QPR slumped to their fourth defeat in six matches, losing 2-0 to Brighton despite dominating territory and possession. Here’s how we rated the Rangers players at the Amex Stadium.
Rob Green: 6
The first 67 minutes were the easiest of his season until he gathered a tame long-range effort from Jake Forster-Caskey. But when Brighton did get efforts on target they scored with both – although to be fair, Green’s defence failed to provide adequate cover.
Nedum Onuoha: 6
Relatively comfortable until Kazenga LuaLua’s appearance as a second-half substitute when Brighton’s attack became more dynamic and Onuoha started to struggle.
Richard Dunne: 7
An otherwise solid performance was sullied by his slow reaction to Bruno’s cross which flew past him and on to the boot of the lurking Leonard Ulloa. Up until that point, he had been strong and determined – characterised by one particularly beefy challenge in the second half.
Clint Hill: 8
An excellent game at the heart of the defence, keeping the dangerous Ulloa at bay until his colleague Dunne momentarily slipped up. Put a stop to most of Brighton’s most dangerous counter-attacks in the first half.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto: 5
A difficult evening for the on-loan Spurs man, who had trouble with Will Buckley’s pace and then pulled up lame as opposite full-back Bruno beat him before supplying Ulloa’s opener. Limped off to be replaced by Modibo Maiga.
Armand Traore: 7
Looked at his most dangerous when he cut in from the right-hand side. One such burst provided his brightest moment when he tested the keeper with a first-half shot.
Joey Barton: 8
Followed up his starring role in the win at Birmingham with another excellent display, breaking up play in the centre of the park and rarely misplacing a pass. The only thing that was lacking was a killer final ball.
Jermaine Jenas: 6
In and out of the game, as Rohan Ince got the better of him in midfield. Missed a glaring opportunity in the opening minutes – possibly Rangers’ clearest sight of goal all match – and was also caught napping at the corner from which Stephen Ward put Brighton out of sight.
Junior Hoilett: 6
Several times he worked some decent positions for himself but couldn’t produce an end product. Two efforts from distance flashed wide in the second half but he, along with Jenas, failed to check Ward’s run for the crucial second goal.
Ravel Morrison: 8
Linked up well with those around him, particularly as Rangers dominated in the first half, and forced a really good save from Tomasz Kuszczak. The sparkle in the West Ham loanee’s boots continued after the break and his superb ball across the face of goal should have been converted by substitute Maiga.
Will Keane: 6
Worked hard but barely got a sniff up against former England defender Matt Upson and his colleague Lewis Dunk. Initially looked to be forming a promising partnership with Morrison but as he wandered around looking for an opening, Keane was left to fend for himself, with minimal return.
Man of the match: Tomasz Kuszczak – the Brighton keeper’s saves helped keep the match alive before the Seagulls pounced.