QPR 1-2 Wolves Player Ratings: brilliant Batth


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Here are The Football Lab’s player ratings for Wolves’ 2-1 win at QPR.

Queens Park Rangers

Alex Smithies – arguably the best player on the pitch. His string of saves at 2-0 was the main reason QPR went into injury time with a fighting chance. 9

James Perch – ruined the game for his side after they had looked strong early on. Gave the referee no choice with his second bookable offence. 1
Nedum Onuoha – didn’t have the pace required when drawn into wide areas. 2
Joel Lynch – one of the better players and grabbed a goal too. Won’t forget that stoppage time miss in a hurry. 7
Jack Robinson – his long throws caused problems early on. More effective with his hands than with his feet. 4

Sandro – battled well. QPR lost their grip on the midfield when he came off. 8
Grant Hall – a surprising decision to play him out of position, given that the QPR squad is not short of natural central midfielders. 2
Tjaronn Chery – went missing bar the odd awkward free-kick. Hindered by a lack of width on either flank. 3
Massimo Luongo – too lightweight. Holloway has work to do to find his best midfield combination. 4

Sebastien Polter – endeavour was there but not much more. Rarely got into goalscoring positions when the ball came in. 4
Conor Washington – often had his head down in possession. Taken off at half time. 3

Yeni N’Gakoto (on 45) – was not involved for much of the first half but added raw energy in the latter stages. 7
Karl Henry (on 62) – didn’t replace Sandro’s qualities out of possession. His old team flooded through the midfield after he came on. 4
Idrissa Sylla (on 67) – occupied the Wolves defence better than Polter had. Was key to the late rally. 8

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Carl Ikeme – looked vulnerable at set pieces but saved a couple of testing efforts from distance. Didn’t concede before his unfortunate injury on 83 minutes. 6

Dominic Iorfa – rarely tested defensively due to QPR’s lack of width, but assured in possession and assisted Edwards for the opener. 7
Danny Batth – dealt well with QPR’s set pieces in the first half and made some key interventions late on. Excellent performance. 9
Richard Stearman – Wolves’ defence looks better with Batth and Stearman at centre-back, rather than the inexperienced Hause and Iorfa. A base for Lambert to build on. 8
Matt Doherty – did not struggle at the back for similar reasons to Iorfa, but supported Cavaleiro well down the left. 7

Dave Edwards – a perfect Dave Edwards performance. Ran around relentlessly all game and ghosted into the box for an important goal. 8
Romain Saiss – a calming presence in midfield. 7
Conor Coady – could have been more aggressive when QPR had the ball, especially against 10 men. Offered nothing in possession. 4

Helder Costa – missed opportunities to create chances for other players. Showed his talent and got the second goal but cannot be so greedy in possession against 11 men. 5
Nouha Dicko – looked frustrated in the first half due to the slow service. His runs created space for Costa and Cavaleiro after the break. 6
Ivan Cavaleiro – added raw pace down the left. End product could have been better but Wolves missed the outlet he offered after he came off. 7

George Saville (on 73) – did not adapt to the fast-paced nature of the contest when he came on. 4
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (on 76) – ran in behind a couple of times but also missed a sitter. 5
Andy Lonergan (on 83) – reactions weren’t quite as strong as those of Ikeme. 4



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