QPR v Birmingham player ratings

Jimmy Dunne’s sensational stoppage-time goal gave QPR a dramatic victory over Birmingham – and took them four points clear of the relegation zone. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player.

Asmir Begovic: 6

Produced a couple of important saves and was generally solid.

Jimmy Dunne: 8

The unlikely hero deserves his moment of glory for his efforts since being deployed as a right-back. Again he gave it everything, defending well and always trying to contribute going forward.

Steve Cook: 7

Somewhat out of sorts in the first half, but he was much sharper in the second and blasted in the equaliser soon after Rangers had fallen behind.

Jake Clarke-Salter: 8

Another excellent performance from the centre-back, the highlight being a superb – and crucial – challenge to deny Jay Stansfield. His displays and improved fitness have been pivotal in helping Rangers progress during the second half of the campaign.

Kenneth Paal: 7

Useful on the left. Delivered a first-half cross which led to Lucas Andersen hitting the bar.

Isaac Hayden: 7

Quietly effective in midfield despite nursing an injury. Sensible on the ball and quick to snuff out a couple of dangerous Birmingham counter-attacks.

Sam Field: 7

Also competed well to give Rangers a measure of control in midfield. Strong in the challenge and his passing was accurate.

Chris Willock: 6

Always a threat and was involved in some nice build-up play, although isn’t as effective on the right flank. Missed a great chance to make it 2-1 when he volleyed over from eight yards.

Lucas Andersen: 6

Hit the bar from close range and also missed a chance when he blasted wide after being set up Ilias Chair. Gave the ball away occasionally too on an off-day compared to his recent performances.

Ilias Chair: 7

Although still not at his very best, this was an improvement on Chair’s past couple of below-par displays. He was instrumental as Rangers created chances in the first half and was unlucky not to score when denied by a fine save from keeper John Ruddy.

Michael Frey: 6

Always willing to battle physically, but looked cumbersome and off the pace before being replaced on the hour mark.

Sinclair Armstrong: 7

Unsettled Birmingham’s defence after coming on – including in the build-up to the winner, which came when Dunne hammered home the loose ball after Armstrong had gone up against Deon Sanderson.

Jack Colback: 7

Hardworking in midfield after coming on for Hayden.