QPR has qualified for the FA Cup fourth round after winning a penalty shootout against Ligue 1 leaders Rotherham. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player.
Jordanian archer: 6
He looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet and had a number of near misses when Rotherham’s forwards shut him down. Made an error in judgment early in the second half which led to Michael Smith heading just over and his inability to retrieve the ball in the 77th minute forced Yoann Barbet back to the line and to clear the lead, although he made a decent save from Hakeen Odoffin’s powerful strike. He ultimately turned out to be the penalty shootout hero with two great saves – but got injured in the process.
Albert Adomah: 7
Fairly anonymous during the first half but made an excellent cross for Andre Gray shortly after half-time, who was headed straight for the goalkeeper, and another for Lyndon Dykes just before the 90 minutes was up, before prepare the attacker for the QPRs. equalizer in overtime. It should have done better for Rotherham’s goal, however, when he passed away and left Michael Ihiekwe unmarked at the far post to finish.
Rob Dickie: 6
Has held up well when called upon to defend with significant clearances. Sent Gray with a superb pass from inside his own half shortly before half-time and withstood the pressure during the second half when Rotherham was in the lead, although he was guilty of giving the ball several times, including in overtime which led him to concede a foul on a Rotherham counterattack. Maybe he should have communicated better with Adomah for the first goal.
Jimmy Dunne: 7
Really impressive in the first half, when he won numerous aerial duels and gave Will Grigg a big challenge to deny the striker a shot on goal in the 17th minute. Left very little room for Rotherham forwards all afternoon and gave his team a real lag in the middle of the defense.
Yoann Barbet: 6
Was involved in some of QPR’s best and worst defensive moments during the game. He was surprised several times at the start and put his goalkeeper under a lot of pressure with a bad pass back in the 21st minute. An error in judgment almost led Smith to give Rotherham the lead early in the second half, but he came back well to clear the line and made some big clearances when the Rangers were under pressure.
Lee Wallace: 7
QPR’s main offensive threat in the first half. Played an excellent ball for George Thomas, who failed to make contact a few yards away, then crossed for Gray shortly after whose shot was well saved. Strong defensively and continued to pose a threat on the left side before being substituted just before the hour mark.
Dom ball: 5
Quite anonymous during the 70 minutes he spent in the field. Played nice short passes and won a few duels in the middle of the park but didn’t really contribute enough alongside Stefan Johansen.
Stefan Johansen: 5
Not his best game. Booked over 15 minutes for a late slot on Daniel Barlaser and misplaced too many passes throughout. Play dictated to points in the game but was not good enough when given the option of choosing a key pass, such as an over-touched cross just before half-time when he was on the right side. Constantly tried to make things happen on his own but, exceptionally, lacked the necessary quality.
Georges Thomas: 6
Was clearly keen to grab a rare opportunity in the starting 11 and had some good times in the first half. Missed a big opportunity to give his team the advantage over Wallace’s cross, but played nice through passes, including one to put Wallace out of the way just after half an hour before placing a good center for Dunne to head straight for the goalie. Fainted in the second half and was substituted.
André Gray: 5
Spoiled great opportunities to give his team the advantage. Was denied by a good save from Josh Vickers in the 24th minute and headed straight for the goalkeeper in the second half on a cross from Adomah. His biggest opportunity of the game came just after an hour when Vickers sent him Dykes cross straight inside the box, but he skied his effort over the bar.
Charlie Austin: 6
Missed quite a few assists in the first half, including an attempted through-pass for Gray just before the half-hour mark with room to collide, but also tied the game well to the ‘opportunity. Hit a decent volley at Vickers from a corner as half-time approached, before being substituted after an hour.
Moses Odubajo: 6
Was forced to defend heavily after entering the second half and gave off a good clearance in the 68th minute as the ball passed over QPR center-backs. Failed to advance much and was substituted before the start of extra time.
Lyndon Dykes: 7
Beaten his man on the left and crossed the box just after entering resulting in Gray’s ski effort. Had a great scoring chance just before full time but shot straight at Vickers before scoring his team’s equalizer with an excellent header from Adomah’s cross.
Luc Amos: 6
Had a hard time making an impact on the game after coming on, but made the smart decision to pick Adomah to cross for Dykes’ equalizer.
André Dozzell: 6
Like Amos, he didn’t make much of a difference after coming on and gave the ball into a danger zone in the 83rd minute, which forced Adomah to come back and clear a cross.
Aaron Drewe: 6
Called in to replace Odubajo for extra time and has coped well with the pressure of the situation.