QPR 0-1 Southampton: Player Ratings

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Southampton climbed to third in the Premier League table thanks to Sadio Mane’s 92nd minute winner at Queens Park Rangers.

The Senegalese latched on to Maya Yoshida’s through ball and held off Nedum Onouha before firing into the top corner with his left foot.

QPR thought they had equalised in the final seconds but after the ball hit Onouha on the way into the net, the linesman’s flag ruled the goal out for offside and the Saints took the points.

Tight first period

In a tight first half, it was the visitors who went closest to breaking the deadlock when Jose Fonte volleyed James Ward-Prowse’s corner off the crossbar.

Eljero Elia also looped an effort wide of the post after beating the onrushing Rob Green before Sadio Mane missed two chances in a half the Saints dominated.

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The first period was marred by an injury to Southampton youngster Matt Targett who needed treatment for seven minutes and left the field on a stretcher after a collision with R’s winger Matty Phillips.

Forster save crucial

The home side came into the game somewhat in the second half and Mauro Zarate’s shot was fortunately straight into the arms of Fraser Forster.

The England goalkeeper had to be at his best later on though as Joey Barton’s low strike from the edge of the area was flicked up by Charlie Austin and Forster somehow reacted to tip the ball over from six yards.

Mane wins it

That save would prove crucial as the game entered four minutes of stoppage time as Mane grabbed the all-important goal that would seal the points.

The through ball came from Maya Yoshida, who had gone to left back after the injury to Targett, and Mane received it on the spin away from Onouha to his left.

His second touch bought him just enough room to fire powerfully across Green and into the top right-hand corner to break QPR hearts.

Equaliser disallowed

The R’s even had an equaliser ruled out after Mane’s goal, with the ball striking the back of the offside Onouha on the way into the Southampton goal.

Fraser Forster thought he was fouled in the build-up but it mattered not as the flag had gone up and with that the final whistle went to hand the Saints all three points to take them to third in the Premier League.

Southampton player ratings

Forster – 7
Clyne – 7
Fonte – 7
Gardos – 6
Targett – 6
Wanyama – 7
Davis – 7
Ward-Prowse – 6
Elia – 6
Mane – 8
Pelle – 6


Schneiderlin – 6
Yoshida – 7
Tadic - 6

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