QPR v Boro player ratings

First-half goals from Joey Barton and Charlie Austin gave the Championship leaders a resounding home win. Here’s how we rated QPR’s players in their 2-0 victory against Middlesbrough.

Rob Green: 7
Rarely tested but was equal to the task when routine saves were required, ensuring a club record-equalling seventh consecutive clean sheet.

Danny Simpson: 8
Got through a phenomenal amount of work on the right-hand side. Defensively solid and quick to get forward. Had an off-day at Yeovil last weekend but was back on form.

Richard Dunne: 7
Comfortable at the back and was helped by Rangers switching to three central midfielders, which matched up to Boro and gave the back four watertight protection.

Clint Hill: 7
Put in a typically honest performance before going off late on after taking a knock to his head.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto: 7
A major different between the Championship and Premier League is the amount of attacking quality in wide areas. So it’s hard to imagine any second-tier side giving the top-drawer Assou-Ekotto major problems. Coasted through this game and could end up coasting through the whole season.

Gary O’Neil: 7
Another player who covered plenty of ground. Did well on the right, popped up in the middle on occasions and was unlucky not to score.

Joey Barton: 7
Continues to ease through Championship games relatively unchallenged. Neat and tidy and did a good job shoring up the midfield.

Tom Carroll: 6
A nice player and was certainly helped by Rangers sticking an extra man in the centre of midfield. But is he ready for regular Championship football? Has obvious ability and showed it once Rangers were in control.

Alejandro Faurlin: 7
Another player aided by a beefed-up midfield. His confidence has maybe been affected by some poor displays lately and he continued to look uncertain and off the pace in the early stages. Stuck at it though and improved before being substituted. The perfect kind of game for him and one he needed.

Niko Kranjcar: 9
The term ‘proper footballer’ is a bit overused. But when a man effortlessly controls high balls with the outside of his boot and sprays a perfect cross-field pass, he is definitely a proper footballer. Kranjcar was simply superb – and that’s when not fully match fit.

Charlie Austin: 7
Not had things all his own way since signing but has persevered and deserves the break he’s had with two penalties in as many matches.



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