QPR v Burnley player ratings

Loan signing Modibo Maiga scored a late goal to rescue a point for QPR against promotion rivals Burnley. Here’s how we rated the players in the 3-3 draw.

Rob Green: 6
Beaten by an excellent strike for the first goal and was left exposed for the other two.

Nedum Onuoha: 6
Never comfortable at right-back. His passing was wayward and his positioning poor at times, but he stuck at it in the absence of the injured Danny Simpson.

Richard Dunne: 5
Scored his first goal for QPR – a thumping volley into the roof of the net – but had all sorts of problems at the other end. Beaten to the punch for all three goals. Rangers’ two main promotion rivals, Burnley and Leicester, have had some joy against Dunne this season.

Clint Hill of QPR
Hill almost scored late on.

Clint Hill: 6
A threat in the opposing box, where he was involved in the opening goal and almost headed in a late fourth for Rangers. But he was another who was given problems by Burnley’s impressive strike force. Had a lucky escape at 3-2 when he played Danny Ings onside and was then beaten by the Clarets forward, who sliced his shot wide.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto: 5
Is able to coast through almost all games in the Championship, where very few teams pose a threat in wide areas. Burnley were a rare example of a side able to exploit the classy but casual Assou-Ekotto, who was beaten several times before eventually being dispossessed in the build-up to Burnley’s third goal. And another late lapse almost led to a late equaliser.

Junior Hoilett: 7
Did quite well on the right after coming on as an early substitute for the injured Matt Phillips. Set up Maiga’s goal.

Joey Barton: 7
Competed well in a tough encounter, although he was fortunate to escape an early booking. Great pass to Hoilett in the build-up to the QPR equaliser.

Niko Kranjcar: 7
A few sides might fancy their chances against the midfield duo of Barton and Kranjcar, which doesn’t offer great cover to an ageing central defence. But the Croatian offers plenty going the other way despite still not looking as sharp as he might, and his set-pieces have been Rangers’ main attacking threat for much of the last two games. His corners produced goals for Kevin Doyle and Dunne after one had almost led to Andy Johnson scoring the opener.

Traore was a threat on the left.
Traore was a threat on the left.

Armand Traore: 7
Sloppy at times but offered a good source of pace and directness on the left-hand side. Much more effective coming on to the ball from left-back rather than receiving it to his feet in a more advanced position, but he is capable of beating people and delivering crosses.

Andy Johnson: 6
Worked hard enough, showing plenty of movement and willingness to create space for others. Didn’t look much of a goal threat though after going close in the opening minutes.

Kevin Doyle: 8
Had an excellent debut. Scored the opener, won the ball in the air almost at will and covered a huge amount of ground before inevitably fading in the second half. Lacks match fitness but was a sensible signing, especially after the injury to Charlie Austin.

Modibo Maiga: 7
Offered pace up front when brought on with Rangers trailing and was on hand to tap in the equaliser.

Not short of spirit or ability, Burnley arguably boast the best attack in the Championship despite losing Austin in the summer. The fact they are pushing big-spending QPR all the way for automatic promotion says much about them as a club, and there will surely have to be some soul-searching at Rangers if the Clarets end up pipping them to a top-two finish. Ings took his goal really well and the excellent Sam Vokes’ brace was almost enough for the visitors, who are having a fine season.

Man of the match: Vokes

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