QPR 2-1 Huddersfield

A Charlie Austin double saw QPR go up to second in the Sky Bet Championship. Austin’s first came after 55 minutes when some good work from Andy Johnson on the left played it off to Austin who finished from 15 yards. Huddersfield’s recent signing Nahki Wells soon equalized as he headed home from Adam Hammil’s cross from the left. But with 11 minutes left, Charlie Austin headed home Beniot Assou-Ekotto’s in swinging corner from the right.

However, for long periods of the game Huddersfield were on top. Danny Ward first fired over from close range before putting a 1-on-1 wide off Rob Green’s post. Green also made good saves from Oliver Norwood’s powerful free-kick from 20 yards before catching Nahki Wells’ header. QPR were always a threat from corners as Niko Kranjcar and Beniot Assou-Ekotto’s corners were causing havoc. First when Johnson’s free header from 6 yards was cleared off the line, and then Charlie Austin and Karl Henry both hit the woodwork in a matter of seconds as the home side looked to break the deadlock.  Alex Smithies in the Huddersfield goal had to make a string of good saves, first from Danny Simpson’s shot from the corner of the box and Matt Phillips’ drilled shot.

Ultimately Huddersfield were unfortunate to come away with nothing as a lack of clear-cut finishing and composure in front of goal cost them. The win for QPR took them above Burnley to second five points behind Leicester and leaves Huddersfield 13th.

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QPR

Rob Green Generally looked quite solid, helpless for the goal. 6.5
Danny Simpson Out of position often, and looked a bit of the pace. 6.0
Richard Dunne Quite solid although Wells’ pace made him look very average 6.5
Clint Hill Wasn’t at his best, Huddersfield’s attackers were all over him and at fault for the goal. 6.0
Beniot Assou-Ekotto Was often out of position however, he made that up with getting forward often and hitting dangerous crosses into the Huddersfield box. 7.5
Karl Henry Gave the ball away a few times in the first half but was man of the match in the second 7.5
Tom Carroll His small stature and lack strength showed as he was pushed off the ball and didn’t shw enough commitment going into tackles. 6.0
Gary O’Neil Didn’t do a lot down the right, and he picked up a knock meaning subsequently subbed off at half time. 6.5
Niko Kranjcar Was mesmerizing down the left flank causing all kind off problems, in the second half his reluctance to shoot in dangerous positions cost him. 7.0
Andy Johnson Was largely ineffective as he didn’t have the ball often, however he did have a header cleared off the line in the first half and set up Austin’s first goal. 6.5
Charlie Austin Took his two goals excellently, he also hit the post in the first half however for long spells you wouldn’t of known he was on the pitch! 8.5

Substitutions

Matt Phillips Played well after coming on for O’Neil at half time he also had a pile-driving shot brilliantly saved by Smithies 7.0
Armand Traore Came on in the last fifteen minutes had one good run down the left but other than that just an average performance. 6.5
 

Huddersfield Town

Alex Smithies Made a few good save couldn’t have done anything about either goal. 6.5
Adam Hammil He played well in the first half making putting Ward through on goal and got Nahki Wells’ assist. 7.0
Paul Dixon Wasn’t as advanced as Hammil yet at certain intervals was very effective at both ends. 6.5
Tom Smith Superb defensive performance always in control making a lot of key tackles by far Huddersfield’s star player 8.0
Murray Wallace A resolute defensive performance had the beating of Johnson for much of the game  7.0
Anthony Gerrard At times looked quite venerable in defense  and was at fault for the first goal but other than that a pretty good performance 6.5
Oliver Norwood  Made a few key passes and dictated the game when Huddersfield had the ball. He also had a powerful free kick from 20 yards well saved from Rob Green 7.0
Jonathan Hogg Had very average game nothing special, although had complete domination over Tom Carroll 6.5
Adam Clayton  At times lacked physicality and commitment although he did clear Johnson’s header off the line 6.5
Danny Ward Was put on goal twice in the first half first skewing wide then hitting a tame shot straight at Green. This was reflected when he was subbed off early in the second half 5.5
Nahki Wells His pace had the beating off everyone, he took his goal well, and would of been through on goal if he had taken a better touch 7.0

Substitutions

James Vaughan Held the ball up well but didn’t really have any chances 6.0
Oscar Gobern Didn’t really make and impact for the 10 minutes he had 6.0
Sean Scannel  Showed real heart chasing everything, also had a few good runs. 7.0

 

Man of the Match

Charlie Austin as he took his two goals well and hit the post from a difficult header in the first half 8.5

 

 

 


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