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QPR player ratings v Middlesbrough

Lyndon Dykes scored QPR’s third goal in the win at Loftus Road. (Image: Ian Randall | MI News)

QPR cruised to a fine 3-2 win over much-loved Middlesbrough at Loftus Road to hand Mick Beale his first win as head coach. Here’s how we rated the Rangers players.

Seny Dieng: 7

A composed figure as Boro lay siege to the Rangers goal 20 minutes after half-time. Couldn’t do much for both goals and fired from a smart diving save to deny Chuba Akpom. The difference he makes on the side cannot be underestimated.

Osman Kakay: 6

A performance typically engaged against a team that clearly targeted him in the second half. Although he was upset on occasion, he won many crucial headers and tackles.

Jimmy Dunne: 6

Dunne replaced injured Jake Clarke-Salter (Image: Ian Randall | MI News)

Marked with a goal, he knew nothing about the aftermath of Steffen’s cerebral blackout trying to claim a corner only to have the ball bounce off the Irishman’s back. However, it was often a difficult afternoon for the tall centre-half, whose poor touch led to the corner that saw Boro score just before half-time. He then almost offered a goal for Duncan Watmore minutes later when he was caught loitering at the edge of his own box, but was bailed out by Rob Dickie’s block. Better in the second half with towering headers as Rangers found themselves under the cosh.

Rob Dickie: 6

Matt Crooks lost from the corner which saw Boro equalize but was otherwise solid, both bringing the ball past the defense and putting his body on the line as Chris Wilder’s men pressed hard to equalise. He stood tall under intense pressure but was left many questions by the movement of the visiting forwards in the second half and received the slip from Marcus Forss for Boro’s second goal. But, like Dunne, was much better in the final 20 minutes to help wrap up the win.

Kenneth Paal : 7

A much better performance than at Blackburn last week. Like the rest of the defense, he had some nervous moments with some impetuous challenges in dangerous dead-ball situations. However, despite his lack of height, the Dutchman made some great defensive headers and showed his bravery by putting his head where it hurt to pass Macauley Bonne, who was then rammed by Darragh Lenihan late in the game. Always finding his feet in an attacking sense.

Sat field: 6

Implemented a huge change in the middle of the park, but for much of the second half he was unable to grab the ball and release the pressure as Rangers found themselves overwhelmed. I had a good battle with the physical Crooks.

Stefan Johansen: 7

A true show of captaincy, but an early knock seemed to hamper his movement. Boro’s midfielder slipped past him with ease at times. However, his beautifully weighted free-kick to launch Lyndon Dykes was first-class and he used all his experience to help see the game with some moves from the front page of football’s dark arts book. Limped late in the game after being caught by a heavy challenge.

Luke Amos: 8

Was excellent in the first half, with a tireless run and won plenty of tackles to help put his team on the front foot as they took a 3-0 lead. Visibly tired in the second half but more than justified his inclusion as he worked so hard for the team in midfield.

Ilias chair: 6

A brilliant end to a week that saw the Moroccan international welcome his first child into the world. Had some great moments in the first half as Rangers took a three-goal lead but faded in the second half as the hosts struggled to get the ball out of their own half. Had a great chance to make it 4-2 on another error from the unfortunate Steffen but couldn’t get on target.

Chris Willock: 8

Willock marked his return to action with a brilliant goal (Image: Ian Randall | MI News)

Marked his long-awaited return to action after tearing a hamstring in March with a top-notch goal. Showed the nuances of Les Ferdinand at his pomp as he collected the ball in his own half, beating three Boro defenders before slamming the ball into the top corner after just 13 minutes. Looked understandably rusty given his long layoff, but showed flashes of brilliance on the ball to show why he is this team’s main attacking force. Replaced after 70 minutes but will be better for the run-out.

Lyndon Dikes: 8

A much improved display after struggling at Blackburn last week. Scored with a clever diving header after biting past the Boro defense to hail Johansen’s free-kick after seeing a fine earlier effort from range deflected by Steffen. Worked tirelessly to help his side defensively and almost added a fourth after going 70 yards as Rangers turned defense into attack but his tired shot bounced just wide.

Albert Adomah: 7

Added a much-needed outlet on the right flank after replacing Willock as Rangers found themselves stuck in their own half for long stretches after half-time. His introduction was key to bringing Rangers back into the game as he got into great crossing positions and almost scored with a beautiful shot that just flew wide.

Macauley Good: 6

Not long, but played a big part in wrapping up a narrow win when introduced late in the game. Was clean on goal after hanging on to Paal’s header with a smart run only to be knocked out by a terrible challenge from Lenihan.