Preston v QPR player ratings


An injury-time goal denied QPR victory at Preston, where Sebastian Polter put them ahead. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player in the 1-1 draw.

Alex Smithies: 7
Hardly troubled as his team either dominated possession or defended resolutely when they were on the back foot. Was well positioned to make an important save soon after the equaliser.

Nedum Onuoha: 7
Battled hard defensively and piled forward on a number of occasions. A good display.

Gabriele Angella: 8
Had an excellent game at the back. Is blessed with technical ability but showed another side to his game in a strong, rugged performance, winning a host of challenges and balls in the air.

Clint Hill: 8
The 37-year-old campaigner was also superb, winning challenge after challenge. Is still a more than capable performer in the Championship.

James Perch: 8
Like Angella, deserves credit for showing a physical side to his game. Battled with terrific determination and used the ball well too.

Karl Henry: 8
Had a fine game in midfield, helping Rangers control the centre of the pitch for large spells of the match. Never shirked a challenge.

Alejandro Faurlin: 7
Kept things ticking over well as Henry did the ugly stuff. Faurlin passed the ball effectively and was a threat from set pieces – not least when his corner led to the opening goal.

Jamie Mackie: 7
Worked hard on the flank before going off in the second half. Lacked an end product at times but he played his part in a very good team performance and was quick to encourage his team-mates when the going got tough in the second half.

Tjaronn Chery: 8
Missed a glorious chance to make it 2-0, which proved costly. By that stage though, Preston should have been down to 10 men, with Tom Clarke somehow escaping with just a yellow card after pulling the Dutchman back to stop him going through on goal. Chery’s all-round contribution was excellent. He was a threat going forward, prepared to work off the ball, and went close to scoring with a free-kick.

Junior Hoilett: 8
The in-form Hoilett was impressive again, beating defenders at will, delivering a number of fine crosses and tracking back to get through a fair amount of defensive work. He was the stand-out performer during a spell in which Rangers were in control,

Sebastian Polter: 7
Scored and got through plenty of work up front. Isn’t blessed with great technical ability, but he was menace in the air, never let the Preston defence settle, and his link-up play was often decent.