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QPR player ratings vs Sunderland

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QPR's season didn't exactly get off to the dream start after promotion: in their first three games they scored no goals, conceded six and were highly disappointing generally. However, it was an encouraging first win, and one to build on against Sunderland. 

Truly a game of two halves. In the first, Rangers were completely on top, and were deservedly in front at half time. However, they were forced to defend in the second half, but nonetheless were relatively comfortable. They ditched the 3-5-2 formation for a more radical 4-5-1 system, which worked to great effect.

News has emerged that Loic Remy was going to appear in QPR's starting lineup, but a conveniently timed bid from Chelsea activated his release clause, leaving Charlie Austin the lone striker for QPR.

This match will also most likely mark the final appearance for a true legend of QPR, Adel Taarabt. Coming on as a late substitute, he will be remembered for his incredible 2010/11 Championship heroics, and is most likely set to rejoin Milan.

Rob Green: 7

Had very little to do in an excellent first half for the R's, but pulled off some excellent saves when needed too. He pulled off a crucial late save against Emanuele Giaccherini's powerful half volley, and some of his stops were truly superb.

Clint Hill: 7

Was very competent defensively, including an excellent block off the line, but was sometimes wasteful in possession. However, performances of this standard will be much appreciated by Harry Redknapp.

Rio Ferdinand: 6

Was occasionally caught out positionally, but whenever he made a mistake he was able to recover well.

Steven Caulker: 7

Caulker was very solid for Rangers, and is already looking a top signing. Was rarely caught out, and organised his team mates well. However he was wasteful with a great chance to score from a corner.

Mauricio Isla: 7

One can tell that Isla's natural position is right midfield: when getting forward he was superb, using his pace to create chances. However, he was caught out defensively far too often.

Junior Hoilett: 6

A promising performance for the youngster. He has excellent pace, and set up several chances, but far too often shot when he could have passed.

Jordon Mutch: 3

Many are baffled by Mutch. Having been brilliant last season for Cardiff, he's not made a great start to his QPR career. Caught out defensively, very wasteful in possession and sometimes too anonymous, Harry Redknapp is reportedly looking to replace him with Sandro.

Joey Barton: 8

It's a shame that Barton's actions off the field are more talked about than those on it. Any Rangers fan will tell you about their captain's genuine talent, and today was a typical shift. Long range passing, flying blocks and accurate tackles were administered to a high level.

Leroy Fer: 9 MOTM

Signed for just £7m, Fer looks like a bargain signing. He has a high work rate, is very strong and equally persistent meaning he rarely gets shrugged off the ball, and is very reliable on the ball. He almost scored one of the goals of the season in the first half, his 35 yard strike flying off the crossbar. Looking very promising as a box-to-box midfielder.

Matty Phillips: 6

Phillips is undeniably one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League: he combines lightning pace and tricky skills with accurate crossing and a powerful shot. However, he needs to learn to make better use of possession, and he lost a few too many his take-ons today.

Charlie Austin: 6

Aged just 25, Charlie Austin is an old fashioned Number 9, he may not contribute much to buildup play, but give him a chance in the 18 yard box, and he'll take it. This was evident today, and he took his goal well.

Substitutes

Bobby Zamora: 6

Zamora came on to rapturous applause from the QPR fans: it was his 90th minute goal that sent them to the Premier League. Had few touches, but used them well, including one outrageous piece of showboating in the dying seconds.

Armand Traore: 6

QPR were defending so much that Traore mostly had to stay back, but when going forward he came incredibly close to scoring, his right-footed shot just wide of the far post. It could be Traore's final season with QPR as he is reportedly to join former boss Neil Warnock at Crystal Palace.

Adel Taarabt: N/A

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