Nahki Wells’ second-half strike gave QPR a deserved victory over Middlesbrough at Loftus Road. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player in the 2-1 win.
Joe Lumley: 6
While there wasn’t a great deal to keep Lumley occupied, he lacked authority when dealing with crosses and got into a tangle when he opted to punch out a Stewart Downing free-kick.
Darnell Furlong: 8
Even though he misjudged the cross that led to Boro’s equaliser, Furlong looked sound both at right-back and in central defence, making a crucial block to foil substitute Ashley Fletcher in the closing stages.
Toni Leistner: 7
The captain came to Rangers’ rescue on several occasions, getting his head to some dangerous crosses and shifted across seamlessly to the left-hand side of defence after Joel Lynch’s departure.
Joel Lynch: 6
Apart from one early lapse, when Jordan Hugill succeeded in giving him the slip, Lynch was generally solid at the back before hobbling off with a dead leg early in the second half.
Jake Bidwell: 7
Bidwell delivered a precision cross to set up Rangers’ fourth-minute opener for Pawel Wszolek and played his part at the other end of the field, throwing himself into the path of a Downing shot just before half-time.
Pawel Wszolek: 7
The winger timed his run perfectly to put Rangers ahead, then picked out Nahki Wells to score the winner. But he also wasted a chance to make it 3-1 and was fortunate not to be booked for a poor challenge on George Friend in added time.
Massimo Luongo: 7
Looked more influential as the game continued, getting his foot in where it was needed and bringing the ball out to good effect – even if some of his passing was overly ambitious.
Jordan Cousins: 7
The midfielder exuded energy and desire from the first whistle, putting down a marker with some lively tackles, but his hesitancy on the ball after switching to right-back later in the game almost proved costly.
Luke Freeman: 6
The architect of Rangers’ opening goal when he released Bidwell with a well-timed lay-off, Freeman continued to work his way into good positions, only to be let down by some inconsistent crossing.
Ebere Eze: 7
Stifled by Adam Clayton early on, Eze gradually found more space and opportunities, with his quick thinking setting up a series of counter-attacks as Rangers defended their lead during the final half-hour.
Nahki Wells: 9
Full of running, persistence and agile footwork, Wells produced a clinical finish to restore Rangers’ advantage on the hour and was unlucky not to grab at least one more goal after turning his marker with ease.
Josh Scowen: 7
Having replaced Lynch soon after half-time, Scowen was involved in several breaks from midfield and pounced on Ryan Shotton’s loose pass to set up a late opportunity that Wszolek squandered.