QPR 2 Man City 2: Player ratings as Sergio Aguero stars

Player ratings as Charlie Austin and Sergio Aguero impress at Loftus Road

By Jonathan Spencer
QPR
2
Man City
2

Queens Park Rangers

Robert Green An Aguero master-class made both goals hard to deal with. He made some decent saves during the match and he will need a big season if QPR are going to stay up. 6/10

Mauricio Isla He didn’t have too much to do in the first half as most of City’s attack was down the left-hand side. However, he provided a good outlet going forward and he couldn’t be blamed for any of Man City’s goals. 6

Steven Caulker Between him and Dunne, they must have felt they could have done better to stop Aguero scoring his first goal. He looked shaky at times when City attacked, nearly letting in Navas to win the match near the end after deciding not to head the ball away. Did however, make a goal line clearance from Milner’s header. 5

Richard Dunne Could have coped better with both of the goals. Let Aguero in behind for both goals and when you give the Argentine space, there will only be one outcome. However, did make some important clearances and also make a goal line clearance off Aguero at 2-1. 5

Suk-Young Yun Wasn’t to blame for either of City’s goals. He matched his opponent for most of the match and made a vital clearance to deny Navas a chance to win the match near the end. He also provided a good option going forward throughout the match, linking up well with Fer. 6

Eduardo Vargas Absolutely brilliant match from the tenacious Chilean. Set up the first goal with a brilliant pass to Austin and won the 50/50 with Fernando, which led to the second goal. He caused problems all match for Clichy and he deserved to be on the winning side as he looked dangerous throughout the 90 minutes. 8

Sandro Broke up City’s forward play alongside Henry well during the first half. City’s midfield could hardly influence the game. Went off at half-time because of a hamstring problem. 7

Karl Henry Great hustling and challenges, alongside Sandro in midfield, to break up City’s play in the first half. He couldn’t be blamed for either goals as they came from long balls from deep inside City’s own half. Henry’s spirit and hard work is how the whole team need to play until the end of the season. 7

Leroy Fer Very strong runs through the heart of City’s midfield and some clever link-up passes in attack. He was an influential part of the attacking play that caused City’s defence much trouble, especially in the first half. 6

Charlie Austin (Man of the match) Took his first goal well, showing a lot of composure to finish the move off. Also, put in a wonderful cross which Demichelis couldn’t deal with to set up the second goal. Also scored two disallowed goals. 9

Bobby Zamora Brlliant partnership with Austin. Great target play from Zamora and held the ball up well for his partner. He was always causing the City defenders problems throughout the match. 7

Substitutes

Joey Barton Replaced Sandro in midfield and kept that bite and hunger that was needed in the middle of the pitch to deal with City’s attacking threat. He worked well in attack, creating some dangerous attacking play and also worked hard defensively. 6

Manchester City

Joe Hart Even though he was fortunate that Austin’s strike was not allowed, he made some great saves to deny QPR from scoring more goals. He handled the pressure that the City defence were putting on him, well. 6

Bacary Sagna Linked up well with Navas on the right hand side of the pitch throughout the match. However, he was part of a poor defence that found it very hard to deal with Austin, Zamora, Vargas and Fer and chances were at a premium. 6

Martin Demichelis Looked lost without Kompany alongside him. Struggled having a new partner by his side and he scored an own-goal after some strong pressure from Zamora making a good run. 4

Eliaquim Mangala Also, massively struggled. He kept Austin onside for the first goal and he made some sloppy decisions that put much unnecessary pressure on City’s defence. He did, however, assist Aguero for the first goal, with a long ball over Rangers’ defence. 4

Gael Clichy Struggled throughout the match to deal with Vargas. He was inferior throughout the match and slipped at a costly time to let Vargas through to assist Austin for the first goal. 4

Jesus Navas Except for Aguero, he was City’s second most influential attacking player. Caused trouble on the right throughout the match, with his pace and deliveries in the box. He is suited perfectly for City’s counter attacking play. 7

Fernandinho Hasn’t reached the same standards as last year by a long way. Was outmuscled in the centre of the pitch by Henry and Sandro for most of the match and didn’t support the defence as much as Pellegrini would have liked. However, he put a great ball into Aguero early on in the match, before Nasri’s shot was blocked by Dunne. 5

Fernando Just like Fernandinho, he struggled to cope with the muscle of the opposition midfield throughout the match. He let Vargas beat him easily to the 50/50 for QPR’s second goal. 5

Yaya Toure Again, he didn’t have a very effective match and he was kept quiet a lot in the heart of midfield. Not many trademark darting runs. However, it’s Toure and you can’t give him too much space, otherwise he will punish you, like he did to set up Aguero for the second goal with a lovely long ball. He needs to step up massively for City because at the moment, it looks like Chelsea are going to run away with the title. 6

Samir Nasri Ineffective first half as City’s attacking play kept breaking down. However, he had a much stronger second half, as he was on the ball much more and was linking up cleverly with the rest of the attack. Put a lovely ball across the face of QPR’s goal, which Toure couldn’t get a touch to. Unlucky to be taken off at a crucial time in the match, with the score at 1-1. 5

Sergio Aguero Frustrated up front right at the beginning. However, he was absolutely fantastic and was by far City’s best player. Scored two wonderfully taken goals, showing great composure and finishing skills. He was at the heart of City’s play and without him they look like they could really struggle this season. 9

Substitutes

Edin Dzeko Came on, came off injured very son after. Very difficult to give a rating. N/A

Frank Lampard Linked up well in midfield, passing the ball well with his team-mates and added much-needed composure on the pitch, but he didn’t have a direct influence on the match. 5

James Milner You know what you are going to get with Milner and that is a never give up attitude. He nearly scored to make it 2-2 but Caulker cleared it off the line. Added fresh legs to a weary team. 6

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