QPR v Cardiff player ratings

Paul Smyth’s goal on his QPR debut have them a dramatic victory against Cardiff at Loftus Road. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player in the 2-1 win.

Alex Smithies: 7

Aside from an early save to deny Rhys Healy – and the penalty, when Joe Ralls sent him the wrong way – Smithies was largely untroubled but dealt competently with whatever came in his direction.

Alex Baptiste: 8

His experience and reading of the game was essential, particularly when he steamed in to snuff out a golden opportunity for Junior Hoilett at 0-0.

Nedum Onuoha: 6

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The skipper looked uncomfortable at times and almost gifted Hoilett a goal in the first half when he dithered on the ball just outside the penalty area, allowing the ex-QPR forward a clear run.

Jack Robinson: 7

Robinson’s positioning, whether in central defence or on the left, has improved so much since last season – and his long throw was a significant weapon again as he set up Matt Smith’s equaliser.

Jordan Cousins: 6

Played his part in Rangers’ second-half renaissance by setting up a series of counter-attacks and made a crucial challenge to foil Kenneth Zohore in the closing stages as the home side held on.

Massimo Luongo: 7

After what might have turned into a costly blunder, when he gave the ball away to Hoilett, the midfielder found his creative touch in the second half as Rangers fought back.

Josh Scowen: 6

Back in the side after suspension, Scowen was guilty of some uncharacteristically stray passes – although he did set up a good opportunity for substitute Aramide Oteh in added time.

Jake Bidwell: 6

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Bidwell’s untidy push on Callum Paterson gave Cardiff the opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot, but he was otherwise solid enough and got forward when required to do so.

Luke Freeman: 7

Freeman’s delivery was good, especially at set-pieces where he created chances for Onuoha and Smith, and he was also unfortunate to shave the crossbar with a shot of his own.

Matt Smith: 6

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Too many of Smith’s headers failed to pick out a team-mate. But the centre-forward’s jump and direction for Rangers’ equaliser were perfect and he then sent Smyth clear to net the second.

Paul Smyth: 8

Subjected to some physical challenges, the young debutant never let that dilute his enthusiasm and willingness to run at goal – and he displayed composure to race clear and fire Rangers’ winner 18 minutes from time.

Aramide Oteh: 6

Replacing Smyth for the final 15 minutes, the youngster worked hard to keep Cardiff’s defence under pressure, although he also squandered a good chance to make it 3-1 in injury time.