftus Road. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player in the 2-0 win.

Alex Smithies: 8

Produced two excellent at crucial times to keep his side in the game.

Jack Robinson: 7

His long throws caused all sorts of problems for the visitors and the defender nearly got himself on the scoresheet early in the match with a good effort that was held by Ben Alnwick. Defensively he was excellent again.

Nedum Onuoha: 7

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A tidy performance from the skipper, who had a very decent game.

Joel Lynch: 8

Tidy at the back and worked hard throughout, particularly when the visitors went down to 10 men, as he tried to provide another attacking option on the left-hand side. He was rewarded with the goal that broke the deadlock for the R’s.

Pawel Wszolek: 7

Had a lot of joy on the right-hand side with some smart crosses that very nearly provided his side with opportunities to take the lead. Worked hard as always.

Ian Holloway’s verdict: “We were professional and we did what we needed to do. I’m delighted with that. Even though we didn’t get what we deserved in the first half, we still kept going and we looked dangerous.”

Massimo Luongo: 7

A couple of early nervous touches aside, this was a welcome re-introduction to QPR’s midfield for the Australian. His neat footwork and tidy passing created openings, including one for himself, but Alnwick was equal to his low effort.

Josh Scowen: 6

Solid enough from the dependable midfielder, but he was guilty of a few misplaced passes in key areas that went unpunished.

Luke Freeman: 6

Worked hard and always looked to create, but not a lot came off for Freeman until his free-kick helped set up the first goal.

Jake Bidwell: 7

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Sacrificed after Bolton were reduced to 10 men, but it had been a good performance from the left-wing back, whose crosses created problems in the first half.

Conor Washington: 6

Struggled to make anything of limited opportunities that came his way as his side showed a more direct approach to their attacking play.

Matt Smith: 8

Returned to the starting line-up and he was a nuisance throughout. Smith threatened with a number of headers in the first half – one of which required the best of Alnwick to stop QPR going ahead. Two found their target in the second half though – the first an assist for Lynch’s opener and the second, a goal of his own in the final moments.

Paul Smyth: 7

A lively cameo that included an assist for Smith’s late goal.