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QPR v Middlesbrough player ratings

August 16th 2017, Carrow Road, Norwich, England; EFL Championship Football, Norwich City versus Queens Park Rangers; Matt Smith of Queens Park Rangers closes down Wesley Hoolahan of Norwich City

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QPR were well beaten in a one-sided game at Loftus Road. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player in the 3-0 defeat.

Alex Smithies: 6

A helpless spectator for Middlesbrough’s first two goals, Smithies might have done better with the third, but his diving save to deny Rudy Gestede did at least prevent further damage.

Darnell Furlong: 7

Furlong looked more comfortable as an orthodox right-back, but he performed well against Adama Traore in the first half and also kept Rangers in the game with a vital block from Stewart Downing.

Nedum Onuoha: 6

The skipper did his best to hold things together at the back, but his positioning was suspect and he should have got closer to George Friend before he unleashed his long-range strike to make it 2-0.

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Joel Lynch: 6

Rangers needed to chase the game and reduce their defensive quota – but the ‘Georges Santos’ experiment that took Lynch up front late in the first half was hardly a success.

Jack Robinson: 6

Robinson had one of those days where his attacking threat outweighed his defensive display – he failed to pick up Daniel Ayala for Boro’s opener and was left for dead as Traore netted the third.

Jake Bidwell: 6

Bidwell put in a generally solid display, snuffing out an early chance for Britt Assombalonga, but he was sacrificed for tactical reasons at half-time as Rangers switched to a back four.

Massimo Luongo: 7

Rangers’ only hope of salvaging something rested on Luongo’s creative talent and he managed to set up a few half-chances, as well as going close with a snap shot of his own in the second half.

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Josh Scowen: 6

After a promising start, when he initiated a counter-attack down the left flank, Scowen began to flounder and gave the ball away frequently with some wayward passing.

Luke Freeman: 6

Freeman found himself squeezed out of the game for long spells and that frustration led him to attempt several ‘death or glory’ runs later on, none of which met with success.

Aramide Oteh: 6

Having scored on his first start against Burton, Oteh looked overly eager to impress again – but he was largely ineffective and made way for Matt Smith at half-time.

Conor Washington: 6

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Washington tried to make use of the channels, but was often starved of service and only two scoring opportunities came his way, one missing the target and the other easily saved by Darren Randolph.

Bright Osayi-Samuel: 6

Having replaced Bidwell for the second half, Osayi-Samuel provided more width and produced some nice touches without ever finding the killer cross that might have got Rangers on the scoresheet.

Matt Smith: 5

Smith was introduced at half-time and achieved relatively little other than falling over and misdirecting his headers, including a rare scoring opportunity courtesy of Freeman’s corner.

Ebere Eze: 6

The young forward went on in place of Scowen for the final 20 minutes and he looked confident and tidy, showing willingness to chase what was fast becoming a lost cause.