QPR’s unbeaten run was ended by a late Birmingham comeback at St Andrews. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player in the 2-1 defeat.
Seny Dieng: 7
Dealt brilliantly with high balls into the area and dived to his right to produce a fine first-half save, but had little chance for Birmingham’s goals.
Rob Dickie: 7
Strong and composed at the back again.
Geoff Cameron: 6
Generally solid but gave the ball away in the first half and his blushes were spared by Dieng’s save. Caught flat-footed by the cross which led to the equaliser.
Yoann Barbet: 6
Also had a let-off in the first half, in the Frenchman’s case after a botched clearance. Overall though he was sound enough.
Todd Kane: 8
His good form continued with an excellent display. He worked tirelessly on the right and supplied the cross for QPR’s goal. In a 10-minute spell in the second half he saved the day with a headed interception and at the other end created two chances for Lyndon Dykes.
Dom Ball: 6
No fuss. Nothing spectacular but competed well in midfield and helped his team stay in control for most of the game.
Stefan Johansen: 6
Missed a sitter with Rangers 1-0 up and it proved costly. Teed up by Chris Willock sliding the ball in from the left, the on-loan Fulham midfielder inexplicably shot over from eight yards out. There would surely have been no way back for Birmingham had he scored. Johansen’s all-round performance was very decent. He forced Marc Roberts into a mistake which might have led to a goal for Macauley Bonne, who later fired over after again being set up by the Norwegian.
Chris Willock: 6
Unlucky that his start, which was deserved, came on such an appalling pitch which made it difficult for him to produce. He was lively in spells and set up Johansen for his chance.
Niko Hamalainen: 6
Typically timid, but did serve up a couple of threatening delivered from the left.
Charlie Austin: 7
Delivered again for Rangers, starting and finishing the move which resulted in him scoring.
Macauley Bonne: 6
Worked hard up front but offered little in terms of a goal threat. Fired over in the first half and could perhaps have reacted quicker when Johansen created an opening for him by forcing a defensive error in the box.
Lyndon Dykes: 6
Had a couple of chances after coming on, seeing a header saved and a shot deflected wide – both times after the striker had been found by Kane.
Sam Field: 6
Used the ball well after on along with Dykes early in the second half.