Player ratings: QPR 0 Saints 2

Last updated : 21 January 2007 By Chris C
Starting line-up

Davis - 7: Had virtually nothing to do all game, bar a tale of two attempted takes. On the first he rose like a salmon and plucked the ball out of the air in a crowd of players; for the second he rose like tinned sardines, fumbled and QPR scored, only to be denied by a debatable foul. Maybe the ref did get it right after all and I'm being too harsh - it's another clean sheet for a player who looks to have his confidence back.

Baird - 6: Quiet performance from the normally eye-catching Bairdy, who in an ironic twist looked like a centre back playing at right back. Typically solid in defence, bar one slip, but less assured in attack where he was overshadowed by Gareth Bale's magic. Then again who wouldn't be on current form? May be a better option away from home than Ostlund when we are looking to be more defensive.

Powell - 8: Impressive performance from Darren who showed just why Burley was keen to hang onto him despite the interest from Leeds. Competed well against a very muscular Ray Jones and made a number of important interventions. All the more impressive after so long on the sidelines and provided a good foil for Claus.

Lundekvam - 8: Played as much a part in the clean sheet as Darren Powell, with another vintage performance from Claus. He kept putting his head in where it hurt (literally with his damaged cheekbone) and was calmness personified as he swept up any danger at the back.

Bale - 9: We've seen so many great performances from Gareth Bale this season that sometimes we forget just how good he is for a 17 year old. He drove Saints forward and as usual provided most of our attacking threat down the left. Showed some lovely footwork in somehow finding the space to whip in some dangerous crosses. Add another few million onto the asking price.

Viafara - 6: Poor first half out of position on the right hand side of midfield, where he looked a fish out of water. However, he improved considerably when moved back inside to central midfield where alongside Pele he battled well against the impressive Steve Lomas. A good option away from home when we have to battle our way to a win.

Pele - 7: Hard to show his class on the tight and muddy pitch, but he looked impressive as usual particularly in the first half where he did Licka's running for him. Not quite as influential in the second half with Viafara getting stuck in alongside him, but certainly played his part in protecting our defence.

Licka - 6: A tale of two halves for Mario in a frustrating performance reminiscent of Anders Svensson. Suprisingly moved into central midfield he looked our most likely source of a goal in the first half with two good long range strikes from distance and some neat passing. More anonymous when moved out right in the second half where he drifted out of the game, being replaced by David McGoldrick.

Wright - 8: Deserves an 8 for one of the great team performances. After finally nailing down his slot in central midfield, Wright sacrificed himself to the team in the problem slot of left midfield and worked hard all afternoon to stay in position and give Gareth Bale the freedom to work his magic. Was never going to be charging down the left pinging in crosses, but played his part as much as anyone. Needs to do a little more corner practice though with two corners going straight out!

Jones - 6: Worked very hard against some muscular defending and just about held his own up front. Created a decent chance for himself by shrugging off a defender, turning well and powering a shot from the edge of the box that was well saved. Another team performance to do much of Rasiak's heavy lifting for him, even if it meant he struggled to make much of an impact in the penalty box.

Rasiak - 7: Typical Rasiak - did little of note, bar the most important thing of all, sticking the ball in the net. Fluffed an earlier chance when clean through, but his poacher's instinct got him in the right place at the right time to bundle the ball home after what seemed a foul on the keeper. How vital his goals have been to the team.


Wright-Phillips - 8: Another goalscoring cameo from Bradley who makes a great impact as substitute against tiring defences. Worked himself an earlier chance on his right foot with a jinking run, but then showed how it's done with a beautiful turn and shot past the keeper on his left foot.

McGoldrick - 7: Didn't catch the eye nearly as much as Wright-Philips but deserves credit for a lovely through ball to him for the second goal. Slowly getting opportunities in the first team now.