Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Brentford Player Ratings: Smith the difference

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In one of the most remarkable fight-backs in second tier history, 93rd and 94th minute goals saw QPR snatch a remarkable point against West London foes Brentford at Loftus Road. Here’s our player ratings from the game.

Queens Park Rangers

Alex Smithies – denied Vibe in a relatively quiet first half. Difficult to criticize him too much for either goal and his one-on-one stop from Watkins shortly before injury time proved more important than it looked at the time. 7

Jordan Cousins – struggled to get into the game in an attacking sense and when he did his deliveries let him down. On one or two occassions he allowed Vibe to run in behind him. 3
Alex Baptiste – a few nervy headers and was less than successful with his crossfield passing, also failing to get close to Vibe for the goal. 3
Jack Robinson – made the odd mistake, but also bailed his teammates out at times with some good challenges on Vibe and one on Canos. Got more right than he got wrong. 6
Jake Bidwell – struggled to control the left channel at the start of both halves and didn’t offer much going forward against his old club until the last half-hour, when he put in a couple of decent deliveries. 4

Jamie Mackie – typically hardworking but didn’t look comfortable out wide. When he got into the final third he always cut back onto his right foot and played the easy ball to Freeman or Luongo, thus giving defenders time to prepare for a cross. Turned Clarke inside out on 17 minutes before firing over from close-range. 4
Josh Scowen – made a couple of decent challenges but perhaps sat too deep for much of the first half, partly due to the absence of an extra man in midfield. Struggled to stamp out opposition breakaways in the second half. 4
Massimo Luongo – struggled to truly assert himself on the game in the first half, though he improved after the break with plenty of firm tackles and powerful runs. 5
Luke Freeman – his deliveries weren’t quite as good as we have come to expect. Often popped up on the left side, where he had to run directly and cross quickly, rather than take time over his balls in as he likes to on the right. However, he came up trumps in the dying moments with a tap-in to dramatically equalize. 6

Conor Washington – lively enough without providing the killer instinct, blasting straight at Bentley in the first half. Not one of his better games. 4
Idrissa Sylla – assisted the two best chances of the first half with his pass to Mackie and flick-on for Washington, before his deft header hit the bar early in the woodwork. Didn’t win aerial duels with Bjelland as conclusively as he might have done though. 5

Matt Smith (on 58) – did Sylla’s target man role a little better, perhaps helped by the increasingly urgent nature of the service and support he received. Scored the first goal in injury-time and knocked the ball on for the second. 10

Kazenga Lua Lua and Pawel Wszolek (on 74) – weren’t necessarily the catalysts for the comeback. If anything, QPR lost some fluency when they initially came on and both goals were down to crosses from deep rather than quick wide play. 4

Brentford

Daniel Bentley – saved a shot straight at him by Washington in the first half. Rarely called into meaningful action until injury-time, when he failed to command his penalty area and was punished with both goals. 2

Josh Clarke – made a lot of impressive forward runs to support Jozefzoon in the early stages, but faded as the game went on. The second half was more of a counter-attacking job in which he was instructed to sit close to Egan. 5
John Egan – made some important defensive challenges in the first half and was commanding in the air in the second, but couldn’t sustain that in the closing stages. 4
Andreas Bjelland – had mixed fortunes in the air against Sylla and despite being relatively tall, he wasn’t as strong as he could have been in injury-time. 3
Yoann Barbet – didn’t provide swift overlapping runs, which was problematic in the first half when central space was limited. Showed some good technical ability though including a long pass that released Yennaris. 4

Ryan Woods – more patient and precise in possession than QPR’s midfielders and was effective with the ball, though perhaps not quite as aggressive as one might want a defensive midfielder to be in the closing stages. 5
Nico Yennaris – showed remarkable spirit to play on despite a seemingly disruptive challenge and got forward more early in the second half, setting up Vibe’s opener and having a chance himself. 6
Kamohelo Mokojto – imposed his physicality when needed but was intelligent with how he used it – he didn’t go in for challenges he couldn’t win. Some accurate passes into wide areas. 6

Florian Jozefzoon – showed some quick movement early on but had to go off midway through the first half due to an injury. 5
Sergi Canos – after forcing the first proper save from Smithies, he was perhaps the liveliest attacking player for either side in the latter stages of the first half and the beginning of the second. Liked to drift into central areas and made strong runs on the break. 7
Lasse Vibe – struggled to get to loose balls ahead of Jack Robinson in the first half, but it didn’t deter him from making positive runs and he was rewarded after the break with two well-taken goals. 8

Ollie Watkins (on 29) – didn’t make an instant impact, but came to the fore in the second half as QPR pushed forward and the game became stretched, allowing him to freely cut inside into central areas. Would have killed the game off before injury-time but for a good save from Smithies. 7
Romaine Sawyers (on 73) – he enjoyed some good combination play with Mokotjo which led to the second goal, but he did give away a dubious free-kick that led to the equalizer. 5
Neal Maupay (on 82) – couldn’t replicate the mobility up top and down the channels that Vibe provided. 4