QPR v Brighton player ratings

It was a frustrating night in front of goal for QPR, but a point was enough to take them to the top of the Championship. Here’s how we rated the players in their 0-0 draw at home to Brighton.

Rob Green: 6
A spectator for much of the game. Far too slow to come off his line and claim the ball on a couple of occasions.

Danny Simpson: 7
Solid at right-back and was quick to get forward. Has been very consistent so far this season.

Nedum Onuoha: 6
His injury is a worry for Rangers as he has been in excellent form and was playing well before having to go off. Courageously carried on running after pulling his hamstring to ensure the ball went safely out of play.

Richard Dunne: 8
Excellent at the back and has regained a yard of pace as his fitness has improved. A threat in the opposing box too.

Clint Hill: 7
Not exactly a busy night for the skipper, but he was solid after moving inside from left-back after Onuoha went off.

Matt Phillips: 5
An excellent signing but lacks sharpness following his spell on the sidelines and endured a frustrating full debut. Eager to take men on and got into some dangerous areas, but the end product just wasn’t there.

Joey Barton: 8
Made the most of the space Brighton tend to allow teams in midfield. His passing was very good and his wickedly delivered free-kicks from the left are becoming a real asset for Rangers. He was also unlucky with a couple of efforts on goal.

Karl Henry: 6
A spare part for much of the game given that Rangers were on the offensive throughout. Gave them peace of mind though against a team looking to hit on the break.

Shaun Wright-Phillips: 6
Has had bright moments in recent weeks – as should be expected in the Championship given that he once cost £21m. With his pace and low centre of gravity it’s almost impossible for him not to cause second-tier full-backs some problems. Overall though, his contribution remains poor.

Gary O’Neil: 6
A tough match for the recent signing, who played just off the front. He linked play well though and got into some good positions.

Charlie Austin: 6
One-paced and can be flat-footed, so was always likely to be tested after swapping Burnley, whose style was ideal for him, for QPR, where the ball ends up at his feet much more often. Is working hard at it though and can score goals at Championship level, as his record shows.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto: 8
Breezed through his debut, underlining the fact that he is far too good for the division. Different class from the moment he replaced the unfortunate Onuoha. Quick, defensively aware and Clive Wilson-like on the ball.

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