Player Ratings: Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Hull City

Sports Mole looks at who impressed in today's meeting between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City in the Premier League.

Hull City kicked off their Premier League season with a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

James Chester's headed goal after 51 minutes proved to be the difference, as Charlie Austin failed to convert a penalty late on.

Here Sports Mole takes a look at who impressed for either side.


James Chester #5 of Hull City is congratulated by teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City at Loftus Road on August 16, 2014© Getty Images

Queens Park Rangers

Goal

Rob Green: No longer watching on from the bench, Green is now QPR's first choice between the sticks and he can be happy with his performance over the 90 minutes. (8/10)

Defence

Steven Caulker: At times he and partner Rio Ferdinand got in each other's way when it came to attacking from set pieces, but he dealt with crosses into the box well on the whole. (7/10)

Rio Ferdinand: The former Manchester United defender was beaten to the ball by Chester for the only goal. He will be disappointed to have been out jumped.(6/10)

Richard Dunne: A fine display from the centre-back, who put in a number of blocks in and around the area. Was withdrawn with 10 minutes remaining to make way for another striker. (8/10)

Danny Simpson: Fielded as a wing-back, Simpson looked to get high up the pitch, but had little joy when it came to delivering an end product. (7/10)

Armand Traore On the whole it wasn't a bad afternoon for the wing-back, but he brought down Nikica Jelavic in the first half and was lucky not to concede a penalty as a result. (6/10)

Midfield

Alejandro Faurlin: The Argentinian had a brilliant opportunity to open the scoring from close range in the first half, but scuffed his effort wide. Withdrawn with 20 minutes remaining. (7/10)

Jordon Mutch A solid performance in the first 45 minutes, but faded badly in the second 45. It was a similar story for the Englishman at Cardiff City last season. (7/10)

Joey Barton: A solid enough performance from the R's captain, though he could have done better with some of his set-piece deliveries. (7/10)

Attack

Loic Remy The liveliest player of the first half, with seemingly every chance coming through him. Like teammate Mutch, he did however fade away as the contest progressed. (8/10)

Charlie Austin: Wasn't given the greatest service, but on reflection Austin's game will be remembered for the penalty miss which cost his side a point. (6/10)

Substitutes

Matty Phillips: Provided some fine crosses into the box in his 20 minutes or so on the field. (8/10)

Junior Hoilett: Didn't do a lot during his time on the field, although he was the man who won the penalty for his side. (7/10)

Bobby Zamora: Squandered a late chance when he took too long on the ball. (6/10)


Rio Ferdinand of QPR and Nikica Jelevic of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City at Loftus Road on August 16, 2014© Getty Images

Hull City

Goal

Allan McGregor Made some questionable decisions, namely when he was dispossessed in possession by Austin in the first half, but his save at the end ensured that Hull returned home with all three points. (8/10)

Defence

Ahmen Elmohamady: Looked to get forward as often as possible, but created little in truth. (7/10)

Alex Bruce: Only lasted for 45 minutes before being withdrawn through injury, but he had a solid enough first half. (7/10)

Curtis Davies: The centre-back continued from where he left off last season with a strong showing at Loftus Road.(8/10)

James Chester The game's best player. Not only did his goal separate the two sides, but Chester also blocked everything that came his way. (9/10)

Midfield

Robert Snodgrass Was one of Hull's more involved players in the opening 45 minutes, but was worryingly withdrawn towards the end of the half with a knock. (7/10)

Andrew Robertson Solid league debut from Robertson, who picked out Jelavic brilliantly in the opening stages. (7/10)

Jake Livermore Another solid enough display from the Englishman, who joined the Tigers on a permanent deal this summer. (7/10)

Tom Huddlestone Has a brilliant eye for a long-range pass which he pulled off on a couple of occasions this afternoon. (7/10)

Attack

Nickica Jelavic Had limited service, although he perhaps could have taken the chances that did fall his way slightly better. (7/10)

Tom Ince: Was a mere spectator in the first half of the game, and missed a brilliant one-on-one chance in the second. (6/10)

Substitutes

Stephen Quinn Was brought on in the first half and can be happy with his 50 minutes or so on the field. (7/10)

Paul McShane: Again, nothing spectacular from McShane, but he did enough to keep QPR away from goal late on. (7/10)

David Meyler: Only on the field for eight minutes, and had little of note to do in that time (6/10)


James Chester #5 of Hull City is congratulated by teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City at Loftus Road on August 16, 2014
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