The match between the club surprisingly under performing in QPR and the surprise package this season in Everton promised to be a tight game, with only a marginal result being able to separate the two teams.
The match wound up being a relatively low key affair, though included a sending off and some questionable decisions from the referee. Here are the match ratings.
Julio Cesar – 7: Unfortunate to concede an own goal as the ball rebounded off his back, but proved he still has the reflexes that made him a vital part of the Inter Milan team. Some fantastic saves to deny Jelavic and Jagielka from punishing QPR.
Armand Traore – 7: Had the tough challenge to mark out Everton forward Anichebe, and he performed his task well, frustrating the striker and preventing him from opening up the QPR defence.
Ryan Nelsen – 6: Was back in New Zealand when Everton equalised, and also guilty of trying to take Anichebe’s head off. Despite that, he made some excellent tackles, and almost doubled QPR’s lead with a fantastic bullet header, that wound up just wide of the post.
Jose Bosingwa – 5: Similar to Nelsen in that he was somewhere else for Everton’s equaliser, and also made a meal from the challenge that got Pienaar sent off. Despite this, Bosingwa made some good runs during the game, keeping Pienaar quiet for the majority of the match.
Samba Diakite – 7: The new bad boy of QPR got himself booked in the game as is the custom, but used his aggression well to stifle the Everton attack. Played some excellent through balls going forward, almost setting up Park to fire QPR a second.
Ji Sung Park – 5: Known or his tireless work ethic, Park struggled to impose himself during the game, being dispossessed easily, while his runs amounted to nothing. Did have one great opportunity to score following Diakites excellent through ball.
Adel Taarabt – 7: Seamlessly flowing throughout the centre of midfield, Taarabt created the space going forward which allowed Hoilett to score the opener. Unable to score himself, however he was the spark in the midfield which created the attacking chances.
Esteban Granero – 7: With QPR’s position in the table, it may not be long before Granero is destined for bigger things. His first touch a vital part in opening up the Everton defence, and provided the cross for Nelsen to fire a a header just wide of the post.
Stephane M’Bia – 5: Has undoubted talent, but his mean-streak nearly cost QPR the game on several occasions with his violent tussles with Jelavic. Not one of his best games, though managed to deflect Mirallas’ attempt late in the match.
Junior Hoilett – 8.5: Seems to blow to hot and cold during his matches, today he was blowing more than smoke. An absolutely wonderful goal from him which started on the edge of his own box, and wound up deflecting past Baines into the net. Had several fantastic opportunities to expand his goal tally, but was prevented by the magnificent saves of Tim Howard. Unfortunate to be denied a penalty.
Bobby Zamora – 5: At fault for allowing Distin to break through and fire a shot which lead to Evertons’ equaliser. Kept the Everton defence busy, allowing Taarabt and Hoilett to roam freely, but failed to make any significant impact.
Anton Ferdinand – 5: Little time to make an impact
Djibril Cisse – 6: Came on and looked destined for goal, but was unfortunately ruled offside.
Nedum Onuoha – 6: Made some good interceptions but had little to do
Tim Howard – 8: Nothing could be done to prevent QPRs’ goal, Howard ensured Everton remained in the game with some fantastic saves to deny Hoilett from adding to his opener.
Leighton Baines – 6: Not his finest game in an Everton shirt, finalised with some relatively woeful set piece taking from the defender. Held the line towards the end with Everton down to ten men. Was also the unfortunate defender to have his block result in Rangers deflected opener.
Phil Jagielka – 9: The best player on the pitch, both up front, and in defence. Very unfortunate to hit the crossbar with a smashing header, with his other attempts repelled by an inform Cesar. Some excellent defending ensured Park was unable to launch a goal-bound effort, while also blocking a last minute attempt by Granero to ensure Everton took a point.
Sylvain Distin – 7: Provided the pressure for an own goal with a great shot after working past Zamora. Distin looked comfortable all game in handling the England striker with his towering presence shutting him down all game.
Phil Neville – 5: Not his usual self during this game, being guilty of slowing down Evertons’ attacking movements far too often.
Leon Osman – 5: Struggled to handle the magic of Granero all game, and was shut down in his attempts to create any opportunities for Everton following Pienaars’ sending off.
Steven Pienaar – 5: Assisted with the goal to bring Everton level, but nowhere near as effective as he has been so far this season. Harshly sent off for a second bookable offence.
Seamus Coleman – 5: Guilty of a silly challenge that, very fortunately for Coleman, did not result in a penalty for QPR late in the game.
Nikica Jelavic – 6: Kept quiet for large spells by QPR, Jelavic was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty. Despite being relatively subdued, he had several great attempts, including a free kick that was turned away well by Cesar.
Kevin Mirallas – 5: Lively during the opening 30 minutes, Mirallas faded away completely during the second half, not providing any service. Had a late chance in the final minutes that was destined for goal had it not been blocked by M’bia
Victor Anichebe – 5: Stifled by Traore for the first half, being unable to provide the creative opportunities on the right he is accustomed to. Took a clothesline to the face by Nelsen that would make professional wrestlers wince, and was brought off early in the second half.
John Heitinga – 5: Came on with just under ten minutes to play and had little to do.
Steven Naismith – 6: Came on for Anichebe early in the second half, put himself into promising attacking positions often, but was denied the service to be a major threat.