QPR 0 Spurs 0: How the players rated
This London derby ended in a stalemate with QPR the happier in taking a vital point to aid in their fight against relegation. Here is how the players from both teams rated...
Julio Cesar – 8
The Brazilian produced a world class double save in the opening stages to tip a Jermain Defoe drive onto the post and then block Emmanuel Adebayor’s follow up from point blank range. He denied the England international again at the start of the second half.
Shaun Derry - 7
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He protected the back four well and was one of a number of R’s players that put their boot in where it counted.
Clint Hill - 7
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There was nothing fancy from the defender but he headed and kicked everything out of harm’s way. He threw himself in the way of a Jermain Defoe as Spurs piled on the pressure in stoppage time.
Ji-Sung Park - 6
The Korean always made himself available to receive the ball and was industrious in the middle of the pitch when Tottenham had the ball.
Adel Taarabt - 9
The Moroccan just about beat his goalkeeper and Stephane Mbia to man-of-the-match with a lively display where he was Rangers’ only real attacking threat. A couple of flamboyant skills early on got the crowd excited but it was when he was being more direct in the first half that Spurs looked rattled. Though he must learn to be less greedy he did bisect the visitors’ defence on four occasions with superb through-balls.
Shaun Wright-Phillips - 7
The winger is probably still wondering how he failed to find the net after Adel Taarabt put him through on three occasions.
Jamie Mackie - 6
The Scottish international got little change out of Kyle Naughton down the right flank but was always a pest in attack and never dropped his work rate.
Nedum Onuoha - 7
By virtue of Gareth Bale having one of his quieter afternoons, the former Manchester City man went relatively untroubled.
Ryan Nelsen - 8
The New Zealander kept Emmanuel Adebayor in his pocket until the Togo international – bound for the Africa Cup of Nations after this game – was substituted after the hour mark. He will be missed at Loftus Road if he decides to move to Toronto this transfer window and the QPR fans made sure he knew it by singing his name at the final whistle.
Fabio da Silva - 6
Very little came down Spurs right side so he rarely had the sight of Aaron Lennon baring down on him.
He Adel Taarabt in the second half but got caught in two minds whether to shoot or cross and wasted the chance.
Stephane Mbia - 8
The midfielder put in the sort of powerhouse performance that offers hope in Rangers’ battle against the drop. He excelled, particularly in the first half, when he overshadowed Mousa Dembele, winning their battle, breaking Spurs attacks up but also bursting forward where only his final ball let him down.
Subs: Rob Green, Anton Ferdinand, Djibril Cisse, Tal Ben Haim, Alejandro Faurlin, Jay Bothroyd, DJ Campbell
Hugo Lloris - 6
A spectator for much of the match, the Frenchman was alert enough to steam out of his box and clear after Adel Taarabt had played in Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Jan Vertonghen - 6
The centre back did the necessary sweeping up and when QPR found a way past him Michael Dawson was on hand to bail his defensive partner out.
Aaron Lennon - 5
He was kept very quiet in the first half with Tottenham rarely operating on the right flank. He switch to the left midway through the second half but still found little joy and was substituted on 80 minutes for Glyfi Sigurdsson.
Emmanuel Adebayor - 4
There was not a lot a lot for him to feed off in the first 45 minutes but Ryan Nelsen ensured he was well marshalled. Probably already dreaming of the Africa Cup of Nations and was replaced on 68 minutes by Clint Dempsey.
Gareth Bale - 6
The Welshman had one of his quieter games and though full of energy, like his team-mates he struggled to find ways through the Hoops’ packed midfield.
Kyle Naughton - 7
The full back won his personal tussle with Jamie Mackie but with so little wing play, wasn’t able to make an impact in an attacking sense.
Jermain Defoe - 7
Proved the link man early on for Spurs’ few attacks and was only denied the opening goal when Julio Cesar tipped his 25-yard shot onto the post. Came into the game more in the second half as Spurs pressed for a goal but nothing came off for the forward.
Mousa Dembele - 5
Was never far from the attentions of Stephane Mbia with the Rangers man coming out on top in their personal midfield battle. He was booked on 39 minutes for tripping Jamie Mackie.
Michael Dawson - 8
The defender could have been plying his trade for the R’s after he was heavily linked in the summer. He made two vital interventions in the first half an hour, first to deny Shaun Wright-Phillips with a block when the R’s man looked destined to score from close range. He then made a crucial last man tackle to prevent Stephane Mbia running through on goal.
Kyle Walker - 6
He went close to opening the scoring in the second half with a free-kick that just inched over the bar.
Sandro - 5
Limped off on 25 minutes after falling awkwardly. Replaced by Scott Parker
Subs: Scott Parker - 7
Introduced in place of the injured Sandro, he solidified Spurs, stemming the QPR tide and gave Spurs a better base to work from.
Clint Dempsey and Glyfi Sigurdsson – N/A
The two replacements couldn’t affect the game after coming on.
Unused: Brad Friedel, Tom Huddlestone, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Steven Caulker