After two extremely bright performances against Swansea and Nottingham Forest, in which we were unfortunate to salvage a win from either game, it seems we are back down to earth. The performances from all outfielders today were a shadow of their former selves of the last fortnight. A dreary performance in which we were expecting to win. Here are my player ratings from today’s dreary performance.
GK: Lee Camp
Surprisingly one of the better players in a dreary performance, when rarely tested throughout the 90 minutes, comfortably saved the majority. However, the ball almost slipped through his legs in an early QPR chance, much to everyone’s relief he managed to keep the ball. 6/10.
RB: Maxime Colin
Maxime Colin is a player who I, like everybody else, rates as one of the best right-backs in the league, however today was unfortunately not his day. Despite a host of consistent performances throughout his time at Blues, he was subbed off on the 59th minute for academy graduate Wes Harding. During a breakaway counter-attack, instead of passing the ball up field, he completely missed the ball, knocking it out for a throw in. 5/10.
CB: Harlee Dean
Probably the stand out performer today, consistently managed to keep the dangerous Wells and Hemed strike force at bay throughout the 95 minutes of play, as well as making a few forward runs, similar to his performance against Swansea. 7/10.
CB: Michael Morrison
Throughout the match he was constantly forced to cover the rare mistakes from Colin, especially when he pushed forward. He wasn’t tested massively and managed to keep the QPR forwards from scoring. 6.5/10.
LB: Kristian Pedersen
Provided an extra man going forward, overlapping Maghoma on multiple occasions, however was caught out by Luke Freeman when sprinting back to his post. The Dane is naturally improving game by game as he adapts to life in the championship. 7/10.
LM: Jacques Maghoma
A dreary performance from Maghoma today, who offered very little going forward as he rarely received the ball yet was kept at bay by Rangel throughout the match. A poor performance from Maghoma who a shadow of his self during his Player of the Season winning campaign last year. 5/10.
CM: Gary Gardner
Appearing to be x10 the player Craig is as the weeks go on, yet after a brilliant performance against Nottingham Forest he was unable to replicate that display. Wasn’t a bad performance however he was constantly pressured off the ball in the middle of the field. 7/10.
CM: Maikel Kieftenbeld
Was the main culprit of the Blues team who committed twenty-two fouls, mainly in the middle of the park. I think we were out-performed in midfield today by QPR, but Dutch Mike also won the ball back on multiple occasions, albeit dangerously sliding in.
Just like Maghoma, a below-standard performance from the winger. Poor on corners as well as free kicks from the wing, as well as being forced to back track multiple times due to Colin’s errors. Lack of spark we are normally presented with from the tricky Spanish magician. 5/10.
ST: Che Adams
Che Adams is one of the most frustrating players I have watched at St. Andrews in a long time, despite putting in more effort than normal, he was unable to create anything from the small number of chances that were handed to him, as he was consistently marked out of the game by the high-pressuring QPR defence. 6.5/10.
ST: Lucas Jutkiewicz
Jutkiewicz is a player of mixed opinions. On his day he is brilliant, performances against Fulham last season as well as last week against Forest he provides ariel strength and vital hold up play. When he’s not on his day, which is more often than not, he offers little going forward, especially when he was up against Leistner. 5.5/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Omar Bogle
Was brought on for Adams for the last five minutes of the 90, barely touched the ball and had no chances to attack. N/A.
SUBSTITUTE: Wes Harding
Harding is a player who I rate extremely highly, and it’s unfortunate that he was ousted by the team by Pedersen but was provided with half an hour on the pitch today and offered little more than Colin did. He constantly pushed forward but was unable to achieve anything with the ball at his feet. 5/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Viv Solomon-Otabor
Viv was brought on for Adams after almost 70 minutes, almost playing a role up front to partner Jutkiewicz, then moving to the flanks at his free will, offered little going forward and was unable to create anything of the game. 5.5/10.
By Jack Blenkiron