QPR fan Albert Adomah scored both Aston Villa goals as they came from behind to win at Loftus Road. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player in their 2-1 defeat.
Alex Smithies: 7
Produced two excellent saves when Rangers were ahead, but in the end he was unable to keep the visitors at bay.
Alex Baptiste: 5
Fully committed, and overall has proved to be a useful stop-gap signing during Rangers’ injury problems, but for the second game running he was found wanting in the build up to a goal being conceded. He was caused constant problems by Adomah who, having missed a chance after getting in behind Baptiste in the first half, slotted in the winner after drifting away from him in the second.
Joel Lynch: 5
Looks more comfortable in the middle of a back three but his performance was poor nonetheless. Made a ridiculous error which should have led to a Villa third goal when he inexplicably failed to clear and was dispossessed inside his own penalty area, with Robert Snodgrass blasting the resulting loose ball over the bar.
Jack Robinson: 6
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Unlucky when a penalty was awarded after Snodgrass’ shot struck the defender’s hand. Robinson wasn’t at his best but did produce a number of important clearances and interceptions.
Jordan Cousins: 6
Worked hard and got through plenty of running on the right-hand side. Rangers will hope that improves his sharpness, which has been lacking following his recent return to action.
Josh Scowen: 6
Worked hard in midfield but was short of his best and missed a decent chance in the first half when his touch let him down in the penalty area.
Massimo Luongo: 7
Surprisingly selected despite his excursions on international duty. Withdrawn at half-time because of fatigue but had been playing well. Won several challenges, looked a threat going forward and was missed in the second half.
Luke Freeman: 7
Buzzed around, picking up space at will and always looked to create. His corner led to Rangers’ goal and several other deliveries into the box worried Villa, including one from the left which was fired wide by Matt Smith. Freeman also tested Villa keeper Sam Johnstone with a second-half volley.
Jake Bidwell: 7
Did well on the left. Solid defensively and was a decent attacking outlet, particularly in the first half.
Jamie Mackie: 7
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Showed his determination when getting to the ball first to score the opening goal. Did his job in terms of pressing Villa’s defenders before being replaced in the second half.
Matt Smith: 6
His presence up front posed a threat but also resulted in some very unsubtle route-one tactics from Rangers. Nevertheless, Smith was involved in the build up to the opening goal when he won the ball in the air, albeit messily, and he had a couple of attempts on goal himself in the second half.
Ryan Manning: 5
It’s wasn’t an easy game to be thrown into and the youngster found the going tough in midfield after coming on for Luongo at the interval.
Conor Washington: 6
Didn’t make much of impact after his introduction in the second half. Neither did Idrissa Sylla, who later also came on.