QPR were unable to make it four wins in a row and had to settle for a point against Reading at Loftus Road. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player in the 0-0 draw.
Joe Lumley: 8
The keeper’s handling was excellent and he produced a point-blank save to deny Modou Barrow before diving to his left to push away a strike from Danny Loader in injury time.
Darnell Furlong: 7
An iffy spell in the first half aside, it was another good display from Furlong, who got forward often despite being tested defensively. Rangers have only conceded one goal since his return.
Toni Leistner: 7
So unlucky not to score, hitting the bar twice. Produced several vital interceptions and clearances while Rangers were under pressure.
Joel Lynch: 7
Also dug in and defended resolutely when he and Leistner were getting much less protection from their midfield than usual.
QPR boss Steve McClaren: “It was a game of two halves. They dominated the first half and it took us a while, with Luongo going out, to adjust with Jordan and Josh in there.”
Jake Bidwell: 7
A typical Bidwell display; solid, methodical, with flashes of quality down the left as he combined nicely with Luke Freeman.
Pawel Wszolek: 7
Tireless up and down the flank. Scored in the previous three home games and might have made it four in a row had he been able to get to a second-half pass from Ebere Eze.
Jordan Cousins: 6
Poor in the first half as Rangers struggled without Massimo Luongo. Better in the second once Rangers regrouped.
Josh Scowen: 6
Ditto. Picked up another silly booking though. It’s become a habit.
Luke Freeman: 8
Terrific stuff from Freeman. Leistner twice hit the woodwork after balls into the box from the Rangers playmaker, who performed an important defensive role by tucking in when Rangers were being overrun in midfield. He then became increasingly influential as an attacking force, creating a number of openings and almost scoring with a spectacular volley which was well saved.
Ebere Eze: 5
It won’t always happen for Eze as he learns – and this was certainly a learning experience for him. Ineffective going forward, he became a defensive liability as Reading players easily broke past him towards a midfield struggling without Luongo. And yet the Rangers youngster still produced one of the game’s stand-out moments; a clever pass through to Wszolek, who was just unable to get it to quickly enough.
Nahki Wells: 7
Isolated up front for long spells, and guilty of missing a couple of reasonable chances, the striker nevertheless put in a decent shift up front. He was sharp, covered plenty of ground in the absence of anything of note from Eze, and did his best try to stem the flow into midfield as Reading looked to play the ball out.