QPR vs Man City Player Ratings

It was all square at Loftus Road as QPR manage to squeeze a point out of Manchester City after holding the Barclays Premier League champions to a 0-0 draw.

Dzeko introduced too late perhaps?

By FOX SPORTS staff

Although the Citizens spent most of the game dominating proceedings, they failed to create many clear scoring chances and on the occasions they did, their path was blocked by opposition goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who put in an inspired display.

The Brazilian made stunning saves to keep out efforts from Gareth Barry and David Silva to earn a valuable point for QPR as they look to climb out of the relegation zone.

Here, FOXSPORTSASIA.com takes a look at the movers and shakers from Tuesday's game at Loftus Road.

QPR

Julio Cesar - 9

Although Cesar had real difficulties catching the ball, flapping at several crosses that City swung into his box, he had no such problems with the more difficult aspects of goalkeeping.

He produced a fine one-handed save to push away a firmly-struck shot by Barry in the first half, before reacting brilliantly to keep out a point-blank range effort from Silva right at the death.

Nedum Onuoha - 5

Most of City's first-half attacks came down their left flank and it was mainly because Onuoha was nowhere to be found when QPR were defending.

Time and time again, Carlos Tevez and David Silva bombed down the wing with sheer ease and several of their forays nearly led to a City goal.

Ryan Nelsen - 8

Based on this display, QPR will really miss Nelsen when he eventually leaves to begin his tenure as player-coach of Major League Soccer side Toronto FC.

The New Zealander was not only a rock at the back, clearing almost every ball that crossed his path, but also covered for his team-mates and did well to match Edin Dzeko for strength after the Bosnian was brought on as a substitute.

Clint Hill - 7

Although there were a couple of occasions when the QPR skipper lost sight of his direct opponent, he always did well to recover and protect his goal with last-ditch tackles.

Overall, a solid defensive display from the veteran.

Armand Traore - 6

Troare fared slightly better than Onuoha, but he did look slightly out of place against City's experienced and skillful players.

Stephane Mbia (92' off) - 5.5

It's hard to fault Mbia for his work ethic as he was always a willing runner and constantly provided his team-mates with an option.

Nonetheless, his distribution is just atrocious and it was clear the QPR players were slightly afraid to pass the ball to the Cameroon international given the way he would hand possession straight back to the visitors.

Shaun Derry - 7

A superb midfield enforcer, Derry cleared up messes for his side in the middle of the park and never gave his opponents any time to settle on the ball.

Fabio - 5.5

His crosses from the wide areas were disappointing and he hardly offered QPR anything when defending either.

Esteban Granero (89' off) - 4

Granero had an impressive start to his QPR career but he now looks like a man void of confidence. He should have been replaced much earlier as he could not retain possession

Mark Hughes' £9,000,000 for the former Real Madrid man is already looking like a massive waste of money.

Adel Taarabt - 8

Overenthusiastic at times, Taarabt got in the way of his team-mates but he slowly got into the rhythm of the game.

Rangers would be a force to be reckoned with if this man can learn how to look out for a team-mate and share the ball instead of dribbling and going for a shot on goal whenever he receives possession.

Loic Remy (92' off) - 6.5

Remy was largely starved of possession and failed to make any sort of impact as he was outnumbered by the opposition defence.

Substitutions

Park Ji-Sung (89' on)

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Bobby Zamora (92' on)

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Alejandro Faurlin (92' on)

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Man City

Joe Hart - 7

Had virtually nothing to do till the 38th minute when he was called upon to deny Taarabt, but what a save it was as he threw his hand up to claw away the Morocco international's point-blank range effort in a one-on-one situation.

Pablo Zabaleta - 7.5

After his crucial goal in the FA Cup against Stoke, the inspirational stand-in skipper almost repeated the feat in the first half, only to see his bullet header crash back off the crossbar.

Overall, Zabaleta put in an accomplished display and must be one of the most consistent players at the Etihad Stadium.

Joleon Lescott - 7

Lescott wasted a good opportunity to open the scoring in the 9th minute but he carried out his defensive duties well.

Javi Garcia - 7.5

The makeshift centre-back didn't look out of place playing in the heart of defence and put his passing ability to good use as he initiated many City attacks from the back.

Gael Clichy - 6

Considering Clichy didn't have much defending to do throughout the game, he really should have offered the visitors more going forward.

Instead, he was happy to sit back and allow Tevez and Silva to do most of the work down the left.

James Milner (86' off) - 7

Deployed in a more central role than usual, Milner provided City with plenty of energy but this also meant he could not offer them his usual penetration down the right wing.

Gareth Barry - 7

Barry put in a typically tidy display in the engine room and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as his blistering effort drew a world-class save from Cesar in the first half.

Samir Nasri (59' off) - 5

One of the worst games we have even seen from the Frenchman in a City shirt.

Nasri hardly touched the ball and was bullied off it by the robust QPR players.

David Silva - 6.5

Drifted in and out of the game but the introduction of Dzeko spiced things up for City as they looked more potent going forward.

Although Silva did produce the moments of brilliance that we've come to expect of it, he spent far too much of the game as a bystander.

Carlos Tevez (73' off) - 8

Without doubt City's most threatening forward, Tevez never stopped running at the opposition defence and always picked out the right pass in the attacking third.

Sergio Aguero - 7

Given the ex-Atletico Madrid man has only just returned from injury, manager Roberto Mancini will be very pleased with his display.

Aguero showed plenty of endeavour and, once he regains his sharpness in front goal, could prove to be a decisive figure in the title race.

Substitutions

Edin Dzeko (59' on) - 6.5

City lacked a physical presence in the box and the outcome of the match would have been very different as majority of the time there were nobody in the box to attack the ball whenever City played the ball into the penalty box. 

Jack Rodwell (73' on) - 6

Rodwell failed to get into the game after coming on and is yet to prove he has what it takes to succeed at a club of City's stature.

Scott Sinclair (86' on)

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