Extended player ratings: QPR 1 Saints 4

Last updated : 15 September 2008 By Chris C
Starting line-up

Davis - 9: A second consecutive Man of the Match performance from Kelvin Davis which says a lot about the lack of protection in front of him. Made a series of outstanding saves, the pick of the bunch a Gordon Banks impression to palm a bouncing header over at full stretch.

James - 5: Didn't do enough defensively or offensively to justify the continued experiment to play him out of position at right back. Solid enough and no shortage of effort, but the acres of space at the right hand post for the opening goal summed up the lack of organisation.

Lancashire - 4: Ouch, a league debut to forget with some naive defending and a red card within the first half hour. Showed signs of his potential with some intelligent shielding of the ball, but needed a more experienced partner alongside him to ease him into the side. Unfortunately, that player was on the bench.

Cork - 5: John Terry won't be quaking in his boots on this performance as a second teenage centre back struggled with a mobile QPR front line and through the collective lack of experience in the back line. Shouldn't have been expected to organise the back line and may be a better option at right back.

Surman - 5: Some meaty challenges showed his committment to the cause, but another who looks uncomfortable at the back with too much of the QPR play coming down the left. Little chance to show his wonderful touch further up the field as he was restricted to some wayward passing under pressure at the back.

Wotton - 6: The only experienced outfield player he did his best to organise those around him. Looked much better doing so when moved to centre back where he put in some thunderous challenges, some legal, some less so. Suffered late on as QPR ran riot with Saints caught on the counter.

Schneiderlin - 6: Pushed further upfield, he wasn't able to get on the ball as much as he would like to show off his excellent range of passing. Frustration got the better of him towards the end as he got stuck in earning a yellow and substituted before he could get a red. Plenty more to come from the talented Frenchman who on-form makes this side tick. Needed to do more to protect his defence.

Gillett - 5: No shortage of effort as the tigerish midfielder covered every blade of grass. Unfortunately, this frequently left Saints exposed at the back with Gillett keen to push forward as much as possible. Lovely one two with Lallana for Saints equaliser. The less said about his shooting the better as he failed to score from inside the six yard box and then shanked a shot so far wide it missed even the corner flag!

Holmes - 5: More bad luck for Saints saw Lee Holmes go off early after an aggressive challenge sent him flying. Looked lively early on and Saints missed his width with the right footed Dyer replacing him.

Lallana - 8: The bright light in Saints outfield, he scored a simply wonderful goal running at pace at the heart of the QPR defence, exchanging passes with Gillett and slotting past Cerny. He was a constant threat and should have scored more, but for lack of composure in front of goal. A great sight to see him in full flow jinking past defenders and ghosting into the box getting on the end of chances.

McGoldrick - 5: Quiet afternoon's work from McGoldrick who was short of his recent high standards. A poor free kick and bad miss late on summed up his day in front of goal. Didn't have the best of service, but wasn't his usual rampaging self demanding the ball.


Dyer - 5: Another frustrating performance from Nathan who showed some great skill on the ball and an improved first touch, but frequently gave the ball away through poor delivery. Bright when he came on he faded badly in the second half, but for a good run and pass to set up McGoldrick late on.

Pekhart - 5: A strange choice to come on ahead of Stern John with the side so short of experience. He looked to stretch the QPR defence with his runs but got no real chance in front of goal.